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SCOTLAND: Anti cuts campaign takes off

WDC Joint Trades Unions press release
"Trade union and community  activists set up a stall outside Clydebank Coop on Saturday with a petition against cuts and charges to Council services and were almost overwhelmed by the public response as shoppers queued to sign up.
In forthright language the people of Clydebank were saying that they are not prepared to accept cuts or increased charges for their local services to pay off the 'greedy bankers'.
Time and time again the activists were told that people do not accept that there is no money for such as transport, social or garden services while billions of pounds were wasted on wars and nuclear weapons.
What is clear is that a political party that came out with policies for the people instead of promoting the interests of the usual mix of big business, the super rich, and the war mongers - would be on a winner. But are the politicians listening?
The unions noted that on the same day they were on the streets of Clydebank the fascist Scottish Defence League were in Edinburgh and warned that when politicians ignore the will of the people it creates apathy and a vacuum that can be filled by the extreme right.
So successful was the Clydebank campaigning that the unions and community will be out next Saturday in Clydebank and Alexandria building for their forthcoming public meetings.
Protest and organise against the attack on jobs and services in West  
Dunbartonshire at the following public meetings organised by the trade
unions.                                                               
                                                                       
Dumbarton Lesser Burgh Hall on Monday 1st  March                      
                                                                       
Clydebank Town Hall, Court Room on Wednesday 3rd March                
                                                                       
Alexandria CE Centre Cafe on Thursday 4th March                       
                        all at 7.00 p.m"

An anti-cuts campaign which is an inspiration to us all, led by unions and involving the local community is to be followed up with three public meetings next week.

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RAIL SAFETY: Ballot against balance sheet mentality

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving rail maintenance workers across the country will begin next Thursday – 25th February.
The ballot for action is over the threat of redundancies as part of a national drive to axe up to 1500 safety-critical maintenance jobs, a failure to follow existing redeployment procedures, a threat to use external contractors to carry out existing in-house maintenance work and a failure to communicate planned changes as part of the on-going Network Rail maintenance re-organisation. The ballot will be run in parallel with a vote for action by sister rail union TSSA.
RMT have repeatedly warned that the rail maintenance jobs massacre will threaten the safety of passengers and staff and have compiled a dossier on the impact of current unfilled vacancies – the latest example being a prohibition notice on works in South Wales due to a shortage of key workers.
“I have no doubt that the British people will understand that you cannot take reckless gambles with rail safety in the name of “efficiency” and to hit financial targets on the bottom of a balance sheet.

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving rail maintenance workers across the country will begin next Thursday – 25th February.

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New campaign section launched

A new campaign section of the CP website has been launched as a contribution to support all who fight for work and to rebuild industry. Read on for CP general secretary Robert Griffith's launch interview. Why is industry important? What can you do in the fight for work? If you want to share your experience let us know.

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