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                                              Datganiad i’r Wasg
PR 1271
                                                        For Immediate Release
10 September 2004

           Providing services for the public, not Unison
SWANSEA Council’s Deputy Leader has accused Unison of self interest and
trying to hijack public services in the industrial dispute over service@swansea.

Cllr Gerald Clement said, “The Council provides services for more than
200,000 people in Swansea. Education, housing, social services, refuse and
benefits are all public services, not Unison services.

“Unison has no right to dictate how services are provided and run.
“The Council has a duty and commitment to meet the needs of the public and
to provide value-for-money services.

“Council tax-payers have a right to expect nothing less. They deserve efficient,
modern and effective services.

“The Council will continue to provide services that are in the best interests of
the public, rather than the best interests of Unison.

“We have seen Unison’s hidden agenda in this dispute. It is using Swansea,
its council and its customers as a pawn in its national fight to oppose modern
public services across the country.

 “This is the 21st century. Unison must stop playing games with people’s lives.
“Unison is not interested in negotiating. The union keeps on shifting the
goalposts, making demands and breaking promises.

“The Council has made concessions to Unison and has tried to resolve this
dispute in order for IT staff to return to work.

“Unison is not interested in negotiating. The union keeps on shifting the
goalposts, making demands and breaking promises.”

Cllr Clement added, “Swansea Council passed a motion on Thursday re-
affirming the position that it wants what is best for our customers and our
employees. It will approach this with a completely open and fair mind and work
within the legal framework.

“This motion will bring confidence to the Council’s customers as well as
reassure its employees.”


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media@swansea.gov.uk
CITY AND COUNTY SWANSEA – DINAS A SIR ABERTAWE
Note to editors:

Notes for Editors
Swansea Council passed a motion on Thursday evening which states:
“We the Council wish to affirm our position regarding services provided by this
Authority. Our preference is wherever possible to retain these services within
the City and County of Swansea, as far as is consistent with Government
requirements and ensuring the people of Swansea receive the best possible
services.


For further information please contact: Patrick Fletcher on 01792 636092
patrick.fletcher@swansea.gov.uk




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