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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2022

Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

Hackney Unison helped save Fernbank and Hillside children's centres in 2021 Photo: Chris Newby

Hackney Unison helped save Fernbank and Hillside children's centres in 2021 Photo: Chris Newby   (Click to enlarge)

This was emailed to all 1,600 union members of Hackney local government Unison.

At the January branch committee the following motion was passed. It was also agreed to circulate to members.

In just over three months' time, all council seats across London will be up for election. This only happens every four years.

This year could be more crucial than most, as after 12 years of Tory austerity, funding for local councils has been slashed to the bone. Many of you, if not already informed, are likely to face restructures, with some job cuts, possible downgrades, and in general more work for less in the next 12 months.

If you are interested in knowing more about implementing the practicalities of this motion please contact Brian Debus, Hackney Unison chair.


Hackney Unison branch committee believes that despite talk of "levelling up", it is clear that the Tory government and bosses intend to continue to make working-class people pay for their crises. This includes attacks on jobs, pay, conditions and services, alongside tax hikes and price rises. As part of this, we anticipate further austerity being inflicted in local government, which is responsible for over one fifth of all public expenditure

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In The Socialist 2 February 2022:


News

Tories attack UC recipients with 'get any job' threat

NHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

NI rise piled onto shoulders of the lowest paid

Gas and electric bills set to soar by 50% this year

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity needed

Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday 50 years on

School students strike in Austria

Coup d'état in Burkina Faso

France: Education workers and students walkout


TUSC

Tories Out!

Dave Nellist standing for Birmingham Erdington

Why a socialist candidate for Birmingham Erdington is vital

Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

Essex cuts racket must end

Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

TUSC by-elections round-up


Workers fighting back

The winter strike wave escalates as workers fight back and win

NHS workers begin strike for 15% and against outsourcing

Victory at NewVIc college! 'The picket line gives us power'

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

PCS 2022 elections

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns news

Tories sinking, workers rising - help fund the socialist fightback

May Day Greetings: Back the paper that backs the working class

Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

Socialist Students getting organised for 2 March walkout


Review

Belfast: Worth watching portrayal of previously airbrushed workers' unity


 

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Unison:

triangleSocialist Party statement on Unison president Paul Holmes

triangleNHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

triangleStrike action by Carmarthenshire winter gritters wins concessions from council

triangleCarmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

triangleUni support staff strike ballot

Hackney:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Crisis in the Ukraine

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Britain in 2022

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: 1972 - year of struggle

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: World in turmoil – perspectives for struggle

Cuts:

triangleSurrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

triangleRestore Cardiff's slashed services

Candidates:

triangleTrade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

trianglePCS 2022 elections

Anti-cuts:

triangleBuilding a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Local government:

triangleSwansea Trades Council pledges to fight local government cuts

Council elections:

triangleThe fight for Hackney's children's centres continues

Brian Debus:

triangleHackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

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