Rotherham Against the Cuts Public Meeting:
Thursday, 26th May 2011, 7:30pm.
Chair: Jill Adams
Speakers: Gavin Stevenson, Martin Hickman, Chris Bingham, Ralph Dyson.
Around 25 people attended (including speakers). Gavin described the events unfolding in Barnsley College, highlighting the energy and vitality of the students. Martin spoke to highlight the PCS union in the build up to the 30th June strike. Chris spoke about the need to build the anticuts movement to ensure that the cuts don't lead to far-Right gains. Ralph described the recent industrial action to secure jobs in Rawmarsh.
A vote was taken to formally establish "Rotherham Against the Cuts" as an open campaigning group. More discussion about a formal constitution will take place in future (date not set) meetings.
It was agreed that a number of those present should do a campaign stall on Saturday 4th June, giving a week for a group (Chris Bingham, Phil Turner, Jake Smith) to compose leaflets and petitions.
A proposal for another meeting was pencilled in for either on Tuesday 7th or Wednesday 8th June.
Chris Bingham and Ben Vergara volunteered to be responsible for Social Media (Facebook, blog etc).
More information will be found out regardinga potential lobby of the Cabinet meeting on June 8th at 10.30am
PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union
SWP - Socialist Workers Party
SP - Socialist Party
NUT - National Union of Teachers