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Big march planned to save Salford nurseries

by Ameen Hadi, Salford City Unison union (pc)
Issue No. 2596

Salford nursery campaigners on the Stand Up To Racism march last Saturday

Salford nursery campaigners on the Stand Up To Racism march last Saturday


We’re expecting an important protest this Saturday in the battle to save five nurseries in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Parents, workers and other trade unionists are determined to keep open the five nurseries and the essential service that they provide.

There’s been lots of campaigning and there’s huge support for the campaign.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, three local MPs and the mayor will be speaking on Saturday.

Labour-run Salford council in February said Tory cuts were forcing it to close the Winton Day Nursery, Little Hulton, Barton Moss, Winton, Belvedere and Broughton Hub.

All of the nurseries are rated outstanding by government inspector Ofsted. They care for around 350 children, many with special educational needs.

There was a magnificent response.

Hundreds of parents met to let the council know just how angry they were.

Loud 

The message was loud and clear.

Mayor Paul Dennett said that he was pausing a consultation on the closures.

This was to allow the council, trade unions, MPs and parents and workers affected to lobby the government for funding to keep the nurseries open.

But it was only a pause. And the consultation on closures is now set to start two days after this Saturday’s demonstration.

The closures represent a cut of £1.5 million, but the council simply blames the Tory government’s cuts to local authority budgets.

It’s not good enough. We want the consultation withdrawn, the future of all five nurseries guaranteed, and a real fight to get money from the government.

Join the march, Saturday 24 March, 11am, Victoria Park, Manchester Road, Swinton, M27 4UR. Sign the petition to save the nurseries at bit.ly/FightForTheFive

Birmingham home carers strike for jobs and service

Birmingham home care workers struck last Saturday in their fight against attacks to their service.

They are campaigning against plans by the Labour council to introduce split shifts that would damage the service they are able to provide.

Over 200 workers in the home enablement team had also walked out on 20 January and 6 February.

Previously members of the home enablement team had struck for several hours, but the latest action lasted all day.

Unison union members held campaigning stalls around Birmingham, encouraging the public to write to their MP and support the strike.

They were not able to hold a city-centre rally because of the Football Lads Alliance demonstrations.

Speaking ahead of the strike, Unison rep Mandy Buckley said the home carers were “very determined” to fight.

Further strikes are planned for April.

Sarah Bates

 


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