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Sinn Féin calls on Hain to engage with Civil Service Unions

11 January, 2006

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has called on Peter Hain to engage both positively and immediately with the trade union representatives of the civil service here in the North in order to avoid disruption to services here.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Mr Hain has a responsibility to ensure that the mistakes made by his predecessors are not repeated with regard to solving pay disputes with the civil service.

"The current disagreement over pay increases can and should be sorted out around the negotiating table. The cavalier attitude of Mr Hain and his imposition of a pay offer is only going to lead to confrontation. Civil service staff should be entitled to a fair pay increase.

"No one wants to see a strike action which would result in a disruption of key services. It is imperative therefore that the Mr Hain reconsiders his current position and engages with the trade union representatives to put this issue to bed." ENDS

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