A sea-change is in the air. Trade unionists across the country are calling upon Labour Councils to stand firmly opposed to the Tories continuing onslaught upon our public services.
In January, the national local government committee of Unite the Union set the wheels of defiance spinning when they passed a motion calling upon Labour to set legal ‘no cuts’ budgets by using reserves, capitalising eligible general fund expenditure and borrowing ‘prudentially’ to generate resources.
Unite’s motion made it clear “That the financial measures must be combined with a national campaign, linking Councils, trade unions and communities in a fight against the Tories austerity programme.”
Earlier this month, this motion gained more support when the Local Government Service Group Executive of UNISON, the union representing the majority of local government workers, made similar demands upon Labour Council’s to fight back now, rather than later.
That such calls are taken up here in Leicester is vital.
In the introduction to the Spring issue of “Leicester Link”, Peter Soulsby explains: “Since 2011, the total cuts affecting our services is £100 million per year. We need to save another £55 million per year up to 2020.”
This is simply not the case. It is a political decision as to whether Soulsby chooses to make further so-called savings. Such cuts are intolerable and must be resisted.
Join the lobby of Leicester City Council on February 24 from 4.30pm on Town Hall Square, to call upon our Labour councillors to oppose not implement the Tories attacks on the 99% of us.
This letter was emailed to the Leicester Mercury mailbox on February 15. Published in the Leicester Mercury on February 20.