The Birmingham Mail and BBC have today reported on job losses at Birmingham City Council – 7,000 over the next 3 years, with 2,450 in the next financial year.
update: The Guardian and The Independent have also reported on this, and the BBC and Birmingham Mail had second articles. The Morning Star report on 13/2
Birmingham Budget Cuts first talked about this in November 2010, the job losses being reported today are the same jobs that have been known to be at risk since announcements regarding council cuts.
Unison have been hard at work raising this story, following their members meetings last week, which produced agreement to ballot for strikes. We hope that the ballot is successful and that council workers follow refuse workers and connexions employees in voting for strike action and resisting cuts
Birmingham Against the Cuts has events coming up in the next 3 weeks, running up to the budget meeting on March 1st.
See our upcoming actions page for details of events on 17th Feb, 26th Feb and 1st Mar
We also have a petition for you to sign, calling on councillors to reject any cuts in the budget, which will be presented to the council at the meeting on 1st March.
Birmingham has the 3 constituencies with the highest unemployment rates in the UK [source] and the loss of thousands of council jobs, along with job losses in the West Midlands Police Force, and the impact of national cuts on local services will not help improve this, and increasing unemployment will weaken the local economy further, affecting the private sector as well.
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Further report from the BBC on council cuts:
Further report from Birmingham Mail on job losses at the council, mentioning that Unison and PCS are holding a St Valentine’s Day protest against public sector cuts outside the Council House in Victoria Square at 2pm on Monday
And the Independent also reported on this on the 11th:
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