STUC support Teachers’ Defence of Education

March 5th 2010

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) tomorrow (Saturday 6 March) will join with teachers and lecturers from across Scotland in Glasgow to demonstrate against cuts in education funding. The march, organised by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), will focus on why must our children should pay for a financial crisis that is not of their making.

Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the STUC addressing the rally will highlight that the current attacks on education and the public sector are the direct consequence of the actions of a reckless private sector. He will say:

“People are quite correctly asking why they should have to pay with their jobs, their pensions, or their services for the recklessness, fuelled by greed, of an elite group of corporate fat cats – who thought they were smarter than they were.”

“The hypocrisy of those, who were only too happy for the public sector to ride to the rescue but who now threaten the UKs credit rating and the Government’s ability to fund its borrowing if public spending is not slashed, is stunning.”

“The challenge we face, is to learn the lessons of the past so as not to repeat the same mistakes in the future. We must set a new direction for our economy, where, across the board, our public services are recognised as a driver of economic recovery and sustainable growth and as being fundamental to improving the quality of life of all of our citizens.”

ENDS For further information please contact Helen McGuigan 0141 337 8100

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