Tuesday 22 April 2003

Poetic justice

The Scottish political class has always opposed the privatisation of the water industry. Now they have to face reality as 900 jobs are axed by Scottish Water. This is not what was expected:
Jim Moohan, a senior organiser for the GMB trade union, said: "This is a major blow to the industry in Scotland. One of the reasons for us joining the campaign several years ago to keep water as part of the public services and prevent privatisation was to protect the jobs and terms of conditions of the employees, so the numbers being talked about are absolutely devastating.
Hopefully this will lead to the privatisation of Scottish Water, something that the producer-oriented politicians and trade unionists will fight to the bitter end.