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Fighting the cuts


Defence of A&E steps up a gear as anti-cuts message rings out in Chorley

14 June 2016
Over 1,800 people marched in Chorley last Saturday demanding their local hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) department is reinstated.

'Labour has stabbed us in the back'—Durham teaching assistants resist cuts

07 June 2016
Teaching assistants face vicious attacks at the hands of Labour councils. Raymie Kiernan talks to workers who are refusing to take it lying down

Suspended Labour councillor calls for party to back resistance

07 June 2016
A suspended Labour councillor has warned her party that it could suffer “the most terrible of lost opportunities” by not launching national resistance to council cuts.

Lecturers call for two-day strike over pay, inequality and casualisation

17 May 2016
Around 60,000 UCU union members in universities were set to begin a two-day strike on Wednesday of next week. Workers want a decent pay rise and an end to inequality in pay – particularly for women and casualised staff.

Lambeth protesters won’t take Labour’s library sops

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

Teachers and parents can sink latest attacks on education

26 April 2016
The government is on the rocks as resistance to academies and Tory tests grows. With big union meetings and angry parents there’s real potential to beat them

Fury as 1,000 attend protest at Huddersfield A&E closure

19 April 2016
 ONE THOUSAND people turned out to protest against plans to close the A&E at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary last night, Monday.

Rage at David Cameron and Tory hypocrisy bursts onto the streets

12 April 2016
Anger at David Cameron spilled onto the streets last Saturday. In central London over 1,000 people laid siege to the Tories outside Downing Street and the Conservative Party’s spring conference.

'We don't believe a word they say' - Lambeth residents take on Labour over cuts

12 April 2016
Top Labour party politicians avoided angry campaigners fighting to save their libraries at a party fundraiser in south London last night, Monday.

2,000 march to support Carnegie library fightback in south London

12 April 2016
Some 2,000 people joined a march today, Saturday, in support of the occupation of Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London. It was one of the biggest local marches since protests against the poll tax.

Carnegie Library occupation going strong after a week - join a solidarity protest this Saturday

08 April 2016
Carnegie Library in Lambeth, south London, has been occupied for over a week and is drawing strength from a constant stream of visitors, messages and donations.

Defy the logic of capitalism to save steel jobs

05 April 2016
The Tata steel workers threaten to be the latest case in which the brutal logic of capital destroys industries and working class communities. We’ve seen it again and again in the past 35 years—the miners under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and the Luton and Longbridge car workers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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.

Parents occupy south London's Alton Activity Centre in protest at cuts

05 April 2016
A group of around 20 parents occupied their local children’s centre yesterday, Wednesday, in protest at cuts. The occupation was continuing this morning.

Junior Doctors escalate industrial action

23 March 2016
The British Medical Association escalates its programme of industrial action as Tories refuse to come to table

'We've got IDS, now we'll get the rest' celebration

19 March 2016
Around 30 Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) activists popped the champagne corks and chanted "We've got IDS, now we'll get the rest" in Parliament Square this evening, Saturday.

GALLERY - NUT 6th form strikers march on the Department for Education

15 March 2016
Teachers in sixth form colleges across England struck on Tuesday against the devastating impact of Tory funding cuts.The Tories have slashed some 14 percent from funding in real terms and want to take out 8 percent more. NUT union members say the attacks make their conditions worse—and damage education for students. In London they marched on the Department for Education

March for Lambeth libraries as new strikes loom

08 March 2016
The battle against library cuts in the Labour-run south London borough of Lambeth is hotting up.

Solidarity builds for junior doctors' strikes

01 March 2016
Junior doctors are set to walk out next Wednesday in the first of three planned 48-hour strikes against the imposition of a dangerous new contract.

Let’s get to work in Labour, says FBU leader Matt Wrack

01 March 2016
Firefighters’ union leader Matt Wrack told Nick Clark the left needs to build fighting organisation in the workplace—and get stuck into the struggle to reshape the Labour Party

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