Cuts - call for strike action

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 October 2010

North Somerset  Unison talking to  members  of the public about the impact of the  public sector spending cuts, weston high street.

North Somerset Unison talking to members of the public about the impact of the public sector spending cuts, weston high street.

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A MASS movement and strike action is needed to fight the 'gangster-like behaviour' of bankers and the Government's 'vicious' attempts to divide communities - say passionate workers.

At the first meeting of the Weston and North Somerset Trades Union Council in 20 years, about 25 worried employees gathered at the Bristol Hotel in Weston to discuss the impact of the forthcoming coalition Government cutbacks.

Chair of the Weston and North Somerset Trades Union Council, Richard Capps, urged people of Weston and the region to protest against the cuts, which he fears could cost public sector jobs and impact upon public services.

He said that on October 20, when the cuts are due to be announced, there will be an ‘ideological onslaught’ which will affect the services that North Somerset residents rely on.

Speaking on behalf of the National Union of Teachers, Andy Prior, said: “The barrage of propaganda pushed out by the Government to the public is a nasty, deliberate and vicious attempt to divide communities.

“We did not cause this crisis and we are not responsible for it but we are being forced to pay for it through the services we use and our jobs. It was the gangster like behaviour of the bankers in the financial sector that caused this.”

Mr Prior said the union is ‘implacably and unequivocally’ opposed to the cuts and called for a 24-hour public sector strike.

Also speaking at the meeting was Weston postal worker and member of the Communication Workers Union, Dave Chapple, who praised people for turning up at the meeting and urged them to spread the word about the new alliance.

He said: “Towns everywhere are being gutted. I hate what is happening to our town and things are getting worse if you are a Somerset person as our services are getting chopped up and privatised such as the Winter Gardens and the crematorium. What’s the bet within a year the cost of dying will be doubled?

“A mass movement is now needed.

“This meeting is the most important gathering in Weston in 20 years and this is a great start so hopefully we will have even more people at the next meeting.”

An anti-cuts rally will take place at Broadmead in Bristol at 11am on October 23. To see a video interview from the meeting log onto www.westonmercury.co.uk

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