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The Socialist 24 January 2018

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The Socialist issue 979

Turn Carillion crisis into movement against privatisation and capitalism


Welsh NHS crisis - we cannot go on like this

2m to remove Grenfell-type cladding: residents to get bill

Private profit out of our NHS

Leeds playing fields rescued from Blairites

May's "war on plastic" still puts profits before the planet

News in brief


Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive


Lecturers vote for strikes against pension cuts

PCS executive agrees next steps in pay campaign

Brum care workers protest council attacks

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Ballots against Bromley privatisers

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages


Punishment of Tamimi family awakens wave of international solidarity


Defend Louise Harrison - save Yorkshire women's services!

Victory against government's war on eastern European homeless

Women rally defiantly

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

Kirklees council opens consultation of library services

Southampton: Pay rise for uni boss, job losses for lecturers


Red Mary - a Force of Nature

Obituary: Maureen Mulhearn 1945-2018


Carillion and the construction industry

Carillion crisis exposes PFI chaos

Universal credit: set up to fail

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2m to remove Grenfell-type cladding: residents to get bill

No charges to residents! Cladding off now!

Flammable cladding can act as a chimney, spreading flames throughout a tower, photo by Jim Linwood (CC)

Flammable cladding can act as a chimney, spreading flames throughout a tower, photo by Jim Linwood (CC)   (Click to enlarge)

Helen O'Connor, Lambeth and South West London Socialist Party

Residents in the 'Citiscape' housing complex in Croydon, south London, have learnt that tests revealed the cladding on their block poses the same fire hazard as Grenfell Tower.

Disgracefully, the landlord, Proxima GR Properties, refuses to pay a penny to remove it. The firm instead demands residents pay the 2 million pound bill - costing leaseholders 31,300 a flat, more than many workers earn in a year.

The landlord is so determined to absolve itself of health and safety obligations that this dispute will be heard at a property tribunal in February. Meanwhile, Proxima GR has stated its intention to charge leaseholders for fire warden patrols!

While residents face the stark possibility of being made bankrupt and homeless, Vincent Tchenguiz, one of the multimillionaire moguls behind Proxima, recently purchased a 165-foot superyacht.

Developers

Croydon has become the new 'get rich quick' town as property developers build hundreds of overpriced, cheaply constructed flats. In November the Croydon Advertiser reported that Inspired Homes has converted Impact House into 200 'micro-flats' being sold for 324,950 each.

Residents at Citiscape are right to raise concerns. The Grenfell Tower fire was not a one-off.

In November 2017 there were fires in blocks in Manchester and Newcastle. Thanks to brave fire crews all residents were safely evacuated.

There was a further fire in December 2017 on the Seymour Hill estate near Belfast. And earlier this month the firefighter in charge of putting out Nottingham railway station said sprinklers would have stopped the fire developing.

This situation is shocking and unacceptable. Big landlords and councils have the financial capacity to ensure all tenants and leaseholders are safe. Residents can organise to demand this. The Socialist Party says:

  • No charges to residents! Landlords and councils must use their reserves to pay for all safety measures immediately and in full, and bill the government if necessary
  • Stop waiting for test results or service charges - cladding off now, before there are further tragedies
  • Immediately install sprinkler systems in all multi-storey accommodation
  • 24-hour fire patrols - and immediate temporary or permanent rehousing if residents prefer - where there is any delay
  • No safety, no rent! Residents can organise to campaign for their demands, including withholding rent and service charges if necessary. Read more: how working class communities can organise to fight for safety - justice for Grenfell and safety for all!

In this issue


What we think

Turn Carillion crisis into movement against privatisation and capitalism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Welsh NHS crisis - we cannot go on like this

2m to remove Grenfell-type cladding: residents to get bill

Private profit out of our NHS

Leeds playing fields rescued from Blairites

May's "war on plastic" still puts profits before the planet

News in brief


Vietnam war

Vietnam War: 50 years since the Tet Offensive


Socialist Party workplace news

Lecturers vote for strikes against pension cuts

PCS executive agrees next steps in pay campaign

Brum care workers protest council attacks

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Ballots against Bromley privatisers

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages


International socialist news and analysis

Punishment of Tamimi family awakens wave of international solidarity


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Defend Louise Harrison - save Yorkshire women's services!

Victory against government's war on eastern European homeless

Women rally defiantly

Gentrification scourge hits Kent

Kirklees council opens consultation of library services

Southampton: Pay rise for uni boss, job losses for lecturers


Obituaries

Red Mary - a Force of Nature

Obituary: Maureen Mulhearn 1945-2018


Opinion

Carillion and the construction industry

Carillion crisis exposes PFI chaos

Universal credit: set up to fail

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