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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2009

Fight the cuts in Nottingham!

Staff at Nottingham city council have been horrified to learn of the savage nature of 20 million cuts in jobs and services. Staff in three elderly persons day centres and the libraries found out about closures on a local radio station!

Jean Thorpe, chair, Nottingham city Unison, personal capacity

The council's public statements that front-line services will be unaffected now seem hollow and misleading. As well as the libraries and day centres, a children's home, social workers in mental health and adult care, home care workers in dementia services, youth workers, housing benefit staff, lift engineers and many other staff face redundancy and services face cuts and closure.

A whole team of portage workers, who work with pre-school disabled children, is to be shut down.

There are many "back-room" jobs going. All front-line workers will understand that they cannot operate without this back-office support. About 360 staff and an unnamed number of vacant posts are at risk.

Several hundred Unison members have attended meetings expressing their anger and desire to fight off these attacks.

Unison has offered to campaign jointly with the council for more central government funding. However, the immediate shortfall could be resolved if the council sacked its over-paid consultants instead of its own staff. Spending on consultants is running at around 15 million a year!

A protest will take place outside the council's budget meeting on 9 March. Should the budget go through it is likely that industrial action will be needed, especially as more job losses are likely to follow in the next two years.

Staff have yet to face the consequences of the Icelandic factor - Nottingham city council lost 42 million in the Icelandic banking collapse.

Meanwhile, increasing numbers of Unison members are raising points about the lack of political representation in our city and the need for an alternative to New Labour for ordinary working people.


Protest 9 March, 1pm, Old Market Square, Nottingham.

Letters of protest to: Councillor Jon Collins, Nottingham city council, The Guildhall, South Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BT. jon.collins@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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In The Socialist 4 March 2009:

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RBS pension scandal: Not a penny for these fat cats!

Hands off our post!

Stop Labour's mail sell-off


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Marx was right all along


Socialist Party feature

Has globalisation gone into reverse?

Our democratic rights under attack by Labour


Socialist Students

Anti-fees demo success - despite NUS leaders' obstructions

Cardiff student occupation: University divests from arms trade


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs

The route


Construction workers

Construction workers plan more action

Message from strike leader


Socialist Party workplace news

Stop bullying at BT

Fight the cuts in Nottingham!

Sogefi workers demand strike

NUJ action

Cover supervisors: Teaching on the cheap

National Shop Stewards Network: Brighton launch meeting


Socialist Party women

International Women's Day 8 March: Don't make women pay for the bosses' crisis

Make all women's issues trade union issues

Solidarity with Constantina Kuneva


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland: Scrap the 'pension levy': Organise a one-day general strike

Kashmir: Health workers win demands


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