The Privatisation of Falkirk Council’s Refuse Collection Service under Labour took a step closer after a report outlining the timetable for inviting the Private Sector to tender for the service was pushed through the council’s Policy and Resources Committee by 4 votes to 3.
A bid by the SNP to delay the tender process to allow a service improvement plan being discussed with the workforce currently to be implemented then assessed was rejected by the four Labour members of the committee.
Speaking after the meeting SNP Councillor and Policy and Resources Committee member, Lynda Kenna said,
“.Labour appear to have made up their minds that this service is to be privatised despite the evidence all pointing to a poorer service for the general public under the private sector.
What we have in Falkirk is the most right wing administration this council has ever seen which may explain why Labour and the Conservatives sit so well together in their coalition.
Closed minds are the order of the day within Falkirk Council under this political administration, closed minds that are costing jobs and destroying services.”
Labour have determined that the tenders will be issued to the private sector operators in February and are due to be returned in August when the council will assess them against the mismanaged existing service.
The SNP will try gain to have the workforce improvement plan given a chance as the issue has been called into the next meeting of Falkirk Council to be held on 7 December.