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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 November 2013

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: We need councillors who refuse to implement cuts

Hackney Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates, photo Hackney TUSC

Hackney Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates, photo Hackney TUSC   (Click to enlarge)

Councils have experienced one of the biggest government 'departmental cuts' with 27% slashed by 2014-15 compared to 2009-10.

It is not true however that councils have 'no option' but to pass on the Con-Dems' cuts.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has agreed a policy platform, outlined below, to contest local council elections in 2014.

Even one councillor in each local authority taking a stand, if they used their position in the council chamber to appeal to those outside, could give confidence to trade unionists and community campaigners to fight.

All TUSC councillors will:


We won't pay for their crisis!

If you agree - stand for TUSC!

To see TUSC's full policy platform and find out more about becoming a candidate, go to www.tusc.org.uk


Southampton rebel councillors table anti-austerity motion

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP

Southampton councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, photo Southampton SP   (Click to enlarge)

On 11 November, Labour controlled Southampton city council announced more savage cuts to jobs and services.

This is on top of 16 million last year, with millions more to come over the next two years at least.

Councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas refused to vote for cuts last year, and were rewarded with expulsion from the Labour Party.

Yet, because of the campaign they led to save Oaklands Swimming Pool, the council U-turned and announced it will fund repairs needed to re-open the pool.

The campaign, involving council trade unions, community groups, pool users, supporters in Coxford and throughout the city, shows that if you stand up and fight, then you can win!

In the face of the latest cuts, Keith and Don have tabled a motion for full council on Wednesday 20 November.

Their resolution calls on the council to reject "the government's argument for cutting local authority spending.

"It is the bankers and the super-rich, who created the world financial crisis, who should be made to pay, not ordinary people and council workers in Southampton.

"This council demands from the government the funding needed to maintain services. As a first step to mobilising support for the council's stand, public and private-sector trades unions, community, tenants, youth and pensioners groups from across the city will be invited to a pre-budget conference to discuss the real budget needs of the city."

Keith and Don invite all those who agree to join them outside the 20 November council meeting at 1pm.

Sue Atkins, Southampton Itchen Socialist Party

Labour council cuts show the need to build TUSC

Hostels

Newham's Labour-run council has routinely showed contempt for the poorest and most vulnerable in the east London borough.

It has imposed the hated bedroom tax, withdrawn council tax benefit support, axed thousands of jobs including teaching assistants and teachers, cutting most of its language translation services, scrapped much of its free English language teaching, demolished the Atherton leisure centre, and cut much more besides.

Newham council's latest attack is to effectively evict 29 young single mothers from the UK's largest hostel for homeless young people.

The Focus E15 project, which helps homeless young people into work and education by providing one-bedroom accommodation, is evicting these 29 vulnerable people because the council has cut a 41,000 supporting people fund at the hostel.

41,000 is a miniscule amount compared to the Labour mayor's 81,000 annual salary (plus expenses), or the financial losses the council made on its reckless decision to relocate administrative services into a single docklands site known as Building 1000 - leaving former administrative buildings empty and unsold.

Despite Newham being Britain's most deprived borough, the council's much criticised move to Building 1000 in 2010 cost over 110 million (including 18.7 million on refurbishing) and is now relocating services back to its old offices!

Simon Carter

Care homes

At September's full Leicester city council meeting, the Labour dominated council voted unanimously to shut down four of Leicester's eight elderly person's homes. 2,400 petition signatures opposed the council's latest attack on Leicester's most vulnerable residents.

According to the council the cuts were justified as:

However, as a Leicester resident told councillors: "It is not the number of people choosing council-run homes that is falling.

"The council is effectively managing referrals to prevent further permanent admissions, as outlined in the council's Adult Social Care Transformation report."

It is also patently transparent to all but the most limited free-market inclined number-crunchers that providing care through the private sector is not cheaper or more effective than the public sector.

Michael Barker

Swimming baths

On 16 October, Labour-controlled Wolverhampton city council announced 64.4 million of cuts with another 33 million to come, including:

These cuts come on top of 1,000 job losses recently announced.

Yet again a Labour councillor - finance chief Andrew Johnson - has declared: "we have no choice". But TUSC candidates say you do - stand up against the government or stand aside!

Labour-led Rhondda Cynon Taf council is cutting 56 million in over four years which would take away nursery places for three year olds, youth centres, meals on wheels at weekends, half of libraries and more. 100 parents protested outside the council against the nursery cuts on 30 October.

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In The Socialist 13 November 2013:


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NHS crumbling in Con-Dem Britain

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Labour blocks living wage

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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

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Socialist Party workplace news

BAE takes the axe to shipyards: Defend every job

Nationalise to defend the shipyards

Portsmouth BAE workers rally to defend all jobs

Probation officers plan more action

Tesco drivers fight on

Vote for Martin Powell-Davies

Blacklist Support Group demonstrates

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

US election campaigns: Socialists make history

Sri Lanka: spotlight on a blood-stained regime


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A small victory for democratic rights

Young workers say: Zero hours no way!

Socialism 2013 feedback

South African socialist speaks in South Wales

TUSC film showing - Riot from Wrong


Socialist Party reviews

Russell Brand - reasons to be cheerful

Play review: Sandpits Avenue/League of St George


 

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