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Inquiry into Grenfell fire carves out residents as blocks fail safety tests

19 September 2017
Opposition grows to Haringey demolition plans. Tenants delay Genesis housing association merger.

Birmingham bin workers rally ahead of strike ballot

17 September 2017
 Hundreds of strikers and their supporters demanded the Labour council stops cuts and backs workers

New report into Rotherham child abuse excuses top council officials and police

12 September 2017
A new report says senior officials at Rotherham council knew of problems with child sexual exploitation—but none should be charged over failures.

Anger at cuts as thousands join Bristol anti-austerity protest

09 September 2017
Thousands of protesters were out in Bristol today demanding an end to Tory austerity

Glasgow council janitors sweep to victory after long fight for ‘dirty money’

14 August 2017
Glasgow janitors have won their long-running pay battle against the city council. The Unison union members voted by 90 percent on Monday to accept a new deal equivalent to a 6 percent pay rise.

Mears housing workers protest as part of strike against pay differential

28 July 2017
Workers were on the move in central Manchester today, Friday, as strikers from Mears housing came to the town hall instead of mounting a picket.

Birmingham council strike heats up as refuse staff take daily action

25 July 2017
Birmingham workers are fighting for their livelihoods against vicious council cuts, reports Dave Sewell

Mears housing workers in Manchester fight for better pay and want outsourcing to end

21 July 2017
Some 180 workers who maintain homes for Manchester city council are two weeks into a four week continuous strike

Reports round-up

18 July 2017
Shorts reports from the week including industrial action, refugee solidarity, opposing Ukip and resisting council cuts

Children’s services strike takes on bullying council bosses in Kirklees

11 July 2017
Workers in Children’s Services social work teams at Kirklees council, west Yorkshire, struck for two days last week. They have multiple grievances with the Labour-run authority.

Councils need to fight the Tories' demands for cuts - including those run by Labour

04 July 2017
Even if councils stopped filling in potholes, maintaining parks and open spaces it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the Tories’ demand for cuts.

Social workers at Kirklees council plan a two-day strike against outsourcing

27 June 2017
Social workers at Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

Workers fight planned closure of Sheffield jobcentre with a five-day strike

13 June 2017
Jobcentre workers in Sheffield began a five-day strike on Monday of this week against Tory plans to close their office.

Barnet’s Tory council retreats from selloffs

16 May 2017
Anti-cuts campaigners in Barnet were celebrating a breakthrough after the Tory-run north London council decided to keep its waste, recycling and street cleaning services in-house.

Reports round-up: London Bridge 3 dispute to spread across Tube

09 May 2017
Also: Bectu conference | DHL pay victory | EHRC cuts strike dates | Scottish councils pay ballot | Abortion demo in Birmingham | March remembers mining disaster in Barnsley

Ahead of Thursday’s elections - councils in Scotland have earned voters’ disdain

02 May 2017
Viewing the results of Thursday’s Scottish council elections as purely a barometer of attitudes to independence, or of Brexit, would be a mistake.

Reports round-up

18 April 2017
Includes short reports from the latest strikes in manufacturing, IT services, higher education, local government, plus news from abortion rights, housing and climate change campaigns

Labour council pays £80,000 a year for consultants to push Haringey demolitions

04 April 2017
Haringey council’s plans to demolish seven estates in the north London borough took another step forward this week. The £2 billion redevelopment project is the biggest of its kind in London and will set a dangerous precedent if it’s allowed to go ahead.

Teaching assistants keep up action against pay cuts in Derby and Durham

21 February 2017
Also: will the SNP satisfy Glasgow council strikers?

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

14 February 2017
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.

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