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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 February 2018
Staines fire services saved
Paul Couchman, secretary, Save our Services in Surrey
After a prolonged battle with Surrey council, the campaign to protect fire services in Staines has won an important retreat.
After successfully fighting to save the fire station, the attempt to reduce the service from two engines to one has been defeated.
Surrey Fire Brigades Union announced: "For how long we do not know, as Surrey County Council has only guaranteed the costs of the second fire engine for 12 months... But it's a step in the right direction. Thank you to the hard work of Spelthorne firefighters and their families, our colleagues around the county, Fire Brigades Union representatives and Save Our Services in Surrey."
This victory should give confidence to all those facing a new round of cuts to council services, that if we stand together we can win.
We have to step up our campaign in the face of a growing financial crisis at Surrey council. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with all those fighting cuts and demand central government fully funds local services.
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In The Socialist 14 February 2018:
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International socialist news and analysis
Cape Town drought
Brazil: Lula conviction confirmed
Big political strike against Finnish government's attack on unemployed
France: rallies in support of oppressed Kurdish people
Workplace news and analysis
UCU uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback
Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough
Newham teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts
Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses
Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council
Socialist Party campaigns
Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely
Staines fire services saved
Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?
Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig
I'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!
In Windsor none of us want to see homeless people on the street
The Socialist 14 February 2018 |
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