In an absolutely astonishing move by the Western Isles Independent / Labour administration, the union representation was cut to in order to make savings.
This will place strong union representation in jeopardy.
SNP Councillor Gordon Murray stated:
"At a time when cuts from Westminster are really hurtng our communities, we really need a strong voice representing employees and we need to protect the trade unions. It is heartbreaking to see this administration cut the trade union representation.
"I know a few councillors have been involved in varying degrees with unions and thought they would have agreed with me that the union is hugely important in protecting workers rights - do we really want to be giving the message that Comhairle nan Eilean is cutting union representation so much, surely not."
Those who voted to save the trade union representation funding
John A Maciver