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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 October 2008

Another victory in Greenwich

Greenwich Unison members are celebrating yet another victory. Earlier this year, library workers were warned by managers of impending closures and compulsory redundancies.

The branch organised a lobby of the council, which led to a statement from management that there had been a "misunderstanding", and that no such proposals existed. Yet a recent report to the council included details of the closure of four libraries, the mobile service and the school library service. With one day's notice, around 30 library workers turned up to lobby the council.

The branch also issued a press release calling for public protests. This caused a humiliating climb down. The council first of all said that the details should not have gone out in the report - letting the public know about the closures was a mistake!

BUT more importantly, the council leader told the Unison branch secretary and Socialist Party member Onay Kasab that he had ordered the withdrawal and scrapping of the proposals.

This represents yet another victory for Greenwich Unison.

In addition to the victory over the single status agreement, the branch have, over the last month, won the following campaigns:

This shows what can be achieved by a fighting, campaigning leadership.

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In The Socialist 8 October 2008:


Credit crunch

Where is the bailout for us?

Editorial: Casino capitalism's crisis continues

Lessons of the 1990s recession in Japan

House building hits new low

Responsibility for the 'age of irresponsibility'

Tories grasp at popularity


Socialist Students

Campaign to defeat fees!

Students look for socialist ideas


Education

University workers fight pension attacks

NUT strike ballot: Action on pay can win


Socialist Party campaigns

A day in the life of a care worker

The sacking of Blair, London's police chief

Socialist meeting blocked by councillor

No to incinerators, give us a real say!

Keep the Metro public!


International socialist news and analysis

Mbeki dismissed by ANC as South Africa's president


Socialist Party workplace news

"Telling the boss: You can't do that"

Fight against the Unison witch-hunt

Frustration with union leadership

Another victory in Greenwich

Workplace news in brief


 

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