Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A Labour council...

There are only two Labour-controlled councils left in Wales (out of 22) and both of those, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Neath Port Talbot, have managed to excel themselves when it comes to appalling treatment of their workforces.

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.


Plaid Gwersyllt said...

If RCT Labour Councillors are anything like Wrecsam Labour Councillors they will be completely out of touch with reality not to mention Transport House. The Labour Party hierarchy must despair with some (a lot probably) of their disloyal Councillors.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why Lesley Griffiths didnt speak at the wrexham says yes rally. Makes sense now if Labour are so split on this.

Anonymous said...

People get the council they deserve - in 1999 Rhondda Cynon Taf swung dramatically from Labour to Plaid, but despite yhe Plaid administration's excellent record of standing shoulder with the unions, closing Nantygwyddon Tip, sorting out the basketcase finances left by Labour etc., etc. they still voted Labour in their droves in 2004 partly thanks to the PR and organisational skills of Leighton Andrews and Chris Bryant (one a former PR guru the other a former BBC exec.).

The people of RhCT gave Labour the benefit of the doubt and they've once again been badly let down. Hopefully they'll know to kick Labour out in 2012 and never trust them again!

Gwyn Williams