Kent

Kent union members in protest walks over spending cuts

A group of trade union members in Kent are beginning a month-long protest over the government's public spending cuts.

They have formed Kent Save Our Services (KSOS) to highlight the cuts and the impact on local communities.

Over the next four weeks, they will walk from Dartford to Dover in four stages to outline their cause.

About 20 people joined the first walk on Wednesday morning from the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, where there is a dispute about the use of volunteers.

Later this month, KSOS members will walk from Medway to Maidstone, from Ashford to Canterbury, and finally from Thanet to Dover on 9 July.

The walk will roughly trace the route of the Pilgrims' Way.

KSOS said its trek would tell "the story of the devastating cuts to our public services and job losses throughout Kent".

The group consists of members from 10 unions, including Unison, GMB, Unite, RMT, NASUWT, NUT, and the FBU.

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