Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/170/7897

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 August 2000

Standing up to the "council dictators"

THERE WAS standing room only at a magnificent 120-strong public meeting to protest at the suspension of Glenn Kelly by local council bosses.

Bill Mullins, Socialist Party industrial organiser

The meeting was called after Glenn, the secretary of Bromley UNISON and a Socialist Party activist, was suspended by the council for campaigning to save the Night Care service for the elderly living in the council's sheltered accomodation.

UNISON members, residents of the sheltered accommodation homes and their relatives along with members the public were outraged to hear of the council's threat to withdrawof their night care staff from sheltered accommodation.

Kathy Smith, UNISON branch chairperson introduced Jeff Nellis to the audience, a resident who has been made an honoury UNISON member for all the work he has done in the campaign.

Jeff was a north Yorkshire sheep farmer who contracted organo-phosphate disease and was invalided into one of the homes. Jeff energetically expressed his anger at the "dictators of the council".

"Somebody's going to die", said Jeff, who then hastily explained he meant the elderly who depend on the service and not one of the councillors.

93-year-old Winnie Evans spoke for many when she calmly explained how she was absolutely dependent on the service.

Glenn himself spoke passionately about how the "attack on myself was an attack on everybody who wants to protect decent public services".

Glenn recalled that seven years previously the council had sacked the previous branch secretary on a trumped-up charge. This was the third occasion they had tried to do the same to him.

Lewisham Socialist Party councillor Ian Page told the meeting that similar battles to defend services were happening throughout London and beyond.

Kathy Smith, in a final appeal to the 60-70 UNISON members present appealed for them to take strike action if the council started disciplinary action against Glenn.

The branch is organising a mass lobby of Glenn's investigation hearing between 1pm-2pm on Tuesday 22 August at the Civic Centre, Stockwell close, Bromley. There will also be a lobby of the council review of night care at a meeting on 11 September at the same venue.

All London Socialist Party members are asked to turn out as a matter of urgency.

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


In The Socialist 18 August 2000:

School leavers, students, young workers facing an uncertain future

Public health not private profit

An outpouring of anger

Standing up to the "council dictators"

Leon Trotsky: An Enduring Socialist Legacy

Fighting the fascist threat in Germany

A global warning

Aldi day of action


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 August 2000   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Glenn Kelly:

triangleUnison conference: confident delegates take control, give Corbyn 'rapturous' welcome

triangleWhere next for the BMA junior doctors' dispute

triangleEx-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Bromley:

triangleBromley library workers strike against privatisation

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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