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Striking for youth services

by Geoff Dexter
Issue No. 2251

Connexions strikers in Birmingham (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

Connexions strikers in Birmingham (Pic: Geoff Dexter)

Hundreds of Connexions workers in Birmingham struck on Wednesday of last week.

They held vibrant and active pickets outside the remaining offices in the city.

In April the Tory-Liberal council approved a 30 percent cut for the youth advice service, placing 36 jobs, including advisers, at risk.

Connexions centres in Handsworth, Erdington and Aston have already been closed—despite a 40 percent rise in unemployment among young people in the city.

Striking workers made their way to Victoria Square in the city centre on a Unison double decker bus.

John Griffin, the convenor for Unison members in Connexions, said, “Young people and Connexions workers are now paying with their jobs and future prospects for the debts of bankers earning massive bonuses.

“Birmingham City Council has set a budget which puts these jobs at risk. Another solution needs to be found for the sake of the young people threatened with a lifetime of joblessness.”

The rally was addressed by Birmingham Unison branch secretary Graeme Horn, and Jagdish Singh, a PCS representative from the Equality and Human Rights Commission who were also on strike that day.

Birmingham City Council Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore also spoke at the rally.

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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