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Council cuts around the country

03 August 2010
Darlington: £22.6 million cuts from its £107 million budgetBirmingham: cutting £75 million and planning to axe up to 2,000 jobs and shut care homesDudley: revised its cuts up from £30 million to £70 millionCroydon: pushing through £1.7 million cuts in staff costs. Planning to cut funding to ten projects for voluntary groups that support disabled and young peopleAndover: announced £30 million worth of cuts to children’s services, which will slash 185 jobsSheffield: announced an immediate £6.5 million cutsJersey:

BNP under fire

29 April 2010
Croydon candidate assaulted anti fascist activists Croydon British National Party (BNP) election candidate David Clarke has been found guilty of attacking four anti-fascist protesters in 2009. He will be sentenced on the 18 May.

Picture of Croydon anti-BNP protest

20 April 2010

Trade unionists oppose Nazi protest at Home Office

07 April 2009
Anti-fascists held a counter-protest at a British National Party (BNP) demonstration in Croydon, south London, last Saturday.

Action on academies in Croydon

27 January 2009
NUT union members at five schools in Croydon, south London, struck on Tuesday of this week over plans to close their schools and replace them with academies.

Croydon teachers may ballot over academies

29 July 2008
The NUT union in Croydon, south London, may ballot for industrial action over plans to reorganise secondary education and introduce academies.

Gatwick baggage handlers win employment tribunal

20 June 2007
Two GMB union members who were sacked from their baggage handling jobs at Gatwick by Aviance, the airport ground services company following allegations of theft from passengers’ luggage have been awarded £58,400 and around £50,000 in reparation by Croydon Employment Tribunals for their wrongful dismissals.

Huddersfield Technical College

10 December 2005
Striking caretakers from Huddersfield Technical College came to London last week to speak at a Unison union meeting in Croydon and a meeting of the Unison United Left group.

The Hot Zone: challenging ‘war on terror’ stereotypes

22 October 2005
The Hot Zone By Nirjay MahindruWarehouse Theatre,Croydon, south London18 –23 October,Phone 020 8680 4060

RMT's bitter strike against Centra's bullying bus bosses

09 July 2005
Drivers for Centra Buses in Croydon, south London, staged another one-day strike last week. The drivers, members of the RMT union, are involved in a bitter dispute over pay and conditions which stretches back over a year.

Remembering Kirsty MacColl’s work and campaigns

26 March 2005
Kite, Electric Landlady, Titanic Days and From Croydon to CubaKirsty MacColl

Helping to win votes for Respect

08 May 2004
ONE PART of Socialist Worker's role each week is to be a mini-manifesto for Respect. And that makes it essential reading for everyone who wants to see Blair humbled from the left on 10 June. One example of how the paper can work comes from Croydon and Sutton. There the Respect election agent bought a copy of the paper and e-mailed the article by London candidate Lindsey German to everybody on the Respect contact list.


06 March 2004
OVER 1,000 teachers and classroom assistants struck on Monday afternoon of this week in Croydon, south London. They were striking against the Labour council's plans to push through £8 million budget cuts which mean 200 job losses.


28 February 2004
TEACHERS IN the NUT union in Croydon will strike on Monday in protest at funding cuts and downgrading of jobs. A strike ballot saw a 42 percent turnout and 82 percent of those who voted said yes to a half day of industrial action.

Tram drivers

20 April 2002
TRAM DRIVERS in Croydon, south London, suspended strikes planned for this week after they forced management to offer a much improved pay rise. The drivers, members of the TGWU union, struck recently. That has led their bosses, part of the giant First Group corporation, to make an offer which would raise minimum pay above £20,000.

Reports in brief

06 April 2002
Trams halted in tracks by strike Drivers on the tram service in Croydon, south London, halted the service for 24 hours on Tuesday of last week in a strike over pay. The workers, members of the TGWU union, refused to accept the bosses' pay of 6 percent, as it would only take their pay to £8.75 an hour.

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