This is having an adverse impact on 40 Auckland businesses and putting jobs at risk. Yet the same businesses are afraid to speak out because of the fear of losing other contracts.
RFA is acting like a monopoly by reducing client choices in selecting services resulting in inferior services that are starting to damage Auckland Events brand says an article in the National Business Review.
The private events businesses have asked the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to step in and take up their case with Auckland Council.
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance agrees that this is improper use of ratepayers’ money and has issued this press release urging an investigation.
RATEPAYERS' ALLIANCE BACKS INVESTIGATION CALL
THURSDAY 4 JUNE 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Responding to the NBR report that the Auckland Chamber of Commerce is calling for an investigation into the Council’s undercutting of events businesses, Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says:
“Events businesses have found themselves in a position where they cannot criticise the Council for fear of being blacklisted for further contracts, but cannot sit by idle while the Council looks to monopolise their industry.”
“The Council should not be in the business of using ratepayers’ money to chase rate-paying businesses out of the market and destroy private sector jobs.”
“The allegations raised by the Chamber of Commerce are very serious ones, which point to a culture of fear amongst Auckland businesses owners who are too scared to voice their concerns about Council practices. We support all efforts to ensure there is an investigation into this matter.”