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24 March 2020

Newham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

Back in the mists of time, on 6 March, in the days before Coronavirus was dominating everything, local residents in Newham came together to organise opposition to the budget that had just been agreed by the Labour council

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18 March 2020

Councils must break austerity rules

Labour councils must lead a fight for the immediate resources needed, linked to reversing all cuts and privatisation

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11 March 2020

Swansea: Ask anyone about state of services, you will hear the real story

Ask any Swansea resident about the state of social care, education and refuse collection and they will tell you the real story, writes Gareth Bromhall, acting secretary of Swansea Trade Union Council.

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11 March 2020

Camarthenshire: Councillors' 'walk of shame'

Plaid Cymru councillors voting for the cuts had to walk the 'walk of shame' past us to get into the council meeting, writes Mark Evans, Carmarthenshire County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).

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11 March 2020

Book: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey's book 'Why you should be a trade unionist' is a lively and accessible account of the role trade unionism has played in the past, and the hope which workers' organisations provide for the future, writes Derek McMillan, East Grinstead.

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11 March 2020

Salford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

Salford council has cut 211 million from spending since 2010, writes Nick Chaffey, Socialist Party national committee.

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11 March 2020

Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts

Protests and the threat of strike action by council worker unions - GMB, Unite and Unison - have forced Stoke-on-Trent city council to scrap their plans to cut some workers' wages by up to 5,000 a year, writes Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party.

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11 March 2020

Is there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

In Scotland, both Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour councillors continue to be complicit in implementing cuts, writes Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland.

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4 March 2020

Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts

In the same week at the end of February, three Labour councils in the south - Brighton, Reading and Southampton - had an opportunity to use Labour's strongholds in southern England to rally opposition to further Tory austerity and set no-cuts budgets to defend jobs and services.

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4 March 2020

International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity

International Women's Day feature, including young women, Women's Lives Matter, trade unions, and a programme to fight oppression

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4 March 2020

Secret cuts meeting couldn't prevent protests in Newham

The council kept the details of their 45 million cuts meeting a secret, until very late, to prevent protests outside. But that didn't stop the Socialist Party, Newham trade union council and others on 2 March.

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4 March 2020

What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?

Camden council cuts mean four nurseries will lose all their places for two, three and four year olds. Campaigners lobbied the Labour council against the 600,000 cut to the budget on 2 March.

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26 February 2020

This is the BBC: fight the cuts - and the capitalist media

The BBC plans to scrap over 500 news jobs.Targets include reductions at Newsnight and 5 Live, but cutbacks will hit the whole division.

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26 February 2020

Housing cuts cost lives

We gathered outside Peabody Head Office on the evening of 19 February to make the point that cuts to the community and neighbourhood services cost lives, and are counter-productive.

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26 February 2020

Stop the council cuts

150-200 angry council workers met outside Stoke Town Hall on 19 February to protest against cuts that will leave some workers 5,000 a year worse off.

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26 February 2020

Council cuts could cost Labour another general election

150 people tuned out in Birmingham to hear Rebecca Long-Bailey's pitch for the Labour leadership.

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26 February 2020

Leicester: We can't take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

In one of the poorest cities in the country, the cuts will disproportionately affect those on low incomes, particularly women and the disabled - as stated in the council's own budget report!

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