Public service workers from across the country gather at the Senedd today at 12.30pm to tell politicians that local services are under such severe strain their future is threatened. Members of UNISON will make the case for fair funding for Wales and investment in the quality public services our communities deserve. The union’s mass lobby comes ahead of the Welsh Government’s announcement of its draft budget proposals later in the afternoon.
Margaret Thomas, UNISON Regional Secretary said,
“UNISON members work supporting children in your local school, care for sick, elderly and vulnerable members of your family and provide your essential council services. They know public services have been so badly damaged by Tory spending cuts that we have reached a crisis point. It is only thanks to the workforce of public service champions that they are still functioning.
“We welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to additional funding for public services. We are keen to learn more detail and to be involved in the discussions about how all our public services can be properly funded. Quality services would reduce inequality and help create the healthier, fairer and better Wales we want to live in.”
UNISON is encouraging members of the public to support its campaign to protect local services and they are invited to the Senedd lobby. The trade union has also created an e-petition on the Welsh government website, local government and financing.
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