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Council bosses want to axe thousands of jobs

by Pete Jackson
Issue No. 2191

Local councils are planning to slash up to 170,000 public sector jobs.

That is ten percent of the workforce.

Councils are looking at how to cut their budgets by 15 percent over the next three years.

Thousands of cleaners, administrators, refuse collectors and care workers will suffer as local government is devastated.

For instance, Birmingham council pushed through a budget last week that means there will be a £69 million cut.

This threatens 2,000 jobs and will lead to significant cuts in nurseries, libraries, neighbourhood offices and leisure centres.

Despite driving sleet and freezing cold several hundred people protested outside the council.

The council plans to axe £2.5 million from nurseries alone in 2011/12, with £1.45 million of this coming in the current year.

Dave Prentis, the Unison union general secretary, spoke at the rally.

Fragile

He said, “Birmingham’s fragile economic recovery cannot take the double whammy of job and service cuts.

“Adding local government workers to the dole queues could spark a downward spiral, causing misery for families and the wider community.”

The union leaders’ fine words need to be turned into serious resistance and industrial action if these cuts are to be halted.

Last week Save Our Services campaigners met with parents in one of the nurseries.

They plan further meetings with other parents and are planning to lobby councillors and organise protests.

The SOS campaign has organised a campaign meeting for Thursday of this week to discuss the next stage of resistance.

This will bring together trade unionists, parents and members of the public.

We will be resisting every cut and fighting for every job.


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Tue 2 Mar 2010, 18:07 GMT
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