Protest against public job cuts

A STALL informing people about an alternative to public sector cuts was held in Worthing this week.

Members of the Worthing Solidarity Network (WSN), a group for trade unions and public sector workers from the area, held a stall in Chatsworth Road on Monday after visiting the job centre in the High Street earlier that day.

Lee Billingham, a member of WSN, said the group were both protesting and informing people about public sector cuts, and the alternative to government austerity measures.

He said: “People on benefits are sometimes protrayed as work-shy or trying to get something for nothing, and that’s not true.

“We think that public sector cuts and the number of jobs going down is all part of the same problem – the austerity measures taken by the government.

“There would be no need for any of these cuts if there was tax justice and large companies were paying what they owed.”

Lee said the stall had been timed to coincide with Hallowe’en and pre-empt public sector strikes due to take place on November 30.

Two meetings for those considering striking and anyone interested are being held by the Worthing Trades Council at the Labour Hall, in Lyndhurst Road, at 7.30pm on November 9 and November 23.