Union members lobby East Cambridgeshire councillors over threat to jobs and services
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UNION members working for East Cambridgeshire District Council stepped up their campaign against Conservative spending plans this week by holding a lobby.
Members of Unison, Britain’s largest trade union, told the Ely Standard last week of their worry about Tory plans to borrow millions of pounds to pay for 14 large-scale projects, including the leisure centre and Ely bypass.
The union said the move would lead to more job cuts and put the future of essential services at risk.
Phil Gooden, Unison regional organiser, said: “The council is already facing unprecedented cuts to its funding by the government.
“Borrowing huge sums of money to spend on politically driven schemes puts at risk the essential services that the people of East Cambridgeshire rely on.”
The union claims that councillors are planning to sell off council assets and cut services and jobs for the next 25 years in order to repay the money they plan to borrow.
Members lobbied councillors at a meeting of the finance and governance committee, held at The Grange, in Ely, to plead their case.