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12 June 2019

Save Essex libraries protest

Over 600 people marched through Chelmsford on 8 June in protest at Tory-run Essex County Council's plan to shut 25 out of its 74 libraries.

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5 June 2019

Worcester libraries campaign victory

Money has been found to secure the future of St John's and Warndon libraries in Worcester.

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1 May 2019

Worcester: Fightback against library cuts

The third instalment in the campaign to see off the cuts to services at St John's library, Worcester, took place on 20 April when 30 protesters gathered outside the library itself.

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27 March 2019

Worcester library cuts: staff not even consulted

28 people came to Worcester Socialist Party's second, very successful public meeting over the threats to library services

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27 February 2019

Worcestershire: save the nine libraries

The local library in St Johns, Worcester, is under threat of job losses, shorter hours and possible closure, along with another eight across Worcestershire

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6 February 2019

Worcestershire: save the libraries, reverse all the cuts

Worcestershire's Tory county council wants to close nine community libraries, and sack workers and reduce opening hours in at least six others. We say no! Enough is enough!

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22 August 2018

Waltham Forest Labour council votes to close library - campaign goes on

Libraries come from a tradition of workers' self-education. Their heyday was the 1950s when workers laboured in the factories and mines and libraries serviced a certain deprivation of the 'soul'.

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18 April 2018

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

Bromley workers have responded magnificently - but outrageously GLL has bussed in strike breakers from other boroughs

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24 January 2018

Kirklees council opens consultation of library services

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.

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24 January 2018

Ballots against Bromley privatisers

Controversial outsourcing Bromley council faces strike action by workers at two of its contractors that could hit libraries and care services.

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29 November 2017

Bristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

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

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13 September 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors

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26 July 2017

Russia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

Revolution in Russia swept away the dictatorial rule of the Tsar in February 1917. Then in October, led by the Bolshevik Party, a second revolution set up the world's first workers' state

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5 April 2017

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

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.

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29 March 2017

Save Plymouth's libraries!

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

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22 March 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Subway poverty pay; prison officers' tribunal victory; Deliveroo Leeds demo; Forest Hill School strike.

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8 March 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Bromley library victory, academy opposition in Camden and a Liverpool dockers strike.

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22 February 2017

Bristol: Hundreds march against council cuts

The Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca) has written a letter to every councillor in Bristol calling on them to vote against the 101 million cuts budget being proposed by mayor Marvin Rees. Councillors met to vote on the budget on Tuesday 21 February, as the Socialist goes to press.

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1 February 2017

Leicester: libraries fightback

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.

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9 November 2016

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

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.

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