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Council protests say 'no cuts'

Issue No. 2243

Protesters screamed “no votes for cuts!” as Manchester council voted to slash services on Wednesday of last week.

Trade unionists from the council unions Unite, Unison and GMB joined with campaigners from Manchester Advice, SureStart and Levenshulme pool as well as students.

Only 80 were allowed inside the town hall—but their noisy shouts still saw the meeting suspended twice.

The protesters held their own vote on the cuts. It was unanimously against.

“This is just the beginning,” said Manchester Coalition Against Cuts activist Mark Krantz. “We will continue to fight every cut.”

Meanwhile in Dudley, protesters throwing paper aeroplanes at the Tories caused the council meeting to be suspended for 40 minutes.

On Saturday some 250 marched in Northampton. There were also protests this week in Durham, Wandsworth, Barnsley, Tower Hamlets, Newport and Wakefield.

Fleas have infested a council in Oxfordshire—just as it was getting rid of its pest control service to save cash.

They came just in time for Lib Dem-run Vale of White Horse council to use its own pest control workers.

It plans to sack them this month.

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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