Birmingham Budget Cuts reports that the Connexions worker strike today has been called off after the council agreed to suspend the threat of compulsory redundancies for the duration of new talks, scheduled to last 28 days.
Connexions provides advice and guidance to 13-19 year olds, and is particularly involved with career guidance. Many schools across Birmingham have Connexions workers visit on a regular basis to provide career guidance (including advice on FE and HE courses).
The threatened redundancies of up to 120 workers, along with the closure of all offices apart from the Broad Street office, would have a devastating affect on the service, and on the youth of our city, who also face the loss of EMA, which pays up to £30/week to students in FE.
We wish Unison and the Connexions workers well in their negotiations with the council, and hope that the council accede to the demands of the workers, and save this vital service.