Today I attended the extraordinary council meeting, two items were on the agenda and to be fair only one of them will have any long term impact. (the other about meeting close times has been debated ad infinitum)
Before the meeting I stood outside the chambers with approximately 350 council staff as they rallied to fight the proposed changes to their working environment. Recounts of how they spoke with a Councillor/candidate prior to the election and how he promised to support them in their hour of need, stories of how the last meeting failed to be recorded so all the promises and commitments made are sadly not on record for all to refer to if and when the proposed changes go sour (I really don’t believe that was intentional and I do feel for the council worker who inadvertently didn’t set the record button.) , stories as appeared in todays Champion suggesting not all is wine and roses in Ipswich and some Ipswich councillors were reconsidering their participation in the Propel initiative and withdrawing.
But even more I feel for the staff who have been monumentally let down by the Liberal majority of Liverpool Council. All they were asking for was time, time to investigate the proposed changes, time to understand the negatives and the positives and time to find out more. The Labor councillors put forward the rescission motion, an opportunity if you will to rethink the urgency, an opportunity to side with the staff to allow investigations to proceed before anyone signed on any dotted line. ALAS that was not to be so, even with the absence of Cllrs Balloot and Harle the Liberal majority still had the numbers to push through this unpopular agenda.
From some of the research I’ve been made aware of and what I’m told this is what CEO Mr Wulff does, I refer to a previous commenter and some of the links I’ve posted here and previously. While clearly we aren’t privvy to all the details there seems to be a significant thread that goes where he goes, and if it doesn’t he goes. Interesting since one of the chants I heard today specifically called for the CEO’s departure from Liverpool. While I’ve not so much as said boo to him, seems people around the country are keen to share information, the links below were emailed to me from a fan (NOT). I had a couple of others but was unable to open them but it does seem google is your friend if you are prepared to spend the time. There also seems to be recurring theme but again this is for you to decide and for people to make up their own minds. All I know is that many of the people who work in our council, who care about our city and many of whom are residents need answers, they need time and they need to feel a sense of security, all of which seems to have been denied them today.
For those interested in keeping up to date, I’ll post what I can find out and there is also a FaceBook page for those in the community wanting to learn more and keep up to date. Simply open your facebook account and type in RepelPropel and a link to this community page will come up. There is also a petition to sign and seek signatures (below), you can email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is about all I have for now, Of course if you have a different opinion or view to mine, have heard things differently or have more information to share, please send it through, I am happy to post other opinion/ideas/interpretations etc, if you prefer not to have your name posted, simply put that in your comment and I’ll make sure that information stays confidential. Crikey even if Mr Wulff wants to comment I’m happy to post, although his decision to declare a non pecuniary interest and not speak in council may prohibit him sharing information. Either way let’s keep the information coming, an informed community is the best kind and if there was less done ‘in confidence’ I’m sure we’d be better able to sort out detail from conjecture.
Lastly please don’t underestimate the impacts this decision will not only have on our staff but staff from other councils who are equally concerned, this kind of precedent could impact lots and lots of people. In hindsight, one would hope Liverpool Liberals might consider the time that was requested was a small price to pay.