March and Rally called for 10 April
Stop the Cuts Briefing # 2
UNISON has agreed to organise a march and
rally in Glasgow on 10 April to demonstrate to our politicians
the level of opposition to the cuts.
(Check the UNISON
Scotland blog for updates)
We need you to be there and to encourage turn outs
- Your members and their families– get the best turn out
possible. UNISON will be arranging events for the kids, so bring
them along too!
- Any user or community groups who you are working with to fight
cuts in your authority.
Bring your Branch Banners and Placards –
make it clear UNISON is leading this campaign.
Member’s leaflets will be available for downloading
soon, along with postcards to use in local campaigning. A toolkit,
with advice and information on campaigning and political lobbying
is on www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/stopthecutstoolkit.html
Get the up-to-date info on Budget Cuts:
£466m, 4500 jobs - and counting...
A new briefing #222 Budget Cuts is on the briefings page
on this website, http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/briefings
giving the real facts and figures about the cuts across Scotland.
This has been compiled from your Cuts Impact Assessment returns
(for which, thank you), and is the most comprehensive survey since
Even so it is not yet fully comprehensive. Most information is
in the area of local government while other service sectors are
less well covered—but information on health, higher education,
police, NDPBs, and the voluntary sector etc, is beginning to add
to the figures.
Importantly information on the impact of recession on our comrades
in the private service sector is also coming in, and this shows
similar job loss and cuts as in the public sector. When these
are included we are looking at a total cut of £466.3m with
at least 4,504 jobs going. These figures will no doubt increase.
…and keep it up-to-date.
We need you and your Regional Organiser to keep your Cuts Impact
Assessments up to date, and returned to Fiona Montgomery –
We need this information to keep us informed on how cuts affect
jobs and services. The form is designed to be updated and new
information will be sought soon.
Feb 6 - Dave Prentis launches the campaign
UNISON’s General Secretary, Dave Prentis, has launched our
major Public Works campaign, fighting back against cuts in public
(See also press
release and video
on our blog)
Speaking at the rally in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Feb 6,
he attacked all political parties’ ‘Macho Politics’
and announced that the union’s research has uncovered cuts
of £300m across Scottish local government with a planned
job loss of over 3,000.
“No school cleaner gambled billions on the stock exchange,”
he said. “None of our members created this recession. Why
should they have to pay for it?”
Dave also pointed to the danger of cuts plunging the economy
back into recession as public spending is the only engine of growth
we have. “Spending on public services makes sense if you
are trying to grow the economy,” he said. “For every
pound spent on public services, 64p goes back into the local economy.”
Dave made it clear that all the major parties were to blame in
a rush to the bottom, but reserved particular criticism for David
Cameron’s Tories who, he said, hadn’t changed.
“They are calling for savage cuts - using the crisis to
dismantle the welfare state. 20% cut in public expenditure over
two years, but tax cuts for the rich … a world of haves
and have nots.”
He also urged Gordon Brown to learn from President Barack Obama’s
decision to stand up to American bankers.
“Lets hear more about pay freezes for bankers,” he
said. “Let's hear Gordon calling for every last dime to
be paid back to the taxpayer.”
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