May 2 2012 By Joe McGuire
Scottish Anti-Cuts Coalition
ONE group fielding candidates in tomorrow’s elections say they offer an alternative to the traditional parties.
The Scottish Anti-Cuts Coalition have a candidate in each of the city’s 21 wards – the same number as the Greens and Labour splinter group Glasgow First.
Made up of trade unionists and community groups, their highest-profile candidate is Gail Sheridan, right, the wife of former Glasgow MSP Tommy Sheridan. She is standing under the Solidarity banner in Craigton.
The SACC say they are opposed to reductions in jobs, services, pay and conditions and would also vote down increases in council tax, rent, school meal and service charges put in place to compensate for cuts.
Unison’s Brian Smith said: “The Scottish Anti-Cuts Coalition was set up to offer an alternative to savage cuts and unending austerity.
“All the main parties, including the SNP and Labour, are carrying out savage Tory-driven cuts.
“Our platform sets us out from all the other parties, who intend to manage cuts to varying degrees. We want to fight the cuts.”
If elected, their
candidates will fight for new council housing and jobs and training for young people.
Campaigning in Craigton, Sheridan said: “I love this area and will fight tooth and nail for it.”