Members of the North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council have urged locals to get behind striking workers ahead of what could be another ‘winter of discontent’.
Workers in several industries have taken industrial action over the past few months with many others expected to follow them in the coming weeks.
Ben Lunn, chair of NLTUC, said that the economic crisis was being weaponised by the political class and the the trades council also released a lengthy statement on the subject.
It states: “We the North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council, are heartened to not only see an increase in trade union militancy, but a broader sympathy and eagerness to defend many of our formerly celebrated key workers.
“We believe that this response of workers show we have simply had enough of pressure being placed on the shoulders of the vast majority of people in our communities while the wealthy are afforded hand-outs.
“Pickets in our county have been strong and workers have had high spirits, but this alone will struggle to win the fight. What our local trade unions desperately need is support from the wider public.
“Trade union leaders, like Mick Lynch or Dave Ward have highlighted that if the bosses win this workplace battle other jobs and workers will be next.
“Being in North Lanarkshire, we will feel the cuts faster than the larger cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Dundee. Our communities have been gutted and broken by under investment, seeing jobs disappear and high streets laying empty.
“The Tories in Westminster and the SNP/Green politicians in Holyrood continue to fail us, through direct attacks or failures to act in time. The political class showing us they are ultimately on the side of the bosses.
“The trade unions are on your side and we hope you’ll show your solidarity and support as we approach a vicious winter.”
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