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Library cuts revolt spreads throughout south London

26 July 2016
Library campaigners blocked roads and library entrances to prevent the books being removed from three of Lambeth’s closed libraries in south London last Saturday.

Tribunal win for Glasgow pool workers

05 July 2016
Five workers sacked by Glasgow Life, a Glasgow City Council-run firm, have won their case of unfair dismissal and awarded over £100,000 in compensation.

Strikes are just the ticket for Ealing traffic wardens

05 July 2016
Traffic wardens in Ealing, west London, began a week-long walkout last Thursday against private contractor NSL over pay.

You sold us out on pay, local government workers tell Unison

21 June 2016
For the second time in 15 months local government workers in the Unison union have revolted against their leadership after a pay sellout in England and Wales.

Strike planned for libraries in Barnet

07 June 2016
Barnet council library workers in north London were set to strike for three days from Monday of next week against the Tory council’s plans to outsource the library service.

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.

Reports round-up

17 May 2016
Refuse workers at Tory-run South Ayrshire council walked out on Thursday of last week. 

Lambeth protesters won’t take Labour’s library sops

03 May 2016
Also: Local government workers ballot in Glasgow, strike in Ayrshire

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.

Joint action on the cards at Glasgow City Council

30 March 2016
Over 6,000 trade union members working for Glasgow City Council are balloting for strikes against the latest cuts driven through by the Labour-run administration.

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.

Glasgow school janitors strike over pay as council agrees new cuts deal

15 March 2016
Primary school breakfast clubs in Glasgow were cancelled on Monday of this week as school janitors began a three-day walkout.

Anger at austerity simmers at SNP’s Scottish election conference

15 March 2016
Celebratory party leaders failed to contain SNP delegates’ fury at cuts, reports Raymie Kiernan

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.

Reports round-up

16 February 2016
Strike for children's services in Oxfordshire | Unofficial walkout hits Coventry bins | No trust imposition say Sandwell children's service workers | Day of action against Sports Direct shame | Students march to stop Nazis in Kent | Protest supports the Heathrow 13 | No public cash to referendum racists

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

The best way to defend union rights is to strike like Lambeth library workers

09 February 2016
The TUC’s week of action against the Trade Union Bill began on Monday with plans for workers to hold workplace meetings and protests against the new anti-union laws.

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.

Walkouts called to fight south London library cuts

02 February 2016
Library workers in two south London boroughs were set to strike on Monday of next week to defend local library services.

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