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Fighting school closures across Glasgow

by Eileen Boyle
Issue No. 2150

Despite the shameful vote by the Labour-controlled council in Glasgow to close 22 primary and nursery schools, parents and campaigners vowed to continue the fight to defend their children’s education and communities.

An angry public meeting in Maryhill attended by nearly 100 parents decided to take their fight to the Scottish parliament, and to join up with other groups that the council is preparing to attack.

For example, refuse workers and land services staff are being balloted over changes to pay and conditions, including a proposed four days on and four off rota.

A united campaign against cuts to services has the potential to draw massive support.

As one speaker said, “We have to create a political crisis in the city of Glasgow to force the council to back down”.

Last week’s Glasgow Herald newspaper reported that a further 32 schools are earmarked for closure and parents decided to approach those parents to offer support and invite them to join the campaign.

Parents received a boost on Friday when Ford-Visteon workers in Belfast donated £165 to their campaign after the two groups met at the STUC conference last month.

Campaigners continued to keep the campaign in the public eye by having a noisy contingent on the annual May Day march through Glasgow on Sunday of last week.

Parents, children and supporters were applauded as they entered the rally at Fruitmarket chanting “Bail out the schools not the banks”.

Their rendition of “Labour, Labour, Labour, Out, Out, Out,” went down particularly well.

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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