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Hundreds march against downgrade of A&E as opposition to NHS cuts spreads

Hundreds march against downgrade of A&E as opposition to NHS cuts spreads The hospital has set up a private company called Barnsley Support Services. It wants to transfer the hospital estate, maintenance, procurement and other support staff to it. Existing staff will be protected for a period under Tupe regulations but unions fear that the move will lead to a two-tier workforce.

Cuts and pennies for us, big giveaways for the rich—Hammond hammers the poor

Cuts and pennies for us, big giveaways for the rich—Hammond hammers the poor Former Tory chancellor, George “Slasher” Osborne, congratulated Philip Hammond on the chancellor’s first spring budget for its “fiscal responsibility”. It really says it all.

Antisocial Tories create an uncaring society

Antisocial Tories create an uncaring society The Tory attacks on both the NHS and social care leave vulnerable people with nowhere to go. Workers spoke to Tomáš Tengely-Evans about two sets of cuts that are creating a crisis—with a real effect on patients’ lives

Resist the Tories' STP plan—to Slash, Trash and Privatise the NHS

Resist the Tories STP plan—to Slash, Trash and Privatise the NHS The Tories’ NHS plans will mean hospital closures across England. But there is growing opposition to the STPs, with local groups springing up across England to oppose them.

Left winger set for election challenge to Unite union leader Len McCluskey

Left winger set for election challenge to Unite union leader Len McCluskey Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey looks set to face an election contested from the left as well as the right.

Tory ‘gentleman’s agreement’ shames the nasty party that slashed social care

Tory ‘gentleman’s agreement’ shames the nasty party that slashed social care Tory ministers made a dodgy deal to increase social care funding with the leader of a Tory-run county council that includes several top MPs’ constituencies.

It’s official—Tories’ new hospital cuts will cost lives, admits Devon NHS boss

18 January 2017
Shocking new footage shows Laura Nicholas making the admission at a public meeting

The NHS is on life support with a severe case of Tory cuts

10 January 2017
The British Red Cross declared a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS after it was drafted in to stop the health service breaking down.

Tories split on Brussels—it's time to sprout resistance

13 December 2016
One thing will be certain in 2017—the Tories will continue to tear one another apart over Brexit.

Scottish Labour and the SNP bicker over who’s to blame for council cuts

13 December 2016
Cuts to council budgets in Scotland could total £700 million by the end of this parliament according to a new report.

Workers in Greece launch general strike as bosses demand brutal austerity

13 December 2016
A general strike in Greece brought the country to a standstill today, Thursday. The strike came in advance of the Greek parliament meeting this Saturday to vote on the conditions of the next bailout.

Durham TAs' strikes force council into retreat—but union officials call off action

06 December 2016
Durham teaching assistants (TAs) have forced council bosses to retreat. But a chance for a clear cut victory was snatched away from them by union officials.

Glasgow IT workers fear strike busters will undermine action against Labour council

06 December 2016
Evidence of illegal strike-breaking has emerged amid an IT workers’ walkout, reports Raymie Kiernan

Workers across public sector in Greece walk out against Syriza government's austerity

29 November 2016
Public sector workers struck across Greece against austerity measures on Thursday of last week.

'We won't be bullied'—meet the women standing up to Labour in County Durham

29 November 2016
County Durham teaching assistants are battling against the odds—and pushing their union officials—to take the fight to a Labour council trying to slash their pay. Raymie Kiernan spoke to the women leading the fight

Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement—Tories' plan is still to make us pay

23 November 2016
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement boosts the rich at the expense of the poor.

International news round-up

15 November 2016
Student occupations and wider protests have spread across Brazil in response to 20-year public spending freeze, while in France the state is looking to extend its state of emergency

Benefit attacks have violated disabled people’s rights, says United Nations

08 November 2016
Tory benefit reform has meant “grave or systematic violations of rights of people with disabilities”, the United Nations (UN) has found.

Durham teaching assistants in huge vote to strike against Labour council pay cut

25 October 2016
Teaching assistants have voted by 93 percent to strike against huge pay cuts being pushed by County Durham Labour councillors.

General strike in Greece can beat the European Union's austerity programme

18 October 2016
Public sector unions in Greece are gearing up for a new general strike against Syriza’s austerity drive, writes Panos Garganas in Athens

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