GMB Scotland Campaign Over Severe Cuts In Schools In South Ayrshire Council
Cuts include closing up to eighteen school kitchens, cuts to janitors and caretakers, reductions in cleaning services, schools losing classroom assistants and a reduction in school crossing patrollers says GMB
GMB Scotland, the union for public sector workers, has launched a campaign and a petition to save threatened services in South Ayrshire Council schools.
The South Ayrshire Council’s budget for 2014/15 and the proposals for the following two years include closing up to eighteen school kitchens, cuts to janitors and caretakers, reductions in cleaning services, schools losing classroom assistants and a reduction in school crossing patrollers.
There is a high level of concern surrounding these budget cuts. In response GMB Scotland launched a petition in South Ayrshire titled: ‘S.O.S. – Save Our Schools’. The petition is open for anyone to sign including parents, workers and politicians.
Paul Arkison, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB Scotland has had many calls from members saying South Ayrshire Council has made a huge error in judgement by attempting to cut more services in schools, which have already faced significant reductions in previous years.
GMB Scotland is concerned about the job losses that these cuts will bring but there are also concerns about the safety of school pupils, who will be in buildings which will be getting cleaned on a much reduced level, and with the threat to the hours of school janitors there is a genuine concern the maintenance of schools will be compromised in an attempt to save money.
GMB Scotland is well aware of the difficult circumstances councils find themselves in financially. GMB Scotland has always engaged positively with South Ayrshire Council in an attempt to protect jobs and services. However there is only so much you can mitigate against and with these devastating proposed cuts there will undoubtedly be job losses and this will increase the risk of pupils’ safety and well-being in and around the schools which they attend.
Members are quite simply stunned that elected councillors could vote through such devastating proposals. Some of the options beggar belief, for example, closing school kitchens while the Scottish Government has made a commitment to give Primary 1, 2 and 3 pupils free school meals from January 2015.
We are asking everyone who is concerned about these cuts to show support for the campaign in South Ayrshire and also request that the elected councillors reconsider the impact their decision will have on hard working families and ask them to Support Our Schools, rather than damage them”.
Contact: Paul Arkison GMB Scotland on 07801 656533 or 0141 3328641 or GMB press office 07921 289880
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Attached image, with the story on GMB website, from left to right Paul Arkison and GMB representatives Georgie Hawkes and Martha Hobbs.