Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/470/1976

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2007

Fight the government's sell-off plans

THE CIVIL service union PCS will be announcing the result of their national ballot for industrial action on 23 January. Almost 300,000 PCS members have been voting in a ballot for national strike action against job cuts, low pay and cuts in services and working conditions. The first strike day is likely to be on 31 January, followed by a two-week overtime ban.

Under pressure from the "Public Services not Private Profit" campaign, the TUC have organised a "Speak up for Public Services" lobby of Parliament, also on 23 January.

John McInally, from the PCS national executive, spoke to the socialist in a personal capacity about the campaign: "I think most people would be surprised if they understood the scale and the depth of the government's cuts and privatisation plans.

They have already made the first steps in the privatisation of core work in the Department for Work and Pensions. They have a welfare 'reform' agenda which means bringing in private companies to do the work. They have gone ahead with the sell-off of £30 billion-worth of land and buildings.

And the private companies with the contracts are busily moving jobs. Siemens have plans to offshore more savings and banking jobs to India. So there's a direct link between cuts and privatisation.

There's a drive to privatise the justice system. There are already more private prisons in Britain than anywhere else and they want to privatise the probation service. It's no wonder they're keen to advertise any failings.

All this may appear to be crazy but there is a plan behind it. Cut resources, implement over-ambitious change programmes and massive cuts and drive down staff morale. Through that there's a reduction and a destruction of services.

There are service delivery problems and disasters, with backlogs and failing IT systems. They then claim that the civil service can't deliver - so the answer must be privatisation. That's why we're organising a fight-back against these ideological attacks."

TUC Lobby of Parliament 23 January, 11.30am. Rally in Central Hall Westminster at 12.30pm.

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


In The Socialist 18 January 2007:

Labour ministers make us sick!

Keep up the pressure for 3 March demo


Socialist Students

Anger against top-up fees grows


War and terrorism

Iraq: Bush continues his dangerous blunder

Blair's vision: 'wars without end'

The Trial of Tony Blair


International socialist news and analysis

"We're moving towards a socialist republic of Venezuela" - Hugo Chávez

The veil and Muslim women

Sri Lanka: Urgent action needed

Fighting for a socialist world


Socialist Party news and analysis

Interest rate hike pushes up costs

Academies myths

What's behind the school leaving proposals?

Campaign for a new workers' party


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS stands firm on pensions

Fight the government's sell-off plans

Strike ballot put on hold once again

Re-instate Unique workers!

British Airways pensions

Fujitsu workers strike

'Single status' battle in Manchester

UNISON NEC elections


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 January 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

TUC:

triangleNSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleTories torn - bin them now

triangleCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

Privatisation:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

triangleSave our NHS

triangleSchool staff strike against privatisation

PCS:

triangleLocal government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

trianglePCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

Housing

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle13 Dec Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

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