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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2011
Fighting Labour's cuts in Waltham Forest
The Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union (WFACU) met during the first week of 2011 when 35 people discussed organising against cuts in the north east London borough, including having a demonstration in February.
Reports were given from trade unionists fighting cuts in local government by the Labour-run council, health and London Underground. Strike action by Waltham Forest local government Unison members is likely.
The meeting agreed to organise a demonstration to the town hall, when the first full council meeting of the year will vote on 600 local government job cuts.
Though there were no Labour Party members present, members of the Socialist Workers Party said that the local Leyton and Wanstead Labour MP John Cryer should lead this march for 'maximum unity'. This proposal was rejected.
As WFACU coordinator Nancy Taaffe pointed out, when challenged Cryer has publicly said that he would not ask Waltham Forest Labour councillors to vote against cuts and to set a needs budget.
It was also agreed that lobbies of the January and February council cabinet meetings would be organised, along with lobbies of cabinet members' surgeries.
Bob Severn Walthamstow Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 12 January 2011:
Bankers get billions - We get cuts
Youth fight for jobs
March for a future - Join the demonstrations on 29 January
More attacks on rights for young workers
Axe falls on courses at UWIC
Students at Leeds Trinity re-occupy
International socialist news and analysis
Tunisia: Wave of protests against repressive regime
National Shop Stewards Network
Rage at inequality fires workers' action
NSSN National: Anti-Cuts Conference
NSSN debate: The way forward for the anti-cuts movement
National Shop Stewards Network: Strategy and tactics - a dialogue
Labour baroness wants politics kept out of the Forest of Dean
Fighting Labour's cuts in Waltham Forest
Socialist Party news and analysis
Jobs cut while the rich carry on partying
The plot thickens at News International
'Big Oil' cuts corners on safety to boost profits
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Councils ramp up service charges
Campaigners tell PM: 'No to Royal Mail privatisation'
Police moles attempt to discredit protest movements
Socialist Party workplace news
Unison rejects NHS pay freeze
Kirklees council: First round victory in cuts battle
Darlington: Newsquest strikes continue to spread
Rotherham teachers strike
Workplace news in brief
The Socialist 12 January 2011 |
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