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Gove's Water Meeting Initially Missed UU

Monday, July 30, 2018

GMB RESPONDS TO GOVE INITIALLY NOT INVITING UNITED UTILITIES TO WATER MEETING

Micheal Gove’s seriously misjudged the anger of the British public regarding their hose pipe ban says GMB Union

GMB, the water union, has responded to Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s decision not to initially invite United Utilities to his proposed meeting of water bosses. [1]

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer, said:

“Michael Gove initially decided not to invite serial leakage offender United Utilities to his proposed meeting - even though their hose pipe ban comes into effect in less than a week. 

“That decision seriously misjudged the anger of the British public regarding their hose pipe ban and will not go unnoticed. 

“Millions of litres of treated water are wasted every day by United Utilities, and other privatised water companies, through under investment in our water infrastructure.

“Any other water company considering a hose pipe ban whilst failing to tackle these unacceptable leakages should look to the public anger levelled against United Utilities and hopefully think again.

“Water customers have had enough of rising water bills, unacceptable CEO pay, and shocking leakage levels leading to hose pipe bans.

“That’s why 83% of the British public want to ‘take back the tap’ and return our water industry to public ownership.

“We call on Michael Give to publish when his meeting will take place and the list of water companies invited to attend with attendance, minutes, and actions agreed.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press office 07958 156846 press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-water-companies-leaks-heatwave-summer-united-utilities-farmers-drought-summit-a8468221.html

[2] https://weownit.org.uk/public-solutions/support-public-ownership

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