Wednesday 4 April / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our April meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list last week.Read more
Chancellor claims ‘light at end of the tunnel’ in Spring Statement
Tories continue with a policy that makes us worse off.
The Tory Chancellor's Spring Statement was a masterclass in privileged complacency. A series of empty boasts about the strength of the economy are completely undermined by the forecasts of his own Treasury Department.
In those forecasts, economic growth slows to 1.5% this and never gets back above that level in the next 5 years. Real wages are only expected to rise because inflation comes down, which depends on many factors including global commodity prices and the exchange rate of the pound, which are completely beyond the Chancellor's knowledge, let alone his power.Read more
George Osborne's boast that his deficit target has been met is sickening in its complacency. The Tory policy of austerity, which continues to outlive the failed Chancellor, was never about balancing the books. That's why his successor Philip Hammond is sticking with a deeply damaging policy, even though the supposed target has been met.
This notice is a bit late, but the University and College Union (UCU) is part way through a major strike against an attack on the USS pension for teaching and support staff. The Cambridge UCU branch has produced a strong and energetic strike with high student support, and has our full solidarity!Read more
Far from being ‘all in this together’, those hardest hit by austerity have been those most in need. British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Chair Guy Shennan and Dr Peter Unwin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Worcester, outline why social workers in partnership with service users should respond to a ‘flawed economic theory’ and how they can do it.Read more
Saturday 17 February / 11 a.m. / Outside the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge, CB2
The One Day Without Us immigrant solidarity campaign will hold a rally with speakers in Market Square this weekend, supported by the UNISON trade union and the Global Justice Cambridge, Cambridge Stays, Amnesty International Cambridge City, and Cambridgeshire Hope Not Hate campaigns. Its message is 'Proud to be a migrant, proud to stand with migrants'.Read more
As education workers get ready to strike, Des Freedman, a professor at Goldsmiths University, tells us what we can do to support themRead more