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Leicester fights back

by Public service workers in Leicester
Issue No. 2188

Our city is facing a wave of cuts that could devastate services, destroy jobs, and even cost lives. With up to 2,000 jobs at stake, our unions must lead resistance.

Health bosses want to slash 700 posts from Leicester’s hospitals to reduce spending by £58 million over the next 12 months.

Leicester county council is planning cuts of up to £70 million over four years. Councillors say that this could cost between 500 and 2,000 jobs.

The city council has also joined the cull, with bosses wanting cuts of £19 million. This would slash 270 jobs and raise council tax by 8 percent.

The combined cuts will hit the most vulnerable hardest.

There will be charges for all those who use day care services, meaning those who can’t pay will be turned away. Adult social care will be hit hard as more than 10 percent of its budget is set to be axed.

Everything from libraries to leisure services, and benefits to bus passes are threatened.

Trade unionists from across the city were set to meet this week to plan resistance to the attack.

Let’s be clear. We are going to need more than a routine campaign.

We want to join up with service users, patients, MPs and councillors to launch a programme of protest. We want public meetings, demonstrations, rallies and strikes.

By building the broadest opposition to the cuts we can tell the council and hospital bosses that they won’t get away with destroying our services.

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Tue 9 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2188
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