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Connexions workers strike in Birmingham

Issue No. 2246

Connexions careers advice workers across Birmingham were set to strike on Wednesday of this week.

The 180 Unison union members are fighting 30 percent cuts that could cost one in four jobs in the service.

They will be protesting outside a centre in Handsworth that has already closed, as well as picketing their workplaces in Northfield, Broad Street and Kings Heath.

And the workers will rally on the day outside the town hall at 2.30pm.

They are up for a fight. A coach full of Birmingham Connexions workers joined the TUC protest on 26 March.

And they have been part of several days of action to defend the service.

Connexions is a specialist service that helps young people access work and training opportunities.

It is being hit hard by the Tories’ cuts.

“Birmingham City Council is cutting services for young people at a time of spiralling youth unemployment,” said Unison assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie.

“What kind of message does that send to the young people of Birmingham?”

One in five young people are out of work in parts of Birmingham.

The Connexions workers had been due to strike in January—but union officials called it off minutes before they were due to walk out, after management concessions.

But the concession was a stay of execution on the cuts, and it has now run out.

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Tue 5 Apr 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2246
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