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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 November 2014
Greenwich libraries victory
Library workers in Greenwich, south London, have scored a fantastic victory.
After two days of strike action, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL - the private company that took over the borough's libraries in 2012) have agreed to the union's terms.
They will now take on new workers to work in unfilled posts creating 17 new jobs.
GLL has also agreed to implement the 2014 local government pay award.
This shows that workers taking action can win. It is also a vindication of the fighting strategy put forward by Socialist Party members who work in Greenwich libraries and who lead the Unite 20150 branch in the borough.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 5 November 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Cold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks
The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts
All main parties in crisis: where will the opposition go?
Pressure mounts on zero-hour contracts
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Every penny counts: donate to Socialism 2014
TUSC fights for health centre
Carlisle: Stop the car parking tax
Socialist Students campaign reports
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland water tax: 'We won't pay'
Burkina Faso: Mass uprising ousts dictator
Socialist Party workplace news
Back fresh strikes to save the NHS
Defend firefighters' right to strike!
Victory to St Mungo's strikers
Sheffield Green workers start indefinite strike
Greenwich libraries victory
Police staff ballot for decent pay
Ritzy cinema bosses back down
Kent: Range wardens strike
Workplace news in brief
Agree with Russell Brand? Join the Socialist Party!
Ebola virus crisis - no profit, no vaccine
Repel the Tories' attacks on our democratic rights
Portsmouth jihadis: austerity and alienation to blame
Take over software giants
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