Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Save our Connexions service

Every day brings more tales of job losses at the hands of the Tories and their Lib Dem lackeys. Young people are going to be hit hard as job opportunities dry up, and more people with good grades are going to find there is no university place available for them.

Most people would probably think this was just the moment to boost advice and support services to help young people into work, education or training. For the Tory and Lib Dem wreckers on Birmingham City Council it is just another chance to take an axe to public services.

All 270 staff at the Connexions service in the city have now been issued with redundancy notices. Connexions sees hundreds of young people every week, helping them find the right job or course for them, and helping to keep them on track. Now that service faces closure or savage cuts.

The trade union UNISON is launching a campaign to save the service and the jobs that will be affected. On Thursday 19 August, the day the A-level results are released, campaigners will be leafleting and gathering petition signatures outside their offices, including at the Broad Street HQ (100 Broad Street,B15).

UNISON is asking for support, and has set up a Facebook group - Save our Connexions Service. To find out more, contact connexions@birminghamunison.org.uk