Date: 01 July 2005
UNISON 'disappointment' at attempt to drop court case
UNISON, the union that represents Scottish fingerprint staff,
today expressed its disappointment at the reported move by the Scottish
Executive to seek an out of court settlement of the case brought
by Shirley McKie.
The union, which represents the four fingerprint experts whose
indentification is at the centre of the debate, is concerned that
the move will only ensure that the case is never resolved.
Kath Ryall, UNISON's Regional Officer said; "This move by the
Executive could mean that four hard-working and highly competent
public servants are unable to clear their name. We know that our
members at no time acted maliciously - as is alleged, and a number
of previous enquiries have determined that no negligence occurred.
"We would prefer the court case to go ahead, so that the eight
years of uncertainty and distress of these valuable staff can be
brought to an end."
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Kath Ryall, Regional
Officer: Work: 0141 342 2826 Mob: 07742638820 Chris Bartter, Communications
Officer - 0845 355 0845 (w) 07715 583 729(m)