Unions have criticised the Conservatives - over job cuts imposed by a Labour run council. Up to 300 jobs will be axed by Southampton City Council today as they set their budget for 2013/14. Labour took over the running of the council in May after the local elections.
But in a statement, Unite and Unison, "condemned the Conservative Party at both a national and local level for causing up to 8 per cent of the council’s workforce to lose their jobs". They say the council finances were made worse by the previous Conservative administration.
Some services, such as the Youth Service, the “Our House” children’s home and Archaeology are to be closed completely. Union members will meet on Thursday to decide what action they'll take - including whether to call for strikes.
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