A good start was made to the campaign to defend council-run children’s services in Bradford at a public meeting on December 5th, with representation from service users, trade unionists and community campaigners.
The stark facts were laid out: Cuts being made to children’s services of £13.3m are likely to see up to 480 jobs going, and will also affect children’s centres which will be brought into the new service. The Unite Shop Steward (who helped organise this meeting) has also been victimised over the issue.
The meeting made it clear that we can’t rely on trade union action alone to defeat this brutal cut, instead campaigners need to involve parents and service users.
Plans were made for immediate action to be taken, starting with a protest on December 12th outside the next Bradford Council meeting and a further public meeting on December 19th, at 7.30pm at Bradford Deaf Centre.
But socialists, community activists and trade unionists have made it clear that they are far from deaf to the affects these cuts and job losses will make and will be battling the council all through the festive season to force them to listen.
Bradford Socialist Party