SNP Councillor Gerry McLaughlan has written to Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd seeking clarification after the Administration recently moved to force through changes to Council workers’ contracts. Now that Tory and Labour Councillors teamed up to vote in majority to approve such changes, Councillor McLaughlan has requested clarification as to who will approve the final version of the changes – Council Officers or Elected Representatives.
“We had a productive and informative discussion with trade union officials who are naturally concerned for the workers they represent at Stirling Council. The handling of this process has been completely unfair and there is no justification for imposing these measures in the way that the Tory/Labour Administration have done and has kept trade union representatives in the dark.“I am disappointed that Labour Councillors followed the whip on this one and voted to attack the rights of workers – the very people they used to defend. People who work to deliver our local services deserve to be treated with dignity instead of this shameful and unnecessary move. In addition to the failure to properly consult with trade union representatives, we are now not sure as to who is in control of the final version of these changes as information given to union representatives contradicts assurances the Administration gave us during the budget meeting.”