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Sefton vote shows mood for action against cuts

by Sonny Phillips
Issue No. 2231

More than 90 percent of Sefton council workers have voted for industrial action in response to massive job cuts, attacks on conditions and the culling of public services.

Following the indicative ballot, the GMB, Unison and Unite unions are now to seek approval to hold formal ballots of their 4,000 members at the Merseyside council.

Workers in Sefton are being issued with redundancy notices. Management says that 1,000 will lose their jobs.

The council faces £58 million in cuts over the next four years, but £38 million of this is “frontloaded” and will be axed next year.

The massive majority for action shows that workers are prepared to stand together to defend vital services for the public.

Provision for vulnerable young people is being slashed, with workers at the Well Young Person Project among those issued with redundancy notices.

The Waterloo Nurture Base has been closed, the Behaviour Support team is being decimated and teenage pregnancy workers sacked.

There is to be a huge reduction in street cleaning, with anti-fly tipping and graffiti teams facing cuts.

Cultural and sports services are also being targeted.

Demonstrations and protests are planned.

People are keen to let management know that they will not take these cuts lightly.

Staff briefings have seen some pointed questions being directed at bosses.

Workers are increasingly angry at senior management, who seem to be the only ones unaware of where the real waste is—over 60 people on the council’s payroll earn more than £100,000 a year.

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Tue 7 Dec 2010, 18:03 GMT
Issue No. 2231
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