Successful motions to Bin Veolia

International MOTIONS to help you join the Bin Veolia Campaign Australia…

Swansea City Council approved the following resolution unamended on Thursday June 17, 2010:

“The UN not only does not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem, but has repeatedly stated its view that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law, and it has demanded that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported. The international trading company, Veolia, is a leading partner in a consortium seeking to build a light railway system linking Israel to illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, a project that clearly not only contravenes UN demands but is in contravention of international law.This Council therefore calls on the Leader & Chief Executive not to sign or allow to be signed any new contracts or renewal of any existing contracts with Veolia or any other company in breach of international law, so long as to do so would not be in breach of any relevant legislation.”
The motion was put up by the Labour Party group. It was narrowly passed 19 – 18 with some Liberal Democrats voting against and most abstaining.

Veolia currently has contracts with the authority for local bus, park & ride to the tune of £699k per annum and home school to the tune of £238k per annum.

The passing of the resolution was very important in its own right, but we have since discovered that this is the first resolution of its kind to have been passed by any UK authority, in that it makes explicit its reasons for ruling out any future contracts with Veolia. Other authorities have discontinued contracts with Veolia, but have not specified this reason. Swansea City Council is therefore leading the way with what is now seen as a landmark decision.
http://www.inminds.com/article.php?id=10454

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Dublin City Council passed a resolution calling on the City Manager not to sign or renew any contracts with French multinational Veolia on May 22, 2010

The full text of the motion reads as follows:

Dublin City Council recognising

1. That Veolia is a leading partner in the consortium contracted to build a light railway system linking Israel to illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem

2. That the Irish government and the U.N does not recognise Israel’s annexation and occupation of East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law

3. That Veolia’s involvement in the project is in contravention of the UN’s stated demand that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported;

This Council calls on the City Manager not to sign any new or renew any existing contracts with Veolia as it would be in contravention of the wishes of this council. Galway and Sligo city/county councils have supported similar motions.

Dublin City Council was the third Irish council to pass such a motion, following on from Sligo and Galway.

– See more at: http://www.bdsmovement.net/2010/dublin-city-council-passes-refuses-to-renew-contract-with-veolia-693#sthash.ium7w1bA.dpuf

 

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