Rhondda Cynon Taf issued redundancy notices to all 10,000 of their workers. Today, following the joint trade unions registering a dispute, the council announced it is not prepared to participate in mediation with the Joint Secretaries of the Welsh Local Government Association and the Trade Unions. This is unheard of and demonstrates that the council has no interest at all in any form of collective agreement.
A source from within the workforce said:
"The trade unions now have no alternative but to initiate a ballot for industrial action. Why a Labour council has chosen to go down this route in anybody's guess. Senior members of the Labour Party are not happy - it is thought that perhaps councillors do not realise what is going on!"
Unions will be organising a mass rally in Pontypridd against the cuts on Saturday, 19th February.