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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

Irish election: Establishment gets a kicking as people deliver verdict on austerity

29 February 2016
The vote reflected continuing resistance to austerity, and in particular the powerful campaign against water charges. The left of Labour Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) group and Sinn Fein made significant gains.

5,000 join march to save Huddersfield A&E

27 February 2016
AROUND 5,000 people joined a demonstration against the closure of the A&E department at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) today, Saturday.

Sixth form teachers could walk out to stop Tory cuts

23 February 2016
Teachers in sixth forms in England are fighting to get the biggest possible vote for strikes in a ballot that ends on Monday of next week.

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.

Lecturers in ballot for strikes in Scotland as college boss’s payoff provokes outrage

23 February 2016
Lecturers in the EIS-Fela Scottish teachers’ and lecturers’ union are balloting for a national strike. They are demanding equal pay and fighting the imposition of a previously rejected offer.

Protests challenge closure of children’s play centre in Wandsworth

16 February 2016
Chanting, placard-waving children and parents led a march directly into Wandsworth Town Hall, south London, last Thursday.

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.

Strikes can bring library bosses to book

26 January 2016
Also: fighting dismissals at Glasgow Life

Strike vote to save Lambeth’s libraries

19 January 2016
Lambeth library workers have voted overwhelmingly to strike to save ten libraries under threat from the south London Labour council’s cuts.

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