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Branch takes Edinburgh
message to Glasgow Rally
Edinburgh joined thousands from across Scotland
in Glasgow rally against cuts in public services.
The bright sunshine was compensation for the
08.00 start on the bus from Edinburgh to join
thousands of UNISON members, service users and
community groups marching through Glasgow's
West End to say ‘Stop the Cuts’ and ‘Public
Works’ as the next stage in the campaign against
public service cuts.
A glorious morning saw contingents from across
Scotland march to a rally in Kelvingrove Park.
Speakers included UNISON President, Gerry Gallagher,
STUC General Secretary, Grahame Smith, and PCS
Scottish President, Janice Godrich.
Scottish Convenor, Mike Kirby said: "As politicians
vie with one another to out trump each other’s
cuts to pay for the bail out of the banks, we
urge our members and community campaigns to
join UNISON’s Public Works campaign and tell
politicians at all levels – in Westminster,
in Holyrood and locally, that you will not accept
cuts in our vital public services to bail out
the fat cats.”
UK President, Gerry Gallagher brought greetings
to the marchers from a similar rally in London.
He said, “In Glasgow and in London today our
key message is that public services should not
suffer because of the bank bailout. Our members
didn’t cause the crash, and neither did the
people we serve every day in communities across
“Cuts will damage recovery from recession;
Cuts will hit public services we all depend
on; Cuts will threaten the wellbeing of our
members and their families. You all have your
own story to tell. And tell them you should.
Because it is the combined voice of public service
workers and service users that need to be heard
in corridors of power.”