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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 January 2008
Liverpool: City of Cuts
On 11 January, Liverpool became the European City of Culture. But the Liverpool Echo on 8 January announced that the city council faced a debt of £25 million. On the same day, Liverpool Unison members employed in Gladstone House, a children's home, received compulsory redundancy notices from the ruling Lib Dem council.
Raph Parkinson, Liverpool Unison branch chair, personal capacity
What a happy new year these workers face in this City of Culture.
Workers employed in schools face a problematic year with re-organisations proposed for both the primary and secondary school sectors, with the possibility of job losses.
All these issues, added to the cost of the long-awaited single status agreement proposals, will be a test for the city council workforce.
Liverpool Unison will be mounting a campaign to protect its members' jobs and terms and conditions and will work alongside other trade unions who are prepared to fight to protect their members' interests.
Roger Bannister, Unison's North West national executive member, has been invited to address the Liverpool branch AGM in March.
Liverpool city council found the money to pay off Sir David Henshaw, the former Chief Executive.
The local media have also reported that a six-figure sum may have been offered in a compromise agreement with the current Head of Culture department.
Unison is demanding that the full cost of the single status agreement is implemented, not at the cost of our members' terms and conditions.
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In The Socialist 17 January 2008:
Fight for a living wage
Burslem: Support victimised postal workers
Editorial: Fight three year low pay tie-ins
Environment and socialism
Stop nuclear power plans NOW!
Is the burning of fossil fuels causing climate change?
Hain's sorry saga of sleaze
Blair's rewards from big business
Fire cuts threat to our public safety
Cardiff schools campaign grows
Nationalise Northern Rock - permanently
Growing crisis in housing
Socialist Party news
Save our post offices
Salford says: "Don't close our women's centre"
'Them and Us': news shorts
Feature: Building the shop stewards' movement
Socialist Party campaigning
Ideas for campaigning and fundraising
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: New year starts with atrocities
Biggest miners' underground occupation in Polish history
Socialist Party review
Review: More Time for Politics, Diaries 2001-2007, by Tony Benn
Socialist Party workplace news
Reinstate Karen Reissman - defend mental health services!
Derby nurses fight management attacks
Liverpool: City of Cuts
Vote Jim Cessford
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