A bin win at Moreland
- Created on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:44
While many councils were tweeting furiously yesterday about #YourRatesAtWork, Moreland Council was conspicuously quiet. We recently took them to the Fair Work Commission over a failure to put in an in-house bid on a chunk of their garbage run and they were given a rightful smack.
Ready to hand over service provision to a private company Moreland had to be reminded to fulfil the clause in their agreement that they would “strive to maintain and expand, if required, to meet the needs of the community”.
Since Kennett introduced competitive tendering people have assumed that out sourcing was the most frugal or responsible option however a recent international report 'Reclaiming Public Services' on re-municipalisation supports our long held understanding that privatisation has equated to paying ever higher tariffs for lower standards and workers accepting degraded conditions.
Key findings include:
- There are better solutions than privatisation.
- Remunicipalisation is far more common than presumed, and it works.
- Remunicipalisation is a local response to austerity.
- Bringing services back in-house is ultimately cheaper for local authorities.
- Remunicipalisation drives better, more democratic public services.
- Remunicipalisation presents 835 more reasons to fight trade and investment deals.
- Lessons learned: Don’t privatise in the first place.
- Remunicipalisation provides opportunities for new, diversified, democratic public ownership.
- Remunicipalising cities and citizens groups are working together and building networks.
We look forward to Moreland's genuine bid and hope to see Council retain their high-quality waste collection service for much of their municipality.