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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 February 2013
Brutal cuts announced in Cardiff
Andrew Price, Cardiff Against the Cuts
Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Last May voters in Cardiff turned out in massive numbers to throw out a council run by a coalition of Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru councillors beginning to implement the cuts demanded by the Con-Dem government.
Last week the now Labour-controlled council announced a package of cuts which many will see as a harsh punishment for those who loyally supported Labour last May.
Under the proposals the council will:
- Slash its 2013/2014 budget by £22 million
- Cut 300 council workers jobs
- Sell off the Flat Holm, an island in the Bristol Channel, ending immediately funding for school visits there
- Close a council-run riding school used mainly by disabled children
- Close a swimming pool and a leisure centre in Splott and Plasnewydd- two predominantly working class areas in the city
- Reduce opening hours for libraries and leisure centres in mainly working class areas
- End respite breaks for parents of disabled children
- Cut subsidies to Cardiff buses
All over Cardiff voters will be asking why a Labour-controlled council is contemplating such shameful cuts.
In the past, had a Labour-run council contemplated a fraction of such cuts, all hell would have broken out in the Cardiff Labour Party.
Not any more, as it appears that both the party and the vast majority of its councillors are prepared to quietly do the Tories' and Liberal Democrats' dirty work for them.
Cardiff Against the Cuts, a body established by Cardiff Trades Council, unites trade unionists and community groups with those representing the disabled in a campaign to oppose all cuts introduced by this vile government.
It now falls upon us to build a mass campaign of opposition to all council cuts in the city, and to show the councillors that if they are not prepared to defend the communities that elected them, they will be cast aside and replaced by those who will.
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In The Socialist 6 February 2013:
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Fight to save NHS
Revolt against pay cuts strengthened at Mid-Yorkshire NHS
Lewisham hospital protests continue
Whipps Cross workers prepare for fight against jobs and pay cuts
Scrap PFI, not our hospitals
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Socialist Party reviews and comments
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Film review: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
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Socialist Party regional conferences
Socialist Party workplace news
Workers tell Bromley council: We won't sign up to your plans
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Attempts to force Unison branches to affiliate to Labour
London mayor pressing ahead with fire service cuts
Workplace news in brief
International socialist news and analysis
South Africa: Battle for control of mining sector
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