Sale of assets a threat to jobs

PHIL O'Donoghue reckons his job, and those of 29 other Ballina Shire Council workers, may be at risk if a State Government inquiry recommends privatisation of the council's water and sewerage services.

The United Services Union (USU) representative in council's water and sewerage section, Mr O'Donoghue believes privatisation would mean a loss of revenue for the council, which could mean job shedding and also affect other community services.

Mr O'Donoghue, workmate John Izzard and USU northern organiser Craig Chandler last week met with State Member for Ballina, Don Page, urging him to stand up to State politicians to ensure Ballina and Byron's water supplies remain under local management.

Mr Chandler said a State Government inquiry was being held on the future of council-run water and sewerage assets. He fears the inquiry may recommend their sale.

“Handing over control of local water utilities to big corporations would have a huge impact on local communities like ours,” Mr Chandler said.

The inquiry's consultative process has been completed and the final report is being prepared.



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