The Cambridge People's Assembly Against Austerity sends a message of solidarity to the McDonald's workers in our city and in Crayford taking strike action as members of the Baking, Food, and Allied Workers' Union on Monday 4 September. Forty people have organized to stand up for workers' interests against a multinational corporation: their bravery, judgement, and careful preparation have already been rewarded with a 95.7 per cent vote for strike action and immediate concessions from the employer. We stand by the McDonald's workers as they demand action against management bullying, a £10 hourly wage, union rights, and guaranteed working hours.Read more
The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS footprint was published on 21 November 2016,1 as the keystone of the Fit for the Future programme. The plan reveals the scale of the deficit that is being created in the local NHS by the austerity imposed by Conservative and Conservative-led governments since 2010, which will amount to £504m by 2020/21. And it shows the narrow paths down which that strategic underfunding – or defunding – is forcing the health service.Read more
The Cambridge People's Assembly supports the statement against the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) issued by the recent Health Campaigns Together conference in Birmingham. It is vital that the NHS is sustainable – not least as a matter of justice between generations – but the STPs are designed to make sustainable its underfunding.Read more
The basis for the library reservation fee for adult users, introduced as an austerity measure by Cambridgeshire County Council in June, remains unclear after the council's response to a set of requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We'll discuss its response below (that response is also attached in full) but present our main findings immediately.
- The council has been unable to produce documentation of the decision to introduce the fee.
- The council has been unable to produce evidence that the fee's impact on communities has been considered.
- An internal council report projected that the fee could discourage two thirds of adult reservations.
- The fee was to be announced 14 days after the council passed a budget for 2016/17 which didn't include it.
What did we ask? What has the council told us?Read more
The Cambridge People's Assembly sends a message of solidarity and appreciation to the Labour Party under the anti-racist, anti-austerity leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The referendum vote that Britain should leave the European Union has opened a period of uncertainty and grave dangers, the most terrible of which is recalled by another sharp rise in racist and xenophobic street attacks (and was earlier prefigured in the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox).Read more
Cambridgeshire County Council announced last week that it plans to introduce a reservation fee of £1 for all adult library users from 13 June. As a result, users who are not able to travel into the centre of Cambridge but instead request books to collect at their nearest branch will in practice no longer have access to a free public library service.Read more
As activists and trade unionists, we are appalled and saddened by the cruel murder in Cairo of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge doctoral student working on Egyptian labour organization. His body, marked by torture, was found nine days after he disappeared with many Egyptian citizens on 25 January, during a crackdown on the fifth anniversary of the country's revolution.Read more
Our friend Angela and nine others await trial in April for their protest actions at the 2015 DSEI arms fair.* Taking up the demanding tactics of nonviolence, they put themselves in the way of power, and blocked roads to the fair with their bodies until they were seized and arrested by the Metropolitan Police.Read more
Social care and other county council services in Cambridgeshire face the worst austerity cuts yet in the coming year. They are some of the sharpest: the council proposes £41m of cuts for the budget year 2016/17, front-loading £119m of cuts planned by 2020/21. And they are the very deepest: after five years of Conservative-led austerity, only the most essential services still survive to be cut again.Read more
We send a message of solidarity to the students who demonstrated in London today against the Conservative government's elitist policy in further and higher education, among them many from the two universities which are jewels of our city. We send special greetings to the organizers, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, and to demonstrators from the intermural student organizations that joined us in May for the Cambridge March Against Austerity: Cambridge Defend Education, Cambridge Marxist Society, Cambridge Universities Labour Club, and Cambridge Young Greens. We also congratulate Cambridge University Students' Union for its decision to organize free transport.Read more