Stand up for jobs or lose them forever

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

Stand up for jobs or lose them forever

Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton.

A TRADE union has urged people on the Isle of Wight to attend a public meeting opposing cuts to jobs and services — or risk losing them forever.

Unison has called tomorrow’s (Wednesday) meeting following the Isle of Wight Council’s budget proposals, which include farming services out to town and parish councils, scaling back provision or, if alternative solutions cannot be found, axing them altogether.

The authority needs to save £28m over the next three years, which means almost every non-statutory service it provides is under threat.

Services including the Cowes floating bridge, Medina Theatre, leisure centres, libraries, public toilets, lollipop ladies, the maintenance of parks, beaches and cemeteries, parks and playgrounds could be affected.

In addition, there could be more than 360 council job losses over the next three years, which would further hit public services.

Unison branch secretary Mark Chiverton said it was vital people spoke out against the cuts.

"We need as many people as possible, and we hope councillors and the MP would attend as well, to show how strongly people feel. We hope to launch a hard-hitting campaign to highlight to central government how damaging these cuts will be," he said.

"In terms of services being taken on by others, we have to start to explore alternatives. We are looking at £6 million of cuts this year alone, laying the foundations for further cuts, and we must do everything we can to voice our concerns. We have to take urgent action to protect services."

• The meeting will be held at the Riverside Centre at 7pm.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keven Ball

7th February 2014, at 16:14:46

The best unions are schools ones such as NUT! I am unsure about the rest of the unions in other job areas?

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by Peter Jeffery

7th February 2014, at 15:39:48

Kevin,
You're quite entitled to your view of Trade Unions, but I would suggest that they are becoming even more necessary in "modern society" where this Tory led government are rapidly turning the clock back decades.

When the poor get poorer and employees have pay freezes or cuts or job losses, while the wealthiest get tax cuts and bonuses, then the Trade Unions are the only ones with the collective strength to stand up for those workers.

Yes, you can get legal advice to take a boss to a tribunal, but unless you have financial means of your own, or some knowledge of the procedures, good luck. As a member of a Union you will both have the expertise and funds to call on.
You may even avoid any need for a tribunal with the help of the local Union Rep's negotiating skills.

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by kevin froment

7th February 2014, at 15:01:18

never been a union man and never will be, i dont see any point in having them in modern society, if you have a grievance with your boss you get legal help, its as simple as that. if he/she doesnt like it and sacks you, take them to a tribunal, where is the need for a union

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 18:28:18

"So that is the secret to help you with your cheesy comments" - Is that what you were meaning or trying to say? I can help you with your English skills, as we can see you need it!

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 18:26:24

Can you write in English please, that last comment makes no sense at all Den...

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by Den Young

6th February 2014, at 13:44:00

so that's the secret help you get for the cheesy comments.

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by Keven Ball

6th February 2014, at 11:20:43

I smile every time I come on here Den - how is your illness my old son? Should we fight for the jobs? I had cheesy chips last night, they were lovely.

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 20:11:08

I hope you get better soon Den from your illness.

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by Den Young

5th February 2014, at 17:24:38

and ill keep doing so Keven

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by Keven Ball

5th February 2014, at 16:16:42

If you say so? However, the whole point of reading and commenting on news stories is going off the hearsay of what has or is being reported... You do make me smile.

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