Trade unionists and local residents will gather outside Camden Town Hall on Wednesday December 1 from 6pm as the Council’s Labour cabinet considers proposals to slash more than £82.5 million from council spending over the next three years.
Around 400 people, including quite a lot of mums & kids, outside the Town Hall in sub-zero weather. Cops annoyingly chatty in 'community policing manual' kind of way as they tried to move everyone across the road to be penned in. In the meeting in council chamber Labour councillors tried to give a sob story of how these cuts (sorry, “savings”) were forced on them by central govt. Deputations heard from union stewards and frontline service delegates on impact of £80-100 million cuts in Borough’s budget. Bureaucrats and councillors were increasingly strongly heckled and told that when they implemented the cuts they would be the immediate enemy and be fought as such. Actual cuts to be decided by February.
Well that was a bit of a disappointment, Felt like people were just going the motions. NO organising for resistance and NO feeling of real rage in the crowd. Lots of kids, mums and workers from the play service (being totally abolished) and... the trades council/Camden Unison stewarding, mainly SWP I think. Sound system on a car, with generic lefty chanting "No ifs, no buts-No LibDem,Tory cuts" at a majority Labour council and "Cameron hear us say "make the greedy bankers pay", Even though it was loud I don't think his ears are that good. 100-150 people, safe,stale and staid and completely ineffectual.