Taking Action ... SCVO vs Scottish Government

Protesters: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Community Care Providers Scotland, Unison, Unite

Target: Scottish Government

Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Date: 17 March

The lowdown

Trade unions Unison and Unite mourned the loss of jobs and services in the voluntary sector by staging a funeral procession past the Scottish Parliament. Members wearing black were accompanied by a horse-drawn hearse and coffin. A delegation from the trade unions, the SCVO and Community Care Providers Scotland handed in a 4,000 signature petition.

Why the protest?

The groups wanted the Government to make sure frontline voluntary sector members received the same pay and conditions as public sector workers.

A Unite report said 73 per cent of its voluntary sector members had experienced negative effects as a result of funding cuts or retendering.

How did the Scottish Government respond?

A spokesman told the BBC the Government had been clear from its first day in office that third sector groups were 'crucial partners'. He said the Government had increased sector funding by 37 per cent and set up a third sector task group.

How did the media cover it?

The protest was covered by the BBC, The Scotsman and The Herald. The Edinburgh Evening News wrote the headline: 'Unions hold "funeral" for volunteer jobs.'

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