Anti-cuts, public services

Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Questions and answers on the cuts

Stop the cuts

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Martin Thomas

Q. The Lib/Tory coalition says that the government just has to make social cuts, in the same way as anyone who has "maxed out" their credit cards needs to cut back. Is that true?

A. No. In the first place, there is nothing impossible about the government continuing with a large budget deficit for a while. Governments can't "run out of money" in the same way that households or businesses can.

The "case" for the cuts is built on lies!

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Industrial news in brief

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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Vote Labour, turn against the cuts

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A 12 April opinion poll put Labour ahead of the Tories, 34/31, for only the second time since the 2015 general election. Among people aged 18 to 24, it showed a Labour lead of 51/20.

The Tories have been battered by Ian Duncan Smith’s resignation, by their splits over Europe, by their forced retreat on disabled benefits, and by the Panama Papers. Labour can get ahead. It will be hard on 5 May.

Vote Labour, turn against the cuts; BHS: don’t accept “hard luck”.

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Industrial news in brief

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Will Stevens, Ruth Cashman, Ollie Moore, Simon Nelson and Cath Fletcher

Thursday 14 April was the third annual #FastFoodGlobal day Of action. Workers in fast food, coffee shops and cafes across the world took part in rallies, stunts, marches and other creative actions for higher pay, better conditions and the right of unions to organise.

Fighting for fast food rights; Lambeth councillor speaks out on libraries; Tube workers striking against gentrification; thousands march to save NHS; university pay ballot.

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Lambeth library workers: striking to serve our community

As the community in Lambeth fights back against cuts and closures, a Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.


Lambeth library workers in solidarity with the Carnegie occupation

A Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.

The room was buzzing as I arrived, with people rifling through papers to look for the latest press reports. "I can't believe Lambeth Libraries have made it into the Financial Times!" came a shout across the Reference Library.

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Lambeth library occupied!

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Lizzy Brooks

Since late on 31 March, members of the local community in Lambeth, south London, have been in occupation of the historic Carnegie Library in Herne Hill to save it from closure.

Over 80 people, young children, grandparents, families, teenagers, students, and local workers occupied in protest at plans to close the library and turn it into a gym, run by Greenwich Leisure Limited.

Since late on 31 March, members of the local community in Lambeth, south London, have been in occupation of the historic Carnegie Library in Herne Hill to save it from closure.

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Unison branch secretary and library striker on the Lambeth library occupation - and what you can do to help

Ruth Cashman is a Lambeth library worker, a leading activist in strikes to stop library cuts and joint secretary of Lambeth Unison:

Ruth Cashman on the Carnegie library occupation.

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Lambeth libraries campaigners occupy Carnegie library to stop closure


Banners outside the occupation


Earlier on the 31st

Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, Lambeth (South London), was due to close tomorrow, 1 April, but library campaigners have occupied it to stop the closure.

Spread the word! Build solidarity!

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Lambeth libraries campaigners occupy Carnegie to stop closure

Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, in Lambeth (South London), was due to close tomorrow, 1 April, but library campaigners have occupied it to stop the closure.

Just before midnight on 31 March, the library was home to about a hundred occupiers, young and old, black and white, men and women, from Herne Hill, across Lambeth and a few from beyond, with more people, including about twenty workers from the library, outside. After a day of demonstrations, the occupation began at 6pm when people refused to leave and let the doors to be closed.

Spread the word! Build solidarity!

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