In response to comments and articles regarding strike action currently being taken by some property maintenance employees, South Ayrshire Council is making the following statement:
Eileen Howat, Chief Executive, said: "We are very concerned about the approach being taken by the unions around the current strike action and some of the comments being made both about the Council's conduct as well as a named individual employee.
"The grievance involving this individual – and referred to by the unions as the basis for the strike action – was extensively investigated and concluded in line with the policy collectively agreed with the trade unions.
"We firmly stand by the process that was followed, including the appeal to a panel of Councillors, which was not upheld.
"I'm disappointed that a number of reports on this matter have failed to provide a balanced view of the situation."