Council strike day

HEATED scenes were expected at Notts County Hall this week (Thursday) as councillors met to rubber-stamp plans to save the authority up to £87m next year.

Protestors planned to cross Trent Bridge as UNISON held a day of strike action over the council’s proposals to cut services to make a total saving over £186m over the next four years.

Council chief executive Mick Burrows said he was disappointed 620 UNISON members had voted in favour of industrial action, despite talks held last week.

“Officers at the council are putting in place contingency plans to ensure vital services to vulnerable people are impacted as little as possible during this day of strike action, and that people who need our help still receive it,” he said.

UNISON’S East Midlands regional head of campaigns Ravi Subramanian said Notts County Council is facing a smaller £25m grant cut yet still plans to sack 1,000 staff and make a further 400 voluntary redundancies.

“The cuts the council are planning will ruin people’s lives, and our research shows a further £26 million of savings could be achieved to prevent 1,000 compulsory redundancies,” he said.

“The council budget plans are morally and financially wrong, and they need to look at how other councils are responding before pressing ahead with unnecessary and damaging cuts.”