A series of bills that allow the privatization of Companhia Riograndense de Saneamento (Corsan) are scheduled for this Tuesday (31) in the State Legislative Assembly (ALRS), in addition to regionalizing the water and sanitation in the state. The attempts by the Eduardo Leite (PSDB) government to privatize the company date back to early July, when the governor announced that he would forward the proposal to privatize the company to ALRS, which in fact would happen on July 12th.
Leite filed the privatization project as a matter of urgency, forcing deputies to vote until this Tuesday, otherwise the Assembly’s agenda is locked. When forwarding, the governor already had the approved Constitutional Amendment Proposal (PEC) 280/19, which removed the requirement of public consultation for the sale of Corsan, Banrisul and Procergs, which made the path easier.
:: Understand the risks that the population is running with the privatization of Corsan ::
Three Bills of Law (PL) are on the agenda that deal with the subject: PL 210/2021, which creates a regional unit for Central Sanitation, which should deal with the service in the Municipalities that currently have a contract with Corsan; PL 211/2021, which deals with the privatization of the Company; and PL 234/2021, which will establish the South, Northeast and North Coast regional units.
According to the Brazil de Fact RS had already reported, the privatization process of Corsan could leave 250 municipalities without sanitation services. The analysis that only 70 municipalities will be economically viable for a private sanitation company is also serious. These cities are the ones that have enough consumers to support an adequate tariff that guarantees the service and more investment margin.
Today, Corsan presents a net profit of around R$ 300 million per year, of which around R$ 70 million goes to the RS box every year. In addition, it serves two thirds of the municipalities in RS, totaling 317 cities. Of these, just over 20% generate a financial return.
Faced with this situation, entities and leaders that defend the public Corsan highlight the importance of the state-owned company in guaranteeing sanitation services in smaller cities.
Corsan workers prepare mobilization day
According to Arilson Wünsch, president of the Union of Workers in the Water Purification and Distribution Industries and in Sewage Services of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Sindiágua/RS), the mobilization of workers in the category against privatization is due to the certainty of that water should be a good for all, it can never be owned by a company or person.
This Tuesday, when the privatization of the Company will be put on the agenda at the Assembly, Sindiágua/RS is preparing a day of mobilization. From 9 am, there will be an assembly of Corsan employees. Soon after, at 9:30 am, a political event will be held at Largo Glênio Peres, in downtown Porto Alegre.
The beginning of the plenary session of the Assembly is scheduled for 14:00. At the same time, the General Assembly of Sindiágua will be held, in front of the state Legislature. At the same place, at 2 pm, a demonstration by the Porto Alegre Committee of the Popular Plebiscite on Privatization begins.
The Popular Plebiscite Committee on Privatizations is also promoting a mobilization against the privatization of the Company. Called “Mutirão in Defense of Public Water”, the virtual actions on social networks are showing videos and calling for actions on Tuesday. Check out the testimony of theologian Leonardo Boff:
Sindiágua warns of privatization risks during water crisis
According to a report from Sindiágua, proposing the privatization of Corsan during the water crisis (difficulties in water supply) is irresponsible. The union recalls that the entry of a private entity to manage the service can lead to an increase in the rate and the end of the subsidy for smaller cities.
:: What is behind the privatization of Corsan? ::
The union draws attention to an important fact: even if the deputies approve the privatization, it will still lack the approval of the municipalities. Therefore, he warns that the government is blackmailing city halls, claiming that Corsan does not have the resources to guarantee the treatment of water and sewage for the state.
This statement, according to Sindiágua/RS, is a lie. The organization says that the Company’s technicians have already presented the project called “SoluTrat”, which they consider to be an alternative to guarantee the universalization of basic sanitation in RS, as explained in the video authored by the union itself:
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Edition: Marcelo Ferreira