Saturday, July 30, 2005

Unions express discontent with Reid “way forward” proposals


Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP - Secretary of State for Defence
Both sides to meet on Monday * TGWU/Prospect to attend “without prejudice”

Gibraltar’s trade unions TGWU/Prospect are known to be “unhappy” with the contents of a reply by new Defence Secretary Dr John Reid on the way forward for the MoD contractorisation plans.

Informed sources said the TGWU had received a reply from Dr Reid containing the skeleton arguments of the Ministry of Defence proposals, but stated that these “do not go far enough” to satisfy the Unions’ position in the dispute.

It has also been confirmed that the local trade union delegation consisting of TGWU District Officer Luis Montiel, Prospect General Secretary Michael Tampin and TGWU-MoD convenor Victor Ochello will be attending the talks with senior MoD officials at Transport House in London on Monday August 1st.

The MoD team led by Command Secretary Susan Scholefield (Permanent Joint Headquarters [PJHQ]) will include Gibraltar Command Secretary Phil Mallion.

A statement from both parties is expected after the talks.

Informed sources said that as far as the Unions are concerned, the meeting is not a consultation process or even a negotiation but an opportunity for the MoD to lay down their proposals on the table without prejudice to the Union’s position in the substantive court case on contractorisation which is going ahead in September.

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