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Workers’ resolve forces Glasgow Labour council bosses to back off

24 May 2016
Bosses at Labour-run Glasgow City Council suffered a major embarassment last week as they were forced to reinstate public holidays they scrapped for council workers. The council claimed “significant progress delivering budget savings” meant it no longer planned to convert six public holidays into annual leave.

Durham teaching assistants defy Labour council’s ‘galling’ raid on pay

24 May 2016
Labour-run Durham County Council voted last week to sack 2,700 teaching assistants (TAs) and rehire them on worse contracts with up to 23 percent lower pay.

Striking Glasgow janitors raise safety fears

26 April 2016
Striking janitors in Glasgow, who held a solid three-day walkout last week, have raised major questions over safety as bosses try to undermine their strike.

South Ayrshire refuse workers keep up defiance

26 April 2016
South Ayrshire council plans to cut working conditions, radically change working hours and cut overtime rates for refuse workers. This has been met by determined action from the workers.

Clean up your act, janitors warn Glasgow council

19 April 2016
School janitors were set to walk out for three days on Wednesday as they resume their fight over equal pay with bosses at Cordia, a Glasgow council-owned firm.

Glasgow CCTV workers' strike puts council bosses under pressure

12 April 2016
Council officials and bosses at a Glasgow City Council-run company are starting to feel the pinch from strikes by CCTV workers.

Carnegie library occupation deepens cracks in the austerity Labour Party in Lambeth

05 April 2016
The Labour Party in Lambeth, South London, is in crisis after being caught off guard by the scale and determination of opposition to its council's library cuts. Councillors face strikes, protests and an occupation – while big chunks of their own party's membership are also attacking them.

Workers back council-wide strike to defend Lambeth library service

23 March 2016
The fight to save Lambeth libraries from the cuts of the south London Labour council is hotting up.

Lambeth library staff strike to stop Labour council's cuts

22 March 2016
Library workers in Lambeth, south London, began a solid two-day walkout on Tuesday in their battle against the Labour council’s deep and unpopular library cuts.

CCTV workers defy night shift robbery as Glasgow council cuts rebellion grows

22 March 2016
Glasgow trade unions are moving towards a council-wide strike against the cuts. The Labour-run administration is attacking workers’ terms and conditions.

SNP’s cuts threaten 15,000 council jobs in Scotland

23 February 2016
The supposedly “anti-austerity” Scottish National Party (SNP) is slashing £500 million from Scottish council budgets this year. The Scottish government’s budget was set to be finalised in Holyrood this week, signalling the start of another round of severe local government cuts.

New killer cuts hit councils - and help give businesses more power

16 February 2016
The Tories are licking their lips as more savage cuts to local services start to bite. Raymie Kiernan looks at what’s at stake

Protesters in Dundee march to save council jobs

02 February 2016
Hundreds of people marched through Dundee last Saturday against plans to cut council jobs.

1,500 march to say Kill the Housing Bill

30 January 2016
Around 1,500 people joined a lively march today in London to protest at the Tories’ housing bill which condemns millions more to a lifetime of insecure private renting.

Strikes can bring library bosses to book

26 January 2016
Also: fighting dismissals at Glasgow Life

‘Dirty money’ cut is snow joke for school janitors in Glasgow

19 January 2016
Some 130 primary school janitors in Glasgow are refusing to clear snow or spread grit in a row over “dirty money” with bosses at council-owned Cordia.

'Tories are using housing as a weapon in their class war'

12 January 2016
Social housing tenants could be forced out of their homes as a new bill is set to become law. Dave Sewell examines its effects—and meets some of the campaigners who are fighting back

New Tory attack targets council housing

15 December 2015
The government is set to end lifetime tenancies for council tenants, in an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

New challenge to Newham council over Prevent strategy

08 December 2015
Anti-racists in Newham, east London, have released a statement opposing growing Islamophobia in the borough and beyond.

Tory axe leaves black hole in local councils' finances

01 December 2015
Contrary to claims by some of the press austerity is not over. Socialist Worker looks in more detail at Tory chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

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