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On the streets to stop the Tories’ assault

Thousands of people have protested against cuts over the past week. They include:

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Activists fighting to save Leyton Green health clinic (Pic: Jim Fagan)

Activists fighting to save Leyton Green health clinic (Pic: Jim Fagan)



Leicester

More than 400 people protested in Leicester on an anti-cuts demo organised by Leicestershire Against the Cuts last Saturday.

The Leicester and District trades council backed the action, along with the Unison, PCS and NUT unions.


Brixton

Some 150 people marched through Brixton, south London, to “Save our Services” last Saturday.

They included pensioners, housing activists and council workers.


Porthcawl

Over 100 people demonstrated at Rest Bay, Porthcawl, on the south Wales coast last Sunday against cuts to search and rescue cover.

Bridgend Labour MP Madeleine Moon was at the protest.


Hastings

Around 100 people gathered in Hastings last Saturday to pledge resistance to cuts and privatisation.

Speakers from the trades council, CWU and PCS unions and Labour councillor Jeremy Birch spoke at the rally.


Somerset

Over 200 people demonstrated outside a meeting of Somerset County Council’s cabinet on Monday.

The council plans to cut 1,500 jobs, slash adult social care funding and cut funding to youth services by 75 percent.

Cuts are also planned to bus services and bus passes, library services and

£35 million is set to be slashed from the road repairs budget.

The council took the very unusual step of using private premises and hired security for this meeting.

Somerset County Unison and Taunton & West Somerset Trades Council have organised a march in Taunton on Saturday 6 November.

On Friday of last week workers dressed as skeletons protested at council headquarters.

The action was part of the Unison union’s campaign to persuade the government to “say no to skeleton services, say yes to a fairer way”.

Patricia Rowe, Somerset County Unison (pc)


Waltham Forest

Dozens joined a protest called by Waltham Forest Keep Our NHS Public last week outside Leyton Green Health Clinic, which is threatened with closure.

The clinic first opened in 1932 and has served generations of families. People who use the clinic joined the protest along with local trade unionists and Right to Work campaigners.

Hundreds of local residents have signed a petition opposing the threat to close the clinic.


Portsmouth

Some 300 people marched through Portsmouth against public service cuts last Saturday. The march and rally organised by Portsmouth Trades Council, PCS and Unison unions exceeded the expected turnout.

The need for an ongoing campaign including industrial action was raised by speakers. Portsmouth Trades Council is holding a public meeting on 18 November to form a coalition against the cuts. After the march there was an occupation of the local Vodafone shop in protest at the company's £6 billion legal tax dodge.

Jon Woods

Thanks to everyone who sent reports.


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Tue 2 Nov 2010, 18:06 GMT
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