Thursday, March 28, 2013

Defend Cllr Kevin Bennett – no victimisation of councillors who oppose cuts

This post is reposted from Councillors Against the Cuts (

"We have just heard that Cllr Kevin Bennett of Warrington Council and UNITE will face a proposal from the Labour whips of Warrington Labour Group that he is suspended from the Labour Group.

Unite the Union have pledged their full support for Kevin and they are promising a lobby at the Town Hall at the time of the hearing.

It would be good if as many opponents of the cuts in the area could join this lobby organised by Unite.

The hearing of the Warrington Labour Group will be on Thursday 4th April, at the Warrington Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire. The lobby will start at 6pm in advance of the hearing which is scheduled to start at 6:30pm.

It was right for 44 MPs to rebel last week against the whips on the issue of Workfare. It is right for councillors who oppose cuts. Messages  of support can be sent to and will be relayed to Kevin.

No victimisation of councillors who oppose cuts. Solidarity with Councillor Kevin Bennett."

I would only add that all trade unions - and particularly those of us organising in local government - should defend the Councillors prepared to vote against the cuts which we oppose.

UNISON members can of course do our bit by prioritising for debate Motion 42 to our National Delegate Conference.

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