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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2010

Swansea: Council cuts must be fought

Lib Dem councillors in Swansea, only days after voting to shut Daniel James community school, had the nerve to join students in protesting about the vote on tuition fees. Then, having shown no shame for the betrayal by their party of all their pre-election promises to students, they went back to put the finishing touches to an all-out assault on the terms and conditions of their workforce.

A Unison member

A letter has been sent to all council staff detailing the list of proposals. The cuts are dressed up in terms of ensuring 'equality' and 'fairness' across the workforce, rather than saving money through attacking members' terms and conditions.

There are plans to:

Even if they were able to force these cuts through, the council will still be looking for large-scale redundancies. This is such a massive attack on terms and conditions that it must be met with an immediate, determined response to fight all cuts from the leadership of all union branches representing the council workforce.

We do not stand alone. Council workers in Labour-controlled, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Neath and Port Talbot councils are facing very similar attacks. A strategy from our unions for coordinated ballots and industrial action would capture the imagination of union members, building a huge movement to defeat these cuts and prevent other councils, and other employers watching with interest, from taking the same road.

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In The Socialist 15 December 2010:


Anti-cuts campaign

Workers and students unite!

National Shop Stewards Network anti-cuts conference

Prepare to build the fight against all cuts in 2011

Fighting back against council cuts

Swansea: Council cuts must be fought

Hands off the Forest of Dean!

Workplace news in brief

Salford Against Cuts gets organised

Come to the TUSC conference


Socialist Party feature

Europe: Working class enters the struggle


Socialist Party news and analysis

US government turns the screws on WikiLeaks

Tommy Sheridan trial: Cameron's spin doctor let off the hook

Raking in the cash

Garment workers demand a living wage in Bangladesh


Socialist Party youth and students

Condemn brutal policing of students

Tories to legalise tax cheating

Interview with 24 November protesters

London students vote to coordinate with workers

Reports of 'Day X' fees protests

Save EMA day!

Youth democratic rights campaign: defend all victimised protesters

No more the 'apathetic generation'

Medirest workers on strike


Education

Education white paper: A threat to schools and teachers


 

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