Unite the UK’s leading union, which represents hundreds of workers at Birmingham City Council has described the announcement that the council is effectively bankrupt, as being a direct consequence of its chronic financial mismanagement.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Birmingham City Council’s workers must not pay the price for the council’s or central government’s incompetence and financial mismanagement.

“Our members undertake vital frontline services that are essential for the communities they serve and they should not be impacted through no fault of their own.

“Unite always prioritises the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will support those at Birmingham City Council to ensure they are not mistreated due to council and government failings.”

Unite regional officer Lee Wiggetts-Clinton said: “Unite is seeking urgent meetings with the council to ensure that Birmingham’s loyal workforce are not made the scapegoats for the financial crisis, which is not of their making.”


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  • Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.