THE COUNCIL in Morpeth, Northumberland, have been forced to retreat over their plans to close three care homes after a lively campaign organised by unions.
Graham Eddy, Unison union branch secretary, said, “It’s a brilliant victory. It turns back the closure plans.”
Barry Purdy, a Unison shop steward, coordinated the campaign. He told Socialist Worker, “Since we adopted a new position of opposition to all closures, workers have responded and echoed this in action. We’ve recruited loads of new activists who have seen what a fighting union can do.”
AN UNPRECEDENTED alliance, coordinated by Ealing Trades Council, has come together to fight £18 million of cuts by Labour-run Ealing council.
At a public meeting on 19 January speakers insisted that the government was not short of funds to rescue local services. There will be a lobby of the next council cabinet called by “Ealing Save Our Services”.
Protest from 5.30pm, Tuesday 3 February, Ealing Town Hall. Followed by meeting inside at 7.15pm. For more details phone 07958 542 872.
THREE demonstrations, each of around 150 people, took place in the space of a week following the announcement of £3.5 million in cuts to the voluntary sector by Leicester City Council.
These cuts could lead to the closure of up to 88 projects across the city at the cost of up to 400 jobs. Services that will be decimated include advice centres, nurseries and community education.
The campaign to fight the cuts called a mass demonstration of the full council meeting this week and there will be a march through the city on 7 February.
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle