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Spotlight 2019: Reshaping governance for sustainability

The 2019 Spotlight Report report dives more deeply into the (global) governance arrangements and institutions that will be necessary to implement alternative policies and to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs. It offers analysis and recommendations on how to strengthen inclusive and participatory governance and to overcome obstacles and gaps in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. In doing this, it poses a strong call to action to world leaders just in advance of the SDG Summit in September 2019.

Source: www.2030spotlight.org

Municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) municipal sanitation workers have struck against privatization. They are “demanding revocation of the order which allowed privatization of the sanitation maintenance work and gave the right of employing workers to contractors. With only a few permanent sanitation workers on hand, the VMC is struggling to clean up the city. Most of the dumper bins are overflowing with garbage and households are also feeling the heat with no door-to-door collection.”

“How to win a ‘Nobel’ in Economics?"

Paul Romer, the NYU economist who was just awarded a Nobel Prize, is the inventor of the concept of “charter cities”—fully privatized municipalities. Honduras was supposed to be one of the first targets. Mark Ames (a close-up observer of the disastrous Russian privatizations of the 1990s) explains: “How to win a ‘Nobel’ in Economics: find a Latin American country whose military just overthrew its elected leftist president, propose dystopian privatization experiment giving multinationals complete dictatorial control over their sweatshop labor.”

The Systemic Racism of Public Debt Collection in California

A new report by the California Reinvestment Coalition reveals that the privatized system of public debt collection is pervaded with systematic racism. Jeremy Mohler of In the Public Interest says, “In other words, California counties are imposing excessive fines and fees on their poorest residents not so much to fund government but to enrich a handful of corporations. (It’s important to note that two corporations, AllianceOne and GC Services, hold a majority of the contracts, and have been sued in other states for worker overtime violations and making unlawful collection calls).”

Source: The American Prospect

Why public municipal workers have gone on strike?

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) Port Elizabeth regional chairperson, Nomvula Hadi has explained why public municipal workers have gone on strike. “These included disputes over which workers qualify for allowances, insourcing of long-term contract workers, and the municipality bringing lawyers to disciplinary hearings, reinstatement of suspended workers.”

Source: GroundUp News

Consensus no more: how a wave of municipalisations in Europe is challenging privatisation

A wave of privatisations made its way from the shores of Britain in the 1980s to reach a tsunami on Europe’s shores in the 1990s, western as well as eastern. Former state monopolies in “strategic sectors” were privatised to encourage innovation, promote economies of scale, reduce public debt, attract foreign direct investment and improve productivity.

Source: New Europe

The City of Johannesburg is insourcing the jobs of 1,400 municipal contract workers

The City of Johannesburg is insourcing the jobs of 1,400 municipal contract workers who were formerly employed under the municipality's Jozi@Work programme. “This follows a successful meeting the City held on Wednesday, with the South African Municipal Workers Unions (Samwu), Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), as well as the City's waste-management entity, Pikitup, which decided that some former Jozi@Work employees would be employed directly by the City. Mshaba said that these workers would be employed on a permanent basis and would see their earnings increase from R2,200 to R6,000 per month.”

Source: www.iol.co.za

The government is looking to recover a privatized water utility

The government is looking to recover a privatized water utility. “Tumbes may be incorporated into a government plan to invest 532mn soles (US$160mn) this year to overhaul the country's bankrupt municipal water companies known as EPS, Bruce said. State water regulator OTASS is already operating a dozen of the country's 47 bankrupt EPS. Tumbes is a major fishing and agricultural area that is also home to oil and gas operations, including state oil company Petroperu's Talara oil refinery. (…) The bid to take over another private concession comes after the government previously announced it would develop the US$510mn Chinchero airport project as a state-run venture after scrapping the contract previously awarded to concessionaire Kuntur Wasi.”

Source: BNamericas

Oman completes privatisation of municipal waste management

The sell-off of Oman’s municipal waste system to foreign companies is nearing completion. “The Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (Be’ah) is close to completing the transfer of waste management operations in each of its 11 governorates to international operators. (…) Companies that have been awarded contracts include Spain's Urbasar, which is currently working for South Batinah governorate; Dubai-headquartered Averda, which won the contract to manage Dakhliyah and Dhofar; and a joint venture between Oman's Al Ramooz and France's Veolia for operations at Dhahirah and Buraimi.”

Source: Oman Observer

SAMWU members march to press their demands about numerous grievances

South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) members march on Midvaal municipal offices to press their demands about numerous grievances, including irregular bidding and outsourcing. Spokesperson Papikie Mohale “said SAMWU’s memorandum of demands would include allegations of maladministration in the municipality, irregular awarding of tenders, irregular appointment of attorneys for the council, racism, sexual harassment, flawed recruitment processes, outsourcing, and the use of labour brokers in the municipality.”

Source: The Citizen