COUNCIL WORKERS in the Tory borough of Wandsworth struck for the day last week in support of a sacked colleague. They were demanding the reinstatement of Unison union branch secretary Sarbani Mazumdar.
Workers believe she was sacked because of her leading role in fighting privatisation and cuts.
LIVERPOOL CITY Council has reversed a decision to cut grants to some voluntary organisations. Cuts to the youth service threatened many of the local groups. But quickly organised protests by staff forced the council to back down.
One youth service worker told Socialist Worker, 'Everyone here has been stressed to hell by what the council planned. But with a bit of effort, people power forced them to think again.'
NEWHAM COUNCIL workers are sick of privatisation, bullying and spin doctoring. The 2,600-strong Unison union branch has voted by 81 percent for a series of one-day strikes due to start on Tuesday.
They are striking against union busting by Sir Robin Wales, head of the New Labour dominated Association of London Government, in the run-up to strikes over London allowance pay. Wales and council chief executive Dave Burbage have provocatively torn up an agreement made with national union officials.
'It is clear this is a fight with New Labour over its plans for local government, and not just with a few nasty local managers,' says one Unison member.