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The only council closures were brought about by strikes
3:49pm Thursday 7th June 2012 in News
FURTHER to Clr Tickridge’s letter (May 2), she still fails to confirm her membership of one of the unions which took the strike action she supported in this and her original letter (March 27).
I must again reiterate that if Labour was serious in wanting its amendments passed, it should have given the Conservative group more notice as Cheshire West and Chester Council has a Conservative majority, elected by the people of the borough.
Labour, as the opposition group, needs cross-party support for its amendments but choosing to unveil these at the last possible minute is almost guaranteed to fail.
Labour, too, was proposing cuts to fund its amendments, so it also believes CWAC can make further savings, as we all try to find ways to deal with the financial situation left behind by the past Labour Government.
Ninety nine per cent of staff have accepted the new contracts and while I appreciate this is a very difficult situation, the council has to make some tough decisions as funding has reduced.
Throughout this process, the council wanted to protect jobs, basic pay and the services we provide to our residents.
The changes to terms and conditions are for outdated premium payments and enhanced travel expenses. No cuts to basic pay have been made.
We have found savings while protecting front line services so, unlike Labour-run councils, not a single library, children’s centre or leisure centre has been closed despite the difficult economic and financial climate. The only closures are on strike days caused by trade unions.
Clr Tickridge still opposes the Conservative amendment that saw the money saved by staff going on strike returned to council tax payers who were inconvenienced.
Sadly it seems Clr Tickridge prefers to side with her union comrades than the council tax payer.
CLR CHARLES FIFIELD Chairman, Weaver Vale Conservatives