The view of the union . . .

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.’

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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.

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