Falkirk Council’s ruling Labour / Tory Coalition Administration have been heavily criticised by the opposition SNP when not one single member of the coalition turned up for a scheduled meeting of the council’s “Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) forcing the meeting to be re-scheduled.
The JCC is the committee that deals with staffing matters and contains staff side representatives as well as ten elected Councillors and is one of the few committees appointed on a proportional basis therefore not subject to an SNP boycott to committees not in line with proportionality.
JCC member and opposition leader, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn said,
“I am astonished that not one single member of the Labour / Tory coalition felt that matters relating to our staff were important enough to actually attend this meeting.
It was almost as if there was a boycott of the committee, perhaps because its membership is appointed on a proportional basis.
On a more serious note, it does demonstrate why the ruling coalition are so afraid of proper scrutiny and their lack of discipline does give a clear steer as to why the SNP are given only a token presence on the council’s all powerful Executive Committee.
The council leader, Craig Martin, is presiding over a total shambles of an Administration that lacks both commitment and discipline. The message to the council’s staff from the wreckage of the JCC is that matters affecting the staff are unimportant to the Labour and Tory members of Falkirk Council and that is a shocking position to adopt.
It’s time Craig Martin shaped up as a council leader and imposed some discipline within his currently directionless group.”
As there were insufficient members to reach the number for a quorum the meeting will be re-scheduled for a later date.
No show Administration members were, Rosie Murray (convenor), Adrian Mahoney, John Patrick, Craig R Martin, Gerry Goldie