The view of the union . . .
SIMON Macfarlane, Unison regional organiser, commented: ‘Unison campaigned against devastating cuts to jobs and services that were considered today.
‘Our open letter to public sector leaders gave a voice to a groundswell of opposition from our members and the community. We are glad to see that the IJB today passed a motion that stepped away from the worst of the cuts that we had highlighted in our letter.
‘Today we saw the immediate threat to Knapdale Ward, learning disability day centres and the proposed privatisation of home care lifted.
‘We further saw a step away by the IJB from doing budget business in private. It is still the case the HSCP faces financial challenges and that is a result of needless austerity.
‘Today, though, we welcome that the threats to our members’ jobs have been lifted for now. We will continue to speak up for jobs and services and the IJB knows that.’
Simon Macfarlane, Unison regional organiser, left, with Unison convener for Argyll and Bute NHS, Dawn MacDonald and Kevin McIntosh, chairman of Argyll and Bute Council Unison branch.