‘BRUCE BUCKLEY, hear us shout – electronic tagging, out, out, out!’ That was the message from around 500 home helps and their supporters to the director of Derbyshire social services as they marched through Chesterfield last Saturday.
The march was called by UNISON to protest at the Labour council’s attempts to introduce a system to monitor the movements and activities of home helps. Workers have already voted by more than nine to one to boycott the system. Now the council is threatening to dock the pay of those involved in the action by 15 percent. The home helps received strong support from the public. At the rally messages of support were heard from the NUT, the FBU, the CWU and other UNISON branches. UNISON is now planning more action to help keep up the pressure on the council.
LIVERPOOL CITY Council was rocked by a storm of angry protest last week as the ruling Liberals pushed for cuts and privatisation at a seven hour council meeting. Angry shouts from protesters greeted the council’s decision to push ahead with a £500,000 cut in the youth service. Over 1,000 local people have signed a petition demanding one of the threatened youth centres, the Dehon in Dingle, is kept open. The council is also facing anger from its workforce over plans to privatise its information technology department. Over 300 angry council computer workers blocked the road outside the town hall for more than half an hour last Wednesday.
MEMBERS OF the GMB union in north London’s Haringey have voted to join next Tuesday’s strike against attacks on workers’ basic rights and conditions. UNISON members in the New Labour council have already voted for a series of strikes. The first day of action is set for Tuesday. Some of Haringey’s attacks parallel those being pushed by south London’s Tory Wandsworth council. Workers there will be joining Haringey’s rally on Tuesday. Workers from Haringey will be among those joining Wandsworth’s protest the following day.
Rally, Tuesday 7 December, 1.30pm, St Michael’s Church Hall, Bounds Green Road, London N22.
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