Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/695/13241

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2011

Mansfield - build houses, create jobs

Becci Heagney, Youth Fight for Jobs East Midlands organiser

2,000 young people in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire can't find work. Over 9,000 people in Mansfield are on the council housing waiting list. So why have building workers been thrown on the dole and work abandoned on 87 new flats and four houses?

For 100 years the ShoeCo site in the town centre made shoes and boots, at one time employing 1,000 people. It closed in 2004 and redevelopment was announced in 2006 "as part of a multi-million pound scheme to revamp Mansfield".

Five years later, the part-built flats are a symbol of a failed capitalist system. Last month work stopped when the developer went bust. Most of the external work is completed, although a supplier has repossessed some windows. Months of work are still needed for electricians, plumbers, joiners, plasterers and painters. This work could include proper training for young people, under trade union supervision.

But the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) refused the developer a new loan because the bankers have no confidence that the flats will be sold at a profit.

Yet in neighbouring streets there are hundreds of old terraced houses, many in need of modernisation and repair that private landlords refuse to carry out. Many people would jump at the chance of moving into a new flat.

RBS paid out almost £1 billion in bonuses last year and is paying another £500 million this year. Its chief executive is 'rewarded' with £6.8 million a year. RBS is 84% state-owned, after £20 billion of taxpayers' money was used to stop it collapsing in 2008.

East Midlands Youth Fights for Jobs members who took part in the Jarrow March for Jobs have organised a protest demanding Mansfield district council take over the ShoeCo site and finish the work. The new homes should be kept in public ownership and let at affordable rents, instead of being sold to private landlords.

With public service workers joining building workers on the dole queues, it's clear that fewer people will get mortgages to buy new flats! All cuts in public services must be reversed. It's bailouts for bankers and dole for workers. Why should we pay for a crisis caused by big business?

Join the protest:

Jobs and homes - not cuts

Saturday 26 November, 11am
Mansfield Market Place
Marching to ShoeCo building site

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


In The Socialist 23 November 2011:


Pensions' strike, N30

Enough is enough! Make N30 the start of a fight to stop all cuts

Reasons to be on strike


Socialist Party feature

Capitalism is crisis - there is an alternative - fight for socialism!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Con-Dems worsen the housing crisis

Massive job cuts undermining NHS

Millions unemployed - workers and students must unite and fight!

Them & Us


The Socialist - Readers' comments

Tragic effect of recession

Why I became a socialist


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jarrow marchers put forward an alternative

No answers from politicians on Newsnight

Save Coventry Sure Start

Update: Occupy

Support the anti-cuts election challenge

State intimidation of young protesters

Tories and Labour fail to give 'Any Answers'

Women: sick of sexism, discrimination and cuts?

Mansfield - build houses, create jobs

Pensions protest in Maude's constituency


International socialist news and analysis

Why Europe's capitalist leaders cannot save the floundering eurozone project

Ruling PSOE battered in Spanish general election

Syria: Eight months of mass protests met with bloody brutality

Egyptian masses fight for real change


Socialist Party workplace news

Greece and Italy get unelected technocrats - Southampton gets chief executives!

Construction workers fight pay cuts

Fire service cuts

Bus drivers strike over pay

Workplace In brief


Obituary

Obituary - Geoff Atkins


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 23 November 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Mansfield:

triangleStop the Con-Dems destroying our NHS!

triangleMansfield Socialist Party: Save our NHS

triangleMansfield Socialist Party: After 10th July strike - what next in the fight against low pay?

triangleMansfield Socialist Party: Organise to stop zero-hours exploitation

triangleJunk jobs - we're fightin' it!

Jobs:

triangleFast Food Rights: ‘Get the lady in the pink T-shirt out of here!’

triangleGovernment's economic mirage as election approaches

triangleYouth services: jobs and centres slashed

triangleFight for real jobs

RBS:

trianglePay me - I'm a banker!

triangleFinancial vultures kill Peacocks

triangleFat cat pay: empty words from Cameron

Bankers:

triangleRegulating the banks? Don't make me laugh!

Young people:

triangleAbuse: Cuts have robbed us of the time to talk to these young people

Youth Fight for Jobs:

triangleSolidarity Day: a great success

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/9/14

Tommy Sheridan

Tommy Sheridan on BBC's Sunday Politics

11/9/14

London

Demonstration for all bus drivers to receive decent pay

11/9/14

FBU

FBU Ring of Fire tour

10/9/14

Teachers

NUT members angry at lack of October strike action

10/9/14

Tamil Solidarity

Solidarity Day: a great success

10/9/14

Napo

Probation officers protest against privatisation

10/9/14

Leicester

TUSC councillors back taxi struggle

10/9/14

Strike

Workplace news in brief

10/9/14

Health

Labour lets down NHS protesters

10/9/14

Manchester

North West marches for end to austerity

10/9/14

TUC

TUC votes for £10 minimum wage

10/9/14

Doncaster

Care UK workers set for longest NHS strike

9/9/14

Socialist

Socialist Party campaigning

8/9/14

NSSN

NSSN rally: Building pressure for the widest possible coordinated anti-austerity action

6/9/14

NUT

NUT executive opposes participation in 14 October strikes

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle16 Sep Inequality and fightback in the richest country in the world

The Socialist (Scotland)

triangle16 Sep Scottish referendum: 'Britain will never be the same again'

London bus drivers' campaign, photo Judy Beishon

triangle11 Sep Demonstration for all bus drivers to receive decent pay

triangle10 Sep Ebola virus: Victims of a failed capitalist system

 University, college and school students protest in central London against higher tuition fees and education cuts , photo Suzanne Beishon

triangle10 Sep Students: Fight debt, poverty and capitalism

Tamil Solidarity Day attendees listen to Unison executive member April Ashley, photo Fauzer Mahroof

triangle10 Sep Solidarity Day: a great success

triangle10 Sep Probation officers protest against privatisation

More ...

triangle17 Sep Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Recent events in Ferguson - Racism in USA

triangle18 Sep West London Socialist Party: How the arms trade fuels war

triangle18 Sep Lambeth Socialist Party: How to build a socialist alternative

triangle18 Sep Waltham Forest Socialist Party: Scotland in revolt against austerity

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice