Unions call for the public to join County Hall protest over chief exec's leadership

Public urged to join protest at County Hall.

Public urged to join protest at County Hall.

First published in News

MORE than 500 union members have responded to a ballot on a vote of no confidence in the chief executive of Pembrokeshire County Council called by three unions representing workers at County Hall.

Members of UNISON, Unite and the GMB will also protest outside County Hall tomorrow (Friday) over the “catalogue of failures and concerns” while under the leadership of Bryn Parry-Jones.

The move comes after it was revealed that Gloucestershire police are to carry out a new investigation into new evidence received in relation to the controversial 'unlawful' pension payments made to Mr Parry-Jones and another senior council officer.

Union members are unhappy that Mr Parry-Jones remains in post while the allegations are investigated.

Vic Dennis, UNISON Branch Secretary, said: “Ballot papers went out to all our members in Pembrokeshire last week and the speed and size of response has been overwhelming.

“We have already received over 500 responses and many members are on annual leave. The early indications are that the majority of UNISON members employed by PCC will confirm that they have lost trust and confidence in their Chief Officer.

“We have never had such an immediate and overpowering response to a ballot on any other issue.

“This is in direct response to calls from our respective membership to have their voices heard in relation to numerous failings in Pembrokeshire County Council. The continuing pension debacle is the last straw for our members, many of whom now say they are embarrassed to admit they work for PCC.

“The action is taking place at lunch time so members are at liberty to register their protest and we trust that no pressure is put on them not to walk out.”

“It is not only trade union members who welcome this opportunity to show their feelings but the community as a whole. We now ask them to join us on Friday August 8 at 12:30 to show their strength of feeling.”

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said they had no comment to make on the unions' plans.

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2:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Flashbang says...

As if that will do any good, he needs to be dragged kicking and screaming from office.
As if that will do any good, he needs to be dragged kicking and screaming from office. Flashbang
  • Score: 14

3:21pm Thu 7 Aug 14

SM1968 says...

You need to get rid of Jamie as well, if you don't nothing will change there he is just as bad, they Are a complete joke.look at the Herald web site where a former PCC employee now at an English authority states PCC are used in training courses of how not to do it
You need to get rid of Jamie as well, if you don't nothing will change there he is just as bad, they Are a complete joke.look at the Herald web site where a former PCC employee now at an English authority states PCC are used in training courses of how not to do it SM1968
  • Score: 21

3:49pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bilbo101 says...

Anyone NOT signed the petition against Bryn yet ? Send the link to all your friends, the more signatures we get the more notice that the Welsh Assembly will take, copy &paste the following link : https://you.38degree
s.org.uk/petitions/e
nd-corruption-in-pem
brokeshire-county-co
uncil
Anyone NOT signed the petition against Bryn yet ? Send the link to all your friends, the more signatures we get the more notice that the Welsh Assembly will take, copy &paste the following link : https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/e nd-corruption-in-pem brokeshire-county-co uncil Bilbo101
  • Score: 12

4:05pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sue T/K says...

Just to let you know - I sent the following email to all PCC councillors on 1 Aug. As yet 3/60 have responded. I accept some may be away on holiday. The 3, very supportive replies, were received from Bob Kilmster, Jonathan Nutting and Mike Stoddart - thank you.

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Dear Cllr

Please read my comment (Sue T/K; item number 12) on the following link, which is the Western Telegraph article dated 29 July 2014 relating to union members protesting about Pembrokeshire County Councillors CEO. My comment includes the correspondence between myself and the CEO (amongst others) in 2005, in relation to the paedophile Mik Smith.

I understand that although Cllr Adams has copies of this correspondence (questionable after his comments in 17 July council meeting), there is some reluctance in making it available to all. Not very democratic and something I can rectify. Please feel free to circulate anything I have written.

Cllr Adams, if having read the correspondence again, you feel inclined to publicly correct the comments you made in the council meeting and offer an apology for intimating that I made misleading statements in the BBC Week In Week Out programme, I'll be waiting.

Please don't read anything into the order I have copied councillors in on in this email - it is purely alphabetical.

Link:

http://www.westernte
legraph.co.uk/news/1
1372860.BREAKING__Un
ion_members_to_prote
st_about_Pembrokeshi
re_County_Council_ch
ief_executive_Bryn_P
arry_Jones/?cmpid=cm
t

Thank you for your time.

