OVER 125 angry people last week packed a Bury council meeting that announced massive cuts in the borough's elderly care homes. The council plans to sell off the homes they close and sell the land. Only some of the money raised from the sales will be used to fund home care. The council cannot guarantee that any money will be made by the sale.
A woman care worker said, 'The residents will be sent to new places out of the borough. Many residents are aged between 90 and 100. 'Their families are also elderly and will not be able to travel the long distances required to visit their relatives.'
People were so incensed by the closures that the following day around 25 people turned up on an impromptu demonstration. An ongoing campaign has now been set up.
A STRIKE against privatisation is being planned by Westminster Unison for Thursday 27 June. This follows the council's refusal to protect conditions for thousands of staff who will be forcibly transferred to a private company in September. Their pensions, holidays, hours and pay will not be protected.
ST JOHN'S nursery is threatened with closure by Hackney Labour council in east London. On Monday 24 June Hackney council's cabinet voted to close the nursery, used by 45 children.
Around 1,500 children are on waiting lists for council nurseries in Hackney, yet the number and range of childcare places in Hackney will decline. Parents have pledged to do whatever they can to fight this closure.
THE SPRINGFIELD One O'Clock Club in Upper Clapton is an open access play facility for young children and their carers. The is set to close on 31 July unless action is taken now. A pressure group has been formed.
LAST WEEKEND the 140 Unison union members who run Glasgow council's swimming pools and sports centres went on strike for the second time this month. Last weekend's strike was solid, but once again the council used senior management and hired scab labour.
The attack on the leisure attendants is part of a major offensive on council staff right across the board. One of the leisure strikers said, 'Our union will have to organise wider action across the council. Otherwise they'll do to others what they're doing to us.'