Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Labour hypocrites on the picket line

Just before the May 7th elections, staff at Further Education colleges held protests outside various institutions against drastic cuts to adult education being imposed by the Labour Government in Cardiff.
 In the case of Coleg Llandrillo it was 8.8% with a 50% cut in the provision for those aged over 24 years. So much for providing the skills for future employment that so many people need and the government's ministers relentlessly trumpet.
 As candidate for Clwyd West, I joined the protest at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea, along with fellow trade unionists from Unite, Unison and the lecturers' union UCU. I was also joined by Plaid Cymru's local Rhos-on-Sea councillor Phil Edwards (pictured at the centre). But imagine my surprise to see Labour candidates Gareth Thomas (Clwyd West) and Mary Wimbury (Aberconwy) join the protest - presumably in protest at their own party's policy of cutting funding for further education.
 Surely it wasn't just a cynical vote-catching exercise?!

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