Idle First Minister not showing leadership on rail strikes – Kirsty Williams

November 16, 2010 2:44 PM

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has expressed her disappointment after the First Minister revealed that he has made no attempt to bring striking rail union and Arriva Trains Wales together to resolve disputes and avoid strike action.

Rail unions are set to strike on Friday, which will have an impact on people wishing to attend the Wales v Fiji rugby game and further planned strikes could have a massive effect on the retail sector in the pre-Christmas rush. Carwyn Jones admitted during First Minister's Questions that he had made no efforts to settle the dispute between both sides.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"It is very disappointing that the First Minister of Wales hasn't even tried to use his influence to bring about an amicable solution to the rail dispute that will inconvenience many people wanting to come to Cardiff this weekend to watch the Wales v Fiji game.

"Further planned strikes on the weekend of 26th and 27th could have a massive effect on the thousands of people coming into Cardiff in the pre-Christmas shopping season. At a time when we are trying to boost the economy and help retailers across Wales, I find it astonishing that the First Minister hasn't even tried to bring both sides together to avoid rail disruption.

"I recognise that rail workers have legitimate concerns as does Arriva Train Wales. However, if the First Minister doesn't show leadership and bring them together to help sort out their differences, rail strikes will go ahead and cause massive inconvenience to rugby fans and our struggling commercial sector."

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