Monday, March 01, 2010

Local government workers face decimation - there is an alternative

Today's news confirms what local government branches are being told by our employers about the likely scale of coming cutbacks - that one in ten local government workers face the axe (http://m.guardian.co.uk/ms/p/gmg/op/sdOt9O-JTjCGCN7UW24NA7A/view.m?id=337539&tid=120787&cat=UK_news).



This means that local government jobs do indeed face decimation - albeit the means of removing the "one in ten" will be less brutal than that of those who originated the use of the term (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army).



Ever helpful, the Government have issued local authorities with a checklist of "radical efficiency reforms" to "protect frontline services" - it would make more sense if the Government would itself adopt the checklist which Unison offered last year (http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1670) and raise and collect sufficient taxes to pay for the public services we need.

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