progress is not the elimination of struggle, but rather a change in its terms’ - Aneurin Bevan

Rally for Darlington's jobs & services

The Tory/Lib-Dem coalition's rush to cut spending doesn't just threaten half a million public sector jobs, it also threatens half a million private sector jobs. The speed and size of the reduction in public spending puts 50,000 firms at risk.

One of the winners of this year's Nobel Prize for economics, Professor Antoniou Pissarides from the London School of Economics, whose work deals with reducing unemployment, has called for a more gradual approach to reducing the deficit, warning of entrenched unemployment.

That's why it is important that people rally to protect jobs and services on Saturday:
Workers from Darlington Borough Council will be holding a rally in Darlington town centre this Saturday, ahead of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, to raise awareness of the cuts being imposed on public services by the coalition government.

The event, on Saturday 16 October, is being organised by the Darlington Local Government Branch of UNISON. The branch represents approx 1,800 workers in the council and voluntary sector. The event will take place at Joseph Pease Place between 10:00 and 13:00 with speeches commencing at 11:00.

Darlington MP, Jenny Chapman, will be among the speakers at the rally. Speakers will be highlighting the effects the savage cuts will have on our community. Services such as arts, libraries & leisure are expected to be particularly severely hit but the cuts will hit every council service. However, cuts to the public sector will also harm the private sector as businesses such as shops rely on public sector workers for custom.

As well as the rally the public will be able to get information detailing the effects of the cuts and arguing that fair taxation would be another way of reducing the deficit. The public will also be asked to sign up to UNISON’s Million Voices campaign in support of public services.

UNISON Branch Secretary, Phillippa Scrafton said “We must raise awareness of the massive cuts which are coming our way. It has already started. Earlier this year the Council made cuts to bus passes & taxi vouchers but that was only the start. Just last week they started a consultation on cuts to school meals. We are in a battle for our services. If we lose the public of Darlington will suffer cuts of a scale we’ve never seen before. Please come along on Saturday 16 October and support your services.”

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