Unions to march through Dundee in protest at council’s budget cuts

Stuart Fairweather from Unite
Stuart Fairweather from Unite

A march and demonstration against budget cuts is to be held in Dundee.

Leaders of the city branches of the trade unions that represent council workers, including the GMB, Unison and Unite, have planned the event for February 16.

Stuart Fairweather, of Unite, said: “We are hoping for a good turnout for a demonstration outside our headquarters on Blackness Road at 11.30am.

“This will be followed by a march to City Square.

“We will be protesting against budget cuts proposed by Dundee City Council and the effects these cuts will have on front line services in the city.

“We will also be marching in support of workers who are affected by job cuts at Michelin, McGill and NHS Tayside.

“There is significant concern among union members at both the proposed cuts and job losses and we will be making our feelings known.”

Mr Fairweather said the combined unions were also planning an event in City Square on February 14, again in protest at the proposed cuts, under the banner Love Dundee End Cuts.

He said: “We are taking up the Valentine’s Day theme to get our message across and show the council that people are prepared to fight to save jobs and services in Dundee.”