Council workers in Waltham Forest, north London, were set to march to protest over cutbacks on Thursday of this week. The council cabinet approved a budget last week that included cuts of £14 million.
Only £4.5 million of those cuts have been identified, and unions representing council workers say that the cutbacks will mean definite job losses at the council.
On top of this the workers are facing a single status review that will lead to pay cuts for some workers, with some losing as much as £8,000 a year if the single status plans go ahead.
Jo Cardwell, chair of the Unison union branch in Waltham Forest, told Socialist Worker, “What the council are trying to do is increase output and decrease input. It means there will be guaranteed job cuts if the spending cuts go ahead.”
Protesters will meet at 5pm at the new Walthamstow town square to march to the town hall, where a full council meeting will be voting on the budget.