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All quiet on the Holyrood front

Brian Taylor | 13:16 UK time, Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Holyrood feels notably quiet today - with the exception of the main front door where there has been a cheerful but determined picket line.

The reason? Members of the Public and Commercial Services union are pursuing strike action in protest at what they argue are unfair changes to their redundancy provision.

The strike of itself did not bring Holyrood to a close - even although some 200 out of the 500 parliamentary staff are supporting the industrial action.

Holyrood conveners concluded that many MSPs would feel sufficiently uncomfortable about taking part in committee business today that they would absent themselves.

It was, consequently, concluded that committee business should be deferred until next week with the exception of one committee which will meet tomorrow.

As to the strike, PCS members say low-paid members stand to lose up to a third of their redundancy entitlement under the changes proposed by the UK government.

In response, UK Ministers say that the redundancy proposals are fair and agreed by five out of six unions.


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