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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 March 2011

Labour councils should fight cuts, not implement them!

On Saturday 5 March, over 250 delegates marched to a rally outside the Labour Party local government conference in London. The demonstration was called by the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) anti-cuts campaign (see top left box).

Vik Chechi, Tower Hamlets Socialist Party

Trade unionists, young workers, students, community groups and the unemployed were represented by those protesting against Labour-led councils that have so far agreed well over 1 billion of cuts to local services.

Many across the country voted Labour last May to stop Tory cuts. However, by carrying through cuts, Labour councillors have sided with the bankers and the rich, instead of standing shoulder to shoulder with ordinary working people.

The demonstration began at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Lambeth, then headed towards the conference. Chants such as "No ifs, no buts, don't pass on Tory cuts" filled the air, receiving applause from onlookers.

Once outside the Westminster conference, several speakers addressed the demonstration. Speakers denounced the Con-Dems for piling the debt onto workers. But, as Steve Hedley from RMT pointed out, Labour councillors who make cuts are traitors.

Coventry Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist gave a passionate speech pointing out that, with the anti-cuts movement developing, Labour councillors should show political leadership and pass through 'needs budgets'. Liverpool and Lambeth councils did this in the 1980s.

These councillors should be part of a mass working class movement that could electrify politics and bring down the Con-Dem coalition.

Some Labour councillors came outside and witnessed the fury amongst the demonstrators. Linda Taaffe, NSSN secretary, handed in a petition calling on Labour councils to fight all cuts.

The NSSN anti-cuts campaign will work with Labour councillors who vote against cuts. However, those who put through cuts will be fought.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) calls on anti-cuts campaigns to stand candidates in the May local elections, to show that there is an alternative to destroying jobs and public services.

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In The Socialist 9 March 2011:


Anti-cuts campaign

We can stop cuts!

Rage against all cuts!

Labour councils should fight cuts, not implement them!

Demonstrations against council cuts


Socialist Party youth and students

For a fighting student leadership

Jarrow march for jobs: Why Hull is marching

Students sit in at Sheffield


International socialist news and analysis

Middle East uprisings: The unfinished revolutions


Socialist Party news and analysis

Lib Dems 'get a kicking' in Barnsley

Wales votes 'yes' but workers' party needed

Lewisham: Vote for a real fight against the cuts

Cardiff march and rally against cuts

Brighton: Labour and Green Party councillors fail to stop Tory budget

Tories allow growth of Murdoch media empire

TUC must address demo access issue

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

BP Hull Saltend construction workers win victory through strike action

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UCU members vote for action on pensions, jobs and pay

Unison expulsion

Workplace news in brief

Take out a May Day greeting!


Socialist Party feature

Casualties of cuts - and a rotten system

Needed: a fair deal for carers!

Care - condition critical


 

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