More thought to impacts

LETTER

Why oh why has our council contracted out the maintenance of our parks and green spaces to a privately-owned company whose four directors all live in Auckland?

Direct provision of services should always be cheaper because there are no extra tiers of people who need to be paid or want dividends.

I notice the company, Recreational Services Ltd, has several council contracts all over New Zealand. It is hard to imagine their services will be better for our city than local providers or the council directly. They must be a very influential company indeed.

They are advertising for several positions, so what happened to the people who previously carried out those functions? It is possible that long-term employees have been made redundant and can apply for the “new” jobs. Did we pay redundancy packages?

It is also entirely possible the new jobs will not have the same conditions, benefits or rates of pay. After all, that is how outside companies are able to bid for tenders at a lower rate. Any profits will not benefit our local community. They are merely facilitators of service provision for their own profit.

It is likely too late to change this time, but maybe these matters and our people should be considered by any future council.

Mary-Ann de Kort

Why oh why has our council contracted out the maintenance of our parks and green spaces to a privately-owned company whose four directors all live in Auckland?

Direct provision of services should always be cheaper because there are no extra tiers of people who need to be paid or want dividends.

I notice the company, Recreational Services Ltd, has several council contracts all over New Zealand. It is hard to imagine their services will be better for our city than local providers or the council directly. They must be a very influential company indeed.

They are advertising for several positions, so what happened to the people who previously carried out those functions? It is possible that long-term employees have been made redundant and can apply for the “new” jobs. Did we pay redundancy packages?

It is also entirely possible the new jobs will not have the same conditions, benefits or rates of pay. After all, that is how outside companies are able to bid for tenders at a lower rate. Any profits will not benefit our local community. They are merely facilitators of service provision for their own profit.

It is likely too late to change this time, but maybe these matters and our people should be considered by any future council.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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Wiki Gerrard - 6 months ago
As a ratepayer, GDC make me so angry when they make stupid decisions to outsource contracts when they could have given the contracts to our locals. I mean, they have families to support! Makes you wonder if this council is really for the people of Gisborne!?

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