Val Jennings (UNISON) and Margaret Wood, UNITE conveners.
Sweeping reductions to public spending and local authority budgets have wreaked havoc across communities up and down the country as hospitals, schools, and emergency services are forced to make cuts, libraries and youth clubs close, and specialist services are withdrawn.
For workers in these crippled services it means stress and misery caused by the intensification of work schedules, lack of secure jobs, low pay, and the work till you drop culture, all destroying lives.
The failed models of phony “partnership working” with employers, “working smarter” etc have not delivered for working people in the workplace or community.
We need a coordinated, far more assertive approach to industrial relations in our view, with a move away from fragmented, localised campaigning. We need joint working, not with employers but with other trade union branches and shop steward committees in the surrounding areas – as a start, in line with STUC policy.
We need that collective strength to take our campaigning forward with demands for investment in our public services rather than so called “savings”.
We need to go the offensive, supporting the TUC call for a shorter working week without loss of pay, earlier retirement, reverse the intensification of work, as part of a determined drive to raise living standards.
We are sick of West Dunbartonshire Council managing decline. We are not going to accept attacks on hard earned terms and conditions more so while budgets are not fully spent.
We call for support for our rally prior to the Council meeting on 28th August 5pm at Clydebank Town Hall. Be there!
Val Jennings UNISON Convenor
Margaret Wood UNITE Convenor
David Scott GMB Convenor
Tom Morrison Secretary Clydebank Trades Union Council