Today at the talks was all about text, with a document tabled by management at the outset of discussions. The content of the text wasn’t surprising, insofar as all the issues mentioned had been raised by management in earlier plenary discussions. What was somewhat surprising was the persistence of management with some issues, and issues in some forms, which clearly will not be agreeable to the unions involved. The INMO spent most of the day analysing the document word by word ensuring that the interests of our members are protected in any final text which might form part of the agreement. We suggested amendments under a range of headings such as time and attendance, outsourcing, rosters and dispute resolution processes. After discussions between all the unions involved the WRC were presented with revised text containing many proposed amendments and deletions, and tomorrow we will likely hear management’s response. Today was the middle of week two, and while much has been said about pay, pensions, recruitment and retention we are nowhere near concluding this process. Talks were originally scheduled to conclude this week; however, any reasonable observer would have firm views about the reality of that at this stage.
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