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24 January 2018
For the third year running, Kirklees council is looking to make cuts to its library services. A further £1.9 million is to be cut from the library services budget for 2018-19.
29 November 2017
This follows growing pressure from below in the Labour Party. The cracks are beginning to show in the council's assertion that it has no choice
13 September 2017
Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors
3 May 2017
Exhibition review: 'Russian revolution - hope, tragedy, myths': This new exhibition at the British Library draws on an extensive collection to take visitors through the key events of the Russian revolution
12 April 2017
Artists and culture workers have backed calls for no-cuts council budgets, and cross-union campaigns against poverty pay and under-representation of oppressed groups.
5 April 2017
Unite union members working in Bromley libraries began the first of eight days of strike action on 1 April. The long-running dispute is in defence of the library service from privatisation.
29 March 2017
To show our opposition to the planned closure of ten of Plymouth's 17 libraries, Socialist Party members will join community campaigners in attending the last in a series of consultation meetings
22 March 2017
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Subway poverty pay; prison officers' tribunal victory; Deliveroo Leeds demo; Forest Hill School strike.
22 March 2017
It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Billionaires v zero-hour workers; massive inheritances v paupers' funerals; house prices v wages; butlers v British Library.
8 March 2017
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Bromley library victory, academy opposition in Camden and a Liverpool dockers strike.
1 February 2017
Like other Labour-controlled local authorities, Leicester City Council is in the process of doing the Tories' bidding by destroying our city's public services.
9 November 2016
Walsall council, in one of the poorest areas of the west Midlands, is closing 15 of its 16 libraries. Sadly, this is just one of many examples of ruthless cuts which will deny young people a future.
9 November 2016
"Don't make a bonfire of our culture", read the PCS banner that led the 5 November demonstration against cuts and privatisation in museums and libraries. Over a thousand people marched through central London, including culture sector workers and library campaigners and a contingent of French workers organised in the CGT trade union federation.
2 November 2016
On 5 November trade unions and community campaigns will march together
19 October 2016
Bristol is facing massive attacks on its jobs and services, under a rapidly capitulating newly elected Labour mayor, Marvin Rees. The mayor, when challenged on television that he was elected on an anti-austerity platform, surprised the interviewer by saying "no".
12 October 2016
Unite the Union members are celebrating another victory against privatisation
14 September 2016
Library workers in Bromley, south London, have defeated their Tory council's plans to turn eight libraries into volunteer services.
1 June 2016
A south London borough which closed two libraries to 'save' money is spending more than twice as much on security as it would have cost to keep them open
28 April 2016
When Bristol council's Cabinet of all the talentless advocated a city-wide library consultation in 2014, it was obvious that cuts and closures were on the cards. Smooth words, glossy questionnaires and carefully orchestrated presentations to the public cut little ice with angry Bristolians.
11 April 2016
The community occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London, ended proudly and defiantly on 9 April. Over a thousand local residents and workers marched in protest - including a rebel Labour councillor. But the fight to save this and three other libraries is not over.
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