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GMB Oppose North Ayrshire Cuts

Friday, October 30, 2015

GMB Scotland Requests That Scottish Government Education Secretary Intervenes In Education Cuts In North Ayrshire

These cuts are hammer blow to the highly dedicated staff who work so hard in already very difficult circumstances to provide such an important service says GMB Scotland

 
GMB Scotland, the union for school support staff, has contacted Angela Constance MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Government , to request that she intervenes in the crisis that surrounds North Ayrshire Council's proposal to cut its education budget by £500,000.
 
This GMB' Scotland request has arisen  after North Ayrshire Council announced to its Education Business Support Staff, School Office Staff and Pupil Support Staff that huge cuts would be happening within a much quicker timescale than expected.
 
Paul Arkison of GMB Scotland said: "The announcement of these cuts is a hammer blow to the highly dedicated staff who work so hard in already very difficult circumstances to provide such an important service.

With huge cuts affecting every part of the public sector, this will be particularly alarming for pupils and families and it is my trade union's view that this will, without any doubt, have a hugely negative effect on the educational provisions in North Ayrshire and looks to threaten many highly valued jobs.
 
GMB Scotland  has now written to Angela Constance MSP to request that the Scottish Government hold talks with the Trades Unions, North Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government to see if an alternative solution can be found, rather than attacking schools to make savings.

Given that in August of this year the First Minister stated that education was to be a priority for her government, how can this be deemed to be a relevant claim when such a significant amount of money is being taken out of this council's education budget in an accelerated timescale? 

Sadly the geographical area of North Ayrshire has some of the highest levels of unemployment and economic inactivity in Scotland and coupled together with these proposals from North Ayrshire Council, the First Minister's comments whereby she pledged to close the schooling gap between the rich and poor areas of Scotland seem to be far removed from reality in North Ayrshire "

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Contact: Paul Arkison 07801 656533 or 0141 332 8641

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