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Fighting Austerity

Politicians have a choice: Implement Tory austerity or set no-cuts budgets

By Brian Smith and Jim McFarlane, Glasgow City Unison and Dundee City Unison branch secretaries (in a personal capacity) and Socialist Party Scotland   Over the next few weeks, Scottish local authorities will be drawing up budgets that threaten devastating ...

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John Swinney wields the Tory axe against jobs and public services

Philip Stott reports John Swinney’s budget for 2016 /17 has exploded the myth of an “anti-austerity” SNP-led Scottish government prepared to take on and confront Tory spending cuts. The Scottish government budget for next year and announced today has underlined ...

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Killed by benefit cuts – 2,380 dead after Tory attacks on disabled

  Simon Gomery Thousands are dead. They were killed after forced labour or income theft while severely sick or disabled. At least 2,380 disabled people died between December 2011 and February 2014 after being found ‘fit for work’ by bullying, ...

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How can we stop austerity?

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Hannah Sell, Socialist Party England and Wales deputy general secretary Just six weeks after the general election – on 20 June – people are flocking to London and Glasgow to show their opposition to austerity. The question in everyone’s mind ...

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Low pay? No way! Join the day of action against poverty pay

Scott Jones, Usdaw shop steward (personal capacity) Employers around the country – large and small, including the public sector – have created a culture of despair. Poverty pay means millions cannot afford the basics they need for a decent life. ...

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Draconian benefit sanctions requires urgent action from the Scottish Government

Matt Dobson  Benefit sanctions are creating desperate destitution for tens of thousands when their benefits are removed. According to Scottish Government figures there was a 15.4% increase in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) applied sanctions in Scotland in 2013-14, ...

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Labour slash council services in Glasgow as trade unions demand a No Cuts budget

Matt Dobson  Over 150 trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners protested at Glasgow City Council’s budget setting meeting on 19th February. The protest was backed by all the local authority trade unions, Unison, Unite, GMB and the EIS, and demanded that ...

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