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Cumbernauld campaigners team up with STUC 'There is a Better Way' campaign

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 16:17 GMT on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013.

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26-06-2013 - By Scott Campbell (+44) 0774 296 870 - 'Austerity Uncovered', in Cumbernauld Town Centre; Picture shows Austerity Uncovered poster with background crowd.
'Austerity Uncovered' visited Cumbernauld as part of a nationwide tour. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD Town Centre echoed with the music of popular Scottish musician Alan ‘Citizen’ Smart, this afternoon, as campaigners took the anti-cuts message to Cumbernauld residents.

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) partnered up with the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Defend Public Sector Job and Services Campaign, today, as both groups set up in Cumbernauld Town Centre, as part of the ‘Austerity Uncovered’ whistle-stop tour, across the United Kingdom. 

Campaigners handed out flyers and made sure that visitors to the centre were made aware of the STUC’s ‘There is a Better Way’ campaign, which aims to show that austerity is doing damage.

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Commenting, at the event, an STUC spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be coming to Cumbernauld as part of our campaign to raise awareness of the baleful effects of austerity in communities across Scotland. 

“Too many politicians have no idea of how tough life is for the many. Prices are rising, with wages being held back and service cuts are biting. 

“It is important that local communities resist the impact of this and our visit will hopefully inspire people in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area to keep building resistance to the policies of austerity.”

Local campaigners said that they were delighted that the STUC are showing support for their Cumbernauld-based campaign activities, such as their recent actions against policies like the under-occupancy charge, dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Defend Public Sector Job and Services Campaign's John Miller. Image is copyright of Scott Campbell/ Cumbernauld Media.

Local anti-cuts campaigner John Miller added: “The week of action and visit to Cumbernauld is part of our continued work in encouraging local groups and individuals to become involved in campaigning against unfair policies like the Bedroom Tax. 

“Millions are being impoverished whilst the rich minority dodge their tax. A different agenda and set of policies are required and that is the message that we will be taking to local people this week.”

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