New demo over cuts

Portest rally at the Town Hall, Halifax over budget spending cuts.
Portest rally at the Town Hall, Halifax over budget spending cuts.

PROTESTORS came together with flags, banners and placards in the latest demonstration against cuts to services.

Around 80 council workers, parents and Union officials joined together to show councillors – on their way into a budget meeting – the strength of feeling against the forthcoming cuts.

About 200 staff will be made redundant and another 100 vacant posts scrapped. A petition signed by around 2,000 people was handed in last night.

GMB regional organiser Gary Baker said: “We have got to continue to fight. We’re raising awareness to councillors that the cuts are going to have a devastating effect on the people of Calderdale.”

Bev Clarkson from Unite said: “As well as the obvious impact of losing work they won’t have money to come into Halifax to spend. It’ll have a knock-on effect throughout Calderdale.

Jonathan Pascall and Alison Stewart from the Primary Assisted Learning team said they have been warned 14 of their 20 consultants could lose their jobs. The team go into schools to improve teaching.

l See tomorrow’s Courier for details of the budget meeting.

l Do you think the council job losses are fair? Email yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk