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18 November 2015

Strike to save Lambeth libraries

Labour controlled Lambeth Council in South London plans to devastate library services in the borough. It plans to close down five of its ten libraries in order to sell them off to private gym companies. Lambeth's residents are not prepared to put up with this attack.

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28 August 2015

"Unapologetic attack on austerity" at Southampton Corbyn rally

A call for an end to austerity from Jeremy Corbyn was met with a standing ovation and cheers from a near 1,000-strong audience

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1 July 2015

Escalate strikes to fight council's 90% sell-off

On the back of their shock general election win, the Tories think they are untouchable. In one borough in south-east London, they plan to outsource more than 90% of staff.

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24 June 2015

Labour wields Tory axe at Library of Birmingham

150 people, a dalek, a crocodile and Mickey and Minnie Mouse protested on 13 June against cuts to the Library of Birmingham.

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20 May 2015

Save our 'life saver' libraries!

Protecting libraries is an important part of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaigning. In Bristol, the independent mayor plans to close seven. Scandalously these cuts were fronted by the Green assistant mayor

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30 April 2015

Bromley workers escalate strikes

Unite members working for Bromley council have begun a big escalation of the strike campaign launched to defend workers' rights and fight off mass privatisation, writes Socialist Party members in Bromley.

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15 April 2015

Bromley council workers show how to fight Tories

Unite members working at Bromley council have begun a fight to defend public services from privatisation, oppose cuts to pay and conditions and defend the right of workers to be organised in a trade union

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25 March 2015

Unite conference hears how zero-hours were beaten

Unite Women's Conference heard about the potential power of women in the workplace when Socialist Party member Sara Kasab moved the motion on zero-hour contracts

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25 March 2015

Saving libraries: it's a page-turner!

Bristol backs books: Bristol City Council has been slammed for low school results in reading. So what does it do? It plans to close seven branch libraries, writes Sheila Caffrey.

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18 March 2015

Councillors do have a choice over cuts

Just weeks from the elections, council budget cuts are hammering communities and workers

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4 February 2015

Gateshead fights for working class heritage

"We have to fight for our libraries. They're part of our working class socialist heritage." This was the response of a woman involved in the campaign to keep our Gateshead libraries open

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Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

7 January 2015

State of the arts

Art is too often put out of ordinary people's reach by extortionate prices and a snobbish social elite. So why is big art such big business? And what does that mean for working class artists?

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10 November 2014

How Unite beat the library employers

Strikers won a deal that vacant posts will be filled and casual contracts reduced

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5 November 2014

Greenwich libraries victory

Library workers in Greenwich, south London, have scored a fantastic victory

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18 August 2014

Protesters condemn mayor Anderson's continuing butchery

A small but determined contingent attended the Labour mayor's cabinet to oppose the latest butchery of services

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30 April 2014

Fighting Library cuts in south Wales

Around 100 people, including Unison members, library users and anti-cuts campaigners gathered outside the Civic Offices in Barry on 28 April to protest against the Vale of Glamorgan council's plans to inflict brutal cuts on the library service

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17 July 2013

Lincolnshire - save our libraries

Legendary US broadcaster Walter Cronkite once said that "whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation", writes Nick Parker.

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24 September 2012

Tameside library closures - "Get used to it" says councillor

Tameside's Labour council plans to close and severely cut the budgets of libraries. [Also read on for comments by a Tameside resident following the killings of two policewomen locally]

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19 September 2012

Fight Tameside library cuts!

Councils across the country are obediently forcing working class communities to suffer Con-Dem cuts; the Labour-controlled council in Tameside, Greater Manchester, is no exception to this, writes Jamie Godding

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4 July 2012

Racist and hooligan EDL invades Dewsbury

The racist and hooligan EDL marched in the former mill town of Dewsbury on 30 June. Dewsbury has many different cultures within its borders...

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