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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016
May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!
Chesterfield May Day demo (Click to enlarge)
Chesterfield Socialist Party
"No ifs, no buts, no children's centre cuts" was the rallying cry at the largest Chesterfield May Day demonstration for many years on 2 May. Shoppers applauded the most vibrant section of the demonstration - local children's centre workers themselves - as they proudly carried a huge Unison campaign banner and Chesterfield Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition placards.
Local anti-academies campaigners also received an excellent reception as well as those junior doctors able to march.
The increased turnout is not insignificant. Socialist Party members in north east Derbyshire have reported an increasing mood of defiance over recent months, based mainly on the struggles of the junior doctors. Most noticeable were the number of women involved and the average age of marchers being much lower than normal.
Derbyshire's children's centres - 32 of which are under threat of closure from the Labour-controlled council - are staffed mostly by women, with up to 200 of them facing the sack.
In recent weeks, many of these have been out on the streets leafleting and collecting signatures against the closures. Local government union Unison estimates up to 50,000 people have signed their petition.
Dave Gorton, area organiser for Derbyshire Unison told the Socialist: "There is no support for these closures and, with county council elections next year, I'm surprised the Labour administration is continuing with its extremely unpopular plans".
The Socialist Party calls for the council to abandon these cuts, along with others, and use reserves for the next year to 'plug the gap'. In the meantime, the council should unite with the unions, community groups and anti-austerity campaigners to build a joint campaign to secure more funding from the weak Tory government. Simply making the cuts the Tories tell them to is helping no one.
The May Day festivities included an EU referendum meeting where Socialist Party member Karen Seymour shared a platform with Arthur Scargill, over 50 copies of the Socialist were sold and well over £100 raised for the fighting fund.
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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.
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In The Socialist 11 May 2016:
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Socialist readers' comments and reviews
John Mann's Israel hypocrisy
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Film review: Eddie the Eagle
The Socialist postbag
Elections showed anger and fragmentation
TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts
Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington
Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge
Wales: no change and all change
Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics
Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol
Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton
TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%
Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool
Workplace news and analysis
Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory
Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute
Trade Union Bill becomes law
Prison officers walk out over health and safety
Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Let kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests
What way forward for Tamil rights?
Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched
May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!
Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls
International socialist news and analysis
Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity
How to trump Donald
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