Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2017

Protesters surround Sheffield's cutting council

Trees protest 26 November photo Save Sheffield Trees/Twitter, photo Save Sheffield Trees/Twitter

Trees protest 26 November photo Save Sheffield Trees/Twitter, photo Save Sheffield Trees/Twitter   (Click to enlarge)

Jeremy Short, Sheffield Socialist Party

A thousand protesters surrounded Sheffield's town hall on 7 January in the latest action against Amey's tree-fellers operating under a PFI contract with Sheffield council. Anger continues to grow after the arrest of protesters in November, fuelled by Labour councillors dismissing the demonstrators as 'middle-class Lib Dems'.


The local Momentum group is split on the issue, with many seeming to share the attitude of the right-wing councillors. But increasingly Sheffielders are agreeing with us on the link between Amey's profit-maximising tree-felling and the failure of the Labour council to stand up to the Tory government over budget cuts and outsourcing. At the town hall demo, we distributed 250 copies of our leaflet, based on the previous Socialist article.

However, there is growing opposition within the Labour Party too. A motion to Walkley ward Labour Party calling for the immediate resignation of cabinet member Bryan Lodge was defeated, but only with a large number of abstentions.

Stag (Sheffield Trees Action Groups) are now extending the campaign to all areas of the Amey PFI contract - including roads and pavements. They are collecting evidence of contract breaches in response to council leader Julie Dore's admission that these could end the contract.

This campaign will undoubtedly be spurred by developments in Veolia's waste and recycling contract. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has been campaigning to end the outsourced 35-year contract, but been told that it would be difficult for the council to end it. Miraculously officers have now produced a report to cabinet recommending exactly that!

But the aim is to save money and sack workers. Most work will remain outsourced into smaller contracts, with only some staff brought back in-house. Disgracefully, the report argues against bringing all work back in-house because it might trigger equal pay claims!


Labour councillors have disappeared. Unlike last year, there have been no public consultations on the budget. TUSC tabled questions on contract termination and penalty payments which the council refuses to answer on grounds of 'commercial confidentiality'.

To release this information could impact on Amey and Veolia's ability to compete for business in a competitive market because the specific information refused may benefit a rival company - why should we care!?

With right-wing Labour councillors increasingly isolated, a joined-up mass campaign could surround them like the tree campaigners did to the town hall!

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

In The Socialist 18 January 2017:

What we think

Labour's civil war continues - build a mass workers' party

Tories torn in two on single market

Resist Trump

Resist Trump

Inaugurate the resistance

We can stop Trump's sexist agenda in its tracks

International socialist news and analysis

Mexico: Mass movement against "gasolinazo"

USA: Seattle activists win housebuilding programme website to launch

Socialist Party news and analysis

'Black alert' NHS: Demonstrate 4 March

Eight billionaires own as much as half humanity!

Pollution kills 600: fight for clean air!

Northern Ireland calls snap election: back Labour Alternative

Millwall FC move threat: Defend the Den - 'wall not Renewal

Workplace news and analysis

Billions in profit for Tesco, cuts and job losses for workers

Liverpool dockers and drivers protest "appalling lack of facilities"

Manchester: BA cabin crew pay strike

London: Taxi drivers gridlock City of London

Southern Rail strike continues

Unite the Union elections

PCS union national executive elections

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The Socialist: read it, write it, sell it

Protesters surround Sheffield's cutting council

Fracking protest in Sherwood Forest

Residents protest at plans to close nine community centres

Anger at south east Kent Momentum meeting

Socialist Party national committee agrees document for congress

Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Theatre review: high art and savage poverty in Bootle

John Berger: remarkable art of a contradictory socialist

Socialist artists invite others to exhibit work

The Socialist inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 18 January 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleJobcentre strike grows in second round of action

triangleStrike action to save Sheffield Jobcentre

triangleSheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"

trianglePolice officers face misconduct charges over attack on 'freedom ride'


triangleCamden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

triangleManchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action

triangleAnger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangleJustice for Grenfell and safety for all


triangleWhole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

triangleTories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

triangleNSSN conference: workers' action to kick out the Tories


triangleTUSC's anti-cuts message finds positive response

triangleLabour hangs on in Wales despite cuts councillors


triangleTUSC explains general election stance on BBC show


triangle31,000 more kids at risk of abuse or neglect

Labour Party:

triangleGeneral election: what you thought about it


triangle40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!


triangleCarlisle NHS privateers leave patients at risk


triangleThe Socialist inbox

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleVote TUSC on Thursday - for a 100% anti-austerity alternative


triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks


Grenfell Tower

Justice for Grenfell and safety for all


British Airways

Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations



Canterbury pride


Young people

Young socialists share ideas at London meeting



Protests around the country demand: Tories out!



Unison conference: "A sense of change"


East London

Barts Trust NHS workers vote for action over pay



Manchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action


South Wales

Welsh college strike against crippling workload


Grenfell Tower

Unions call for action after Grenfell


Grenfell Tower

Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches


Grenfell Tower

Photos of Friday's demonstrations, protests and solidarity



Protest at the Queens Speech



Jobcentre strike grows in second round of action

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

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

triangle24 Jun Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

triangle21 Jun Justice for Grenfell and safety for all

triangle21 Jun Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations

triangle21 Jun Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangle21 Jun The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

triangle20 Jun Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

triangle20 Jun Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

More ...

triangle24 Jun Tamil Solidarity Day

triangle25 Jun East Midlands Socialist Party: Rebellion - Then and Now

triangle1 Jul London: Tories Out national demonstration

triangle3 Jul West Cheshire Socialist Party: Prepare for the next steps towards JC4PM

More ...

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



June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice