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Suffolk march and lobby

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Saturday 27th November 2010
Hundreds join the march to save Public Services

Ipswich town centre was brought to a stand-still this Saturday due to a public demonstration against the cuts to public services and the massacre of services caused by the “New Strategic Direction” and the closure and outsourcing of services in Suffolk.

Suffolk County Branch of UNISON has been working with our Trades Union colleagues and “Suffolk Coalition For Public Services” to organise the march and rally to give the people of Suffolk an opportunity to express how they feel about the cuts to their jobs and public services.  About 400 people braved the blizzard to join the march and traffic ground to a halt to let the procession through.

One of the protestors said “I feel so angry about what the Councillors and the Chief Executive are doing to Suffolk.  They have no right to do this without asking the public.”

Another said “It is just crazy what they are doing! Anyone with a basic understanding of maths or economics can see that the numbers don’t add up.”

One lady completed the march in the blizzard with the aide of her two walking sticks said she was “determined to do the march…..I am 73 years old and don’t walk so well anymore but I just have to stand up to these people”...“I use my library a lot and I am so angry that they want to close it or give it away. Who do these people think they are!”

There were repeated calls for the Council and the Councillors to think again and call an end to the cuts and job losses.

A woman shared “I am ashamed to say that I voted for the Conservatives at the last election, but I will never do so again. They don’t listen to the voters and are just ploughing ahead with some half-baked idea with no thought to the effect is is having on the public, jobs or Suffolk as a whole”.

With hundreds, if not thousands of Suffolk jobs on the line and the most vulnerable in our society bearing the brunt of these savage and unnecessary cuts, people clearly feel that the time has come to say to the Council and this administration that ENOUGH is ENOUGH!  Their message, and ours, is very clear and very loud…now we’ll see if the Council and the Cabinet is listening!

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