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Fightback is launched from Scotland to Kirklees

Issue No. 2203

Paul Holmes, branch secretary of Kirklees Unison and left wing candidate in the union’s general secretary election, says that workers won’t just “sit and take” the cuts there.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that public sector workers are paying for a crisis created by the bankers,” he said.

“We will be holding mass meetings to discuss industrial action. Expect strike action.

“It will have to be something substantial because this is an important issue—it won’t be just a one-day strike.”

In Glasgow and Edinburgh, campaigns against cuts have been launched.

Defend

In Edinburgh both the Unite and Unison unions are discussing ballots over the single status cuts being imposed.

And Unison has launched Edinburgh Not for Sale—a campaign to defend services and jobs.

Duncan Smith, branch chair of City of Edinburgh Unison, told Socialist Worker, “We want to involve trade unions, community and campaign groups.

“The challenge is huge. We believe it is vital that our services are run for need not profit.”

A similar campaign was launched in Glasgow in March—Defend Glasgow Services.

Claire Lyall, a Unison rep, told Socialist Worker, “We have to come together across Glasgow to defend our community.”

Furious

She added, “The council are pushing the idea that residents should manage threatened community centres themselves as volunteers with a reduced council grant.

“They have just done this in Cadder. People were furious at a public meeting.

“Even the football group who use the local pitch have been told to relocate now or get nothing—they are effectively being blackmailed.”

Right to Work groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh are meeting this week to discuss working with trade unions and other organisations to protest on or around budget day.


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