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17 February 2016

"You can cut the cake but not our libraries!"

Coventry Central Library marked its 30th birthday on 10 February and the guest of honour at the celebration was leader of Coventry City Council Ann Lucas.

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10 February 2016

South London: Library workers strike to save services

in Greenwich and Bromley

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10 February 2016

Anger against plans to close Bradford libraries

The planned decimation of library services in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire has led to angry scenes at recent 'consultation' meetings, where details about the possible closure of eleven libraries have been put on the table.

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13 January 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Victimised postal union rep reinstated; fresh tube strikes announced; Lambeth libraries vote to walk out.

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13 January 2016

Councillors must resist cuts

The only way councillors can stop the huge Tory cuts is to mobilise a mass campaign of the council workforce, local residents and anti-cuts campaigners.

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25 November 2015

Lambeth library workers' wildcat strike

Library workers in Lambeth, south London, shocked Labour's cuts councillors with a lightning strike on 18 November.

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18 November 2015

Strike to save Lambeth libraries

Labour controlled Lambeth Council in South London plans to devastate library services in the borough. It plans to close down five of its ten libraries in order to sell them off to private gym companies. Lambeth's residents are not prepared to put up with this attack.

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28 August 2015

"Unapologetic attack on austerity" at Southampton Corbyn rally

A call for an end to austerity from Jeremy Corbyn was met with a standing ovation and cheers from a near 1,000-strong audience

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1 July 2015

Escalate strikes to fight council's 90% sell-off

On the back of their shock general election win, the Tories think they are untouchable. In one borough in south-east London, they plan to outsource more than 90% of staff.

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24 June 2015

Labour wields Tory axe at Library of Birmingham

150 people, a dalek, a crocodile and Mickey and Minnie Mouse protested on 13 June against cuts to the Library of Birmingham.

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20 May 2015

Save our 'life saver' libraries!

Protecting libraries is an important part of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaigning. In Bristol, the independent mayor plans to close seven. Scandalously these cuts were fronted by the Green assistant mayor

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30 April 2015

Bromley workers escalate strikes

Unite members working for Bromley council have begun a big escalation of the strike campaign launched to defend workers' rights and fight off mass privatisation, writes Socialist Party members in Bromley.

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15 April 2015

Bromley council workers show how to fight Tories

Unite members working at Bromley council have begun a fight to defend public services from privatisation, oppose cuts to pay and conditions and defend the right of workers to be organised in a trade union

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25 March 2015

Unite conference hears how zero-hours were beaten

Unite Women's Conference heard about the potential power of women in the workplace when Socialist Party member Sara Kasab moved the motion on zero-hour contracts

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25 March 2015

Saving libraries: it's a page-turner!

Bristol backs books: Bristol City Council has been slammed for low school results in reading. So what does it do? It plans to close seven branch libraries, writes Sheila Caffrey.

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18 March 2015

Councillors do have a choice over cuts

Just weeks from the elections, council budget cuts are hammering communities and workers

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4 February 2015

Gateshead fights for working class heritage

"We have to fight for our libraries. They're part of our working class socialist heritage." This was the response of a woman involved in the campaign to keep our Gateshead libraries open

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Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

Art & revolution: painting by Juan Pedro Flores Gonzales

7 January 2015

State of the arts

Art is too often put out of ordinary people's reach by extortionate prices and a snobbish social elite. So why is big art such big business? And what does that mean for working class artists?

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10 November 2014

How Unite beat the library employers

Strikers won a deal that vacant posts will be filled and casual contracts reduced

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5 November 2014

Greenwich libraries victory

Library workers in Greenwich, south London, have scored a fantastic victory

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