East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats have responded to the decision of trade unions to continue with this week's planned strike action even though negotiations have not finished and in spite of East Dunbartonshire Council's amending the offer to take account of employees’ concerns.
Joint council leader, Liberal Democrat Councillor Vaughan Moody commented: "I am sad to see that the unions are carrying on with these disruptive strikes, in spite of further time to negotiate being offered by the council. I am sympathetic to their concerns, which are a direct consequence of the SNP's fleeing the administration after the Scottish Government's Budget imposed a £15.5m cut in the council budget, rather than responding to the challenge and producing a budget of their own.
"I hope that all parties are able to work together and return to the negotiating table in order to minimise the disruption of this industrial action to schools and other important council services. As ever, our priority remains to protect jobs and services in the face of the SNP’s cuts."