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100 jobs saved at Connexions, Birmingham

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100 jobs saved at Connexions, Birmingham

Over 100 staff at Connexsions had good news on Monday 13th February after hearing that Birmingham City Council have backed down and withdrawn the threat of redundancies, stating that there will not be any more cuts to this vital service in the coming financial year. We hope that whoever is in power following the council elections in May will provide a continued commitment to Connexions.

Connexions gives help and advice to young people who are unemployed and are looking for work, college or training. They also help young homeless people, pregnant teenage girls and teenage parents.

UNISON argued all along that to make cuts to this service when youth unemployment is at an all-time high and still rising was morally wrong, reckless and irresponsible and finally Birmingham City Council have listened.

UNISON Convenor Charlie Friel said

“This is really good news for our members who been put the emotional wringer by this council for over 18 months. It’s a victory for our members, it’s a victory for common sense and it’s victory for the young people of Birmingham.”

Tom from Birmingham Against the Cuts said

“At a time when youth unemployment is at record levels, over 22%, it is madness to close the service best placed to help young people into work.  Birmingham has some of the highest unemployment rates in the UK, and it is good news to hear that Connexions will continue to work with young people in the city - now we need to get offices around Birmingham re-opened”


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