Friday, 30 May 2008

Assembly Commission: What price... democracy?

The Assembly elections in May 2007, not only brought in many changes for the Assembly as an institution, and for its politicians, but also for its staff i.e. the Assembly Parliamentary Service (APS). The election heralded a new beginning for the staff as the split between 'The Executive' and 'The legislature' meant that former APS staff would no longer be civil servants.

The election ended their civil servant status, however, there was a popular option advised by the PCS Union - having the right to revert to their civil servant status and 'move over' to the staff of the Welsh Assembly Government [The Executive] during this period. That deadline arrived this month!!!

The Union were hopeful that the working lives of staff [approximately 300] would be positive, with the possibility of more flexible working patterns and conditions being negotiated once the commission had autonomy to make changes to existing staff terms.

Management have encouraged staff to remain with the Assembly Commission, but with possible limited career opportunities the decision remained at th eforeground to staff thoughts.

In reality, staff have been trickling back to the civil service [Welsh Assembly Government] since May 2007, which has given rise to many 'easy' promotions for existing staff that remained with the commission. This is why there's been a steady flow of new vacancies at the commission. Problem sorted!

Why not join? There could be an interesting opportunity for you.


Anonymous 30 May 2008 at 18:47  

You haven't got much chance of getting in unless you're English or ex Glantaf crachach! The two groups seem to get on fine with each other but no bugger else from Wales has got a chance.

Anonymous 30 May 2008 at 22:49  

Move along please. Nothing to see here......

......unless of course you are a member of the Welsh speaking minority in Wales.

No opportunities for Monoglots here.

This exclusion, naturally, excludes the greater proportion of the talent of Wales and ensures that Wales remains an oasis of political correctness.

Anonymous 1 June 2008 at 23:15  

Most of the senior staff are english. They hire Welsh speakers to make up for their lack of knowledge of Wales.

Anonymous 8 June 2008 at 23:53  

posted on this before, but it hasn't been put up. Its utter tosh the above, the commission is full of people from across wales, english and welsh speakers fom both north and south, where does the rubbish spouted come from?

FoI phobia 10 June 2008 at 10:34  

"Where does the rubbish spouted come from?"

Freedom of Information requests, probably!

BBC UK Politics

BBC Welsh Politics


Welsh Political News

UK News from Times Online

Telegraph Politics


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