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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:
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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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