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CYWU youth workers

by Gordon White, NUT Northants county secretary
Issue No. 1988

Marching in Northampton (Pic: Gordon White)

Marching in Northampton (Pic: Gordon White)

Some 300 youth workers, including delegations from Liverpool and Birmingham as well as local supporters, marched through Northampton town centre on Saturday of last week fronted by the CYWU union banner.

The action was prompted by a proposal from the Tory controlled county council to sack all 197 youth workers and privatise the service from April this year.

At a rally following the march CYWU general secretary Doug Nichols indicated that industrial action or the threat of it had to be used in other areas where attacks on conditions were severe.

But the call for a local strike ballot was not made and the council cabinet met on Monday this week to make the first formal decision on the cuts. Unison has timed a separate demonstration for 23 February when the full council meets.

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Sat 18 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1988
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