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11 April 2018

Child poverty to hit 5m by 2021 - strikes can stop the cuts

"My children have grey skin, poor teeth, poor hair, poor nails. They are thinner... when you see them with children of the same age who are from an affluent area, they just look tiny."

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14 February 2018

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

Organising works, we won and all members have received their full backdated pay

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15 November 2017

Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit

Universal Credit benefit changes will cause untold misery for thousands in Carlisle when they are fully rolled out in April next year

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26 July 2017

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including bosses' profit, unpaid overtime, shrinking retail products and life expectancy.

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8 May 2017

One Housing tenants force housing association back

Tenants refuse to pay outrageous 40% rent increase

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27 January 2016

"I have left work many times in tears" - a council worker

I work in an office for my local council supporting social workers. I have left work many times in tears from feeling very overwhelmed. At times my depression has been greatly heightened due to being in the workplace.

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4 November 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Strike at Barnet council, strike planned at secure hospital, strike ballot at Manchester University.

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20 November 2013

Birmingham children's services - a victim of cuts

Birmingham city council's Children's Services Department faces the real threat of being taken over and possibly privatised by the hated government education minister Michel Gove if the upcoming Ofsted inspection fails to find significant improvements

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27 June 2012

Cuts ignore immense needs

After the 1950s, a network of child and adolescent services, staffed by highly trained, skilful social workers, specialist teachers, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists, was gradually established in specialist centres, writes Jane Ellwood.

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Southampton council workers marching against cuts, photo Southampton SP

3 August 2011


TUC must call action: "We can't afford a pay cut or losing our increments. People are beginning to see what they've lost and for some its £1,000.... The Tories are living on another planet and Labour are no different. The country is crying out for change”, said refuse workers back out on strike in Southampton

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Care workers protest at privatisation in Waltham Forest, photo Alison Hill

Care workers protest at privatisation in Waltham Forest, photo Alison Hill

7 October 2009

Social care in crisis

Cuts, outsourcing and privatisation mean vulnerable adults and children are 'falling through the net'. Social care staff are struggling to cope with high caseloads, increasing red tape and worsening pay, terms and conditions at work.

Paul Couchman, a social care worker and branch secretary of Surrey County Unison writing in a personal capacity, analyses what is going on.

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3 December 2008

Social workers demand proper resources

Overworked, underpaid, undervalued: I agree with the comments of the social worker in issue 557 of The Socialist ('Social workers say: Investment needed'), writes A south Wales social worker.

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19 November 2008

Social workers say: investment needed

Interviews: In the aftermath of the horrific death of 'Baby P' the media has been casting around for people on whom to pile the blame...

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27 November 2004

Liverpool council workers ballot for action

LIVERPOOL SOCIAL workers, members of UNISON, have been on strike for three months now. Their employer has taken a hard line with the social workers and is now making threats to the general branch membership...

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31 January 2003

After Victoria Climbie: What future for child protection?

TWO YEAR old Ainlee Walker died a most horrendous death with 64 injuries on her body. Her parents received long jail sentences for manslaughter and cruelty. The enquiry into Ainlee's death found that

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