Opinion: I am staggered that while Mayors Tong and Hicks repeatedly say they are still restrained by a tender process that has yet to be finalised (and had the WasteNet lawyer reinforce that) yet when they don’t like the ICC vote they feel free (1) to discredit ICC (2) to discredit SdE and it’s offer (3) and suggest they will release information to inform the public of their position.
The media release today by SdE attempts to correct the smear / misinformation by these two Mayors’ in their media release. Who gives those Mayors the authority to speak on behalf of WasteNet ?
Why were these two Mayors allowed to be present at the ICC meeting and stay in the public exclusion section as they are not ICC elected officials or staff / advisers and then attempted to push Councillors into accepting the recommendation of WasteNet – surely that could (should) have done by one of our ICC representatives on WasteNet. I will leave it to you as Councillors to judge how Cr Thomas attempted to pursue the WasteNet recommendation.
I have some other issues which I would like you to consider:
And finally, I would like to reflect on the Mayors offer of a 12 month contract “so SdE and social agencies can find employment for those 82 workers with SdE”. That offer is nothing but a smokescreen to get ICC to agree to the preferred tenderer to take over the contract 12 months from now (end of June 2020).
As an ex Area Manager of Idea Services (IHC) I can advise that Idea Services has an employment / vocational team in Invercargill that specifically looks for employment for those with intellectual disAbilities.
I can also advise that most of those with SdE will get not meaningful work elsewhere – they will be left for family to care for 24/7.
If there were suitable placements available in the last 8 years, there would be no need for SdE to exist as an employer.
Most private sector places are difficult to manage as many of those placed in employment tend to be a business ‘ donation’ position and while the company may make the new employee feel welcome, those placed do not get that sense of belonging and family feeling that they get at SdE.
I feel that the way forward is for the other Mayors to refrain from further public comment and ICC should take the lead as the main contract funder, in undertaking some negotiations with SdE management. It seems to me as an observer, that the other two councils are reflecting finance and what they see as poor management by SdE while ICC has factored in their citizens at the recycling operation and the 22,000 who have voted support on line – many of those will be city and Southland residents.
The above was emailed to all Invercargill City Council councillors, Mayor, CEO.
Nobby Clark intend standing for ICC.