The poor attendance may be as "some put it" down to apathy, but for me there may have been some indication from a speaker from the GMB Union, who seemed to indicate that his Union were concentrating on managing redundancies payments rather than fighting them
Nowhere in his speech did he condemn the ruling Labour group for the management of the cuts, even if there was a case that cuts were inevitable.
Indeed he managed only to condemn a Liberal Democrat councillor RCT redundancy packages were to 'too generous'
He admitted he was a Labour member but from his address we saw the problem with the Unions who sometimes forget that they main purpose is to represent their members and not the Labour Party.
I had to leave early but I would have liked to pointed out that the Muni the building we were in was threatened with closure and the sheer irony that just across the road was the GMB area offices which also doubled as offices for local AM and MP and when election comes there will be posters supporting the Labour Party plastered across this building.
Wales has the worst of both worlds a Conservative lib/Dem government in London imposing savage cuts on us and a Labour Part that runs our Assembly and many of our councils who are content to carry out these cuts blaming London.
Welsh Unitary Authorities
|Isle of Anglesey||3||1||12||14|
|Neath Port Talbot||Lab||52||8||4|
|Rhondda Cynon Taff||Lab||1||60||1||9||4|
|Vale of Glamorgan||11||21||1||7||7|
Imagine if it was not Labour running RCT but Plaid . Would the GMB Union be so lukewarm in their defence against the management of the cuts.
Would be the same if the LibDems still led Cardiff and Swansea though I suppose they would be more open to criticism being part of the Westminster government.
But we would certainly not be sitting in Halls when a Union spokesman fails to condemn the ruling party for the management of the cuts.
The origins of the Labour Party may be rooted in the Trade Unions bit the former no longer represent Labour as shown yesterday with the selection of Stephen Kinnock for Aberavon seat. A man who Father and Mother may have some links to Labour roots but whose career makes him remote from the ordinary people of Aberavon.
It s time for the Unions to stop baking a party that no longer represents their members and concentrate on working on those members interest instead.