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Mismanagement of civil service dispute reaching all time low

6 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Chairperson, Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has accused senior civil service management and NIO direct rule Ministers of grossly mismanaging the long running dispute with civil service staff. Mr McLaughlin said:

"The handling of this dispute by the senior civil service management and by the team of direct rule Ministers has been a disgrace. They have totally mismanaged the situation. The management of the situation in Derry over the past two days has been woefully inadequate.

"The result of mismanagement and poor leadership and inflexibility from the direct rule team is forcing thousands of people into unnecessary hardship, from pensioners to teachers, farmers to people wanting to MOT their car the impact of the failure to seek a genuine resolution to this dispute has been disastrous.

"It is time that Ian Pearson got on with the job of sorting this mess out. It is time for genuine talks without pre-conditions and it time for flexibility in discussing the legitimate issues around pay raised by the civil service unions." ENDS

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