Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

September 03, 2010 16:14 ET

CUPE 50 Raises Contracting-Out Concerns

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - CUPE 50 president John Burrows called on Victoria's Mayor and Council to fully consider the public option in solid waste collection and management. In an address to Council yesterday, Burrows noted that not only will privatization of Victoria's solid waste cost jobs, it will cost residents in terms of quality of service delivery, loss of accountability, and higher costs.

Burrows pointed out that flexibility to change or add to the program without additional charges is a benefit of keeping the service in-house and public. He noted that private companies are not as accountable or transparent as the public sector.

"Standards for community health and safety, as well as environmental protection, are best served by public delivery of waste management services," said Burrows.

The brief included examples of problems in other municipalities who went to private collection. He noted that in Port Moody, council voted to bring the service back in-house after "endless complaints of missed pick-ups, spilled garbage, broken bins, and speeding garbage trucks." 

Council had initially considered 15 options but of the four options discussed with CUPE 50, none had all waste streams being handled by City staff as a fully-public service.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 50
    John Burrows
    Ian McLean
    National Representative
    Janet Szliske
    Communications Representative