Sanitation workers' injuries cited in Moncton's move to private contractor
Official tell council that sanitation workers have disproportionate rate of injuries on the job
The tender will be awarded for a one-year pilot project to Fero Waste and Recycling for $202,955 plus tax.
- New 3-bag garbage sorting starts today in Moncton and southeast
- City of Moncton will no longer pick up large garbage containers
At the beginning of the meeting, union members made a presentation about their opposition to the idea.
Don Morehouse, the city's director of public works, agreed that garbage collection in the city has been carried out well by CUPE Local 51.
"So we have to stop and ask ourselves questions on how we're performing the service today and is there other ideas, other benchmarks for us to follow."
The city says contracting out the single zone will lower the cost to $54.29.
"I'm afraid that we're sending the wrong message to our workers that you know," said McKee. "I'm worried about employee morale as well.
"I feel like if we go with this tonight we're going down the road of privatization, and I'm very nervous that it won't come back and that we're going to be in a pickle with our union so that's how I feel."
"The tender is cheaper in the first year." Marcos Salib said.
"Eventually two or three years down the road they increase, they increase, they increase. The municipality loses its assets. Therefore, it's sort of like they're at the mercy of those contractors."
Salib said the union will collect data of its own.
Mayor Dawn Arnold said she's hopeful contracting out for a year will provide council with important information.
"What we need to do moving forward is to have some baseline data, and that we can do by having this one zone, one of seven zones, contracted out."