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Corbyn Backs Water Campaign

Tuesday, June 5, 2018



Labour leader slams’ failed and unpopular experiment’ of privatisation as he backs GMB call to ‘Take Back the Tap’

Jeremy Corbyn today signed up to GMB’s Take Back the Tap campaign to put Britain's water industry in public hands.

The Labour leader put his name to six water pledges at GMB’s 101st annual congress in Brighton today.

A joint investigation by GMB and Corporate Watch this week revealed nine privatised water company fat cats trousered a whopping £58million in salary, bonuses, pensions and other benefits over the past five years.

The bosses of England’s privatised water and sewerage companies together received £11.3m in 2017 alone. [1]

The six pledges forming the 'Take Back the Tap' campaign are:

1.            No worker will be worse off including those in workplace share schemes 

2.            Safeguarding or improving pensions to provide dignity and security in retirement

3.            Greater investment in the industry's infrastructure and equipment 

4.            Increased staffing levels and insourcing of contracted workers

5.            Improved health and safety with worker involvement in establishing new safety standards

6.            Valuing collective bargaining and trade union involvement in decisions affecting workers before and during public ownership

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told GMB Congress: 

“The privatisation of water has been a failed and unpopular experiment. It’s been bad for workers in the industry and bad for bill payers. 

“The only people it hasn’t been bad for is rich shareholders. 

“Public ownership will deliver a better deal for workers in the industry, which is why we are fully signed up to support GMB’s six pledges for water, as well as better value for individuals and families.”

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“We're delighted to have Jeremy Corbyn’s backing for GMB’s Take Back the Tap campaign. 

“Water privatisation has been a failed experiment for consumers and workers alike.

"Our members in the water industry tell us they are overworked, understaffed and worried about safety.

“It is a national scandal over the last five years England’s hard-pressed water customers have been forced to splash out £58 million through their bills to go into the pockets of just nine individuals.

"It’s high time we put water in public hands.”


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