Date: Sat 30 October
UNISON call commits Labour to defending public services
UNISON today called on Labour to focus on protecting public services
and to build a nationwide campaign to defend vital services.
The union – which represents more than 160,000 members
providing public services across Scotland – received huge
support for its contemporary motion which was debated at the Scottish
Labour Party Conference in Oban today.
The motion called on Labour to build a robust campaign in defence
of public services and to urge public bodies, particularly local
authorities, to publish full details of the impact the cuts will
have on local services and local economies. It also highlights
the importance of public investment and expenditure in sustaining
employment and demand, as well as providing essential help and
support to those struggling with redundancies, reduced incomes,
repossessions and rising joblessness.
Dave Watson, UNISON’s Scottish Organiser, said:
“Labour has today committed to defending public services
and to fighting the coalition’s cuts agenda. The scale of
the threat to jobs and services cannot be understated and public
services must be seen as part of the solution to our economic
difficulties, not part of the problem”
Gordon McKay, Chair of UNISON Labour Link Scotland, said:
“Today Labour has shown that it is on the side of the people.
The party is now committed to resisting the austerity agenda dreamt
up by the Con Dems after their friends in the city had wrecked
the economy. Alternative budgets and economic impact assessments
will play a crucial role in publicising the damage that is being
done to services.”
For more information on UNISON’s alternatives to the cuts
go to www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks