I work as a domestic violence worker for a central London health trust. Before the prospect of any cuts, the refuges and domestic violence services I work with were already under pressure — not able to meet demand for their services, the refuges never having to wait to fill a room. Now it is and will become much worse.
Anti-cuts, public services
In Merseyside, London, Hull and elsewhere Women Against the Cuts groups have been formed in response to the Tory/Liberal cuts.
“It’s a vulnerable time. We have been told not to speak to anyone”, said a woman picketing at Rawmarsh School in Rotherham on 12 January, on strike against threats of redundancies.
Norwich AWL comrades joined the weekly Norfolk Coalition Against the Cuts city centre stall on Saturday 4 February bringing with them representatives from the Save The Unthank Centre campaign.
Around 300 people took part in direct action against Lambeth Council organised by the Save Our Services campaign on 7 February.
On Thursday 3 February Southwark speech therapists struck in protest at cuts to jobs and services that are being proposed.
The “People’s Convention” against cuts called by SWP and LRC on 12 February should be a chance to make good the damage done by the SP’s coup in the National Shop Stewards’ Network (creating a new SP-line “anti-cuts movement”) and the Coalition of Resistance (anti-cuts campaigning as an exercise in listening to lots of celebrities speak).
Activists taking part in a peaceful UK Uncut protest at a Boots store on 30 January in central London were attacked by police using CS spray.
A round-up of recent anti-cuts campaigning in Scotland, Barnet, Islington and Merseyside.
The unspoken assumption by union and Labour Party leaders, that the Tory/ Lib-Dem cuts are inevitable and can only be alleviated by negotiating voluntary redundancies and used as grist for electoral agitation, is being proved reckless.