Thousands of teachers and lecturers from across Scotland will join fellow public sector workers and supporters of public services in a major anti-cuts demonstration in Edinburgh tomorrow (Saturday 23 October).
The March and Rally, organised in affiliation with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), will send a loud and clear message to government that the deep cuts – just announced in the Westminster government’s Comprehensive Spending Review – will cause massive damage to public services across Scotland and put economic recovery and the future of the country at risk.
Commenting today, EIS General Secretary Ronnie Smith said, "With the massive cuts to public services just announced by the coalition Government at Westminster, with the Scottish Government’s own budgetary decisions imminent and with Holyrood elections just a few months away, we must keep up the pressure on all political parties to halt the devastating waves of cuts that are causing so much damage to Scottish education.”
Mr Smith continued, "The March and Rally in Edinburgh tomorrow (Saturday 23 October), organised in conjunction with other public sector unions and the STUC’s There is a Better Way campaign, will be a massive display of public anger over the deep and damaging cuts to our education system and our other public services.
"Thousands of teachers and lecturers, students, parents and others will join with trade unionists from across Scotland and all parts of the public sector to march through the streets of our capital city and send a message that the politicians cannot ignore.”
Mr Smith added, "Teachers and lecturers will be marching under the banner of the EIS’s own Why Must our Children Pay? campaign, which is focused on protecting the public provision of education in our schools, colleges and universities. The government must reverse the damaging cuts agenda and instead continue to invest in our public services and in our education system, which remains vital to economic recovery and the future ability of our country to compete in an increasingly competitive global economy”.
• The STUC Demonstration under the banner There is a Better way against Public Sector Cuts will take place on Saturday 23 October in Edinburgh.
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MARCH AND RALLY DETAILS
• 11.00 am: Assemble East Market Street Edinburgh
• 11.30 am: March off
• 12.30 pm: Rally Ross Bandstand