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The Socialist 4 January 2012

Defend our pensions - escalate the action

The Socialist issue 699

Defend public sector pensions - "action must be escalated"

PCS Left Unity open organising conference in defence of pensions

Reject pensions 'deal' - fight until we win


Hands off the NHS!


A world in turmoil


2012: Millions face poverty and homelessness

Liverpool's managed decline: Tarzan to the rescue?

"Seismic collapse" of private pensions

Them & Us


National meeting for women in the Socialist Party


Unity against wage cuts in construction

Cuts used to attack trade unionists

Fight job-cutting academies


Nigeria: Boko Haram's Christmas Day bombings

USA: Occupy movement links with working class


Review: Days of Hope

We're not scroungers!

 
 

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Cuts used to attack trade unionists

In its latest round of cuts, Waltham Forest's Labour council has cut another 26 jobs and merged its library service with the Waltham Forest Direct benefits, council tax and advice service.

Nancy Taaffe, Waltham Forest Unison chair and convenor for libraries, is one of the sacked workers. Nancy has a record of fighting tirelessly for union members and for public services in Waltham Forest, north east London. The council appears to be removing trade union activists in order to make it easier to push through savage cuts.

Nancy said: "Waltham Forest Direct is the first port of call for people who have problems; it can be a noisy and tense place. There should be privacy for people who require help and support and adequate time and space for people to provide a service properly.

"Primary school children trying to have a story read to them or students who live in noisy, crowded homes should not share the same space as people who are having problems accessing or relating to basic council services. The reality is that the library service is being disbanded under the guise of a merger."

The council has used its new 'Residents First' department to create a tier of temporary jobs and advertise them externally. This is brutal exploitation of mass unemployment to intimidate the workforce and drive through cuts.

Nancy and others in Unison, backed up 100% by Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union and other activists, have launched a campaign of resistance to all these cuts.

  • Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union will meet on Thursday 5 January, 7.30pm, William Morris Community Centre, Greenleaf Road, E17 6QQ.

Waltham Forest Unison is holding two emergency branch meetings on Friday 6 January at Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF, at 12 noon and 4pm.


In this issue


Anti-cuts campaign

Defend public sector pensions - "action must be escalated"

PCS Left Unity open organising conference in defence of pensions

Reject pensions 'deal' - fight until we win


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Hands off the NHS!


Socialist Party feature

A world in turmoil


Socialist Party news and analysis

2012: Millions face poverty and homelessness

Liverpool's managed decline: Tarzan to the rescue?

"Seismic collapse" of private pensions

Them & Us


Socialist Party events

National meeting for women in the Socialist Party


Socialist Party workplace news

Unity against wage cuts in construction

Cuts used to attack trade unionists

Fight job-cutting academies


International socialist news and analysis

Nigeria: Boko Haram's Christmas Day bombings

USA: Occupy movement links with working class


Socialist Party reviews and comments

Review: Days of Hope

We're not scroungers!


 

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