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400 rally against local government cuts

by a Notts Unison member
Issue No. 2177

There was an angry lobby by 400 Nottinghamshire county council workers at lunchtime on Thursday of last week.

A leaked report by the newly-elected Tory council detailed plans to make major cuts to services.

This includes selling off residential care homes, axing 475 jobs and closing day care centres to cut £33 million.

The protesters waved placards with slogans such as “Say no to Cutts” – in reference to council leader Kay Cutts. Denise Smith, joint branch secretary for the Unison union, said, “We need preserve the service we provide to the public.”

There were cheers as the result of a Unison indicative ballot was read out. 87 percent have voted in favour of industrial action.

The council’s chief executive also spoke, trying to justify the cuts – but he was met with boos and calls for his resignation.

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Tue 10 Nov 2009, 18:52 GMT
Issue No. 2177
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