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Birmingham council to axe 6,000 jobs

by A Birmingham council worker
Issue No. 2422

Birmingham city council has announced it is going to cut 6,000 jobs over the next three years.

Council leader Sir Albert Bore announced at a press conference last week that the local authority, the biggest in Britain, will be making cuts of £800 million.

This is 60 percent of the council budget and will take until 2020 to be rolled out.

Council workers in Birmingham have already faced cuts over the years. It has had a disastrous effect on the moral of the workforce and on public services.

Opening hours are reduced and wages have been frozen for the last three years. Overtime pay has gone, but the workload has increased.

If workers complain, they are threatened with losing their jobs to an agency worker on a zero hours contract. 

One worker said, “I’m lucky I’ve still got a job at the moment, but I’m waiting for my redundancy notice.”

If you have a family it is very difficult to see them.

This is a story that is familiar to council workers all over Britain. We have to join together and fight back against these attacks on our jobs and services.

 


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Tue 23 Sep 2014, 17:28 BST
Issue No. 2422
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