Tuesday 1 May / 8 a.m. / McDonald's, 639 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8WL
Last September, McDonald's workers in Cambridge and Crayford (south-east London) took historic strike action. Tomorrow they're striking again, with staff at three more restaurants in Manchester and Watford joining them! They're still fighting for a choice of fixed hours, still for decent pay (£10 an hour), and now for equal pay for young workers: see the Fast Food Rights blog for more information.Read more
As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday on July 5, there is plenty for us to celebrate and defend.Read more
On 7 April Eastbourne People's Assembly presented Protestival, an event, which explored and celebrated ways to engage new people into activism and action using creative arts but also to nourish and maintain enthusiasm amongst campaigners.Read more
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.