(National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts/University of London feeder march)
Anti-cuts, public services
The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) conference, 10 November, established an anti-cuts councillors network.
Despite persistent rain, pre-demo arrests, blockage of roads, and the threat of police truncheons and gas, the protest outside parliament at Syntagma Square on the 7 November, the second day of a 48-hour general strike, was one of Greece’s biggest ever demonstrations.
Wednesday 14 November, the day this paper goes to press, will see the first Europe-wide general strike in history.
Newcastle City Council Leader Nick Forbes has warned the government cuts could mean failure to meet even statutory duties of care for vulnerable children and adults by 2020.
Trade union federations in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus have called general strikes on Wednesday 14 November.
Labour councillors in Hull and Southampton have broken the cuts consensus by responding to labour movement and community pressure and vowing to defy cuts.
Birmingham City Council’s Labour administration has forecast it will lose almost half its current controllable expenditure by 2017.
The chief things to press in the unions are mobilisation now against the attacks; democratic discussion of a strategy of ongoing action to win; and clear union demands on a Labour government to replace the Tories.