Thursday, 25 March 2010

Bad Day for Democracy in Wales

The decision by Labour and Plaid Cymru Assembly Members not to cross the picket line yesterday was a disgrace.

I accept that the Civil Service Compensation Scheme is in need of reform.

It is regrettable that dialogue has broken down and that industrial action is happening for a second time.

Whilst I defend the union’s right to hold this strike I am concerned that the decision to boycott business again sets a dangerous precedent.

Yesterday, I led the Opposition in a debate on the "One Wales" agreement and the Assembly Government’s total failure to deliver improvements in the Economy, the NHS, Education, Child and Fuel Poverty, to name just a few.

No-one from the Assembly Government was prepared to defend their record in the Chamber. It was an affront to democracy in Wales.

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