William Eichler 14 September 2016

Cardiff seeking to protect rights of public sector workers

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The Welsh government has launched proposals to protect the rights of public sector workers in Wales.

Last July, Whitehall consulted on plans to lift a UK-wide ban on agency workers being used to cover the work of employees taking industrial action.

Wales’ local government secretary, Mark Drakeford, is pushing for the ban to remain in place arguing it prevents industrial action becoming ‘prolonged, protracted disputes’.

‘We have a proud tradition of constructive social partnership in Wales. Welsh government works effectively with public sector employers and trades unions, and we have avoided much of the damaging industrial action seen in England,’ he said.

‘But where industrial action does take place, the UK government’s proposals risk leading to prolonged, protracted disputes, greater confrontation and more disruption to some of the most vulnerable users of our vital public services.

‘That is why I have set out proposals today to continue to prevent agency workers being used to cover the work of public service employees taking industrial action and am seeking views on that proposal.’

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