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30th June – strike together to defend jobs, pay and conditions.

On 30th June, four unions – the Universities and Colleges Union, Public and Commercial Services union, Association of Teachers and Lecturers and National Union of Teachers, are set to take co-ordinated national strike action. The ballots are now in, and the strike day is confirmed. The vote was 92% for action in the NUT, and [...]

Facebook purges political groups

A few months back, the media was full of claims of the key role that Facebook (and Twitter) played in the revolution in Egypt. Never mind that the role has been overstated, especially given that the revolution was able to carry on when the Egyptian Government pulled the plugs on the country’s links to the [...]

Leeds March for the Alternative

Called by Leeds TUC Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds (outside the Art Gallery) [map] Saturday 30th April The Leeds March for the Alternative, was the biggest May Day March held in Leeds for many years. Around 300 people turned out, with flags and banners, ranging from the large and professionally-made, to the home-made. The march [...]

Leeds Anti-Cuts Convention

Held at Leeds Metropolitan University, Broadcasting Place on 9th April 2011 Organised by Leeds Against the Cuts The Coalition Government are imposing austerity on us – cutting our jobs and services and privatising anything the rich like the look of. Leeds City Council is planning to impose £91million of cuts, slashing essential services like mental [...]

All together for the NHS day – April 2nd

Saturday 2nd April 2011, 12:00pm Millenium Square, outside Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3HE [map] It was a little unclear whose event this was, at first. Although All Together for the NHS Day was originally announced by Unison, and members of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Branch were there with their banner, the initiative in Leeds appears [...]

The big society says no!

For the best part of a year, the trade union and anti-cuts movements have been building up to the big one – the March for the Alternative. Many criticised the TUC at the time, for the timescale, feeling that the wait was too long. A large-scale national demonstration six months ago, could have meant that [...]

Time to Bring Down this Bloody Government!

Leeds District Socialist Workers Party Public Meeting Time to Bring Down this Bloody Government Thursday 31st March at 19:30pm Swarthmore Centre, Woodhouse Square, Leeds [map] In just nine months in office, the Con-Dem coalition has begun an onslaught on jobs and public services that if continued, will wreck the future and hopes of working class [...]

March for the Alternative on March 26th

We now have only a day to go before this long-awaited demonstration. There are still a few places available on coaches – call 07783 545173 urgently if you have not yet got your ticket.  The PCS and Thompson’s Solicitors have produced a useful protest briefing on your rights and how to respond when dealing with [...]

Leeds Coalition of Resistance organising meeting

The Wellington, Wellington Street, Leeds [map] * Wednesday 23rd March, 6:30pm Itams for discussion: the Leeds Anti-Cuts Convention (9th April) How the Coalition should work Communications strategy Please come along, to listen, share your ideas or get involved. * Please note change of venue

Don’t Cut the Day Centres

Wednesday 16th March from 10am Outside Leeds Civic Hall On March 16th, the council are holding their next meeting to discuss cuts to mental health day centres. We will be protesting outside the Civic Hall from 10 a.m. Please publicise and support this protest. Called by The Vale and Stocks Hill Day Centre Users Group