Union to protest over public sector cuts

A rally has been organised in Lincoln to try to help protect jobs, public services and pensions regarding the possible closure of the Jobcentre Plus.

As previously reported, Lincoln’s Jobcentre could be closed in order to save money. The branch even went on strike to try an solve the dispute.

The rally, organised by Lincoln and District Trades Union Council (LDTUC), will be held on September 24 at 11am.

The congregation will start outside Lincoln’s Jobcentre, the last processing facility in the area, and march to Speakers’ Corner on the High Street.

Organiser Nick Parker of the LDTUC said: “It makes no sense whatsoever to cut Jobcentre Plus services when every serious economist predicts unemployment to remain high.

“The county will lose its last remaining benefit processing facility and the vulnerable people who rely on Jobcentre Plus services will face longer waits for their benefits to be paid.

“This is on top of the serious disruption that will be brought to the 130-plus staff who work in the office, with some of them under threat of redundancy.”

“[The LDTUC] are opposed to all cuts in jobs, services, pay, pensions and benefits. There is an alternative to cuts.

“The super-rich in this country just need to pay the tax that they are legally supposed to. That alone would bring in at least £123 billion each year.”

Source: LDTUC