Mass protest planned for Monday’s council meeting

Monday’s Croydon Council meeting looks like it will have a reception committee waiting outside, protesting the massive cuts planned.

Croydon Trades Union Council is lobbying the Tory-controlled Council outside the Town Hall on Katherine Street from 5.30pm on October 18.

Cameron’s Crazy Council blithely continues with its £450 million spend on new Town Hall offices, while pushing through as many as 2,000 job cuts, nearly half its workforce, as it wipes £70 million from spending on local services for local people.

“By the time they finish building this palace to their egos,” one Council insider said, “there’ll be no Croydon employees left to work in the building.”

Croydon Trades Union Council said: “The Tories want ordinary people to pay for a crisis caused by the banks.”

The unions believe that another 2,000 local jobs could go if the Home Office scales down the work of the Border Agency in central Croydon.

They also warn that Croydon College could reduce its staffing list by 300 over the next three years.

Meanwhile, the status of Nestle, the borough’s biggest private employer, remains in doubt, as the food manufacturer seeks a modern building for its HQ – largely because the Conservative-run borough has failed to steer through redevelopment plans for central Croydon. If Nestle go, that could see another 1,000 jobs moved out of Croydon.

“If jobs are cut in the public sector, then jobs will also be cut in the private sector,” Croydon Trades Union says. “Fewer jobs means less money spent in the borough.”

Anyone wanting more details about Monday’s protest can contact croydonstopthecuts@gmail.com.

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