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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 February 2014

Standing up against cuts in Reading

A Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) meeting on 4 February agreed to stand candidates for upcoming local elections in Reading and Wokingham.

TUSC is committed to opposing all cuts. Councils can use reserves and borrowing to keep services and then build support through local demonstrations and strikes to demand the necessary funding from central government.

Jo Lovelock, the Reading Labour council leader, says they have had to 'save' (cut) 44.8 million so far with another 38 million of cuts likely over the next three years.

These are described as 'tough budget decisions where the vulnerable are protected'. No matter how this is dressed up it amounts to savage cuts by a Labour council that was not voted in to carry out Con-Dem policy.

We will be appealing for more people to stand for TUSC and have a further planning meeting arranged for 25 February.

Neil Adams, Bracknell and Reading Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 12 February 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

What future for Labour and the unions?

Fast food workers want decent pay and conditions

NHS: Kick out big Pharma

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Sheffield kicks off election year with 7.6% vote

Standing up against cuts in Reading

Waltham Forest: Rally for rent control

Lewisham Labour no use in the Lions' Den


London Underground dispute

Tube strike first round: Trade Unions 1 - Johnson 0

London tube stoppages show workers can win

Effective action builds

State attacks trade union action


Socialist Party workplace news

Teachers call national strike

Posties vote yes - where now for postal workers?

Higher Education: Striking for an improved pay offer

Workplace news in brief


Reviews and readers' comments

The Square: bravery and disappointment in Egypt

Housing crisis hell: a worker's view

Don't trust Labour with our NHS

2004 Morecambe Bay tragedy: Has anything changed?

Tebay disaster: Workers' grievances can't be sidelined


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Councils continue making Con-Dem cuts

Brighton solidarity with LGBTQ+ Russians

Leicester Socialist Student arrested in peaceful protest

WASP: South African elections announced

Building the Socialist Party


 

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