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30 April 2014
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
17 July 2013
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.
24 September 2012
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]
19 September 2012
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
4 July 2012
The racist and hooligan EDL marched in the former mill town of Dewsbury on 30 June. Dewsbury has many different cultures within its borders...
9 May 2012
Strike action by Unite library workers in Greenwich, south London, has sent a clear message to Greenwich Leisure Limited against attacks on pay and conditions
2 May 2012
Over the last year more than 100 libraries have either been closed, are now run by volunteers or have been made into social enterprises, ie privatised...
27 April 2012
The first day of five days of strike action got off to a flying start in Greenwich today
25 April 2012
Tube strike: A 72-hour strike by London tube workers employed by Tubelines started at 4pm on 24 April. The transport union RMT members are fighting to be allowed to join Transport for London's (TfL) pension scheme...
15 March 2012
Following an extensive campaign and judicial review that was unfavourable to them, Gloucestershire county council (GCC) has been forced to redress its cuts programme through public consultations
22 February 2012
The Greenwich Unite 2050 branch, which represents many workers in south east London, has grown recently - not just in numbers of new recruits, but also qualitatively...
15 December 2011
Waltham Forest council, which has made 17 rounds of cuts to jobs and services, has now told around 20 library and Waltham Forest Direct staff that they have lost their jobs
5 October 2011
Campaigners face bullying and harassment: Waltham Forest council in east London has recently spent £18 million on private consultants and agency staff
14 September 2011
Surrey County Council has threatened that another nine libraries will close if their local communities do not step forward and take them over with volunteers, writes Paul Couchman, Surrey County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity).
3 August 2011
Action to save our libraries: Planned strike action by Lambeth libraries staff for 22 July was postponed as the council management conceded that there will be no compulsory redundancies, writes Andy Tullis, Lambeth Unison.
28 July 2011
The Women's Institute joined 'Friends' groups, Library action groups, trade unionists and community anti-cuts campaigners on a mass lobby of Surrey County Council (SCC) on 26th July...
1 June 2011
All out on 30 June!: Over 250,000 civil service union PCS members began voting on 25 May in a ballot for national strike action...
11 May 2011
The library service I work for has been told to cut over £1 million. Immediately this has led to the cutting of overtime for staff and the effective scrapping of a casual pool of labour
9 February 2011
OVER 80 protests took place around the country as part of a national day of action to defend the 450 libraries earmarked for closure, writes Nancy Taaffe, Library trade union convenor, Waltham Forest, north east London.
11 November 2010
A recent Observer exposť of the implications of Con-Dem cuts on one London borough described a nightmare scenario...
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