George Lee, Unison's Edinburgh branch secretary, said: "Council services are all about people. People use the services and people deliver them.
"They are home helps, education and social work staff, engineers, road workers, environmental health staff.
It's a damn shame these people don't work in the real world where factories can halve the number of staff, stop manufacturing in this country, and outsource everything to the Far East at the drop of a hat... Curiously, I haven't seen strike action taken there.
Get the wasters out of the council - too many people seem to think a job is for life in local government, and are utter wastes of space. It has been a long time since I worked in a council, but from what I am told, the slacker attitude hasn't changed at all, and it needs to change when it is us who foot the bill.