Manchester's Labour-run city council plans to axe 2,000 workers as part of £110 million worth of cuts.
Anti-cuts, public services
A Scotland-wide anti-cuts federation will be launched at a conference being held in Glasgow on 29 January.
Earlier this month anti-corporate-tax-dodging activist group UK Uncut promoted an action celebrating “mutual” companies and co-operatives. Not small-scale, localist workers’ coops but corporate behemoths such as John Lewis.
Since the financial crisis began in 2007 “the cuts” have figured in the consciousness of labour movement activists as something we knew were coming and that we must fight against, but had yet to affect our day-to-day lives.
With the new government, the bosses’ offensive against our class is accelerating. Unemployment will be 2.7 million by the end of 2011, as 120,000 public and 80,000 private sector jobs are scrapped.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the civil service union PCS, announced his “April Thesis” in an article in the Guardian on 30 December and an interview with the Times the same day.
In the next four years, the Coalition government plans to cut £18 billion from benefits and £16 billion from education and other local services. The Tories and Lib Dems say this is unavoidable.
The bosses' offensive against the working class is accelerating. Unemployment will be 2.7 million by the end of 2011, as 120,000 public and 80,000 private sector jobs are scrapped.
Hackney council's ruling Labour Group has passed a motion (reproduced below) spelling out the ambition to "lead the fight against the cuts" at the same time as... making them.
Members of the National Union of Teachers at Rawmarsh school in Rotherham will be striking on 5, 12, and 13 January to save jobs.