Cairns-seat demo in bid for fair fund­ing

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS of protesters marched through the con­stituency seat of Sec­re­tary of State for Wales Alun Cairns yes­ter­day. Barry hosted its big­gest po­lit­i­cal rally in a decade as public ser­vices union Uni­son brought hun­dreds of peo­ple to the con­stituency seat of the MP, march­ing for fair fund­ing for Wales, an end to aus­ter­ity and an end to the public-sec­tor pay cap.

The town’s King’s Square was awash with colour, plac­ards, ban­ners and flags as fam­i­lies turned out to hear speak­ers say that public ser­vices are rapidly dis­ap­pear­ing as a di­rect re­sult of Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment spend­ing cuts.

Uni­son ar­gues the Sec­re­tary of State is not stand­ing up for the peo­ple of Wales and or­di­nary peo­ple have suf­fered for too long as a re­sult of UK gov­ern­ment cuts.

Uni­son Cymru Wales had or­gan­ised the all-Wales #SaveOurSer­vices rally in the town to draw at­ten­tion to the fact that it has more mem­bers in Alun Cairns’ con­stituency than the size of his ma­jor­ity.

The trade union is plan­ning a se­ries of events con­tin­u­ing the cam­paign for fair fund­ing for Wales.

Mar­garet Thomas, Uni­son Cymru Wales re­gional sec­re­tary, said: “We’ve com­plained that Alun Cairns as Welsh Sec­re­tary hasn’t been rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Wales. In his back yard he won’t have been able to ig­nore the hun­dreds of peo­ple chant­ing, singing and march­ing for an end to aus­ter­ity.

“Speaker af­ter speaker pleaded for fairer fund­ing for Wales to save li­braries and leisure cen­tres and other vi­tal lo­cal ser­vices, and for an im­me­di­ate end to the seven-year pay cap which has squeezed the fam­ily bud­gets of 390,000 public ser­vice work­ers in Wales by more than 20%.

“This is the mes­sage we want Alun Cairns to take to Theresa May as the gov­ern­ment pre­pares its bud­get.”

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