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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 August 2010

Coventry campaigners fight cuts of 140 million

In Coventry, it appears that there will be a budget in the next few weeks where there will be a vote over cuts reaching a staggering 140 million.

But the newly formed Coventry Against the Cuts campaign hit the streets for the first time on Saturday 24 July.

Over a dozen campaigners from several different trade unions and organisations received a very warm response, with shoppers signing the petition and all leaflets being taken by passers by.

The leaflet makes clear that working class people did not cause this crisis and we refuse to pay for it.

Initiated by Coventry TUC, this campaign has already organised a 100-strong protest on the day of the emergency budget, and three meetings.

The most recent protest saw around 40 people hear Janice Godrich, president of the PCS civil servants' union, give an update on the situation facing working class people and importantly outline a strategy that can beat the Tory/Liberal onslaught.

No one is under any illusions about the scale of the challenges ahead, but as we made clear, we beat Thatcher and her poll tax, and we can beat these cuts.

Coventry Socialist Party branches will do all we can to build the campaign, winning union support and linking this up with the local communities who will also be hit by the cuts.

Already, Charterhouse Residents Association, a very active group, has affiliated to the campaign.

A major rally is being planned for September. Join the Facebook group: 'Coventry Against the Cuts'!

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In The Socialist 4 August 2010:

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Anti-cuts campaign

'Radical' cuts require serious action

Waltham Forest's Labour council faces opposition

Coventry campaigners fight cuts of 140 million

Swansea trades council leads battle for services

Campaigners answer Bristol's 'Big Conversation'

Cuts news: Mental health services facing the axe

NSSN pledged to fight cuts


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Afghanistan: US strategy in disarray


Accademies

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Workplace news and analysis

Talks resume at British Airways

Angry workers strike over pay freeze and bosses' bonuses

Fighting fire service cuts

Witch-hunted Unison activist wins tribunal


Workplace Debate

Unite general secretary election


Youth fight for jobs

We won't be a lost generation, fight for jobs and education!

No to privatisation of our universities

For real jobs, not slave labour


Environment and socialism

Profiting from wrecking the environment

Stop the Cardiff incinerator

Save Wanstead Flats


Tamil Solidarity

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Socialist Party LGBT

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Socialist Party events

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Socialism 2010 - a weekend of discussion and debate


International socialist news and analysis

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Garment workers demand a living wage


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