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Bolton Council staff BL1

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It is estimated that up to 2,000 council workers may lose their jobs between 2010 and 2015 as Bolton council faces the biggest cuts in its history. The Government settlement for Bolton is to cut council funding by £56m. Bolton has been reliant on grant funding to deliver many of its services, particularly Children’s Services. Almost all of these grants are to cease with devastating consequences for jobs and services.

Unison branch secretary Bernie Gallagher reacted angrily to the government announcement: “It is very clear now what this government is about, they are on an ideological mission to destroy the public sector as we know it. With inflation predicted to reach 4% by April, unemployment rising and the threat of mass redundancies, now is the time for the trade union movement to demonstrate its collective strength”.

Bolton Unison has arranged a campaign of lobbying events, member meetings and will be holding a consultative ballot of members to assess the strength of feeling to fight the cuts.

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