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18 March 2011

'Big Society' on the agenda?

A meeting of over 100 angry residents packed into Dunchurch infants school, just outside Rugby, to hear the chair and local Liberal Democrat parish councillor declare that the only way to save the local library was to staff it using volunteers

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16 March 2011

Protester challenges Lib Dem MP to debate

Cheltenham anti-cuts protester Rob Bishop has challenged Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood to a public debate over public spending cuts...

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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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22 September 2010

Save Southampton Libraries

On 15 September, dozens of striking Southampton library workers, Unison members, lobbied the Tory council as part of their fourth day of strike action, writes Nick Chaffey.

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16 June 2010

Southampton library staff strike to save jobs

Unison members working in Southampton libraries have voted by 80% in favour of strike action against Tory council plans to close libraries and replace trained librarians with volunteers...

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8 April 2009

Campaign forces suspension of Wirral library closures

Following a four-month campaign by local communities and the opportunist intervention of local politicians of all parties, Wirral council's library closure programme has been suspended, writes Dave Lunn, Wirral Against the Cuts (WAC) steering committee, personal capacity.

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11 June 2008

Waltham Forest protest

WALTHAM FOREST libraries Unison steward and Socialist Party member Nancy Taaffe spoke at a rally against cuts to library services and attacks on library workers' terms and conditions...

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20 February 2008

Nottingham defends democracy

NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY students have formed a "Freedom of speech fighters" group and are demonstrating at the university at midday on 21 February to defend the democratic right to protest....

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6 February 2008

Victory! Bristol campaign saves library

CAMPAIGNERS celebrated at Bristol's Council cabinet meeting on 3 February when the ruling Labour group announced the withdrawal of their threat... By Robin Clapp, Bedminster Socialist Party and MACA Chair - personal capacity

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23 January 2008

Keep Marksbury library open!

Bristol: THE FIGHT to defend Marksbury Road library from closure by Labour-controlled Bristol city council, is gathering momentum... By Wayne Coombes, Bristol South Socialist Party and MACA member

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4 April 2007

Waltham Forest protest - more memorable than Prince Charles!

WHEN SOCIALIST Party members discovered that an unpublicised visit was taking place in the refurbished Walthamstow Library, we decided we needed to be at this event...

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30 March 2007

Hants library workers fight cuts

ON 22 March, striking librarians from across Hampshire marched through Winchester to show their anger at the Conservative county council's plans to cut 27 jobs and slash the pay of another 17 librarians...

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19 March 2005

Fight for a better future

NANCY TAAFFE is a part-time library assistant and member of UNISON. She campaigned in favour of strike action against New Labour's attacks...

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13 September 2003

No To Victimisation Of Union Activists

IN A blatant attempt to victimise union activists, Waltham Forest council is disciplining two library workers for walking out and joining the protests on Day X when war with Iraq started...

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17 January 2003

Hackney Trade Unionists Attacked

AT THE end of last year Hackney council made vicious attacks on union activists. They suspended the two job-share UNISON branch secretaries Brian Debus and Will Leng and the branch equalities officer John

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