Regards
Sue Thomas

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I have had no response from Cllr Adams.

These are the people representing your interests in Pembrokeshire. They are public servants, paid with your money.

The CEO and certain senior members of the council need to go. Anyone with a shred of decency would have stood down and walked away.

Thank you in advance to anyone who attends tomorrow's protest.

Sue Thomas
Just to let you know - I sent the following email to all PCC councillors on 1 Aug. As yet 3/60 have responded. I accept some may be away on holiday. The 3, very supportive replies, were received from Bob Kilmster, Jonathan Nutting and Mike Stoddart - thank you. ******************** ******************** **************** Dear Cllr Please read my comment (Sue T/K; item number 12) on the following link, which is the Western Telegraph article dated 29 July 2014 relating to union members protesting about Pembrokeshire County Councillors CEO. My comment includes the correspondence between myself and the CEO (amongst others) in 2005, in relation to the paedophile Mik Smith. I understand that although Cllr Adams has copies of this correspondence (questionable after his comments in 17 July council meeting), there is some reluctance in making it available to all. Not very democratic and something I can rectify. Please feel free to circulate anything I have written. Cllr Adams, if having read the correspondence again, you feel inclined to publicly correct the comments you made in the council meeting and offer an apology for intimating that I made misleading statements in the BBC Week In Week Out programme, I'll be waiting. Please don't read anything into the order I have copied councillors in on in this email - it is purely alphabetical. Link: http://www.westernte legraph.co.uk/news/1 1372860.BREAKING__Un ion_members_to_prote st_about_Pembrokeshi re_County_Council_ch ief_executive_Bryn_P arry_Jones/?cmpid=cm t Thank you for your time. Regards Sue Thomas ******************** ******************** ***************** I have had no response from Cllr Adams. These are the people representing your interests in Pembrokeshire. They are public servants, paid with your money. The CEO and certain senior members of the council need to go. Anyone with a shred of decency would have stood down and walked away. Thank you in advance to anyone who attends tomorrow's protest. Sue Thomas Sue T/K
  • Score: 24

4:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sue T/K says...

Apologies - that should have read 'Cllr Bob Kilmister' not Kilmster
Apologies - that should have read 'Cllr Bob Kilmister' not Kilmster Sue T/K
  • Score: 9

6:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Tttoommy says...

Sue, I e-mailed Jamie Adams - cllr.jamie.adams@pem
brokeshire.gov.uk asking him If he would apologise to you for how the Council has treated you and many others and to the Council for misleading them.

You will not be surprised that he has not replied

PS I urge everyone to write to him asking him to apologise
Sue, I e-mailed Jamie Adams - cllr.jamie.adams@pem brokeshire.gov.uk asking him If he would apologise to you for how the Council has treated you and many others and to the Council for misleading them. You will not be surprised that he has not replied PS I urge everyone to write to him asking him to apologise Tttoommy
  • Score: 10

6:55pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sue T/K says...

Tttoommy - many thanks for taking the time to do that and for your continued support. I suspect that every response from certain cllrs/'the council' is being very carefully orchestrated at the moment.
Sue
Tttoommy - many thanks for taking the time to do that and for your continued support. I suspect that every response from certain cllrs/'the council' is being very carefully orchestrated at the moment. Sue Sue T/K
  • Score: 12

2:40am Fri 8 Aug 14

Kiwitaff says...

When I was subjected to work place bullying Nick Ainger was a superb MP and very supportive. I opted to move on but regret not going public about the managerial short comings that existed back in 1996/97.

I think if Prince William will get a capped salary of 40K when he takes up his job flying search and rescue helicopters puts it into perspective. The excessive pay that BPJ and his supporters are getting is obscene.
When I was subjected to work place bullying Nick Ainger was a superb MP and very supportive. I opted to move on but regret not going public about the managerial short comings that existed back in 1996/97. I think if Prince William will get a capped salary of 40K when he takes up his job flying search and rescue helicopters puts it into perspective. The excessive pay that BPJ and his supporters are getting is obscene. Kiwitaff
  • Score: 8

2:52am Fri 8 Aug 14

Flashbang says...

