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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 September 2012
HMRC seeks to axe workers' childcare
Close to 100 children, parents and workers protested against the closure of the First Friends nursery at HMRC Llanishen in Cardiff.
Management is demanding the closure of eight nurseries at sites across Britain. HMRC's official reason is that demand for nursery places is falling. That drew gasps of disbelief from parents in Cardiff. One worker, whose children have just finished at the nursery, told the Socialist that there are 113 children registered at that site alone. Many suspect that Mapeley, the private company that now runs HMRC sites, wants to sell the space to a more lucrative business and charge higher rents.
Other workers suspected that this was an attempt by HMRC to encourage more staff to quit or accept further redundancies. All were very angry that children were being targeted in this way. HMRC's claim to be "family-friendly" drew laughs of derision from gathered protesters.
Deb Law, a PCS member who works on site, said: "My parents live two and a half hours away. I don't know what I would have done without the nursery when my kids were young.
"They do a great job: my kids left knowing how to share, how to stand in line, their colours, the alphabet - they were really well-prepared for school."
Cardiff Against the Cuts activists will call on councillors to pressure HMRC, as part of the lobby against cuts on Thursday 27 September, 3.30pm at County Hall, Cardiff Bay.
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In The Socialist 19 September 2012:
Socialist Party news and analysis
We can beat Con-Dems' austerity
All forces to the point of attack against austerity
NHS: Condition critical
Cable launches new attack on workers' rights
Global warming: Capitalists skating on thin ice
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Marikana miners remain defiant
Stop the deportation of London Met students
Interview with NUS vice-president for union development
No to Gove's counter-reforms
Socialist Party feature
Hillsborough disaster: Truth is out, now justice
Socialist Party workplace news
Sparks' picket blockades Crossrail site
Workers die on tower cranes - Con-Dems cut safety regulations
HMRC seeks to axe workers' childcare
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Save Oaklands Pool - "This is what we pay our council tax for!"
Salford: Uniting to save mental health services
Fight Tameside library cuts!
Save Hampshire residential care homes
Stop the fire service cuts in West Yorkshire
NSSN supporter invited to address RMT
Socialist Party women
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Slutwalk: there's NO excuse for rape
Sexism - a product of capitalism
Socialist Party review
Review: "From dole queue to corner and back again"
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