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Hackney Council campaign
report from
Thu, 4 Jan 2001

The campaign against massive cuts in Hackney Councils Budget had a massive success on December 20th.

In the biggest industrial action in Hackney since the 1970s the council was almost entirely shut down by a 1 day Strike of 1000s of workers.

The councils unions had voted for industrial action and this was the first action. Over 300 workers picketed dozens of offices depots and schools in a day that over exceeded expectations!


In January the strikes are expected to be either a 3 or a 5 day or an all out strike depending on the councils, so far negative, response. With industrial action at a level nationally not seen for decades, with an election and recession looming workers spirits are high.

And Hackney workers have like most of us, just had enough! Compared with the soaring cost of living in London, and even Hackney many workers are now receiving maybe 25% or 50% less than they were 10 years ago.

The council in November voted through wage cuts of 20-25% for 100s of manual workers...they can not be allowed to get away with this.

George Monbiot and others have compared Hackneys situation with the campaign against 3rd World Debt...Hackney as the debt dominated region decimating its services for its already poor people. Hackney's debt was created in the 70s putting up the Tower Blocks it has recently blown up!

But this is of course happening everywhere! It can be stopped People are talking about a 'antipolltax style' campaign...But that needs mass involvement...So get involved! Think Global ACt LOCAL!!!!!

For more info ring 07990635528


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