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Unions campaign for union recognition from Plaid Carmarthenshire council

Carmarthenshire Unison’s campaign for a Trade Union Recognition Agreement (TURA) with Cwm Environmental (carried on this website here) continues after the summer break.

On Thursday 9th September Unison and GMB members supported by Socialist Party and Swansea Trades Council protested outside County Hall calling on the council that wholly owns Cwm Environmental to give agree to a TURA.

Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire Unison branch secretary, spoke to Socialist Party Wales:

“During the protest we didn’t see a Plaid councillor –  they clearly think they can hide behind senior management and put their heads in the sand hoping the campaign fritters out and doesn’t have political ramifications for them and the council they lead.

“Well, we have news for them – the campaign will continue until we get a TURA and there will be political consequences if they maintain what in effect is anti-trade union stance.

“We have lobbied the council on many occasions campaigning against the council making cuts etc and often Plaid councillors made various commitments they don’t keep and claiming to be left wing or that they don’t want to make cuts but have no alternative.

“While we don’t accept this position, they now have had the chance to demonstrate their credentials and reclaim some of their credibility by calling on their leaders to give us a TURA.

“We will rely on our own strength and continue with our campaign that we know is putting pressure on the council and their company. We are not going away until they sign on the dotted line. If you haven’t signed our online petition yet please do.”