The youth protests — going under the banner of “Real Democracy” — which began during May as a public outcry denouncing political corruption and unemployment have swept across Spain.
Solidarity 3/206, 1 June 2011
300 people marched in Sheffield on 28 May against the Health and Social Care Bill and local NHS cuts.
On 23 May local government workers employed by Southampton City Council began indefinite rolling strike action in a dispute with the council over pay cuts.
On 26 May four young men from East London were jailed for at least four or five years each for an attack in July 2010 on a local school teacher.
Tower Hamlets council in east London is planning on privatising its resources department, meaning that 800 workers will be transferred out of council employment and become employees of a private company.
Heathrow Express workers held a solid 48-hour strike on 27 and 28 May and are to follow it with a series of one-day strikes if the company does not back down.
As expected, the board of governors have done what management wanted and agreed all the cuts.
Delegates at the University and College Union (UCU) conference (28-30 May) probably came away a little confused on the real prospects for their disputes and their union.
Management at Sheffield College have gone on a vicious job cutting offensive, under the guise of voluntary redundancies.