Bradford council cuts blamed on Pickles’ policies 29 October 2013 The proposed cuts to nearly 700 jobs at Bradford metropolitan district council were blamed on the straitjacket financial polices of communities and local government secretary, Eric Pickles. Unite, the country’s largest union, said that it would campaign hard to mitigate the job losses and cuts to vital services for some of the most disadvantaged groups in Bradford. Unite regional officer Mark Fieldhouse said: “The council is wrestling with unacceptable cuts to its budgets in the next two years imposed by the financial straitjacket policies of central government. “Services, such as children’s centres are threatened with closure, which puts the mockers on the government’s claim that: ‘We are all in this together’. “Unite, which has about 520 members working at the council, will be fighting hard to protect our members’ terms and conditions, which have been ceaselessly eroded under the coalition since 2010. “We will mobilise communities to send a message to Whitehall that: ‘Enough is enough’ when it comes to the relentless menu of cuts to local government services.” ENDS For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.