Protest planned over cuts
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 December 2010
DETERMINED campaigners plan to stage demonstrations at the meetings of cash-strapped North Somerset Council next year.
Members of Unison, which represents council workers, will gather outside Weston’s Town Hall before a full council meeting at 6pm on January 18 and again on February 22.
The protests are in reaction to the news that the unitary authority must make more than £45million worth of cuts over four years, with 17.4million of these reductions earmarked for next year.
Council bosses had to come up with hundreds of proposals to slice millions off their budget and proposals include pay freezes, redundancies and a change in many community services.
A public meeting of Weston and North Somerset Anti Cuts Alliance will take place at the Salvation Army Hall in Carlton Street at 7pm on January 12 and Helen Thornton, branch secretary of North Somerset Unison, is urging people to attend.
She said: “We are asking the people of Weston and North Somerset to come along to the meeting to talk about how the public spending cuts are affecting jobs, families and communities in the area and also join us when we lobby the meetings.
“Weston and North Somerset Trades Union Council believe that the coalition Government’s savage spending cuts will hit the poorest hardest, will slow down the economic recovery and increase unemployment – this month’s rise in the unemployment figures bears that out.”
The alliance is made up of a number of trade unions including public sector unions representing postal workers, civil servants, teachers, rail workers, local government, further education, housing and health workers.
Helen said there are alternative ways to make the radical cuts over four years rather than ‘slashing’ public services
She added: “We believe that the cuts are not an economic necessity, but are politically motivated. The majority of people in the country did not vote for such savage cuts delivered at such speed.”