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Greenwich - save our centres
CAMPAIGNERS IN Greenwich are fighting to save community centres and halls. Greenwich council wants to hand over management of halls and centres to a community management board.
The council is making millions of pounds worth of cuts and wants service users to make the cuts instead of the council! Staff at the centres also face an uncertain future.
Socialist Party members are calling on those using the centres to boycott the council's invitation to go on the board and instead to demand the service stays in-house.
Greenwich Unison branch has arranged a meeting to form a campaign committee to unite the community centre's users. This campaign can be won.
At the packed council-organised consultation meeting, Socialist Party members proposed the matter be put to the vote and got nearly everybody's backing, but senior council officers and the councillor present refused, saying a decision had already been made.
Even if councillors have made a decision, we can fight and get decisions changed, as Greenwich Unison has already proved.
Save our centres meeting, Wednesday 4 June 7pm
Council chamber, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18
In The Socialist 28 May 2008:
Socialist Party campaigns
Socialist Party women
Youth and crime
Socialist Party feature
International socialist analysis
Socialist Party review
Socialist Party workplace news