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Issue No. 2327

‘People will die’ from Liverpool cuts

Protesters blocked traffic outside Liverpool town hall on Wednesday of last week while the Labour council planned £11 million of cuts.

Services on the block include adult social care, provisions for young people, and the school uniform grant. Mayor Joe Anderson said “I make no bones about it, people will die—end of.”

Luke Staunton,

Lively bus pickets at Plymouth depot

Over 30 striking RMT union bus workers joined a lively picket at the First Devon and Cornwall depot in Plymouth last Friday.

By 7.30am only five of over 100 buses had gone out, driven by managers from as far away as Southampton. There were pickets at other depots across the region. Another strike is planned for Friday of next week.

Dave Franklin

Isle of Man could grind to a halt

Bus drivers in the Isle of Man are set to be balloted for strikes. They are members of the Unite union employed by the Manx government.

They have been told to re-apply for their jobs on new terms that would mean a pay cut of £3,000 to £4,000 a year. The drivers rejected the “offer” by 93 to 1.

Libraries victory in the villages

Kirklees council in West Yorkshire has withdrawn plans to replace paid staff with volunteers in several village libraries.

There were campaign meetings, photoshoots and petitions in all the villages. In Honley 4,000 signatures were collected—almost the entire population of the village.

Martin Jones

Socialists prepare for the elections

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates in the Manchester Central by-election and the election for mayor of Bristol.

In Manchester it has selected Alex Davidson, vice-chair of the PCS union’s north west region. Its Bristol candidate is Tom Baldwin. Both elections take place on 15 November.

Disability march in Newcastle

Hundreds marched against disability benefit cuts in Newcastle last Saturday. It was part of a week of action by the Hardest Hit campaign.

Journalists strike at Newsquest

Newsquest journalists in York plan to strike every day next week from 10am. Workers in York and Bradford walked out on Friday of last week in a dispute over pay. Workers at local newspapers have been hit hard by pay freezes, redundancies and cost-cutting.

Council workers in lobby over pay

Over 100 workers lobbied councillors in Bromley, south east London, on Tuesday of last week. Councillors want to scrap the national pay structure for local government workers.

Members of the Unite and Unison unions took part. Bin workers at Bromley council contractor Veolia are separately balloting to strike against the sacking of four colleagues.

Tesco lorry drivers in three-day strike

Some 180 Tesco lorry drivers were set to strike for three days in Doncaster from Wednesday of this week.

The workers are in the Unite union. They face being sacked before Christmas by new bosses Eddie Stobart Limited (ESL), after their contracts were transferred in September.

They are set to protest outside the Tesco opposite parliament in London on the first strike day.

Amnesty workers call for boss to go

Staff at Amnesty International UK have called for the resignation of director Kate Allen after 70 of them were issued risk of redundancy notices on Wednesday of last week.

They have struck twice so far as the organisation prepares to make £2.5 million worth of cuts. The workers are members of the Unite union. Staff at Amnesty’s International Secretariat are also in dispute.

Estate will become university campus

Newham council in east London has confirmed plans to build a new University College London (UCL) campus in place of the existing Carpenters Estate.

Around half of the estate’s residents have already been “decanted” out. The more than 300 who remain face being forced out by compulsory purchase orders.

Residents protested outside the council meeting on Thursday of last week. They were set to address students at UCL in central London on Wednesday of this week.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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