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ZuiderAmstel terminates ISS contract

19 April 2007 - ZuiderAmstel does not want to work with the controversial cleaning and facility services company ISS anymore. Whether a more socially responsible company will be contracted remains unclear. GroenLinks wants answers.

ISS had a contract for the management of the Multifunctional Centre (MFC), a building used by schools and social welfare agencies. The district announced yesterday that it ceases to have confidence in ISS. District chairman Duco Adema: “ISS has failed to deliver on various terrains”.

Opposition parties already had their doubts about the development and management of the MFC and had asked the Accounting Office to investigate this issue. The Accounting Office is expected to publish its findings in May.

It is rumoured that Adema, by dumping ISS, tries to clear himself before the publication of the Accounting Office report. The district denies that there is a connection.

Whether a new contractor will be more socially responsible remains unclear. When asked, the district indicates that the new contract contains stipulations about corporate social responsibility (CSR) “just as was the case with ISS”.

This is remarkable, for GroenLinks asked for a more explicit policy on CSR last autumn, responding to stories about abuses at ISS. For example, employees would not be paid on time.

At the time, the district administration promised to present a paper on this issue to the district council. That paper has not yet been published. Earlier, the district council criticised the administration because ISS had not been asked to provide work placements, even though the council had been promised that this would be a part of all major contracts.

Today, Wanda Pelt (GroenLinks) asked written questions about the situation at the MFC. She not only wants clarity on the CSR issue, but also about safety issues. In addition, she wants to know whether financial damages will be recovered from ISS.

Illustration: The district council was informed about developments regarding the MFC last Tuesday (photo: Louis Hofman). More: Accounting Office, CSR, work placements


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