European Federation of Public Service Unions:
(25 April 2013) Water privatisation is on the agenda in many European countries now austerity policies are imposed and governments are scrambling to find money.
Water privatisation is hotly contested. It was the first defeat for Thatcher as initial proposals run into very broad opposition.
International evidence of PSIRU has demonstrated the experience across the world with privatisation and concession of water services with many countries and municipalities reversing their decisions to allow this industry to operate in the hands of private companies.
The myth that privatisation of water services brings more efficiency and effectiveness has been demonstrated to be a false claim. It is important to go back to the country where such ideas originated, the UK, and ask the question: 25 years on â€“where is this industry. This is what Unison, the UK public service union, commissioned the New Policy Institute to do.
Read more on http://www.epsu.org/a/9458
Jan Willem GOUDRIAAN
EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS
40 Rue Joseph II, Box 5