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Mediation fails to avert strike

16 March 2005

Mediation fails to avert strike at Christchurch City Council

Strike action at Christchurch City Council looks set to go ahead on 24 March. Attempts today to mediate a settlement between the Council and the Southern Local Government Officers Union (SOLGM) failed to reach agreement.

Council General Manager of Human Resources, Philippa Jones, says that she was not surprised by the lack of progress.

“Given that negotiations have been underway for ten months and little progress was achieved in that time, it would have been unexpected to see instant progress in mediation today.

“We will be seeking to resume our discussions with the union after the industrial action.”

Contingency plans are in place to minimise any disruption to Council services during the strike which will take place between 10am and 2pm, Thursday 24 March.

ENDS

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