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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 February 2020

Stop the council cuts

Stoke: Strikes can stop 5,000 pay cuts

150-200 angry council workers met outside Stoke Town Hall on 19 February to protest against cuts that will leave some workers 5,000 a year worse off.

The Tory and Independents-run council are proposing savage budget cuts and attacks on council workers' pay and conditions.

All the protesters that we spoke to agreed that a ballot for strike action - from all three unions, Unite, GMB and Unison - is necessary as soon as possible.

Andy Bentley

Swansea Council keeps on cutting

Trade union and Socialist Party members protesting for a no-cuts budget in Swansea, 28.2.19, photo Socialist Party Wales

Trade union and Socialist Party members protesting for a no-cuts budget in Swansea, 28.2.19, photo Socialist Party Wales   (Click to enlarge)

Swansea Socialist Party challenged the Labour cabinet when it voted through further cuts, increases to service charges and an above-inflation council tax rise. Despite 70 million cuts, they claim services have improved over the past five years.

Attempting to put on a positive spin, the cabinet report claimed that 35 million was being added to the budget. It all sounds optimistic, but really it's a disingenuous statement from a desperate council.

What is really happening? There has been a one-off 17 million Tory election bribe, a 4.5% increase in the council tax costing residents 8 million and another 10 million more cuts.

Swansea residents will be dipping into their pockets once more because of the failure of the council to fight for the resources needed to run the city from the Tories in Westminster and the Welsh Labour government in Cardiff. 40 million more cuts are planned over the next three years.

Burying your head in the sand and hoping against hope that the Tory leopards will change their spots is no strategy whatsoever. Following the example of the Militant-led Liverpool City Council in the 1980s - that refused to implement Tory cuts - is increasingly becoming the only serious strategy to stop the destruction of council jobs and services.

In neighbouring Carmarthenshire Council, the workers' Unison union branch has consistently led the demand for the council to set a legal no-cuts budget. Now other local government union branches across Wales are starting to line up to support this call.

Alec Thraves, Swansea Trade Union Council vice president

Newham, east London Socialist Party calls 3 March protest to oppose 45 million cuts

Newham Council set their budget on 3 March. It will be a cuts budget because they want to make 45 million 'savings'. So we are organising a protest at the town hall outside the meeting.

These cuts are linked to the gentrification of Green Street and Queen's Market. We want a guarantee that Hamara Ghar sheltered accommodation will stay, and the same for Terry Waite House.

Newham council should refuse to carry out the cuts, and instead use its reserves to set a budget which meets our borough's needs.

Lois Austin

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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.

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In The Socialist 26 February 2020:


News

Austerity kills

Average wages recover to pre-crisis levels - but we're still over a decade behind

Bezos gives $10bn for climate - nationalise the rest!

Weinstein found guilty


What we think

Immigration: For a system that meets the needs of the majority, not a rich elite


Universities strike

Solidarity with striking university staff

University workers' strike over pay, pensions and workload escalates


Council cuts

Coventry: A socialist councillor who will vote against cuts

Number of women killed by current or ex-partner rises

Leicester: We can't take any more cuts, any more misery, and we are fighting back

Students and workers out together on Budget Day, 11 March

Stop the council cuts

Council cuts could cost Labour another general election


Workplace news

Packed meeting of workplace militants, strikers, socialists and trade union leaders

All out to win Royal Mail strike reballot

PCS union relaunches pay campaign

Workers call on Interserve bosses to recognise union

Anti-academy strikes growing


International news

Germany: Right-wing terror attacks - fight racism, fight capitalism!

Northern Ireland's strike wave


The BBC

This is the BBC: fight the cuts - and the capitalist media


Campaigns

Congress 2020 appeal: Donate to help us renew vital resources

Housing cuts cost lives

Socialist sellers


Readers' opinion

The Socialist Inbox


 

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