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Protests over council cuts in North Lanarkshire

27 October 2015
North Lanarkshire’s Labour-run council is proposing to axe up to 1,500 jobs and slash over £45 million over the next two years.

Reports round-up

20 October 2015
Northumbrian water workers; Unite call of EDF strike; Mimpin property fair; victory at Ministry of Justice; Lambeth libraries demo called

Hundreds join protests to stop London councils’ bonfire of books

13 October 2015
Some 300 people protested against library closures in Lambeth, south London, on Monday of this week.

Fresh walkout hits Barnet council bosses

06 October 2015
Workers at Barnet council in north London were set to strike for 24 hours on Wednesday of this week. 

Barnet workers strike against privatisation

29 September 2015
Workers at Barnet Council in north London were set to strike during the Tory party conference to highlight the danger of outsourcing local government services.

Fury at plans to axe jobs in Edinburgh council

22 September 2015
Unison union officials at Edinburgh council have warned of strikes against bosses’ plans to axe as many as 3,000 jobs.

Tory council nightmare to boost robbery by the rich

28 July 2015
Selling off services means misery for ordinary people and more wealth for the rich—now the privateers are using cuts to grab more, writes Raymie Kiernan

Council workers tell union leaders, 'we need more resistance to stop Tory cuts'

16 June 2015
Workers debated their union's strategy for fighting cuts at Unison's local government conference

Strikes over cuts and selloffs show how council workers can fight back

09 June 2015
Striking council workers have called for solidarity and coordinated resistance to the Tories’ plan to further slash public spending.

Drivers can win in Barking

02 June 2015
Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, began an eight- day strike last Saturday.

Council workers resist outsourcing in Barnet and Bromley

02 June 2015
Unison union members in Barnet, north London, held a council-wide strike on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

Glasgow strikers reject bosses’ insulting offer and vow to fight on

02 June 2015
Under growing pressure from the all-out homelessness caseworkers’ strike, bosses tried to sell a shoddy deal. Strikers spoke to Raymie Kiernan about the next steps in their struggle

Rally to Bromley workers

19 May 2015
Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London held a council-wide strike on Tuesday of this week. It coincided with the end of a seven-day strike by staff in passenger services and by care workers.

Bromley Council strikers can beat Tory cuts and privatisation plan

12 May 2015
Workers at Tory-run Bromley Council in south London are resisting a vicious programme of cuts and privatisation that could cut the council workforce from 4,000 to 300. 

Glasgow City Council has head in sand as homeless caseworkers' dispute gets stronger

12 May 2015
The all-out strike at Labour-run Glasgow City Council by homelessness caseworkers entered its seventh week on Tuesday of this week.

Barking and Dagenham refuse workers set for 22 days of walkouts

12 May 2015
Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham, east London, were set to strike for 13 days from Wednesday of this week. 

Barnet strikers determined to resist council's latest outsourcing plans

05 May 2015
Barnet Council workers struck for two days last week against another wave of outsourcing at the Tory-run north London authority.

Trouble in Tayside - how the SNP governs in 'Yes City' Dundee

21 April 2015
Disillusionment with Labour has seen the Scottish National Party capture the hopes of those radicalised by the independence vote. But a closer look at councils it runs should be a warning, as Raymie Kiernan found in Dundee

Conference criticises Unison leadership over local government pay deal

24 March 2015
Over 500 Unison union members debated their leadership’s role in last year’s rotten local government pay deal at a special one-day conference on Tuesday of this week.

Barnet Unison union ballot over outsourcing

17 March 2015
Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London has provoked a major strike ballot of Unison union members against mass outsourcing.

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