MP urged by union to fight continuing cuts

By Emily Pearce

Monday, December 23, 2013

 

A TRADE union has called on MP Andrew Turner to fight the Isle of Wight’s corner in the face of sweeping government cuts.

Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton has written to Mr Turner, on behalf of members, expressing 'major concern about the sheer scale of budget cuts’ and asking what he had done to highlight their devastating impact.

The Isle of Wight Council is facing a black hole in its budget of £28 million over the next three years due to the cuts.

The Island had suffered badly as a result of the government’s austerity measures, where unemployment was high and more people were dependent on public services than elsewhere in the affluent south east, said Mr Chiverton.

"Ongoing reductions in funding will continue to erode already overstretched services, with many of the poorest and most vulnerable residents likely to be particularly hit.

"In particular, the Island has a substantial percentage of residents over 65 who are heavily reliant on services provided by the council," said Mr Chiverton in the letter, which was copied to all council members.

"Unison believes it is imperative the whole community unites in a visible and vocal campaign, highlighting the disadvantages the Island faces and the need for an adequate level of funding to meet the needs of the population.

"In the current bleak circumstances, our members are anxious to know exactly what you have done and are planning to do, in order to personally campaign along these lines and highlight the devastating effect a further reduction of £28 million will have on vital local government services and jobs."

Mr Turner was not available to comment as the County Press went to press. His response is due to be published next week.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

25th December 2013, at 09:35:57

Here s wishing you and your love one s A very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year Rodger

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by roger mazillius

25th December 2013, at 08:37:07

Thanks Alan for giving me the biggest laugh for 2013!

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by alan naylor

25th December 2013, at 04:15:52

Go to Scarrott s lane you will see a little black boy there Ho no he s a white boy covered in soot he use to clean out the chimneys in Mayfair of course we all know now that was not the right way to treat our fellow man Just as Thatcher knew that a man working 5 miles underground was wrong and unknowingly did them all a favour by shutting down the mines their sons follow a different life now for the better technology is now taking over and there will more leisure for all wether rich or poor this ideology is very hard for the rich to accept there will be no Putinesque democracy at all as the Tories fear The Chuchillion days are over Our Queen will be a commoner and we will have a peoples government for the people and the meek shall inherit the earth

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by roger mazillius

24th December 2013, at 08:04:50

Colin, I am sure you will find that senior staff are also affected, eg Directors and Managers. It goes across the board.
Steve, certainly Unions play an important role in protecting their members' interests and long may that continue. However, like some employers, there are good and bad unions who it could be said use their members as political cannon fodder in support of union bosses' political ideology.
Of course our party system gives voters a quite wide choice at elections so it is more usual for the party gaining the most seats to poll less than all other parties combined. At least we have by and large been spared the constant coalition governments which have so blighted the progress of several other countries in Europe.
Although please spare us from Putinesque "democracies" - for all it's faults give me ours anytime!

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by Steve Gibbs

23rd December 2013, at 22:08:22

Roger the reason unemployment is falling due a private contractors putting people back to work when they clearly are no fit to. They are paid in performance. That is part of your party's big society which is failing. Secondly the jobs that are being offered are part time or zero hour contracts by the greedy corporations. I would like to point out also this government was not voted in it was default they were voted in. Unions have proved time and time to be correct and show the false statements out there. On top of that unions solve and stop a lot of problems arising if you have a employer who is prepared to listen.

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by Steve Gibbs

23rd December 2013, at 22:08:22

Roger the reason unemployment is falling due a private contractors putting people back to work when they clearly are no fit to. They are paid in performance. That is part of your party's big society which is failing. Secondly the jobs that are being offered are part time or zero hour contracts by the greedy corporations. I would like to point out also this government was not voted in it was default they were voted in. Unions have proved time and time to be correct and show the false statements out there. On top of that unions solve and stop a lot of problems arising if you have a employer who is prepared to listen.

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by Colin Russell

23rd December 2013, at 21:38:22

Mr Mazillius, your first comment refering to the first round of people getting the push from the Council, some retired ok agree, but to say the others have gone self employed [maybe some have] and the rest have found jobs, [again maybe some have] , bit tonuge in cheek i think,
With all these staff being laid off when will the suits start getting booted into touch just to keep things on the level, [to many chiefs not enough indians]

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by roger mazillius

23rd December 2013, at 14:36:39

Kevin. Of course this country needs restructuring off the generations of benefit claiming families who were able to live well whilst their hard-working neighbours worked their socks off.
That it took a non-Labour government to implement such vital changes goes without saying. They leave the mess for others to clear up!
It is most interesting that our economy can sustain millions of working immigrants whilst "native" residents say they cannot find work! How much of that was down to the levels of housing and other benefits which are now being reduced to more realistic levels I cannot say except that it is also interesting to note the new record numbers of those now employed after benefits were reduced.
I of course support a safety net for the usual health and redundancy cases but something had to be done and thank goodness it has been.
Millipede and "No Balls" just pander to the Unions and have no concept of the economic reality of the modern world.

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by Mat Thomas

23rd December 2013, at 13:18:59

Mark is absolutely right, to point the finger at the government is necessary at this time.It is because Turner represents the largest constituency in the country and needs to be active and represent the interests of the working people and unemployed of the Isle of Wight.The Isle of Wight Council can in no way raise the £28m by scratching around.Jobs are at stake at the council and they need to be defended and are a crucial aspect of the island economy.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

23rd December 2013, at 13:17:41

Why would Turner be opposed to the social change plan we are now suffering ..these cuts have nothing to do with debt or austerity and everything about restructuring society in the Tory model

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