Thursday, 11 February 2010

SEND THE MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR - NO CUTS & JOB LOSSES

Just a week ago, I wrote that “up to 1,400” jobs could be cut by Birmingham City Council. Within days, the situation has gone from bad to worse. Next year, the council is planning to cut 2,000 jobs and reduce spending by £75 million.

They are calling this an ‘efficiency saving’ but there is nothing efficient about forcing thousands of people onto the dole queues. Vital services will be devastated.

Birmingham’s Tory-Lib Dem council has now led us into the worst crisis that anyone can recall. And this is just the beginning. Experts are already forecasting that government cuts after the election will make the situation even worse.

Care homes, libraries, nurseries, leisure centres and neighbourhood offices – all of them are under threat.

So, here’s a reminder of the ‘noisy protest’ outside the council meeting that will set the budget. Send a message loud and clear to the Tories and Lib Dems: we don’t want our jobs and services destroyed.

Protest at Council Cuts, Tuesday 23 February, 4pm – 6pm, Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square. Called by UNISON, UNITE, GMB, UCATT, AMICUS.