COSLA have told the unions to get real and accept their offer of 2.5% over two years. We are now on track for a full decade of falling living standards - a cut of about 14% since 2008 - and back where we were before McCrone, maybe even worse off. Does anyone think the unions will launch a genuine fight to protect our conditions? I don't think so, despite the fact that some of them marched up and down Glasgow at the weekend calling in their speeches for an end to austerity. Well, now they can follow their fine words with deeds and make the case for a general rise in wages as a way of injecting some demand into a decrepit economy. We have done our bit since the financial collapse, accepting falling wages while those who caused the crash fill their boots and tell us to tighten our belts. Enough is enough, it's time to link up with other workers in the public sector and mount an all out campaign against austerity. We have a government now in Scotalnd which has set it's face against Tory cuts and argued for an end to austerity, so we can count on their support, can't we ?