Workers at Cheshire West and Chester Council staged a three-hour stoppage on Tuesday 14 February to mark the beginning of a campaign of industrial action that will involve selective strikes in coming weeks.
Anti-cuts, public services
On Tuesday 7 February East Leeds and Elmet and Rothwell Labour Party held a public meeting with Owen Jones.
Bonus payouts in banking and finance totalled £14 billion in 2011. If such amounts were redirected to social spending, they would be way more than enough to reverse all the Government’s social cuts.
Assemble at Woodhouse Moor, Leeds
PRÓTEST AT THE TORY CONFERENCE- LEEDS AGAINST THE CUTS
ERIC PICKLES IS COMING TO LEEDS FOR THE ANNUAL TORY PARTY LOCAL GOVT CONFERENCE. HE AND COUNCILLORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE DISCUSSING HOW BEST TO SLASH SERVICES AND JOBS. IF YOU OPPOSE CUTS AND PRIVATISATION. JOIN THE DEMO
SAT 25 FEB
MEET AT WOODHOUSE MOOR FOR A RALLY AND THEN MARCH THROUGH THE CITY CENTRE TO CITY SQUARE FOR A RALLY OUTSIDE THE TORY CONFERENCE AT 12.30PM.
“By [April] 2012, only 12% of the planned cuts to welfare spending and only 12% of the planned cuts to spending on public services (comprising 34% of the cuts to investment spending and just 6% of the cuts to non-investment spending) are forecast to have been implemented...”
Around 400 Barnet Unison members will take their fourth day of strike action on Thursday 9 February.
Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2
What is the impact of withdrawing your labour as an educator, health worker, refuse collector, librarian or childcare worker; when the people most immediately affected are service users?
What strategies can we develop to make a strike powerful in sectors where our workloads are increasingly privatised and/ or we are employed on a short term or freelance basis?
How does taking industrial action fit into a broader struggle against austerity? How do we talk to our colleagues and service users about why our seemingly individual demands are collective concerns?
How do we develop forms of sustainable workplace organising that extend beyond the current climate of reactive and top-down one-day strikes?
Many of us work in the public sector and took strike action on June and November 30th, or played a role in supporting this action in our communities. This experience threw up many of the above questions, as well as practical issues about the nuts and bolts of workplace organising. We have started to discuss these questions in our collective, and now are keen to work with others who have found themselves facing similar challenges - to share skills, ideas and experiences.
Join us on 11th February for a day which will combine a morning of workplace organising training with an afternoon to discuss the wider themes.
Organised by Feminist Fightback. All genders welcome. The venue is accessible and a volunteer-run creche will be provided. Please contact us if you want to come so we have an idea of numbers, and if you have any requirements that we can help with or if you can do a slot in the creche.
Suggested donation of £4 low/ unwaged, £8 waged, includes lunch.
The following is a statement from Gill George, an SWP member who sits on Unite's Health Sector National Industrial Sector Committee.
In a number of respects, the Unite the Resistance conference held, in effect, by the Socialist Workers’ Party on 14 January was better than the previous weekend’s PCS Left Unity/Socialist Party confer
An industrial bulletin for local government workers, discussing how to organise against the pensions sell out.