‘Drop-in consultations’ about City Council cuts

These ‘consultation’ sessions talking place all across Nottingham in October (click ‘continue reading’ for all venues/dates/times) are supposed to be a chance for residents to express our views on City Council cuts. Nottingham City Council is also running a “Your City, Your Services” online survey at http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=11782 where the idea is to get our opinions about what should be cut in the city! Obviously a strong no cuts message is needed at these.

DOWNLOAD leaflet: Tell Them to Cut the Cuts

DOWNLOAD unison_notts_sos_alternative_budget for some more ideas.

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PRESS RELEASE – Notts Save Our Services campaign launched to fight the public service cuts

Notts Save Our Services campaign launched to fight the public service cuts. Also download leaflet that accompanies press release (pictured).

jpg image of notts sos press release 29 september 2010PRESS RELEASE

A coalition of organisations representing the people who provide public services and those who use them has been launched to fight the public sector cuts taking place across the City and County.  It will also spell out the alternatives to reduce the public sector deficit. Notts Save Our Services (Notts SOS) campaign is launched today as millions of workers take to the streets across Europe in a Day of Action to protest against government-imposed austerity measures. Continue reading “PRESS RELEASE – Notts Save Our Services campaign launched to fight the public service cuts”

What cuts are we opposing?

Things will become a lot clearer when the Con-Dem coalition’s spending review is announced next month. In the meantime, here is a list of mainly local cuts mooted before the General  Election (as of Mayday 2010), some already being made. Since May there have been further announcements including the abolishing of some NHS Trusts, Authorities and Organisations over the coming years, plus a additional cut of £4 billion in the welfare budget.  Locally we can add Carlton Road to the list of library closures which will probably get ‘merged’ with St Anns. Continue reading “What cuts are we opposing?”

Events and meetings in October

Here are just a few of the local and national events coming up (latest first):

Monday 25th October – Notts SOS meeting. 7.30pm on Mon at the ICC (International Community Centre), YMCA, 61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN Please just turn up.

Thursday 21st October – Anti-cuts event  at Nottinghamshire County Council. Lobby of County Hall, West Bridgford from 12.30pm when the County Council is due to publicise massive proposed cuts and privatising most of its services. If you want coach seats for the protest at Notts County Council on Thurs 21st Oct please contact Pete Watson pete.watson1@ntlworld.com; or the Notts CC Unison website www.nottsunison.org.uk
Coaches are coming from Worksop, Mansfield, Newark & Beeston.

Wednesday 20th October – Notts SOS demonstration general anti-cuts demonstration in the Market Square. 5pm. All welcome.

Monday 18th October – Unison protest: SAY NO TO PAY CUTS FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF. 4.00pm (onwards). OLD MARKET SQUARE IN FRONT OF COUNCIL HOUSE. Download schools protest flyer 18 October 2010.

Tuesday 12th OctoberAnarchists against the cuts?
A discussion meeting at the Sumac Centre, Forest Fields, about how anarchists can – and should – engage with the burgeoning local anti-cuts movement. Starts 7.30pm.

Monday 11th October – the second meeting of Notts SOS will be at 7.30pm on Mon at the ICC (International Community Centre), YMCA, 61b Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN Please just turn up.

Sunday 3rd October – major demonstration in Birmingham during  the Conservative Party Conference. Nottinghamshire, Mansfield and Nottingham Trades Council will be running a free coach to the demo. Leaving Mansfield at 9.15 outside the Rosemary Centre & picking up in Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield, Hucknall & Nottingham at 10am leaving from outside Salutation Inn on Maid Marion Way. Ring 07940 952825 for tickets. More details.

Notts SOS is launched

Notts Save Out Services was launched on Monday 29th September 2010 following the packed public meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Nottingham on the 22nd and a follow up meeting at the ICC on the 27th.

We aim to inspire workers, service users, claimants and anyone else affected to get together and take action to defend services, jobs and welfare in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. And we hope you’ll join us!

We aim to support meetings, demonstrations, industrial action, social events and general acts of rebellion against the government’s plans.

We hope you will be inspire to act whereever you are.

Who was involved with the pre-launch meeting on the 27th?

22 people participated. These included members of unions: UCU (higher education), RMT (transport), NUT (schools) and NUS (student union), Unison and the IWW (Instrustrial Workers of the World). Participants were employed and/or studying, unemployed and retired. They were socialists, communists and anarchists in various parties and organisations, and individuals. Some had been recently been made redundant, some threatened more immediately by the cuts, others with family members being affected by services closures or privatisations. The name of the campaign was agreed at the meeting. The offical launch date is 29th September, the date of the first Press Release.

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