Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/11276

Posted on 2 March 2011 at 13:18 GMT

'One-party state' Labour regime in Newham imposes cuts

Around 150 trade unionists and local residents demonstrated outside Newham town hall in east London on 28 February. The protest was in opposition to Labour councillors in the borough proposing 50 million of spending cuts over the next year, half of the cuts planned over three years.

These cuts are on top of 70 million cuts over the last three years.

Simon Carter

At least 200 jobs are to be axed and council rents increased by 7%. Council workers have been told to accept reductions in sick pay and holidays or face being sacked and then rehired on inferior terms and conditions with more job losses.

Newham is a New Labour 'one-party state' presided over by the 'dear leader' Sir Robin Wales. In what one protester described as his 'Gaddafi moment', a smirking Sir Robin appeared on the town hall steps provocatively gesturing to the jeering protesters before retreating behind police lines.

Zita Holbourne, PCS union executive member and Newham resident, told the crowd that it would be women, ethnic minorities and the poorest who would be affected the most by cuts.

Socialist Party member and Newham resident Lois Austin addressed the lobby and told the Labour councillors to either fight the Con-Dem cuts or stand aside and let trade union backed candidates fight in their place.

When protesters were finally allowed into the town hall, hired private security guards herded them into a small room to watch the council meeting on a large TV screen.

Not one Labour councillor voted against or even abstained on the cuts budget.

In a delusional speech Sir Robin said the budget would be supported by the people of Newham who understood that things had to be done differently.

Bizarrely, he also claimed that the protesters were 'rent a mob' and there was not one Newham trade unionist among them!

Watch out Sir Robin, your dictatorship will soon be coming to an end!

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






Related links:

Newham:

triangleNewham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

triangleNewham: school strike solid against academy

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

triangleSchool staff strike against privatisation

triangleThem and us

Cuts:

triangleCardiff Socialist Party: Why Labour and Plaid councils must set no-cuts budgets

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Why we're lobbying the council for a no-cuts budget

triangleClosure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS

triangleUCU members balloting for action on pension cuts

Labour:

triangleCarillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangleOutrage against 'monster block' plan

triangleSustained mass movement needed to stop Tories wrecking our NHS

Council:

triangleHome care workers to strike

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: How can we get Corbyn's policies into Southampton council?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/1/18

Birmingham

Home care workers to strike

12/1/18

Waltham Forest

Outrage against 'monster block' plan

12/1/18

Manchester

Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

10/1/18

McDonalds

Strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

10/1/18

Usdaw

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

10/1/18

The Socialist

Socialist sales highest in years as mistrust in capitalist media hits record levels

10/1/18

Fighting Fund

2017 was the best fighting fund total this century!

10/1/18

NHS

Closure of Nottingham unit shows dismantling of NHS

10/1/18

Hackney

Hoxton: "Stop this unwanted development"

10/1/18

Newham

Newham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

8/1/18

RMT

RMT rail members buoyed by coordinated action

4/1/18

RMT

Strike against driver-only operation on five rail networks

3/1/18

Higher Education

UCU members balloting for action on pension cuts

3/1/18

Bradford

Bradford protest against children's service cuts

3/1/18

Leeds

Leeds college pay protests

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

triangle10 Jan Strike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

triangle10 Jan Movement of workers and youth challenges Iranian regime

triangle10 Jan Cabinet chaos as shambolic reshuffle underlines Theresa May's...

More ...

triangle16 Jan Bristol North Socialist Party: 'Bad Art' - socialist struggle in the arts

triangle16 Jan Cardiff West Socialist Party: Building socialism in Cardiff in 2018

triangle17 Jan Cardiff Central Socialist Party: Planning for 2018

triangle17 Jan Salford Socialist Party: Housing crisis - the socialist solution

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

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