Wednesday 26 January 2011
Glasgow City Council leader challenged to debate alternatives
to the cuts
Trade unionists have challenged the leader of Glasgow City
Council to participate in a debate to discuss real alternatives
to cutting the city's public services.
Members of the Defend Glasgow Services campaign - a group set
up by trade unions, community organisations and community campaigners
to fight the cuts - wrote to council leader Gordon Matheson
this week asking him to meet with them to discuss ways of protecting
the city's services.
Brian Smith, of UNISON's Glasgow City branch, said: "The leader
of Glasgow City Council said recently that no-one wants to make
these cuts. Well, we're here to tell him he doesn't have to,
that these cuts are not inevitable and that he can make a choice
to protect our city's services.
"We want Glasgow City Council to set a 'needs budget' that
will safeguard our public services and protect the most vulnerable
people in our society who will be hit hardest by these cuts.
"The Defend Glasgow Services demonstration this Saturday will
allow the people of Glasgow to make a stand against the cuts
and send a clear message to politicians that there is a better
The Defend Glasgow Services Campaign is holding a demonstration
against the cuts on Saturday, January 29, in Glasgow. Trade
unionists, community groups and members of the public are all
invited to take part in the demonstration which will start at
11.30am in George Square.