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Birmingham Lollipop Warden Protest

Thursday, October 8, 2015

GMB Protest On Fri 9th Oct At Birmingham Primary School To Save Lollipop Warden On Major Highway Outside School

A very busy major road goes past the school with a speed limit of 40 mile per hour so without the warden a child could be seriously injured or even killed says GMB.

GMB, the  union for school support staff, is holding a protest on Friday 9th October outside Yenton Primary School in Erdington to call on Birmingham City Council to reconsider the proposal to remove the much needed  lollipop warden on a major highway and dual carriage way that runs outside the school.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 2.50pm Friday 9th October,

Outside Yenton Primary School,

Chester Road,

Erdington,

Birmingham, B24 0ED.

GMB members will be at the school with a petition and to speak to parents to highlight the importance of this role for the safety of children at the school.

Gill Whittaker, GMB Organiser, said “We are saddened to learn that the Council are considering the removal of the lollipop warden.

A very busy major road goes past the school with a speed limit of 40 mile per hour so without the warden a child could be seriously injured or even killed.

The proposal comes after Birmingham City Council agreed to provisionally keep lollipop wardens across the city where there wasn’t a people crossing.

Apart from GMB members losing their jobs this is also a health & safety issue for the young people at this school.

We would like Birmingham City Council to listen to our concerns and work with us on putting the safety of the children first.

That is why GMB along with the local Labour Party call on the Council to consider the risk associated with certain sites when considering removing this service. This very busy dual carriage way has considerable danger attached to it so needs to retain its valuable lollipop warden.

School Crossing Patrol Officers are much respected in local communities and do a fulfilling job. GMB is working closely with the school to get this decision reversed.”

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Contact: Gillian Whittaker, GMB Organiser on 07850 768351 or Samantha Jones, GMB Media Administrator on 07939 874272 or GMB press office 07921 289880

 

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