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Town hall protests over jobs.

PROTESTERS with banners chanted outside a Liverpool council meeting over job losses.

The Joint Trade Union Committee (JTUC) demonstrated outside Liverpool town hall, blaming the cost of Capital of Culture activities for the threat of compulsory redundancy on 67 staff at a children's home.

The JTUC claims the difference between offering the staff voluntary severance and redundancy is around pounds 230,000, the same amount given as a pay-off to former Culture Company chief executive Jason Harborow.

AJTUC spokesman said: "People are effectively being sacked because of the incompetence and wastage of this council."

The redundancies follow the council's decision to close Gladstone House, an 18-bed secure home in Fazakerley. Officials blamed rising costs, empty beds and overspends of pounds 1m a year.

Labour spokeswoman for children's services, Cllr Jane Corbett, said the council was "shortsighted".
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2008
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