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Sinn Féin pressure sees council retake vote to furlough staff

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Causeway Coast and Glens Council are to retake a vote to Furlough eligible staff members following a successful call-in by the Sinn Féin Council team.

The Sinn Féin council team challenged the initial decision taken by the council forcing a legal opinion to be sought.

Sinn Féin councillor Leanne Peacock said:

“Sinn Féin have continued to engage with staff, trade unions and council officers on the issue of furloughing some of our workforce during the COVID19 crisis following to reach a positive conclusion to this issue. It is important that as a public body and a responsible employer the Council is seen to be fair and transparent not only in its decisions but how it came to make those decisions.

“We challenged the initial council resolution to furlough staff at 80% at the May Council meeting and the very fact that there is a new proposal on the table now in June that is more acceptable to staff and to Trade Unions is testament to the fact that this decision was taken prematurely.”

“Meaningful engagement on the issue with staff and Trade Unions is vital to good governance and working relationships and now with the full facts available to councillors a new proposal will be tabled at next weeks meeting of council. I am glad that Sinn Féin have been able to use our electoral mandate to rightly support council staff in this instance.”

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