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Published on March 29th, 2016 | by John OMeara

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NEW IMPETUS FOR HANDSWORTH AGAINST THE CUTS

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Organised protest against proposed cuts to library and leisure services helped to ensure that these facilities were retained in some form in Handsworth. Now Handsworth Against the Cuts is gearing itself up for another round of activity and is organising a half day event on Saturday 9th April to provide information about proposed future cuts, and to have a debate about what should happen next.

HANDSWORTH AGAINST THE CUTS  HOW CAN WE SAVE OUR LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES?

                 PUBLIC MEETING

             SATURDAY 9TH APRIL

10.30am: registration and refreshments and meeting runs from 11am-1.30pm

OAKLANDS YOUNG PEOPLE’S  CENTRE,  OAKLAND ROAD, HANDSWORTH, B21 0NA

Speakers

Professor Black

Handsworth Cultural Worker

Dr. Louise Irvine

GP and Chair of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Caroline Johnson

Unison Birmingham Branch Secretary

Join us to hear the impact that the new £250 million cuts to our local public services will have on our communities, especially the young, the disabled and the elderly. Participate in discussions and help plan how best we can all come together to resist the attacks on our services.

FURTHER INFORMATION EMAIL: nocutshandsworth@btinternet.com

Speakers’ details

Professor Black – Handsworth Cultural Worker


pic credit: Andrew Cowen; Handsworth Creative

Professor Black has lived in Handsworth for 54 years. He started out as a magician performing magic on New Faces, but also made and played steel pans. Professor Blacks’ original vocation was as a tailor and it is that skill which now lends itself to the development and creation of the biggest carnival costume workshop in the Midlands.http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/hard-times-wont-stop-carnival

Dr. Louise Irvine – GP and chair of the ‘Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign’

pic credit: national health action party

Louise Irvine is a GP and chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign. This was a hugely successful mass community campaign in the London borough of Lewisham which, in 2013, saved the local hospital from closure. Highlights were a demonstration of 25,000 people in Lewisham and a successful judicial review in the courts which found that Jeremy Hunt had acted unlawfully in proposing the closure of the hospital.

Louise is also a member of Keep Our NHS Public and the National Health Action Party. She is an elected member of the BMA National Council (the main doctors’ union), and is also a member of Doctors in Unite.

She believes it’s vitally important to build broad based united campaigns to defend our vital public services and has a long track record of campaigning on the NHS against cuts and privatisation. She stood against Jeremy Hunt for the National Health Action Party in the 2015 general election.

Caroline Johnson – UNISON Birmingham Branch Secretary

pic credit; B’ham unison

Caroline has been a member of the UNISON branch for over 20 years. Her council post is as a Grade 3 Day Centre Officer working with service users with learning disabilities in the Adults and Communities part of the People Directorate.

Caroline has helped to build the People’s Stewards Committee into the most active and strongest within the branch. She has led the branch’s campaigning work against the new contracts, pension cuts, workplace closures and many other key issues. She has represented hundreds of members in disciplinaries and grievances. She recently assisted hundreds of members in securing unpaid allowances worth many thousands of pounds per member.

Caroline’s union election statement said;

“Ultimately a union is individuals standing together, as standing together we are more powerful.  Our united voices are needed now…now is the time to take a stand. We face a huge challenge – who will pay for the greed and excesses of the bankers, speculators and tax dodgers?  We need an organised branch prepared to take action and I am committed to leading that fight.”

Caroline is a resident of Handsworth.

Text and pictures (except first para. and first 2 pictures) supplied by  Handsworth Against the Cuts

 

 


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2 Responses to NEW IMPETUS FOR HANDSWORTH AGAINST THE CUTS

  1. David.A.Gibson says:

    let`s work together and stop this for furture generation do not suffer.

  2. Ravi says:

    I think it’s great how you’re making this information public, probably a lot of Handsworth residents aren’t even aware of what’s going on. The library and leisure centre are great places and really serve the community well! I would hate to see these vital services cut – good on you for fighting against that!

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