Lobby of council budget meetings on 3rd and 17th December

LOBBY THE BUDGET MEETINGS ON 3rd AND 17th DECEMBER 2015.
Policy and Resources, from 3pm, 3rd December, at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton.
Full Council, from 3.30pm, 17th December, Brighton Town Hall.
Brighton and Hove UNISON has declared that an emergency is facing council services, both for staff and the entire population of the authority’s area, as a result of the unprecedented cuts that are to be considered at the budget meetings in December.
Whilst these result from the discredited anti-austerity policies of the national Conservative Government, it is 54 elected councillors in the city that have the power to implement measures that will affect every single resident, and especially the most vulnerable, of all ages.
Whatever the politicians may tell us, they could decide to reject these harsh cuts, and call the Government’s bluff – morally they should do exactly that. To accept them makes certain the old adage, that if you choose not to fight, you lose, and, by contrast, if you opt to fight, you have a chance of winning. And that fight may as well begin in this city, where the instinctive sense of fairness is as strong as anywhere else, not just amongst trade union members, but in the city, as a whole.
It is for these reasons that Brighton and Hove UNISON has put out the call to all unions, to political parties, to community groups and to the general public, to come along to the two lobbies and make clear their absolute opposition to the effective destruction of our services. To do nothing now is not an option – the 54 councillors we elect must be held to account, and forced to directly oppose the diktat of Cameron, Osborne and their hatred of the public sector.
Hundreds of jobs are under threat, and by 2020, thousands will have gone.This year alone, if politicians have their way, family entres will shut; day centres for the elderly and for those with mental health conditions will close at the very time when we need more, not less resources; people with learning disabilities will be “sold off” as just a commodity – and however it might be “dressed up”, it is effective privatisation. Tor so-called “back office services” the council is signing up to a blank cheque gamble with East Sussex County and Surrey County Councils, with Brighton and Hove as a junior partner.
UNISON rejects all of these proposals. The alleged “savings” will not be made in a year, or two or three, and can only come through job and service cuts and pay reductions for those who remain.
There is only one way to defeat this vandalism that is being inflicted on our communities, and that is for our council to lead the opposition to the Government – it is our belief that the “spark of revolt” from Brighton and Hove would attract a groundswell of opposition in other Labour-led councils to say “NO” before it is too late!
Or they can do nothing – they can hide, as they are at present, behind the weasel words of “we have no choice”, “it is the Government forcing us”, and “it is our democratic duty”. Tell that to redundant staff – tell that to the young, the disabled and the elderly in our community.
UNISON says: “YOU HAVE A CHOICE – YOU NEED TO DECIDE WHOSE SIDE YOU ARE ON! NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO!
SUPPORT THE LOBBIES – THE FIGHTBACK STARTS NOW!!!

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