IMPACT trade union has rejected a claim, made by the Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan, that street cleaning and road and housing maintenance jobs in Dublin city are at risk of privatisation.
Mr Keegan’s claim follows a decision by councillors to block his plans for a ‘super depot’ in the Marrowbone Lane area of the city.
IMPACT, which represents street cleaning and road and housing maintenance staff at the local authority, doesn’t accept there is a need to privatise any services regardless of what happens to the Marrowbone Lane site.
IMPACT official Shane Lambert said “It is a nonsense to say that privatisation will be the inevitable result of a decision on Marrowbone Lane as there are plenty of alternative sites that could be developed.
“Councillors expressed concern over the lack of green spaces and amenities in the Dublin 8 area, and I think it’s important to recognise the needs of the local community in any decisions about how services are developed in the area.
“No case for privatisation has been put to union, and we don’t believe there is a valid case to be made. IMPACT will strongly resist any attempt to outsource or privatise council services, and it is completely unacceptable to threaten privatisation as a response to the decision by the council,” he said.
Update: Thursday 9th June
IMPACT industrial relations officer Shane Lambert has written to Dublin City councillors (Thursday 9th June) to say the union does not accept there is any need to privatise services, and that no proposals on the consolidation of council depots have been put to the union. Read the full letter here.