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29 November 2017

Bristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

This follows growing pressure from below in the Labour Party. The cracks are beginning to show in the council's assertion that it has no choice

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13 September 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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5 April 2017

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Unite union members working in Bromley libraries began the first of eight days of strike action on 1 April. The long-running dispute is in defence of the library service from privatisation.

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29 March 2017

Save Plymouth's libraries!

To show our opposition to the planned closure of ten of Plymouth's 17 libraries, Socialist Party members will join community campaigners in attending the last in a series of consultation meetings

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22 March 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Subway poverty pay; prison officers' tribunal victory; Deliveroo Leeds demo; Forest Hill School strike.

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8 March 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Bromley library victory, academy opposition in Camden and a Liverpool dockers strike.

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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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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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9 November 2016

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

Walsall council, in one of the poorest areas of the west Midlands, is closing 15 of its 16 libraries. Sadly, this is just one of many examples of ruthless cuts which will deny young people a future.

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9 November 2016

Over a thousand march to fight museums and libraries cuts

"Don't make a bonfire of our culture", read the PCS banner that led the 5 November demonstration against cuts and privatisation in museums and libraries. Over a thousand people marched through central London, including culture sector workers and library campaigners and a contingent of French workers organised in the CGT trade union federation.

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2 November 2016

Fight the 'burning' of our museums and libraries!

On 5 November trade unions and community campaigns will march together

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12 October 2016

Union library campaign strikes blow against Tories

Unite the Union members are celebrating another victory against privatisation

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12 October 2016

Lambeth working class demo against cuts and gentrification

Working class campaigners glitter-bombed council steps and marched against Blairite gentrification and austerity in Lambeth, south London, on 8 October.

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14 September 2016

Library workers defeat Tory cuts

Library workers in Bromley, south London, have defeated their Tory council's plans to turn eight libraries into volunteer services.

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1 June 2016

Library lie

A south London borough which closed two libraries to 'save' money is spending more than twice as much on security as it would have cost to keep them open

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11 May 2016

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Bristol's mayoral election saw the TUSC vote rise by over 450 from 2012 to 1,876 first preference votes.

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28 April 2016

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

When Bristol council's Cabinet of all the talentless advocated a city-wide library consultation in 2014, it was obvious that cuts and closures were on the cards. Smooth words, glossy questionnaires and carefully orchestrated presentations to the public cut little ice with angry Bristolians.

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11 April 2016

Library occupation ends with march on cutting council

The community occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London, ended proudly and defiantly on 9 April. Over a thousand local residents and workers marched in protest - including a rebel Labour councillor. But the fight to save this and three other libraries is not over.

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6 April 2016

Workers and campaigners fight to save library

Unite members in the Socialist Party-led Greenwich branch defending the mobile library from closure held an open air story time on the steps of the town hall on 30 March.

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