The STUC is predicting growing tensions and an upsurge in activity as local trade unions and community campaigners press national and local government on services, funding and green job creation.
Speaking ahead of a Scotland-wide conference on Saturday, 11 September*, STUC General Secretary, Roz Foyer, said:
“The recent campaigns opposing closures of services and for increased cleansing provision in Glasgow and against care home closures in Edinburgh are two examples of a groundswell of joint trade union and community activity across Scotland which is set to grow and which will provide major challenges for both local and Scottish Government.
“Properly funded councils have a massive role to play in building community wealth and creating green jobs through service provision and municipally run transport and housing retrofit programmes.
“All councils should be making the case to the Scottish government for increased funding and the powers to deliver real change. Instead, some councils, Glasgow in particular, prefer to attack the communities they represent and the workers who deliver essential services.
“Coupled with the failure to offer a decent pay increase for council workers, attacks on trade unions and communities will provoke an upsurge in unrest during the COP 26 and up to the local elections in May 2021.”
*Up to 20 Trades Councils from across Scotland are meeting in conference tomorrow with local government services and pay, public ownership of buses and local authority retrofit programmes as the main agenda items. The full programme is available at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trades-council-conference-tickets-169634869461