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SALFORD CITY UNISON SLATES LABOUR COUNCIL CUTS
 

Star date: 25th February 2013

AS BUDGET DAY LOOMS UNISON LOBBY ATTACKS SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS

"What have they actually ever done to challenge this ConDem Government? Nothing. Nothing at all…"

Hand wringing Labour councillors in Salford, who say they wished they could do things differently, were attacked tonight by Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steve North, following a UNISON lobby of Salford Labour Group of councillors.

He called for as many people as possible to protest outside the Council meeting on Wednesday morning that is expected to pass a pro-cuts budget.

Full details here…


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On Wednesday morning, Salford Council is expected to pass a budget that will see cuts to some of the most vulnerable people in the city.

Tonight, a lobby called by Salford City UNISON, which represents Salford Council workers, picketed entrances to the Civic Centre in Swinton, where Labour councillors met to finalise details of the budget which will axe over £23million from services in the city (see here for details).

Most Labour councillors avoided the pickets by going into the building early but those who were `caught', were handed a letter headed `Please think again about what the Budget will mean for the people of Salford…'

After listing the worst of the proposed cuts, including the proposal to `deny care to those with Moderate care needs' and the `outsourcing of Intermediate Homecare and Mental Health services', the letter ended…

…`Please do not make the people of Salford pay for the crimes of the bankers and the attacks of the Government… Please represent the people who voted for you and please ensure that this Budget does not attack the vulnerable in this city…'

Speaking to placard waving pickets at the lobby, Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steve North, attacked Labour councillors who were refusing to stand up to the Government… 

"It's fine councillors walking past us saying `Yeah it's terrible, it's really bad, we wish we could do things differently' but there's some key things that they've got to answer" he said "What have they actually ever done to challenge this ConDem Government? Nothing. Nothing at all.

"They've not done anything as a Labour group to say to other Labour groups in Manchester and in Liverpool, Bolton, Wigan and other places that together we can challenge this Government" he added "Until they are prepared to fight this Government, we'll never feel any shame about fighting them. We're right to challenge them and we're right to keep on challenging them."

He urged as many people as possible to attend a protest outside the Civic Centre in Swinton 8am-9am this Wednesday morning. Inside the Civic Centre, Salford Council will be meeting to pass over £23million of cuts.

"We want to send a very clear message to Salford Council" said Steve North "that as long as it continues to attack vulnerable people we will continue to fight against those cuts…"

Prisoner irlam wrote
at 11:39:08 on 03 March 2013
If the labour councillors chucked in a vertabrae each you still couldn't make a spine , time to get off your laurels and do some fighting , and show some spunk and get rid of flipper jet hair set Blears what a disgrace
 
Do They Care? wrote
at 22:10:24 on 26 February 2013
Do They Care?
 
salford pimpernel wrote
at 18:43:30 on 26 February 2013
@Joe Oneill. well said and spot on.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 09:31:39 on 26 February 2013
Labour do nothing because they fear nothing without opposition on the council what do people expect? During the Blears episode their was a fear in the Labour ranks that upsets were on the way but of course people voted for Blears and followed the Labour Hand cart and today they have a majority that cannot be matched and no Elections in May look at the pictures! god I wish the unions would fight the bast--ds on mass but sadly only the hard liners are taking up the cudgels. I with colleagues will stand in the same lines as unison on Wednesday I will loose a days pay to fight a forgone conclusion Labour will continue to throw stones from the side lines and do bugger all else. The Mayor is nothing but a highly paid bag of washed up excuses and most of the Labour councillors are in the job to top up their pensions but the people voted them in when they had the chance for change. People knock Norman Owen but at least he had the balls to fight Merry sad how National leadership through greed can f-ck up activist on the ground but that's life it's our making and the only way we can change it is wait for the next round of elections. And god help us all in the mean time
 
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