Sunday, 31 January 2016

Police should not be privatised says Plaid's Commissioner candidate - Plaid Cymru Press Release - Datganiad i'r Wasg.

Police should not be privatised says Plaid's Commissioner candidate

Plaid Cymru’s candidate has vowed that, if elected, he would not sell off any part of North Wales Police to the private sector.

Councillor Arfon Jones was speaking after campaigning against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) today:

 “This treaty is a secretive and insidious deal which, if its agreed, is likely to lead to more privatisations within the public sector from global American firms who have scant regard for our ethos of public service or employment regulations, which ensure that we have the best staff.”
Cllr Jones added: 

“As the Police Commissioner, I would be committed to ensuring that North Wales Police remains firmly a part of the public sector in Wales and is not flogged off to G4S or Serco, which is what’s happened in some Police Forces. Once these services are sold off the TTIP agreement would allow these private sector companies to sue national governments to prevent them from being taken back to public ownership, regardless of performance. That is nothing less than usurping what is left of our democracy.”

“If we allow TTIP, we will undoubtedly see the privatisation of core policing functions as well as handing over community policing to private security firms. I don’t think anyone wants to see that.

“We should do everything within our power to prevent corporate interests taking over the public interest.”

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