SdE workers threatened again...

Petition by over 26,000 Southlanders ignored

By Tim Hanna

This is a follow up piece from our earlier post – Tong’s Recycle Debaclewhich you can read here.

Tim Hanna reports that the forces against the disabled workers at Invercargill’s SdE have attempted to get rid of them, again.

‘When Sir Tim Shadbolt defeated moves in the Invercargill City Council to fire SdE and the 82 disabled workers who currently recycle the cities waste, the vast number of Southlanders who support the workers breathed a sigh of relief.

It seemed their jobs were safe, at least in the short term. However they did not know just how short that term might be.

The mayor of Southland, Gary Tong, has been advocating insistently in favour of replacing SdE with a North Island company who stand credibly accused of wide spread criminal fraud. Despite the unsavory allegations against that company and despite the fact that Tong has yet to substantiate any of his vague accusations against SdE he has been tireless in his campaign against them. He has ignored a petition signed by over 26,000 Southlanders who want the workers to keep their jobs and he has managed to persuade his own council and Gore Council to support him.

It was only Invercargill’s holdout, thanks to Sir Tim’s use of his casting vote, that kept the workers safe in their jobs.

But the forces that oppose the workers within the three councils were apparently not done. Late this week some Invercargill’s councilors suddenly attached a proposal to the agenda to again discuss the SdE contract at their final meeting next Tuseday night. It was only after SdE’s lawyer Rex Chapman objected to the plan, pointing out that it was illegal for a council to make such a decision at their final meeting prior to an election, that the matter was withdrawn.

I am appalled that elected councilors continue to ignore the 26,000 Southlanders and counting who have signed a petition to retain the services of SdE and their workers.

I am also appalled at their tactics. The last time they tried to get rid of SdE they thought that Sir Tim was away and they were visibly shocked when he walked in to the meeting. He is currently in Japan and they perhaps counted on him not being there on this occasion.

Shame on all of them.

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  1. John Knowles

    Tong you and your nutters should be gone please leave the room close the bloody door after you do not return take a long vacation for ever

  2. Donald Simpson

    How dare they go against the wishes of the community. Totally gutted that this might happen.
    We are the rate payers and if it takes more money to save them, I am willing to contribute more with a rates increase.
    Help save the team at SdE they deserve to have their jobs saved.

  3. G

    There have been some really shady and underhand practices from several people regarding this re assigning of recycling work.

    I’m astounded of the last ditch effort to use the last ICC meeting to push through this unpopular change. Do the councillors involved have the guts to name themselves as doing this underhanded attempt? This would help greatly in voters determining the honesty and integrity of candidates seeking election in the pending election.

    Surely 26,000 signatures mean something. These councillors are voted by theses people!

    Vote against these people. If they do this, what other underhanded practices are they capable. And if you have dealings with them in business, perhaps be very aware of them. They are likely to use similar tactics against you!

  4. Sharon Hamilton

    Glad it’s election time. The polls will have the last say !

  5. rochelle stewart

    If you look on the save southland disability enterprises Facebook page you will see who voted for sde and who voted against

  6. Graeme Price

    Name and shame Invercargill councilors

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