Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/633/10008

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 July 2010

A testing 'pudding' for councillors

THE EDITORIAL about united action to stop the cuts (The Socialist 632) was spot on. I am writing on the question of involving Labour councillors in anti-cuts campaigns.

Rob Windsor, Coventry East Branch

Coventry Labour councillors pushed through pay cuts in 1999-2000 as part of a "single status" deal , threatening compulsory redundancy to workers who did not sign the new contracts.

If these councillors came to an anti-cuts event today, saying "Hi, sisters and brothers aren't the Tories rotten - I want to lead your campaign," I would be seriously concerned.

Just as I would if Labour councillors who cut eligibility for social care, voted to sell off all our council housing and voted to shut schools did the same.

In Coventry, every Labour councillor voted for what was then until last May, a Tory controlled council's Medium Term Financial Strategy proposing 72 million in cuts over three years.

And this was all under a Labour government. In our city only the Socialist Party councillors opposed and voted against all of the above.

No-one can stop Labour councillors coming to or speaking at events. A few will have resisted Blairite cuts, but this number is very small. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I propose the following "pudding" for Labour councillors who say they "oppose" cuts, and want a position in anti-cuts campaigns.

Quite simply, they pledge to campaign vigorously within their Labour groups to commit their councils to a 'no cuts' policy and one of campaigning with other councils for government funds to keep services running.

They never vote for cuts and never vote for or support privatisation in any form. Also, they attend protests and support all strikes and call for a levy on councillors to back anti-cuts campaigning.

The test for them will be the period from October to budget setting in around February 2011, as well as any interim cuts proposals.

If they happily eat this particular pudding, they would have some credibility in anti-cuts campaigns. But all most of these people are interested in is getting elected in the hope that the Con-Demolition coalition's antics mask their previous rotten role in cuts and sell offs.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 July 2010:

Warning: NHS under attack


Socialist Party youth and students

Youth and students: organise to fight for a future


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Class struggles on the rise


Anti-cuts campaign

Stand united, fight the cuts!

Lessons of the cuts

Education workers must teach Tories a lesson

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

Union recommends BT pay deal

Stop the courts closures

Wales: No to fire service cuts

Strike action wins at Tube Lines

Swansea Linamar

Cuts blogger!


Socialist Party workplace analysis

PCS: a strategy to stop the cuts

TUC refuses national demo

Unite the struggle to defend pensions


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Con-Dems propose denationalisation of the NHS


Socialist Party

The Socialist Party needs you!

More join the Socialist Party in Yorkshire

Funding the socialist fightback


International socialist news and analysis

Building new workers' parties and the tasks of socialists

Egypt: Thousands protest over brutal police killing


Comment

Harder work, longer hours... All part and parcel?

A testing 'pudding' for councillors

Keep probation services public


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 July 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleTories torn - bin them now

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

Coventry:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

Council:

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2