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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 February 2011
Striking against health job cuts
On 3 February, speech and language therapists, members of Unite from Southwark PCT came out on strike following the announcement from management that 11 of the 35 staff will be sacked.
This strike was solid and it was clear from passing motorists that there is a lot of support for these workers.
The strike followed a rally the previous evening, organised by Unite, which attracted over 150 - including parents and children who will be affected by these cuts.
Speaking at the meeting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey made it clear that the full strength of the union is behind this group of workers. This underlines the importance of him being elected as a general secretary, as he is seen to be on the left and supporting workers in struggle.
These attacks will be a devastating blow to vulnerable children and families who desperately rely on these services.
All the speech therapists in Southwark are fully behind this action and they have done some good work in building support for the action in the local community with leafleting and petitioning.
It is very important that this struggle develops the links with other workers under attack.
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In The Socialist 9 February 2011:
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Socialist Party NHS campaign
Defend the NHS!: Fight the Con-Dem cuts
The madness of King George cuts
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Stop attacks on disabled claimants
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Hands off our forests!
Protesting against all of the cuts
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tommy Sheridan jailing: Political vendetta ends in draconian sentence
John Macreadie memorial
TV Review: Posh and Posher Why Public School Boys Run Britain
Socialist Party feature
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Socialist Party youth and students
Young people march for a future
Tories have no solutions to youth crime
Police attack 'save EMA' protest in Leeds
Socialist Party workplace news
Justice for Unison Four
Unison self-destructs at TSA but unionism stronger than ever
Building action against cuts
Defending jobs at Leeds council
Ford challenged in legal bid: Pay the Visteon pensioners now!
Arriva Trains Wales - strike called off
Defend democracy in the CWU
Keep the post public demo
Discussing an electoral challenge to service cutters
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
'In reality, Britain is facing a savage economic ice age'
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