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Gildernew welcomes Civil Service dispute dialogue

6 July, 2004

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has welcomed the news from Nipsa that the British direct rule Minister Ian Pearson has finally agreed to enter a talks process to find a resolution to the ongoing civil service pay dispute.

Ms Gildernew said:

"At last it seems that public and political pressure on Ian Pearson to enter into talks with the civil service union has paid some dividends. I welcome the fact that Nipsa have now been contacted by the Minister and that dialogue is to take place.

"This step should have been taken months ago. It is a disgrace that both the public and the workers have had to suffer because of what can only be described as intransigence from the Minister and civil service management.

"It is vital that the Minister approaches these talks with the firm intention of finding an equitable resolution to the dispute. It is pointless entering into a process of dialogue with the Trade Union representatives if he is not committed to finding a resolution to this long running dispute." ENDS

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