Line in the sand with axe threat
THERE are two sides to every argument, and the Single Status row that has engulfed Swansea Council and its workers seems to have reached crisis point on both sides.
On the one hand, the authority says Single Status is about fairness for all, and the majority of its workforce are set to benefit from the changes.
It also claims that many of those who welcome the introduction of these measures have waited patiently for some time for their implementation.
Public sector union Unison disputes this. It claims that far fewer staff will actually benefit from Single Status.
GMB union members have voted in favour of the plan, while Unison members against.
And so we arrive at the latest twist in the row, as those workers who refuse to sign up to Single Status are told they face the axe.
Swansea Council admits such a step is usually a last resort, and therefore one can assume it sees no agreement in sight despite many years of negotiation.
With such an ultimatum, a line in the sand is now officially drawn.
The council claims its position is not confrontational.
Perhaps not. But at a time of such economic uncertainty, and a challenging jobs market, will such a show of strength encourage those against the proposals to cross the divide?
If not, the authority risks the very confrontation it claims to want to avoid.