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The Socialist 8 June 2011

We are fighting back!

The Socialist issue 674

Economic crisis in 'them and us' Britain


Cuts in jobs and services: We are fighting back!

Birmingham: city of a thousand cuts

Human rights service staff defend jobs


CWU conference - unanimous call for 24-hour general strike

Strike action against pensions attack at Sheffield university

Mood for action among Unison members in Waltham Forest

Saltend dispute: lessons for future struggles


Fighting the anti-strike legislation


'Slutwalk' protests

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is possible


'Butcher of Bosnia' faces trial

Tamil Solidarity: important resolution agreed at the European Parliament


Protests grow as young people say: 'We want a future!'


Southern Cross - Social care on the brink

Vulnerable patients abused at privately run Bristol hospital

End the 'insane' pursuit of oil profit

Fight Welsh universities' fees hike

NHS: Lansley must resign!

News in brief

 
 

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Mood for action among Unison members in Waltham Forest

Reflecting the growing mood of anger against the cuts amongst Waltham Forest council workers in north east London, over 300 Unison members voted unanimously to support a motion which included a call for a consultative ballot on strike action to fight the cuts.

The meeting was the largest for years and had to be moved outside because the council chamber was too small. Representatives from Unite, GMB and the NUT unions also spoke at the meeting calling for solidarity amongst all council workers to fight the cuts.

The local GMB and Unite branches have also passed resolutions in favour of consultative ballots.

No wonder there is anger when it was revealed that the council is paying 20 million a year to consultants while some council workers are threatened with losing 5,000 a year through imposed changes in their employment conditions.

Speakers voiced disgust at the Labour-run council which is only too willing to push through these cuts. Unison members also showed big support for the local anti-cuts campaign.

They literally queued up to sign the Waltham Forest anti-cuts union 'join' sheets.

Leaflets for the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) conference on 11 June and for a Waltham Forest trades council and anti-cuts union joint public meeting in support of those unions taking strike action on 30 June over pensions, jobs and pay, were eagerly snatched out of our hands.

The mood for strike action was further underlined by one Unison member who asked: Why isn't our union taking action on the same day?

Chris Newby

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Waltham Forest Trades Council and Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union joint public meeting
Monday 20 June, 7.30pm
Harmony Hall, Truro Road, Walthamstow, London E17 7BY

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 2 June 2011 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party editorial

Economic crisis in 'them and us' Britain


Anti-cuts action

Cuts in jobs and services: We are fighting back!

Birmingham: city of a thousand cuts

Human rights service staff defend jobs


Socialist Party workplace news

CWU conference - unanimous call for 24-hour general strike

Strike action against pensions attack at Sheffield university

Mood for action among Unison members in Waltham Forest

Saltend dispute: lessons for future struggles


Socialist Party feature

Fighting the anti-strike legislation


Socialist Party women

'Slutwalk' protests

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is possible


International socialist news and analysis

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces trial

Tamil Solidarity: important resolution agreed at the European Parliament


Young people fighting back

Protests grow as young people say: 'We want a future!'


Socialist Party news and analysis

Southern Cross - Social care on the brink

Vulnerable patients abused at privately run Bristol hospital

End the 'insane' pursuit of oil profit

Fight Welsh universities' fees hike

NHS: Lansley must resign!

News in brief


 

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