Let's hope someone is overseeing the effort put into the police inquiry as the last one left a lot to be desired. No interviews and no statements taken, it's a joke beyond belief.
Let's hope someone is overseeing the effort put into the police inquiry as the last one left a lot to be desired. No interviews and no statements taken, it's a joke beyond belief. Flashbang
  • Score: 10

7:07am Fri 8 Aug 14

Welshman23 says...

Hope to see the councillors that have attempted to remove BJP are at today's demonstration to support the unions.
I bet BPJ and his supporters will be elsewhere.
See you all it could be a turning point.
Hope to see the councillors that have attempted to remove BJP are at today's demonstration to support the unions. I bet BPJ and his supporters will be elsewhere. See you all it could be a turning point. Welshman23
  • Score: 9

9:13am Fri 8 Aug 14

Tttoommy says...

Asked Jamie if he thought PCC , BPJ or himself had done wrong and whether they would apologise - I ACTUALLY got a reply -


Thank you for your email

It remains my opinion that I did not mislead Council as you suggest

I trust this answer deals with your subsequent questions


*** So that's him aligning himself with all the **** ups of the Council !
Asked Jamie if he thought PCC , BPJ or himself had done wrong and whether they would apologise - I ACTUALLY got a reply - Thank you for your email It remains my opinion that I did not mislead Council as you suggest I trust this answer deals with your subsequent questions *** So that's him aligning himself with all the **** ups of the Council ! Tttoommy
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

seaveiw says...

glad to see so many members of the public there today. shame to you councillors we saw you peeping out the windows. and where was bryn afraid to show himself and reply to issues raised. if he still thinks he is innocent why doesntt he come out and face the people
glad to see so many members of the public there today. shame to you councillors we saw you peeping out the windows. and where was bryn afraid to show himself and reply to issues raised. if he still thinks he is innocent why doesntt he come out and face the people seaveiw
  • Score: 4

9:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Sue T/K says...

Tttoommy - was Jamie Adams' email to you, about not having mislead council, related to the comments he made in the recent council meeting i.e. about my correspondence with the CEO in 2005? If so, would you mind forwarding me the email response you got from him(fnstrad@yahoo.co
.uk).
As he obviously has no intention of retracting his comments or apologising for them, I am taking the matter further.
Many thanks, Sue
Tttoommy - was Jamie Adams' email to you, about not having mislead council, related to the comments he made in the recent council meeting i.e. about my correspondence with the CEO in 2005? If so, would you mind forwarding me the email response you got from him(fnstrad@yahoo.co .uk). As he obviously has no intention of retracting his comments or apologising for them, I am taking the matter further. Many thanks, Sue Sue T/K
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Tttoommy says...

Sue T/K wrote:
Tttoommy - was Jamie Adams' email to you, about not having mislead council, related to the comments he made in the recent council meeting i.e. about my correspondence with the CEO in 2005? If so, would you mind forwarding me the email response you got from him(fnstrad@yahoo.co

.uk).
As he obviously has no intention of retracting his comments or apologising for them, I am taking the matter further.
Many thanks, Sue
hi sue, i've forwarded my " e-mail conversation" with Jamie to you ,
[quote][p][bold]Sue T/K[/bold] wrote: Tttoommy - was Jamie Adams' email to you, about not having mislead council, related to the comments he made in the recent council meeting i.e. about my correspondence with the CEO in 2005? If so, would you mind forwarding me the email response you got from him(fnstrad@yahoo.co .uk). As he obviously has no intention of retracting his comments or apologising for them, I am taking the matter further. Many thanks, Sue[/p][/quote]hi sue, i've forwarded my " e-mail conversation" with Jamie to you , Tttoommy
  • Score: 4

12:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Bilbo101 says...

Help end the corruption in PCC by signing the petition and sending it to all your friends. 2507 Pembrokeshire people have so far signed, lets get it past the 3000 mark, Facebook and Twitter the link to all your family and friends : https://you.38degree
s.org.uk/petitions/e
nd-corruption-in-pem
brokeshire-county-co
uncil
Help end the corruption in PCC by signing the petition and sending it to all your friends. 2507 Pembrokeshire people have so far signed, lets get it past the 3000 mark, Facebook and Twitter the link to all your family and friends : https://you.38degree s.org.uk/petitions/e nd-corruption-in-pem brokeshire-county-co uncil Bilbo101
  • Score: -1

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