UNISON D&G to fight austerity cuts via Council Elections

 
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UNISON D&G proposes independent candidates to stand in the 2017 Council Elections to challenge Council’s austerity cuts.

The following motion to approach other unions to support the idea was carried the Branch’s August Executive meeting:

“This motion calls upon the UNISON Dumfries Local Government Branch committee to make contact with sister trade unions in Dumfries & Galloway to discuss how the ongoing austerity cuts and their impact are being implemented across the region by Dumfries & Galloway council.

In particular this Branch is concerned about the number of jobs lost across the region, and the serious financial impact on workers’ wages and their families across our communities. These job losses not only affect the current post holders but also our young people who face ever more challenging barriers to obtaining quality paid employment.

The austerity measures implemented by the Council to date and potential future measures are having a detrimental effect on staffs moral and their financial health & wellbeing.

Unfortunately the Council, and in particular the administration, have not given proper consideration to suggestions made by the trade unions that would allow them to look at other options to fund any financial gaps, and have instead committed to saving £3m through attacks on staffs terms and conditions.

UNISON has over 4,500 members in Dumfries & Galloway, not to mention their friends and families. This motion calls upon the Branch to initiate a campaign across not only UNISON’s membership, but to also enter dialogue with our sister trade unions and the Dumfries Trades Union Council to consider options for fighting back against these attacks on the workforce.

This UNISON branch believes one of the options that should be considered is the standing of candidates in the 2017 local authority elections under the banner of Defend Our Public Services.

We believe Defend Our Public Services candidates should be used to highlight the detrimental effect that the Council’s cuts are having on the vital services that we provide, our communities, local businesses, families and their own workforce.”

UNISON D&G Stewards vent frustration at austerity cuts

UNISON D&G Stewards vent frustration at austerity cuts

Robert Rae, UNISON Regional Organiser said, “Unfortunately the council, and in particular the administration, have not given proper consideration to suggestions made by the trade unions [of] other options to fund any financial gaps and have instead committed to saving £3million through attacks on staff terms and conditions. Defend Our Public Services candidates would highlight the detrimental effect DGC’s cuts are having on vital public services”

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Update from Representatives at UNISON's National Local Government Conference 2017

Below are a few pictures that have been taken by the team in the last few days.

Various issues have been discussed so far including

- Health and Safety
- Public Service Champions Campaign - Which aims to highlight the valuable jobs done by members in local government
- Bullying and Harassment
- Ending the Pay Freeze

and various other issues.

Keep up to date with the debates and points of interest using #ulgc17
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UNISON's National Local Government Conference 2017 is taking place this week.

Various Branch Officers and Union Reps from our region are attending to make sure our region has its voice.

Below are a few pictures they have taken so far.

Various issues have been discussed so far including

- Austerity
- Smashing the 1% pay freeze
- Bullying and Harassment

Keep up to date with the debates and points of interest using #ulgc17
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