UNISON Calls on Birmingham to Resist Cuts

On Wednesday 9th December Ravi Subramanian put out a press release asking for Birmingham City Council to resist the next round of council cuts. Below is a copy of the press release.


UNISON are today calling on Birmingham City Council to resist the latest round of damaging cuts.

Birmingham City Council are set to make yet another round of sweeping cuts to services after the latest settlement given to them by the government. The city has already seen cuts to budgets in excess of  £560 million and this next round of cuts is going to have a serious impact on staff and the public.

The latest proposals could see 1200 jobs lost at the council. These proposals are likely to include a loss of 515 care assistants and therapists who look after some of the most vulnerable people across the city.

Further to the job losses staff could be asked to work more hours and not be paid increments for three years as well as have sick pay halved

Caroline Johnson, Branch Secretary of UNISON Birmingham Branch said

“Birmingham City Council are in a very difficult position, they are the largest Local authority in Britain and are having their budgets slashed and stretched to breaking point.

It is clear to us where the blame for this lies and that is solely with the Conservative Government. Austerity is a political choice and UNISON have real concerns about how short sited these cuts are. We know from experience that privatisation is not the answer, in fact sweeping privatisation costs the tax payer more money in the long run.


We are calling on the Leader, Councillor John Clancy, and the new leadership team at the council to work with UNISON and the Labour Party nationally to hold back the cuts and find a long term solution that invest in the future of public services”

Contact details: 

Simon Holder, Area Organiser (Campaigns and Communications)

Email – s.holder@unison.co.uk

Direct Line – 0121 685 3105


Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary

Email – r.subramanian@unison.co.uk

Direct Line – 0121 685 3170

Mobile- 0790 434 3342

At a time of continued austerity and cuts we continue to face difficult times. These cuts will not just impact on local government it will filter through to other public services. We need to stand in solidarity and oppose the cuts been imposed by the Conservative Government.



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