Over 200 people travelled from as far and wide as Yorkshire, Morecambe, Lytham and West Lancashire to make a big noise and bring the County Councillors out to meet Lancashire UNISON on Pitt Street outside County Hall today. Branch Officers, Stewards, union members and the general public all participated in discussions with the Councillors in regards to the cuts. Also out in force were the media from all over the County.
Leaflets were circulated to by passers exposing the £300 million cuts being imposed on Lancashire by the Con-Dem Government.
UNISON’s key arguments for the Councillors are to:
- FIGHT FOR A FAIR DEAL FOR LANCASHIRE
- CONSULT WIDELY WITH TRADE UNIONS AND THE PUBLIC
- DONT RUSH INTO THE CUTS!
Feedback from most Councillors acknowledged the above points and committed to working with us to raise the profile of the impact that the cuts will have on service users and communities in general, although Conservatives kept their distance.
Elaine Cotterell, Branch Secretary and Kevan Nelson, UNISON North West Regional Secretary, addressed those gathered, inviting them to begin a long campaign and urged County Councillors to work with us to expose the unfair cuts being imposed and bring home to the 1.2 million Lancashire residents what this government cuts mean in human terms . Also the damage that these cuts will do to the local economy.