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Enough Is Enough; supporters turn out at Cumbernauld PCS protest

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Thursday, 30th June, 2011.
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DARK clouds fell over protesters, on June 30th, as they showed their anger at UK Government changes to the welfare bill, which will see pensions amounts dropped and public sector jobs cut.
Only a hand-full of people turned out for the Cumbernauld strike but other Cumbernauld PCS supporters travelled into Glasgow for the national rally, with other protests happening up and down the country. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) believe that the cuts should be reversed, otherwise thousands will become unemployed and pensions will become unfair.
Among the protesters, outside the Cumbernauld HM Revenue "Accounts" Office was 2011 SSP Scottish Election Candidate, Kevin McVey, who commenting on the day, said: "I used to be a member for twenty-years but today I'm here as a supporter. I'm here, protesting, because it’s essential that we support our public sector workers as they control the services that we'll all rely on, at some point, in our lives. I think it’s extremely unfair that the Government are making ordinary working people pay the price for an economic crisis, caused by the bankers!"

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Also commenting on the day’s activities, PCS Office Secretary, John Miller said: "I've been involved with the PCS for over thirty years and I'm here today because of the fact that on calculation I'll lose a day’s pay, every month, for the rest of my life, I, and many others, would have to remain in employment for another fifty-one years to make back the money we'll lose. What's even more shocking is that my contributions will go up 200%, yet I'll get as much as 50% less."

Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.
The UK protests come after the UK Government announced over £81billion cuts to Public Spending, with a £3.5billion increase in Pension contributions.
Another supporter of the PCS protest, at Cumbernauld said: "I've recently became retired and I've just started to receive my pension, I'm fearing for the future of my pension and the future of other people's, because people are being squeezed; they are being squeezed between loads of things, like kids, family care and employment. All of this is made more frustrating, for me, because of the bankers, whilst we suffer they get big bonuses! For what it’s worth, we get told "we're all in this together," we're bloody well not!"
Support online is strong too as a poll, held on our Facebook showed that 100% of respondents indicated a "yes" vote to the question, "Is the PCS right to strike?" This result shows local support for the PCS and their campaign but what do you think? Get in touch through Facebook and Twitter. Find out more about the PCS on their website.

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