I attended last month’s CUPE-sponsored symposium on public versus privatization, attended by single-family residents and strata and business representatives.
Transparency as it applies to this current city council does not cross into White Rock south of 16 avenue. It is clear.
The union’s presentation was like a breath of fresh air. The facts were presented in a thorough and direct manner in the main supporting the continuation of public waste-removal services, noting the high degree of accountability of the union employees versus the lack of accountability of private companies.
Public employees, as direct hires for the city, provide exceptional service. Take it from a strata owner. Stratas have suffered greatly by being abandoned by the City of White Rock in June 2015 by having to deal with the private companies who quote prices depending how gullible or old you seem to be.
Garbage and recycling trucks are going up and down the streets six and even seven times a week even on holidays.
The former and current union employees provided much superior services.
I find it hard to swallow that the City of White Rock abandoned stratas and business citing cost issues, when they are willing to blow $30 million on parks for outside visitors, on leased land no less, and at the same time cut services to 11,000 residents and privatizing the rest.
Everyone deserves a decent paying job, and what the city intends to do to the union workers and residents really smells.
Garry Wolgemuth, White Rock