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Unions battle Glasgow health cuts

DOZENS of Unison members rallied in Glasgow today, as they fought to save vital jobs and the city’s vital health and care services. 

The rally came ahead of a crucial vote at the ruling Integrated Joint Board (IJB), of Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), which trade unionists fear could cost up to 67 full-time equivalent jobs, ranging from admin, to front-line social care workers, in areas from addictions to support for adults with complex needs.

Addressing the rally, Unison’s Margaret McCarthy warned comrades the cuts would “increase poverty, increase inequality, and ill-health.”

She added: “The people making these decisions tell us they they would not choose to cut these services, that they see the value of them, but the same people tell us the real effects of these cuts won’t be felt this year but for years to come.

“This must be stopped, and we know in Glasgow that if we stand together and fight, we can win.”

A spokeswoman for Glasgow’s HSCP said: “It would be inappropriate to comment before these proposals are presented to the IJB” on Wednesday.

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