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Pearson Slammed Over Civil Service Remarks

22 May, 2004

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has slammed the British Direct Rule Minister Ian Pearson after he branded striking Civil Service workers as 'dishonest and disgraceful'.

Ms Gildernew said:

" Ian Pearson the supposed Labour minister has sat back and allowed this dispute to escalate over the past 23 weeks. He should be sitting down with Nipsa and attempting to find an equitable resolution to this strike instead of shouting insults from the sidelines.

" Exactly how Mr. Pearson believes that this outburst will help resolve this dispute is beyond me. It seems that he is increasingly alienating civil servants instead of doing his job and building bridges and engaging in constructive dialogue.

" I have to say with this sort of leadership at Ministerial level then we would have to be pessimistic about this dispute being resolved in the short term." ENDS

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