UK victories against Veolia

ENGLAND

TRADE UNIONS

June 2011: the GMB, a general trade union with 610,000 members, called on Veolia to stop giving succour to colonialist occupation – Motion 276 (pg.68)

May 2011: the Transport and Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) passed a motion at its 2011 Annual Conference demanding no new contracts with Veolia.

STUDENTS

January 2012: the National Union of Students expressed its support for campaigns calling on UK universities to abolish their relationship with Veolia and Eden Springs for their involvement in the occupation.

May 2013 – Sheffield University dumps Veolia.  The University of Sheffield has decided not to renew its waste collection contract with multinational corporation Veolia following a campaign initiated by the campus Palestine Society and supported by the student union.  http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-deas/sheffield-university-dumps-veolia-capping-successful-year-uk-student-palestine

BRITISH PARLIAMENT

February 8, 2012: the British Parliament tabled a resolution, signed by 71 MPs, stating that:

This House … notes the UN Human Rights Council declaration that the Jerusalem Light Rail extension into East Jerusalem is in clear violation of international law and relevant United Nations Resolutions (Resolution 13/7 of 14 April 2010); and calls on the Government to facilitate and support effective EU legislation to ensure the cessation of EU finance for illegal Israeli settlements and that economic operators aiding and abetting the building, maintenance or servicing of illegal Israeli settlements be excluded from public contracts in the EU.

LOCAL COUNCILS

December 24, 2011: the West London Waste Authority decided to exclude Veolia from a contract with a value of GBP485 million for the processing of domestic waste of 1.4 million inhabitants of the boroughs Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames.

August 3, 2011: it became known that Ealing Council did not select Veolia for the tender for domestic waste collection, cleaning of streets and maintenance of parks. This contract has a value of about GBP300 million and covers a period of 15 years. This happened while Veolia already possessed the current contract for park maintenance.

April 5, 2011: it became known that the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP), containing 4 urban districts in South London, deleted Veolia from the shortlist of 3 candidates for the construction of residual waste treatment infrastructure: a contract with a value of GBP990 million.

February 2, 2011: the Tower Hamlets Borough city council adopted a resolution in which it excludes Veolia from existing and future tenders – Motion 12.4 (pg.10).

May 2011: Veolia lost the new joint contract for waste collection in East Hants/Winchester City.

December 2011: Veolia lost contracts worth approx GBP485 million covering 1.4 million inhabitants of the West London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames, for treatment of residual domestic waste.

March 2011: Portsmouth City Council did not renew Veolia’s contract for environmental services.

February 2011: Richmond City Council decides to not renew Veolia’s contract.

March 2012: Veolia was excluded from a joint tender for refuse collection, recycling, cleaning services for streets and beaches for 20 years for the municipalities of Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother and Wealden of East Sussex.

March 2009: the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough city council did not include Veolia in the shortlist of candidates for a contract for a waste improvement plan for the city. Contract value: approx 1.5 billion British Pounds over 20 years.

December 2012: Veolia withdraws bid for North London Waste Authority under boycott pressure.

July 2010: Swansea City Council ban future contracts with Veolia.

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IRELAND

TRADE UNIONS

August 2006: Irish rail union refuses to train Israeli tram drivers working on the Jerusalem Light Rail project.

LOCAL COUNCILS

February 2009: Sligo City Council passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia because of its activities in the OPT.

April 2009: Galway City Council voted (12 to 2) against the renewal of Veolia’s contract for the operation of Galway’s water management due to Veolia’s activities in Israel/Palestinian territories; “Councillors were inundated with hundreds of emails from all over the world urging support for the motion.”

May 2010: Dublin City Council adopted a resolution not to sign or renew contracts with Veolia because of Veolia’s activities in Israel/ Palestinian territories.

June 2010: the Donegal County Council adopts a resolution not to renew contracts with Veolia due to Veolia’s activities in Israel/Palestinian territories.

October 2010: Cork Municipality adopts the resolution to refrain from signing contracts with Veolia or renewing them following precedents set by Sligo, Galway, Dublin, Donegal, and Castlebar councils. (pg.23)

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SCOTLAND

LOCAL COUNCILS

December 2010: Edinburgh City Council decided not to award a contract to Veolia for the environmental services in the city.

WALES

LOCAL COUNCILS

June 17, 2010: the Swansea Municipality adopted a resolution in which Veolia is excluded from future contracting.

November 23, 2010: the Caerphilly County Borough adopted a resolution in which Veolia is excluded from future tenders.

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