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Birmingham bin strikers, Digbeth

6 September 2017

Back the Brum bin strikers!

Birmingham's bin workers once again have had to strike to stop job losses and pay cuts, after the Labour council - which has over 100 million in its 'unallocated' useable reserves - reneged on a previously agreed deal

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17 May 2017

Unison must back Corbyn's pledge to abolish zero-hour contracts with action

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to abolish zero-hour contracts if elected on 8 June. And last year, Unison northern region co-convenor Nicky Ramanandi joined in the condemnations of Blairite North East Labour local authorities' use of casual labour.

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26 April 2017

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Over 200,000 homes in England sat empty for at least six months last year, according to investment firm Property Partner's analysis of government figures

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29 March 2017

Leeds Labour councillors resign over cuts

As Leeds Labour Council geared up to pass its latest budget cuts of 75.3 million, the cracks that had been appearing in the Labour group over the last few months finally resulted in a split.

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9 March 2017

Tory budget - dull but nasty

Chancellor Phillip Hamond's first budget continues a relentless pursuit of austerity that is causing misery to millions of working class people

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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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8 March 2017

Sheffielders call for a no-cuts 'people's budget'

Around 40 local trade unionists and community campaigners discussed proposals for a no-cuts 'people's budget' ahead of Sheffield council's budget-setting meeting.

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1 March 2017

Teaching assistants continue fight against 6,000 a year pay cut

TAs and support staff are striking at schools across the city

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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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11 January 2017

Sick of sham consultations - give us a real fightback

A letter published in the South Wales Evening Post about Swansea Council's public budget consultation process.

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16 December 2016

Unite election - fight the Blairites, vote Len McCluskey

The Unite general secretary election has been brought forward. The Socialist Party is supporting Len McCluskey. Under his leadership, the union has taken a more militant stance.

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7 December 2016

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes

Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today

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7 December 2016

No more concessions to Labour right!

Fight for an anti-austerity, socialist party - readmit expelled socialists: In recent weeks the strategy of the pro-capitalist Blairites - to surround Jeremy Corbyn and gradually strangle him - has clearly been stepped up

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9 November 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Suez strife, Blake benefits and tax trouble.

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2 November 2016

Haringey care services face ruthless cuts and privatisation

Campaigners are demanding that Haringey's Labour council halts its programme of privatisation and cuts. After the cuts, the Ermine Road day centre will be the only council-run day centre for adults with learning disabilities left in the borough and the council plans to privatise it.

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26 October 2016

Homeless sleeping rough: councils must build housing

Homeless charity St Mungo's has released a report detailing that many of its clients had been advised by councils to sleep rough before they could access services.

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26 October 2016

Welsh Labour government makes Tory cuts

The Welsh government's budget inflicts cuts on some of the most deprived communities in W Europe

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26 October 2016

Battle in Leeds council over care home closure

The Green, in Seacroft, is among a number of council care homes faced with the threat of closure as a result of Leeds City Council's programme of cuts. The Green provides vital specialist support to sufferers of dementia.

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