Cumbernauld’s MSP attacks UK Minister’s rumoured HMRC #IndyRef visit

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:12 on 23 June 2014.
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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP, Jamie Hepburn.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth’s Nationalist MSP has attacked a suggested visit by a UK Government Secretary to Cumbernauld, describing the rumoured visit as “not without a little irony.”

The area’s Member of the Scottish Parliament was reacting to rumours that the Conservative’s David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddal, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland will visit Cumbernauld tomorrow in a bid to pitch his pro-UK, anti-independence case. 

Cumbernauld Media understands that the visit tomorrow (24 June) by Mr Mundell has been organised by a number of staff members at HMRC Cumbernauld, in a bid for Tax Office employees to understand the case for Scotland staying in the United Kingdom. 

Reacting to the suggestions, Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth said: “It is surprising and not without a little irony that David Mundell would choose to come and visit HMRC Cumbernauld to try and make the case against independence to the workforce there, the very day after they were on strike because of his government’s cuts and privatisation agenda for the civil service.
“In stark contrast to the agenda of the UK Government, the Scottish Government has taken forward a policy of no compulsory redundancies for those in their employment and ensuring that as a minimum no one who works for them directly is paid less than the living wage.
“And the Scottish Government proposes that the 30,000 civil servants who work for the UK Government in Scotland – including those at HMRC Cumbernauld – can transfer to their employment in an independent Scotland and benefit by these policies, as well as by a more cooperative approach with government employees.
“That is why so many people in that position are coming to recognise that their best interests are represented by a yes vote in September’s referendum.”

If the rumours are to be believed then Mr Mundell will visit Cumbernauld tax office, near Cumbernauld town centre, tomorrow morning or early afternoon and pitch his case for Scots to reject independence in the upcoming referendum. 

The Secretary’s visit will however come at a time of controversy at the tax office, with the meeting due to take place less than 24 hours after some members of staff went out on strike over fears surrounding job security, privatisation of departments and proposed office closures. 

During strike action today (23 June) some ninety-four per cent of staff did not go into work at the tax office, with the reaction from staff and members of the public described as “very supportive” by PCS Office Secretary John Miller. 

Mr Miller described to Cumbernauld Media how the action was “against the privatisation of our local post-room, DMB, and the proposed privatisation of the tracing unit, human resources and personnel staff,” explaining further that: “Within the next year 43 staff [in Cumbernauld] will find themselves as being classified as ‘out of work’.”
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