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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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Greenwich libraries strike against privatisation, 27.4.12, photo Paul Mattsson

9 May 2012

Greenwich libraries - fighting back can win

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

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2 May 2012

Fight privatisation: Save our libraries

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...

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Onay Kasab speaking to Greenwich library workers on strike against privatisation, 27.4.12, photo Paul Mattsson

27 April 2012

Day 1: Just the beginning in the fight against library privatisation in Greenwich

The first day of five days of strike action got off to a flying start in Greenwich today

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25 April 2012

Workplace news in brief

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...

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15 March 2012

Library cash goes to supermarket bosses

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

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22 February 2012

Organising against the cuts in Greenwich

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...

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Nancy Taaffe at a Waltham Forest anti-cuts protest, February 2011, photo Senan

15 December 2011

Defend trade unionists fighting cuts - solidarity urgently needed

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

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5 October 2011

Fighting library closures

Campaigners face bullying and harassment: Waltham Forest council in east London has recently spent £18 million on private consultants and agency staff

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14 September 2011

Save Surrey libraries!

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).

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3 August 2011

Workplace news in brief

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.

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28 July 2011

Surrey Library lobby a huge success

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...

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1 June 2011

Workplace news in brief

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...

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11 May 2011

Library cuts hit staff and users: time for action against the cuts

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

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Waltham Forest protest against library closures in 2008, photo Bob Severn

Waltham Forest protest against library closures in 2008, photo Bob Severn

9 February 2011

Ditch the library cuts

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.

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Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

Disabled people protest against cuts, photo S Civi

11 November 2010

Attacks on disabled people's rights

A recent Observer exposť of the implications of Con-Dem cuts on one London borough described a nightmare scenario...

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