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15 March 2017

TUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has announced that it is suspending its participation in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in England and Wales.

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15 March 2017

Derby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Teaching assistants and school support staff in Derby are now on all-out strike against massive pay cuts imposed by the Labour-led city council. In a recent survey 74% of Derby people said they supported the action by these workers.

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8 March 2017

Second front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

Northern Rail train guards have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of strike action against the introduction of driver-only operation (DOO). Our first strike date is 13 March and is planned to coincide with our striking brothers and sisters on Southern and Merseyrail.

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8 March 2017

Bradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Bradford Socialist Party members were in attendance along with other activists at the lobby of the council on 23 February outside Bradford city hall. Some Labour councillors came and talked to us as we attempted to persuade them to set a no-cuts budget.

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8 March 2017

Why I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

I joined the Labour Party as a school leaver in 1981 but by the mid-80s I left, completely disillusioned, and became politically inactive. Then, during the 2016 Labour leadership election, I felt enthused by Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity policies and the possibility that at last the Labour Party had a chance of defeating the Tories and their vicious cuts.

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1 March 2017

There is an alternative, Mr Biggs

Just before Women's Day, Tower Hamlets council voted for cuts in children's and youth services

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1 March 2017

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

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24 February 2017

Spelthorne: we need socialist councillors

Fire Brigade Union reps, other trade unionists and anti-cuts activists lobbied councillors

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22 February 2017

Bristol: Hundreds march against council cuts

The Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca) has written a letter to every councillor in Bristol calling on them to vote against the 101 million cuts budget being proposed by mayor Marvin Rees. Councillors met to vote on the budget on Tuesday 21 February, as the Socialist goes to press.

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22 February 2017

Leicester Unison no-cuts budget call

Leicester is a city dominated by Labour, with a Lib-Dem/Tory opposition group composed of just two councillors. However, like all other Labour councils up and down the country, they have been busy passing on Tory cuts with gusto (and crocodile tears).

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22 February 2017

Tower Hamlets anti-cuts budget lobby

Tower Hamlets council plans to vote through cuts in its budget of 58 million on 22 February. Labour Party mayor John Biggs essentially thinks there's no other option but to implement the Tory government cuts.

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22 February 2017

Worried about fake news? Start with Labour councils' budget lies

'Fake news' is in the headlines - and while Trump is the most obvious purveyor of what used to simply be called 'lies', the method is alive and well among Bristol's Labour councillors and mayor.

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15 February 2017

Council cuts can be fought - and they must be!

During February many council budget-setting meetings are taking place across the country, slashing millions more pounds off vital services.

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9 February 2017

Southampton: no-cuts budget needed

Starved of cash by continued Tory funding cuts, Labour councils are facing another round of budget cuts, writes Nick Chaffey.

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8 February 2017

Campaign forces Surrey council to back down on fire station closure

After weeks of protesting, a massive demo outside the fire station, petitions and lobbies, Surrey council was forced to organise a public meeting to explain why it needed to axe Staines Fire Station.

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2 February 2017

Support Cardiff's no-cuts three

Cardiff Against The Cuts has learned that three members of the Labour Party in Cardiff have been expelled shortly after calling on the Labour council to refuse to make more funding cuts to jobs and services.

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1 February 2017

TUSC: To stand or not to stand?

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference on 28 January debated whether to stand candidates in the 2017 local elections

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1 February 2017

Newham council challenged over 1.8 million cut workers' pay

One Newham council worker could lose 6,000 and lose his home if the 1.8 million cut to workers' wages goes ahead. The all-Labour council, led by mayor Sir Robin Wales who earns 81,000 a year, had a whopping 161 million in general reserves in 2015-16.

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1 February 2017

Leicester: libraries fightback

Like other Labour-controlled local authorities, Leicester City Council is in the process of doing the Tories' bidding by destroying our city's public services.

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25 January 2017

Isle of Wight independents resign over cuts

The chief independent councillors on the Isle of Wight have resigned over central government funding cuts

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