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Youth workers' action continues against cuts

Issue No. 2267

Striking last week (Pic: Julie Sherry)

Striking last week (Pic: Julie Sherry)

Oxfordshire youth workers are planning to strike again against cuts on Friday of next week. This comes after a successful strike on Tuesday of last week.

The Unite union members are fighting the Tory-led county council’s plans to slash youth service funding from £3.7 million to

£1.4 million. This will see the “deletion” of 80 jobs, and threatens youth centres and two detached youth teams.

The workers could focus their action on prime minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency on the day. Staff have got posts in the council’s new structures, but they will not be youth workers.

They are worried that the vulnerable young people they care for will be badly affected by the changes.

Mike Beal, the chair of Unite’s Community and Youth Worker section in Oxford, told Socialist Worker, “The branch has voted to continue our action.

“The strike was amazing, culminating in a rally in Banbury, which was very emotional.

“The war is not won. But that day we won the battle as we got our arguments across.

“It was a great day that gave staff the motivation to take more action.”

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Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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