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September 20, 2011 5:25 PM

Southampton Lib Dem Group Leader, Portswood Cllr Adrian Vinson has slammed the Council's Tory Administration for the protracted industrial dispute.

Adrian says: 'If the Lib Dem budget proposals for a pay freeze rather than pay cuts had been adopted we could have avoided the predictable deeply damaging dispute which has blighted our city.'

The Tory Council has played hardball with strikers. They knew strikes would result from their policies but failed to prepare for industrial action. Instead, residents have been made to wait months for temporary bin collections while many streets have been plagued with rats, maggots and flies.

Lib Dem proposals would have:

Protected low pay workers and saved jobs

Made the necessary savings

Protected the elderly and disabled from losing front line services.

Lib Dem campaigner Keith Reed adds: 'Labour did not put forward any alternatives to the Tory budget. It is clear they don't

have any answers to the problems in our area.'