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Ten years of austerity - the brutal reality of Tory rule

Ten years of austerity - the brutal reality of Tory rule A decade of Tory rule has slashed key services, savaged spending and driven more people into poverty. And if they aren’t kicked out, life for working class people is set to get worse, report Sarah Bates and Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Library and museum workers strike against savage cuts in Bradford

Library and museum workers strike against savage cuts in Bradford Library and museum workers in West Yorkshire began a three-day walkout against millions of pounds of cuts on Tuesday.

Bradford library workers bring the bosses to book

Bradford library workers bring the bosses to book Library and museum workers in West Yorkshire staged the first of 14 walkouts against funding cuts this week.

Fighting Labour library cuts in Bradford

Fighting Labour library cuts in Bradford Over 160 people joined an angry meeting in Keighley Civic Centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to stop the cuts to libraries and museums.

All-out strike by Bromley library workers wins backing at TUC

All-out strike by Bromley library workers wins backing at TUC Striking bromley library workers received a very warm welcome from delegates to the TUC union federation’s conference in Brighton last Sunday.

Local government round up: Bromley library strikers can bring bosses to book

Local government round up: Bromley library strikers can bring bosses to book Library workers on strike in south east London were set to protest outside a council committee meeting on Tuesday night as Socialist Worker went to press.

Local government unions start pay campaign

30 July 2019
Trade unions representing local government workers submitted a 10 percent pay claim last week.

All-out strike over pay and outsourcing hits London - and needs your support

16 July 2019
Cleaners and caterers at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (Beis) began an all-out indefinite strike this week.

Unison local government conferences debates how best to resist Tory austerity

18 June 2019
Hundreds of delegates spent two days thrashing out how to fight austerity at the Unison union local government conference this week.

Strikers in Camden win pay rise off outsourcer

11 June 2019
Traffic wardens show that striking can get results after forcing bosses into paying up, reports Sarah Bates

Birmingham care workers promised victory in dispute

17 May 2019
Striking home workers are celebrating after Birmingham City Council seems to have backed off from attacks on their jobs.

Striking against the outsourcing bosses

14 May 2019
A seven-day strike by social care support workers in Merseyside has brought their bosses to the negotiating table.

Labour promises end to slum office housing—but Labour councils still send tenants to live in them

24 April 2019
Labour has pledged to end the scandal of developers converting office blocks into flats if it wins the next election

Workers refuse to accept new rubbish shift pattern

02 April 2019
Bin workers at Angus council, in the east of Scotland, have announced 16 strike days against plans to implement a punishing split-shift system.

Pay to play—Developers conspire to segregate playgrounds between rich and poor

31 March 2019
A scandal over access to a communal play area has raised wider questions about the ownership of public space under capitalism, writes Alistair Farrow

‘Triple whammy’ of Tory cuts has hit working class women

07 March 2019
Heather Wakefield, author of a new report, said, “Austerity is shrinking women’s lives.”

Clamping the bosses—Camden traffic wardens' strike

19 February 2019
Jenny is glad she lives in a different London borough to the one she works in. That’s because Jenny is a traffic warden, and the abuse she suffers would make her fear leaving her home.

1,000 people rally against library cuts in Chelmsford

12 February 2019
Around 1,000 people joined a protest against library service cuts in Chelmsford

‘We won’t let the NSL bosses push us around,’ say strikers

12 February 2019
Striking traffic wardens aren’t giving up on their fight for better pay—despite an insulting offer from bosses.

Strikes get bigger for Camden traffic wardens - show solidarity on Saturday

07 February 2019
Strikers in Camden took their message directly to the Labour-run local authority’s swanky headquarters on Thursday.

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