Anti-cuts, public services

Questions and answers on the cuts martin Tue, 10/19/2010 - 12:04
Stop the cuts

Q. The Lib/Tory coalition says that the government just has to make social cuts, in the same way as anyone who has "maxed out" their credit cards needs to cut back. Is that true?

A. No. In the first place, there is nothing impossible about the government continuing with a large budget deficit for a while. Governments can't "run out of money" in the same way that households or businesses can.

Tens of thousands march against Tories

Submitted by martin on 1 October, 2017 - 9:27 Author: Martin Thomas

According to the organisers, some 50,000 trade unionists, Labour Party people, and left-wingers marched in Manchester on 1 October, as the Tory Party conference opened, to demand an end to cuts.

There were a lot of union banners and insignia, mainly from Unite and Unison, some from the GMB, a bit from the PCS and RMT. The newly-merged teachers' union NEU did not make much showing.

As on many demonstrations these days, the majority of the demonstrators looked to be either under 30 or over 55, with a thin representation of intermediate age groups.

Rally Labour to oust Tories!

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 5:02
Cartoon on Tories

On Sunday 1 October tens of thousands will protest at the Tory party conference, demanding no more austerity; scrap the pay cap; decent health, homes, jobs and education.

At the TUC congress in Brighton on 10-13 September, Mark Serwotka, leader of the civil service workers’ union PCS, said: “We have a weak government with no mandates to implement further public sector pay restraint. Now is the time for the action required to defeat this government pay cap and put real-terms pay increases in the pockets of our members”.

Industrial news in brief AWL Wed, 07/26/2017 - 09:14

July has seen a number of interesting and potentially important developments in the ongoing dispute between rail unions and the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) and the government over Driver Only Operation (DOO).

Labour: left making gains Matthew Wed, 07/26/2017 - 08:54

Voting has opened in the Conference Arrangements Committee elections where left wing challengers Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes received four times as many nominations as their incumbents.

The crisis in social care

Submitted by Matthew on 26 July, 2017 - 7:16 Author: Karen Shuttleworth

Old people today eh, growing up with all the benefits associated with a welfare state they have had the audacity to not die of horrible childhood diseases, malnutrition or in childbirth, like in the good old days. They have the cheek to continue living for more than a couple of years after retirement. Some inconveniently remain alive for decades after ceasing to be productive members of the work force.

Call for DWP-wide ballot Matthew Wed, 07/12/2017 - 12:43

On 7 July, the Department for Work and Pensions announced a list of 74 Jobcentre and 28 back of house office closures. The PCS DWP GEC has called an emergency meeting Friday 14 July.