Press Statement for immediate release 27/04/2008
Election candidates raise support for Council Workers’ strikes
Raghib Ahsan and John Tyrrell, both candidates in the local elections, have been raising support for the council workers and their recent strikes.
Over 1,000 signatures have been collected so far on the doorsteps of Handsworth Wood and Lozells and East Handsworth. The response has been incredible with most people wanting to sign.
John and Raghib, both former Labour councillors, have made support for the council workers a major part of their election campaigns.
Raghib Ahsan says “It’s shocking that the council can think it is OK to cut the pay of thousands of their workforce. I visited the council worker’s picket lines and joined the street protest on Soho Road. There was huge support from passing motorists.”
John Tyrrell, who is standing for the Socialist Labour Party says “I joined the protest at Victoria Square where council workers, teachers, lecturers and civil servants all joined together to oppose pay cuts. As prices continue to rise the people who run our vital services should treated decently, not have their pay cut.”
The petitions will be handed in to the council house this week.