Socialist Worker

Round-up of anti-cuts activity

Issue No. 2230

Ipswich

Around 700 people braved the snow to demonstrate against the plans to slash jobs and services in Suffolk last Saturday.

The Tory-led county council is cutting youth services, pre-school care, support for the elderly in residential care homes and much more.

The Suffolk Coalition against the Cuts called the march, which was lively and well supported by trade unionists and students.

Paul Moffatt from the Communication Workers Union warned of how public sector cuts will rip our communities apart. He called for action now to stop the government in its tracks.

Margaret Bulaitis

Rochdale

Some 250 council workers, service users and voluntary sector staff joined a work time protest against cuts in Rochdale on Thursday of last week.

The ruling Tory/Lib Dem coalition running the council has lost its majority after seven Lib Dem councillors became independents.

And both the leader of the council and the cabinet member with responsibility for finance have resigned.

Hackney

In a significant move, two local Labour Party wards and the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency party have voted to affiliate to the Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services in east London.

Coventry

Trade unionists in Coventry are planning a march to defend jobs and services in the city this Saturday.

The council plans to slash 1,000 jobs and make £146 million service cuts.

Coventry Unison union branch secretary Sarah Ferguson said, “Coventry city council trade unions are asking members, supporters, and the people of Coventry to join the Coventry Against the Cuts protest on Saturday 4 December.

“We believe this should be the next step in a huge fight to defend public services, defend jobs and protect the vulnerable in Coventry and elsewhere.”


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