Notts County Council Strike: 1 The March

Tagged as: council county cuts nottingham unison
Neighbourhoods: nottingham

Thursday February 24th 

Nottinghamshire County Council met to set its budget. Unison members at the council were on strike, to coincide with this the union organised a march meeting on the Victoria Embankment ar 11.00am and marching across Trent Bridge and a rally in front of County Hall in West Bridgford.

01_110224_d300s_005-medium

02_110224_d70_004-medium

03_110224_d70_003-medium

04_110224_d70_009-medium

05_110224_d70_012-medium

06_110224_d70_013-medium

07_110224_d70_015-medium

09_110224_d300s_015-medium

10_110224_d300s_009-medium

11_110224_d300s_016-medium

12_110224_d300s_019-medium

13_110224_d300s_023-medium

14_110224_d300s_048-medium

15_110224_d300s_043-medium

16_110224_d300s_012-medium

17_110224_d300s_027-medium

18_110224_d300s_032-medium

19_110224_d300s_044-medium

20_110224_d70_020-medium

21_110224_d300s_050-medium

22_110224_d70_032-medium

23_110224_d70_025-medium

24_110224_d70_029-medium

25_110224_d70_031-medium

26_110224_d300s_080-medium

27_110224_d70_035-medium

28_110224_d300s_068-medium

29_110224_d300s_074-medium

30_110224_d300s_089-medium

Nottinghamshire County Council met to set its budget. Unison members at the council were on strike, to coincide with this the union organised a march meeting on the Victoria Embankment ar 11.00am and marching across Trent Bridge and a rally in front of County Hall in West Bridgford.

Unison had originally wanted to march from Bridge Field in West Bridgford, but Tory-run Rushcliffe Borough Council refused permission for the union to use the land, claiming that do otherwise might be seen as "supporting a political initiative". Unison condemned the decision, hence relocating the start point to Victoria Embankment.

 

Unison says:

Nottinghamshire County Council councillors met on 24 Feb to set a budget.  Vital public services are at risk, and 1,000 staff face being compulsory sacked in the next few months.

Notts County Council does not need to make these cutsLike other councils, they should be lobbying central government for adequate funding to protect local jobs, services and the Notts economy. 

The council says it will spend £60million on making 3,500 staff redundant over 3 years.  Putting people on the dole will mean services are permanently cut, will take millions out of  reduced or deleted — and our local economy.

It will also mean more is spent on benefits — keeping people in jobs costs less than keeping them on the dole.  And jobs keep services running.

UNISON has identified £27 million the council could use to protect services and jobs.  

Back UNISON in our call for:

* NO compulsory redundancies 

* YES to lobbying the Government for funding 

* PLANNED service changes, not savage cuts, as a better way to protect services, jobs, & communities.

 

Notts Unison

http://www.nottsunison.org.uk

 

Liam Conway of Notts NUT addresses rally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgKFzCKP808

 

NottsSOS

http://www.nottssos.org.uk

 

____________________________________________

ALAN LODGE 

Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham.  UK

Email:                 tash@indymedia.org

Web:                   http://digitaljournalist.eu

Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]

____________________________________________

"It is not enough to curse the darkness.

                                   It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"

___________________________________________

<ends>

Email Contact email: tash@indymedia.org