UNITE official Margaret Woods with Cllrs Lawrence O’Neill, Danny Lennie and Gail Casey, Greenlight lorry, SNP MP Martin Docherty Hughes and council colleagues on a recycling campaign.

By Bill Heaney

West Dunbartonshire Council has come under fire for its failure to keep their waste management services in-house.

And to put them out to tender in partnership with two other councils – Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute.

Danielle Donnachie thanked The Democrat for bringing this matter into the public domain – “Bill Heaney keep up the good work, we need more people like you to keep us all in the know.”

She added: “[This is] an absolute disgrace again. Not letting those who need to know first again.”

Unite trade union official Margaret Wood said: “Honestly, how can any private company compete with a Council in price to provide a service.

“Any private company is driven by profit to satisfy the shareholders.

“I personally am totally fed up with people earning in excess of £100k flinging contracts out [to outside companies] without looking at doing these things in house.

“It is laziness to say the least. At worst they are pushing a Tory agenda to privatise everything and to rip every penny from the tax payers’ pockets.”

GMB trade union convener, David Scott, said: “As Margaret Wood has mentioned Roads, Waste & Greenspace were on list for Shared Service.

“A manager has been appointed to this £120,000 post but as yet has not been introduced to the trade unions.”

West Dunbartonshire Council have banned and boycotted The Democrat and refuse to comment.

One comment

  1. The Community Part argued for all the jobs and services required to be taken in-house when Greenlight closed. The SNP Council decided to go down the privatisation route which appears to be their preferred option for many public services.

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