Over 200 people crammed into an overflowing room at Friends Meeting House on Thursday of last week for the launch meeting of Brighton Stop the Cuts coalition.
Speakers included local MP Caroline Lucas, Andy Richards, local Unison council branch chair, PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh and Andy Kilmister, an economics lecturer.
A union rep from Hastings Child Support agency where five union reps have recently been sacked (see left) spoke from the floor.
Also there were Connexions staff in Brighton who are being axed.
Brighton and Hove Unison member
Over 100 people attended the Lambeth United Against Cuts rally on Monday of last week.
Local Labour MP Kate Hoey, Lambeth Green Party convenor George Graham and Jon Rogers, branch secretary of Lambeth Unison union, spoke from the platform, along with campaigners from Right to Work and the NUS Black Students campaign.
The audience was a mix of Green Party and Labour Party members, Unison members facing cuts and other workers.
It was the first time that youth groups who are losing staff and voluntary sector groups have been involved alongside local unions.
There was much discussion of how to continue to work together and whether our target should be the council group or the government—or both.
Discussions are continuing about calling a local march the Saturday after the 20 October spending review.
The Labour group in Vassall ward subsequently backed the 3 October protest at the Tory conference and will be putting the same motion to Vauxhall constituency Labour Party.
More than 50 local activists and campaigners joined an anti-cuts rally in the town square last Saturday.
Waltham Forest trades council initiated the action. Local union reps from the FBU, RMT, Unison, NUT, UCU, NUJ, Unite and the PCS joined it. Waltham Forest Right to Work, Walthamstow Anti Cuts Union and the Anti Academies Alliance were also there.
An FBU rep got a fantastic response after speaking about their planned action in opposition to bosses’ threats of mass sackings (see page 16).
Activists in Islington, north London are planning to protest outside the next Islington council meeting on
7 October at 7pm over cuts.
For more information, phone Ken Muller (assistant secretary, Islington NUT) on 07950 075 088.