Save our services – celebrate our unsung heroes

This year, we are focusing on the role our members in local government play in keeping people safe

Join UNISON activists across the country on Thursday 6 December for SOS Day!

This year, we are focusing on the role our members in local government play in keeping people safe. Workers in trading standards, environmental health, social services, schools and many others are the unsung heroes of our communities.

Cuts to council budgets have put jobs under pressure and our communities at risk.

Less money is spent on prevention and enforcement. Staff shortages, long hours and high levels of stress take their toll on staff and risk putting people and communities at risk.

Do you work in a service that helps to keep communities safe?

Tell us how cuts have affected your job and the service you work in.

Whether your job has obvious and high profile impact on people’s safety, or whether it’s a role that doesn’t often get any limelight but has safety implications that might surprise people, we’d like to hear from you.

So please get in touch using the form in the “tell us your story” section on our Save Our Services campaign page. We will use your comments in our work campaigning to highlight the impact of cuts on local services. Let us know if you’re happy for us to publish your name.

Tell us how cuts affect how you are able to deliver your service and protect our communities. Interviews can be anonymous and will help us write about your role protecting neighbourhoods.

What can your branch do to get ready?

Plan what your branch will do on SOS Day to show our members that we are fighting against further cuts to the services they work in.

It can be as simple as holding a workplace meeting, talking to workers in public safety-related roles about how cuts have impacted their jobs and local services, or something much bigger.

Take a look at our cuts campaigning toolkit for more ideas:

Download the Save Our local Services toolkit

You can also order SOS materials, including  leaflets, posters, badges and pens, using our online catalogue.

Get involved on social media on SOS Day

Help us to raise awareness of the impact of cuts on public safety. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook:

Twitter – @unisondamage

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