On Thursday 24th February, the City of York Council will meet to discuss a budget that will contain attacks on frontline services for young and old alike. Half of all Connexions careers advisors are set to be cut, and adult social care for the disabled will be outsourced and slashed, leaving disabled people and their carers to fend for themselves. We’re planning a week of protest and discussion against the government’s policies and the decisions being taken locally as a result, backed by the local Trades Council and York City Unison branch.
March and Rally: No to Cuts and Privatisation
Saturday 19th February, assemble 3pm in Parliament Street for march on City Council, followed by speeches and performances by local people on the frontlines of public services, our community and the fight against cuts, plus stalls and activities to take part in. Bring union or community group banners, come dressed in uniform or representing your services.
Public Meeting: Alternatives to the government’s cuts – defend jobs and services
Tuesday 22nd February, 7.30pm at Clement’s Hall, Nunthorpe Road (Google Maps). Speakers: Keith Blackburn (CWU branch secretary), Hugh Lanning (Deputy General Secretary, PCS), Cllr Janet Looker (Labour Party), Sophie Shaw (York Students against Cuts), Nick Smith (a worker with people who have learning disabilities), Dr James Chan (Defend Our NHS York), Speaker from UNISON (to be announced), Andy Chase (Green Party). Followed by questions and open discussion, plus stalls with information about getting involved.
Council Budget Day Rally: York Says “No To Cuts and Privatisation”
5.30pm in St Helen’s Square. Speakers to be announced. We anticipate some marches arriving from workplaces, etc. Can you organise one? It doesn’t need to be big – just make sure everyone knows where to meet at 5pm.