Saturday, July 31, 2010

Labour Councillor of shame Gordon Matheson gets invite to free food and bevvy sessions in a tent, public paying the bill but excluded

Dear All

Tell Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson, free and bevy in Glasgow this weekend.

Provided by the taxpayer, only they don’t know and aren’t invited to it either!

This time the trough is provided by Glasgow City Council’s land and environmental services department (LES). They are hosting a corporate hospitality tent at the Glasgow Show where Councillors, MSPs, other guests and their families will be treated to complimentary alcohol and food.

Free beers, wines, cold meats, salads and other buffet foods will probably make up the menu as in previous years.

So, given that Councillors and MSPs cannot generate business, why are they there?

Why does Robert Booth extend free food and drink to them?

As part of the freebie, they have also laid on free tickets to all 79 Councillors to a Motown musical tribute show during the weekend. People like Councillors Ruth Black, Gilbert Davidson and Bob Winter recently in the papers have all received tickets.

Black has questions to answer about a gay and lesbian centre she was running, Davidson is alleged to be a sex pest and Bob Winter hit the headlines about his use of civic cars to take him on holiday.

Senior council officials in Glasgow will spend thousands of pounds on entertaining politicians and business contacts this weekend in the teeth of the biggest financial crisis in its history.

Glasgow City Council is run by Labour, for Labour, to the detriment of the people.

In typical Glasgow Labour Council of shame fashion, the council was unable to provide a cost figure for this year or previous year’s events.

Accountability and transparency don’t seem that high on their radar.

It is alleged that £10,000 would be a ball park figure and not be far off the mark.

LES is facing a radical shake-up, that’s job losses to you and me, one- quarter of staff will lose or leave their jobs over the next three years.

830 staff from a workforce of 3570.

This will mean less people to do the work and less experienced people drafted in using work placements, apprentices and seasonal workers.

Glasgow Labour Party is dismantling the public sector in Glasgow and farming it out to big business.

We can expect Private-sector contractors bidding for commercial waste collection, roads resurfacing, transport, waste and recycling services.

And Robert Booth’s brother works in a firm that may bid for contracts.

Martin Doran of the GMB union, which represents the bulk of frontline LES staff, said:

“I’m expecting that all those employees now working four days on and off for this service will be invited along for some champagne and canapes at the weekend with the rest of them. “If not, then the tent should be dismantled because of the situation people are leaving in. In an era of cuts this is just appalling.”

Martin Doran is a funny guy, if someone works in a lowly capacity, they won’t be on the guest list.

The closest they will get to champagne and canapés is carrying out the rubbish to the dustbins, unless serving Labour Councillors in the marquee.

According to the Council, council staff and police and medical staff on duty during the two days will be fed and refreshed in the hospitality area.

Is this benefit in kind declared?

Why are the Police being fed?

Is not against Police regulations to accept gratuities while on duty?

A Labour Council of shame spokesman said:

“The Glasgow Show is one of the city’s best-loved events, enjoyed by tens of thousands of people every year. The council provides hospitality to the many performers, police, staff and sponsors without whom the show simply couldn’t be staged.”

Labour Party greed continues!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Anonymous said...

I so agree with you. Power wielding GCC with senseless wasteful admin and total lack of respect for the tax payer (by definition those who actually pay it)is a weeping sore on the backs of honest citizens.

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