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1,000 protest against cuts in Nottingham

Issue No. 2224

On Monday night more than 1,000 teaching assistants, teachers and workers protested in Nottingham Market Square against Tory cuts.

They stopped the Tory council imposing a 25 percent pay cut by only paying teaching assistants during term time.

The council wanted to impose the cut on Monday—and make anyone who did not accept it redundant.

They had not planned on the response from teaching assistants and teachers.

As soon as the plans were announced they swung into action. Their Unison, NUT, GMB, Unite and NASUWT unions called the protest and humiliated the Tories, who have put their plans back to the next academic year.

We have shown that the Tories can be beaten.

The battle is far from over: the Tories still want to force the pay cut through next year.

The Tories will be back. And so will we.

Dave Kuivala

Over 200 trade unionists, service users and residents in Haringey, north London, marched to the full council meeting on Monday of this week.

Local shoppers joined the loud and lively protest as it marched by.

The protest was organised by Haringey Alliance for Public Services.

It was backed by service users, residents’ groups, the UCU and PCS unions, the Right to Work Campaign and DayMer (the Kurdish/Turkish Centre).

We called on Haringey’s Labour council to refuse to implement cuts and to join us in a campaign of resistance.

Simon Hester

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2224
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