Save our Services

Carers, school crossing patrol staff, social workers, environmental services and administrators who work for OMBC, will be protesting outside the Oldham Council meeting tomorrow evening, as Members consider the budget that will see swingeing cuts to their service.

UNISON understands that the huge reductions in the Council’s funding made by this Tory government leave the Council with tough decisions to make, but we believe they are making the decisions without having a clear understanding about the rationale and costings for the proposed structure, and we want the Council to stop and rethink to make sure that these vital services, and our members who deliver them are protected.

The people of Oldham are already facing reductions or changes to services which could mean further job losses, on top of the hundreds of staff that have already gone in the last 3 years.

We are asking you and your family and colleagues to join us tomorrow evening to send a clear message to Council that we will not sit back and watch these attacks on our community and their futures.

Members from other Trade Unions will be joining the protest.

Questions will be addressed to the meeting by UNISON members who are also concerned Oldham residents,

1. .How can members be sure that the revised business case for the future of Adult Social Care is based on a firm financial footing, as there are anomalies in the financial information on which it is based, as highlighted in a report from APSE, commissioned UNISON, originally commissioned jointly with the Council?

2. Why is the Council entering into the private care market, aiming to pay people less than they would earn if they worked directly from the Council, but to charge vulnerable service users enough to make a surplus?

3. Whilst I acknowledge that the cuts that the Council are seeking to make in the Budget are driven by the stance of this government, are members aware that at a local level, the proposals for savings are being implemented in an ad hoc fashion, seemingly without proper business planning and meaningful consultation with staff and the public?

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