Birmingham Connexions workers to strike on 6th April
This is a press release from UNISON.
BIRMINGHAM UNISON CONNEXIONS TO STRIKE ON 6th APRIL
Birmingahm UNISON Connexions Stewards today announced to that they will be holding industrial action on 6th April in opposition to 30% cuts in the Connexions service from April in Birmingham.
UNISON members will be protesting outside each Connexions centre in Northfield, Broad Street, Kings Health and outside the closed centre in Handsworth. A rally outside the Council House in Victoria Square will also be held at 2.30pm
Connexions has already suffered from office closures and a 17% cut this year and 36 staff are threatened with compulsory redundancy. Connexions centres in Handsworth, Aston and Erdington have already closed leaving the whole of North Birmingham without a local centre – although outreach advice has been set up in some areas.
Youth unemployment across the country is increasing with levels now reaching 15-20% in some parts of Birmingham.
Over 700 job losses are planned for Children and Young People services in Birmingham including Youth Workers, Education Welfare Workers and training schemes and voluntary organisation support for y young people.
18 coaches full of UNISON Birmingham members including a coach full of Connexions members joined half a million other protesters against the cuts in public services on Saturday to call a halt to the public Service cuts attacking services for young people and the most vulnerable.
Said Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary:
“The work of Connexions staff supporting young people is first class. That is why we are supporting the fight to stop these plans and safeguard an all age careers service for the schools, young people and parents of Birmingham
Birmingham City Council are cutting services for young people at a time of spiralling youth unemployment. What kind of message does that send to the young people of Birmingham?