Protesters will gather outside Dudley Council House, ahead of today’s (Friday 24 October) full council meeting, to demonstrate against plans to shut down youth services and clubs, leaving thousands of young people with nowhere to go.
WHEN: Friday 24 October 2014, 16:30
WHERE: Council House, Priory Road, Dudley, DY1 1HF
Unite, the country’s biggest union, which represents the majority of Dudley’s youth workers, has written to council leader David Sparkes calling for urgent talks to prevent the total destruction of youth services in the town.
Unite fears that the council’s draconian proposals to cut a further £200,000 from the budget and axe 50 per cent of the part-time workforce will sound the death knell for Dudley’s youth services.
Dozens of demonstrators, holding placards and banners are expected outside the council house from 16:30 today (Friday 24 October)
Speaking ahead of today’s protest Unite national officer Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Dudley’s young people are being made scapegoats for an economic crisis not of their making.
“Unite is vehemently opposed to Dudley council’s plans to effectively get rid of its youth services.Thousands of young people will be left with nowhere to go once the youth centres shut.
“The council’s proposed cuts to youth service provision are a shattering blow to young people in Dudley facing employment, housing and personal issues. Again we see how the government’s cruel austerity agenda hits the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our communities.
“We believe now is not the time to sacrifice youth services in Dudley, on the contrary, the time is ripe to invest in youth.
“Unite will continue to campaign to demand that the town’s councillors and decision-makers re-think and listen to alternative suggestions for a better youth service benefiting young people and the community.”
For further information please contact Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe on 07771 656692 and/or Unite communications officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146 777 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.