Filton Labour reiterate union partnership
Filton Labour party have re-iterated their strong partnership with the union Unite.
Chair of Filton Labour branch and Filton town councillor, Brian Mead, raised the point at a recent town council meeting after some councillors raised concerns that a contract signed with Unite for a learning agreement was unclear.
Mr Mead said he wanted to make it clear after some councillors had seemed confused that the council have the formal relationship with the union and that staff were entitled to be union members. Mr Mead also declared his interest in Unite, of which he is a member.
Last month, Steve Preddy, the Unite union representative who has been working with the council and signed the learning contract with them, lambasted the council for what he called "successive administration failing to introduce management practices". Mr Mead made no reference to this criticism or what action the council may take as a result and the council, which carries a Labour majority, have made no comment.
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Independent councillor, Brian Freeguard, pointed out to Mr Mead that whilst the council have a duty as an employer to recognise union membership, as a council it should not influence council decisions. He said he had been a Unite member in the past.
Conservative councillor Anne Kenyon said she had raised the issue that on Labour councillors had seemed to be aware of the signing of the agreement with the publication in local magazine Filton Voice recently and other had not been aware of the article.
Conservative Rikki Teml, pointed out to district Labour councillor Ian Scott and Filton Labour party, that reports to council each month were reflecting more an more political point scoring rather than community beneficial information. He said that parish councils were there for the good of the community and therefore should be non political.