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8 April 2020

Victory for Medway bin workers

Unite the Union reps are pleased to announce that we have won in our dispute at Medway Norse and have ensured a safe environment for staff and the local community (see 'Refuse collection workers strike' at socialistpartyorg.uk)

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31 March 2020

Refuse collection workers strike

Bin workers in Medway, Kent, walked out on 30 March over management's failure to follow social distancing directives, to provide adequate PPE and the closure of public toilets

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24 January 2018

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

So-called 'gentrification' is on its way to parts of north Kent that are being packaged as the 'Thames Gateway'.

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14 December 2016

Scrooge Tory council confronted over treatment of homeless

While Medway council celebrates Dickens, poverty and homelessness go unnoticed - with an estimated 200 people sleeping roug,h and many more 'sofa surfing'.

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6 July 2016

Rough sleeper death sparks calls for action

The death of a homeless man, sleeping rough in the centre of Chatham for over a year, has brought calls for action over the spiralling housing crisis in Kent's Medway towns.

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20 May 2015

Cheapskate council screws up election ballot!

TUSC candidate Paul Dennis polled an impossible zero votes

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TUC march against Tories demanding action on NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

3 December 2014

NHS: the money's running out

Tories' 2bn funding lie: The money is running out - at Medway Foundation Trust in Kent, maybe as early as January.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's additional "winter pressures" payments won't even touch the sides. Nor will Chancellor George Osborne's 2 billion nationally - much of it is already in the NHS budget anyway!

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2 April 2014

Kent 'peasants' storm Rochester

The peasants are revolting again in Kent! Dubbed by Medway Tory leader Alan Jarrett as 'peasants' for refusing to shut up at a council meeting, 200 angry Strood Library activists took to the streets

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19 February 2014

Medway council will "rue the day" they attacked library

Over 60 people attended a public meeting in Strood, one of the Medway towns in Kent, on 15 February to discuss the next moves in a grassroots campaign to save the local library

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12 February 2014

Don't trust Labour with our NHS

Last week's centre pages of the Socialist were an excellent explanation of the terrible damage wreaked upon our National Health Service by all three main parties and especially by the current Coalition's Health and Social Care Act

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March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

March to save the NHS, 17 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

4 April 2012

Save the NHS now!

Campaign for a national demo: The NHS is already being crippled by 20 billion "efficiency savings" leading to cuts in services and reductions in staffing levels, impacting on patient care, writes Jacqui Berry, Medway Against the Cuts.

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Marching in Chatham against closure of Balfour Centre, 4.2.12 , photo by P. Walker

6 February 2012

Defend care services in Medway

Up to 100 disabled service users, staff, carers and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Chatham on Saturday 4 February

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Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

20 May 2009

Don't close our schools!

Education feature: OVER 200 parents and children held a very loud, colourful protest outside Medway council cabinet meeting against the closure of three local schools, St John's Infants, Ridge Meadow Primary and St Peter's Infants, writes Jacqui Berry and Dave Berrie.

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20 September 2007

Medway schools

THE LOCAL press in Medway, Kent, published a leaked local authority memo this week, which explained that ten unnamed schools will have their futures reviewed for merger or closure in the New Year... By Jacqui Berry

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