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…"