Connexions workers in Birmingham will join council workers, teachers and civil servants on Thursday for a day of mass strikes. They have already held half-day strikes over the past few months over office closures and redundancies to a service which provides careers advice to young people, at a time when youth unemployment is rising (it’s at around 20% nationally, and probably higher than that locally) and educational opportunities are being restricted by the scrapping of EMA and the raising of university tuition fees.
The ConDems promised to improve Careers Advice for young people, now we know that from April 2012 they intend to end funding for Careers Guidance and Connexions for young people. National funding for Careers Advice has been available for over 40 years. Without any debate or consultation this service is now in grave danger of being removed from our young people.
Careers advice and support should be available face to face for ALL our young people regardless of their ability level, especially at a time in the economic cycle where jobs are hard to find, and a time when politicians are withdrawing support for education and training.
Show your support for Connexions Birmingham. Our next generation will be left with:
- No careers advice
- No EMA
- No benefit advice
- Outrageous tuition fees
- Cuts in FE courses
- Cuts in University Courses
This government is potentially abolishing the careers service for young people.
Join the Facebook group Connexions services need to unite to fight
Plan for the day:
10-10.30: Everyone heads to the Broad Street office. Transport will be organised by stewards as appropriate. Members are encouraged to share cars wherever possible.
10.45: Connexions UNISON Picket and Demonstration for all members outside Broad Street with Informal speakers
11.15: walk from from Broad Street to Victoria Square, leafleting and petition along the way
12.00: UNISON, NUT, ATL, UCU Mass Rally Victoria Square
I shall be adding these onto our map of activities on J30 shortly. This is the best place to keep up to date with exactly what is happening (although it will not be a complete list by any means.)