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The Socialist 21 January 2009

No more bailouts for bosses!

No more bailouts for bosses!

Fast news: My Lords, Ladies and cash dispenser


Gaza war paves way for further conflict

Protesting against Gaza attacks

Egypt: Gaza conflict fuels anti-Mubarak opposition

Readers' comment: media reporting on Gaza


Hands off Royal Mail

Wirral anti-cuts campaign

Save jobs - nationalise JCB

Fighting the cuts in Greenwich

Shop workers need a fighting trade union leadership

Campaigning in Exeter

Hoover workers march in protest at job losses

Amicus election

Glasgow Unison


Obama takes power: What change will the Democrats bring?


Refugees and repression in war ravaged Sri Lanka

Exiled Zimbabweans demand Brown acts

Capitalism kills, concludes study of privatisation era

Lawyer assassinated


Opposing the expansion of Heathrow

Waltham Forest anti-incinerator campaign: Residents get results

Campaigners fight attacks on education and the environment


Students fight academy status


What's going on? The meanderings of a comic mind in confusion, by Mark Steel

 
 

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Wirral anti-cuts campaign

JUST BEFORE Christmas Wirral's ruling Lib-Lab coalition council announced plans to butcher cultural and leisure services. On 15 January the cabinet confirmed its intentions to press ahead with these cuts, with only a couple of concessions, despite mass public outrage. 12 libraries, two sports centres, two museums and a theatre still face closure. The cuts now go to full council for ratification on 9 February.

Merseyside Socialist Party members

Council leader Steve Foulkes announced: "We've made a big decision on your behalf." Well we don't want him to make these decisions for us! Open the books and let the council workers and community groups make the decisions.

A very high profile and vociferous anti-cuts campaign has been run by various community based groups and latterly the unions. This campaign has certainly shaken the councillors, and now must be stepped up.

Over 500 people held a noisy and colourful protest inside and outside the cabinet meeting, and the potential exists for a much greater campaign to be built.

The trade unions need to be pressed to take firmer actions, making the link with widespread job losses within the authority.

'Wirral Against the Cuts', launched to link local campaigns, brought together 50 people on 19 January to plan further action.

Socialist Party member Dave Lunn made it clear that the Liberal and Labour councillors will lose support as they vote for cuts, but the Tories are no alternative. Linking with other unions on Merseyside and looking to stand anti-cuts candidates at the next elections is the real way forward.

The council faces a 12 million deficit, partly due to their own incompetence, but we should also not forget the role of the government who cut the money available to all councils, year on year.

Extra funding from central government is a demand of the united campaign. Allied to this is the call for a 'needs-led' budget, the people of Wirral should not be drawn into arguing into which services should be cut.

Merseyside Socialist Party calls for:

  • A mass mobilisation for the lobby on 9 February. (6.15pm, at Wallasey town hall).
  • No closures, no job cuts, no privatisation
  • For a needs-led budget
  • Additional government funding to meet the deficit
  • Resignation of cabinet members from the council who voted in favour of a cuts budget.

In this issue

No more bailouts for bosses!

Fast news: My Lords, Ladies and cash dispenser


War and occupation

Gaza war paves way for further conflict

Protesting against Gaza attacks

Egypt: Gaza conflict fuels anti-Mubarak opposition

Readers' comment: media reporting on Gaza


Socialist Party campaigns

Hands off Royal Mail

Wirral anti-cuts campaign

Save jobs - nationalise JCB

Fighting the cuts in Greenwich

Shop workers need a fighting trade union leadership

Campaigning in Exeter

Hoover workers march in protest at job losses

Amicus election

Glasgow Unison


Socialist Party feature

Obama takes power: What change will the Democrats bring?


International socialist news and analysis

Refugees and repression in war ravaged Sri Lanka

Exiled Zimbabweans demand Brown acts

Capitalism kills, concludes study of privatisation era

Lawyer assassinated


Environment and socialism

Opposing the expansion of Heathrow

Waltham Forest anti-incinerator campaign: Residents get results

Campaigners fight attacks on education and the environment


Socialist Students

Students fight academy status


Socialist Party review

What's going on? The meanderings of a comic mind in confusion, by Mark Steel


 

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