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The Socialist 13 October 2021

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

The Socialist issue 1151

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

Workers need a pay rise


Cynical Johnson government no friend of workers


Pandora property speculators fuel housing crisis

Social care funding needed now

News in brief


Who runs Unison: lay members or the paid officials?

Place Unite at the head of the anti-Tory movement

Oaks Park pickets vote for more strikes to defeat bullies

National Education Union deputy general secretary election

College strikes continue into third week

60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

DVLA: Workers ballot on further strike action


Build a mass working-class climate movement with socialist policies


Hundreds march with Youth Fight for Jobs


The 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more


Hackney: Stop closure of children's centres

Durning Hall: Hands off our community space

March to save Stratford arts jobs from Newham Labour attacks


Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

Readers' comments

 
 
 
 
 

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Hackney: Stop closure of Fernbank and Hillside children's centres

photo Chris Newby

photo Chris Newby   (Click to enlarge)

Chris Newby, Hackney Socialist Party

On 8 October, over 50 parents, children and members of public sector union Unison protested to demand that Fernbank and Hillside children's centres in Hackney, east London, be kept open. Hackney council is proposing to close them from August next year.

Staff only found out about the proposed closures after they had been announced in a local newspaper. 109 places for children will be cut - over half are from lower-income families.

The parents really value the work of the staff with their children, and have developed good links with the staff and their union. Parents and staff are determined to fight these cuts. Union membership has nearly doubled since the closure was announced.

More cuts coming

Parent Natalie Aguilera, spokesperson of the campaign, said: "If we allow these children's centres to be closed, I believe that more will follow, as Hackney Council continues to make cuts to vital services. Parents are... deeply anxious about the impact on their children, as well as the enormous difficulty of finding affordable childcare elsewhere.

"We call on Hackney Council to stop these closures, and we will continue to fight for the wonderful, long-serving staff, the young children attending this incredible children's centre, families being supported by the centre, and for more, not less, quality, affordable childcare in Hackney."

The Socialist Party fully supports the parents and workers in their fight to keep the centres open, and will do what we can to support the campaign. We say there should be no cuts to any of the council services.

Instead, Hackney Council should use its reserves immediately to stop any cuts, and then launch a campaign involving the unions, community organisations and residents to demand the government give Hackney the funding for the services that it needs.


In this issue


We need a pay rise!

Fight for the pay rise we deserve

Workers need a pay rise


What we think

Cynical Johnson government no friend of workers


News

Pandora property speculators fuel housing crisis

Social care funding needed now

News in brief


Workplace news

Who runs Unison: lay members or the paid officials?

Place Unite at the head of the anti-Tory movement

Oaks Park pickets vote for more strikes to defeat bullies

National Education Union deputy general secretary election

College strikes continue into third week

60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike

DVLA: Workers ballot on further strike action


COP26

Build a mass working-class climate movement with socialist policies


Youth Fight for Jobs

Hundreds march with Youth Fight for Jobs


Winter of Discontent

The 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more


Campaigns news

Hackney: Stop closure of children's centres

Durning Hall: Hands off our community space

March to save Stratford arts jobs from Newham Labour attacks


Readers' opinion

Newcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

Ridley Road: An engaging story of fighting fascism

Readers' comments


 

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