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Bin Veolia, Onyx and Cleanaway



Write to your Councillors and ask them not to renew any contracts with Veolia or their subsidiaries such as Onyx or Cleanaway.


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  • That the UK government and the U.N do not recognise Israel's annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law
  • The UN has demanded that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported


  • The resolution of the UN Human Rights Council adopted on 14 April 2010 which expresses (Para 5g) grave concern at "The Israeli decision to establish and operate a tramway between West Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev, which is in clear violation of international law and relevant United Nations resolutions;"


  • That Veolia is a leading partner in the CityPass consortium contracted to build and operate the tramway


  • That the tramway line is due to open in August 2011, with Veolia responsible for its operation  


  • That Veolia placed recruitment advertisements for tramway operatives discriminating against the recruitment of Palestinians by requiring Hebrew “at a mother tongue level” and “full army service/civic service”, which hardly any Palestinians do


  • That Veolia is also providing other services to illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including:running bus routes that discriminate against Palestinians and service illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank, linking them to Israel on roads built on occupied land


  • Operating a 33 hectare landfill site, the Tovlan landfill, in illegally Occupied Palestinian Territory, which takes refuse from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and from Israel.  (Veolia intends to sell Tovlan to an illegal Israeli settlement by end of April and advise on its operation thereafter).

Councils that have Cleaned Up


  • 17 June 2010: Swansea City Council passed a resolution to exclude Veolia from all future contracts.
  • May 2010: Dublin City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the City Manager not to sign or renew any contracts with French multinational Veolia.
  • June 2009: The city of Melbourne, Australia stripped Connex (Veolia subsidiary) of their contract to run Melbourne’s trams and Hong Kong’s MTR.
  • April 2009: Galway City Council voted not to renew or enter into any new contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.
  • April 2009: Veolia loses a contact worth 750 million Euros in Bordeaux, France.
  • April 2009: A French court in Nanterre rejected the two companies’ (Veolia and Alstom – another French company involved in the illegal “Jerusalem Light Rail” project) claim that it had no jurisdiction in the case against them (presented by French NGO AFPS), reaffirmed that Israel is the occupying power in East Jerusalem, not the sovereign, and confirmed the illegality of Israeli colonies built on occupied Palestinian land, including in East Jerusalem.
  • March 2009: The Swedish National Pension fund divested from Alstom as the reported human rights abuses regarding the company’s participation in a railway project in Jerusalem made it not suitable for pension funds investments.
  • February 2009: Sligo County Council, passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.
  • January 2009: Veolia loses 4.5 billion dollar contract to run the subway in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • November 2006: ASN, a Dutch bank, broke off financial relations with Veolia on account of the light rail contract, stating that the JLR project “is not in line with the United Nation’s demand to stop all support for Israel’s settlement activities”.
  • August 2006: Irish Trade Union forces Veolia to cancel plans to train Israeli drivers and engineers in Ireland. They were to be trained on the Dublin Luas, that is nearly identical to the one being constructed in Jerusalem.
  • Here in UK more than a dozen local authorities are being challenged to exclude Veolia: After a campaign by West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Veolia failed to get on Sandwell Borough Council’s short list for a rubbish collection contract.


More information at BIG:


BIG Campaign on Veolia

BIG Campaign - Why Boycott Veolia?