ACTIVISTS have set up a group to campaign against multi-million pound cuts in Kirklees Council’s budget.
Trade unionists formed Kirklees Save Our Services last week to fight the spending reductions, which could run to £400m over five years.
The group held its first meeting at the Irish Centre on Fitzwilliam Street on Monday.
Kirklees SOS secretary Ed Doveton said: “These cuts are likely to lead to 2,000 redundancies and the closure of nurseries and libraries.
“The response among trade unionists and activists to the group has been very positive.
“We intend to organise a public meeting on Wednesday February 3 and lobby council on Wednesday February 24.”
Kirklees SOS includes trade unionists from Unison, the NUT and Unite and members of the Socialist Party, Radical Action Network and the Socialist Workers Party.
Twenty people attended the meeting on Monday and elected Almondbury campaigner Ian Brooke as chairman of the new group.
Hazel Danson of the NUT, Mike Foster from Unison and Gillian Gillespie from the Socialist Workers Party will serve on the committee.
NUT member Dylan Murphy will serve as the group’s treasurer.
For more information visit: www.kirklees-sos.org
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