North Somerset UNISON will be running information stalls for members and non members on 4th February to highlight the impact of central government cuts on local government pay, jobs and services. Here in North Somerset the council have only just this week announced what they call a Transformation Programme, but from what we can see it is likely to result in further job losses and privatisations, including giving more work to the already failing Support Services contractor. Also just this week North Somerset Council's Living Wage working group concluded that although they support the living wage in principle they will not implement it locally. On 18th February the council will meet to vote through this year's cuts which include 50 full time job losses, on top of 400 jobs gone since 2010. The cuts to jobs include our School Crossing Patrols.
UNISON members can come along to collect one of our much prized and limited edition North Somerset UNISON piggy banks, as well as lots of information about what they can do to get involved in our campaign to save jobs and services, and ensure we all get a decent pay rise this year.
These information stalls will take place at:
4th February, 12 - 2 pm in the canteen at Castlewood
4th February, 12 - 2 pm at the staff entrance at the Town Hall
North Somerset UNISON will also hold a demonstration at the council's budget setting meeting on 18th February at 5.30 pm outside the town hall in Weston.