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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 September 2013

Tears from Wolverhampton councillors as they slash jobs

A Wolverhampton Unison member

Wolverhampton council has announced it is seeking 1,000 voluntary redundancies, and if they were not forthcoming it would be making them compulsory. This comes on top of 600 job losses over the last four years.

The leader of the Labour council said they had no alternative and told us that some councillors 'had cried when making the decision'.

To add insult to injury, after the announcement he suggested that the unions join forces with the Labour Party to launch a campaign against Tory cuts!

Wolverhampton Unison's response to them is: dry your eyes and fight to defend public services and for the working class of Wolverhampton who elected you!

A motion calling for the Labour council to defend services and to set a need budget, based on what is required by the people of Wolverhampton, not determined by Tory cuts, will be going to a special Unison branch meeting.

The motion will also call for a ballot on industrial action to defend jobs and services.

Our members have had enough, but it's not just Wolverhampton. The neighbouring authority Shropshire has announced its intention to sack 50% of its workforce!

These attacks will not stop until the Tories have achieved their goal of destroying public services. As Labour leader Ed Miliband's performance at TUC confirmed, the election of a Labour government will lead to no reversal of these attacks.

Rather than leave individual branches to defend local jobs and services Unison needs to organise nationally coordinated action to defend all public services.

This, linked to coordinated action by all trade unions, is the only way to defeat the attacks we face.

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In The Socialist 18 September 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight royal mail sell-off!

Britain: a seething cauldron of class anger

Stop NHS cutbacks

A UN attack we agree with

Hillsborough: even more cover-ups revealed

MPs still have their snouts in the trough

Ban this trade in death

Lock up the tax evaders

What they really think


Socialist Party youth feature

Anger at zero-hour contracts in universities


Socialist Party workplace news

Second seven-day strike at Hovis

Warrington town hall unions lobby councillors

Strikes force One Housing Group into talks

Bus strike against pay freeze

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Lively demo against cuts at Whipps Cross hospital

TUSC campaigners look to shake Fleetwood

Scotland: Bedroom tax close to death

Wolverhampton councillors slash jobs

Overwhelming opposition stuns Hull council

Leicester council feels the pressure

One week left to smash fighting fund target!

The Socialist: Swansea achieves subscription goal


International socialist news and analysis

Commonwealth governments' meeting: Protest against despot Rajapaksa

Kazakhstan: Jailed activist awarded human rights prize

Oppositionists condemn murderous Iran regime


Socialist Party comments and reviews

TV review: Vietnam's 'children of Agent Orange'

Labour backs austerity...


 

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