Green MSPs will back Scottish union rally and strikes

By staff writers
November 29, 2011

Green MSPs in the Scottish Parliament have confirmed the party's support for 30 November coordinated strike action against the UK government's assault on public sector working conditions.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party's co-convenor, will take part in a Scottish TUC event with the leadership of Scottish Labour and with public sector staff and unions in the morning, before taking part in the march from the Usher Hall to Holyrood and then meeting Holyrood staff on the picket line around Parliament.

The STUC gathering event will take place on Wednesday 30 November between 10.00 am and 10.30 am, at the Story Telling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh - Scotland's capital.

Mr Harvie said: "30th November is a day when politicians of all parties should be supporting the unions and their action, which comes with a stronger democratic mandate than the UK Ministers who are imposing these unfair and economically illiterate cuts to public sector pensions. The strikes are therefore a crucial statement of resistance, and I will be out with public sector staff in Glasgow in the morning and in Edinburgh in the afternoon.

"MSPs have a responsibility to back both Scotland's public sector employees and the wider public they serve. It'd be better if all politicians would offer the support that unions have asked for, and not cross the picket line today, but the focus must remain on UK Ministers and their reckless and divisive attack on the public sector," he added.

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