Girvan men march on against cuts

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TWO rail union members from Girvan came to the fore recently as they headed up union representation at an 8000-strong protest march.

David McVittie and Craig Sommerville, both recognised local representatives and members of the Girvan branch of the national union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT), were selected to carry the RMT banner at the A Future That Works march and rally in Glasgow on October 20.

Organised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and led by former Remploy workers who have lost or face losing their jobs under government plans to close 36 factories by the end of the year, the crowd included individuals from the National Union of Students, the Church of Scotland, the Fire Brigade Union and the Hardest Hit Coalitition among others.

Dave and Craig were joined by up to 40 fellow RMT members from the southwest of Scotland on the march, which began at George Square and culminated at Glasgow Green for the public rally. Similar marches also took place in London and Belfast.

They said they felt under attack from the UK government’s austerity plans, which they say will result in a lost generation caught in a perpetual cycle of unemployment.

“The Girvan area has already seen its fair share of cuts, from job losses at factories to the closure of facilities like the swimming pool and public toilets,” they said.

“South Ayrshire Council has to find cuts of £35 million, which will subsequently affect us all and the services that we pay for and the facilities we expect to have.”