Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/248/24825

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 March 2017

Hands Off the Post Office

LAST WEEK, following an initiative by Socialist Party councillors, Coventry city council unanimously voted to oppose post office privatisation.

Rob Windsor, Coventry Socialist Party councillor

Our motion calling for the total halting of all privatisation plans was amended by Labour, who called for the government to 'rein in' the postal commissioner and 'modify' his plans. Normally, New Labour amend our motions out of existence but they were in a tight spot with imminent local elections.

Labour worry that this privatisation could trigger a hurricane of opposition amongst working-class people. Like the poll tax it will affect everyone.

During the debate we said we didn't just want the regulator "reined in" we want it dismantled. And we made it clear that the New Labour government are responsible for this privatisation.

Finally I said that I did not want the motion to sit doing nothing but to be part of a wider, active campaign opposing privatisation. The Tories and the one Liberal also voted to oppose privatisation.

No doubt the Tories have their eye on the rural postal services that would be devastated by the closure of 3,000 post offices which would be "unprofitable" areas for private delivery firms.

We have written to Billy Hayes, Communication Workers' Union (CWU) general secretary, about the resolution, with a copy to local CWU reps.

We'll see whether the council will do anything on this issue but The Socialist Party will step up our campaign against this and other privatisations.


The Socialist Party calls for:

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


In The Socialist 2 March 2017:

New Labour: The Bosses' Friend

Hands Off the Post Office

Sharon Escalates War Against Palestinians

Thatcher - Destroyer of industry and champion of the rich


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 March 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Privatisation:

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleMay elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

Labour:

triangleLocal paper reveals Labour candidate 'tried to defect to the Tories'

triangleLabour councillors could stop unsafe 'driver-only operation' tomorrow

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Socialist Party:

triangleBuilding fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

triangleThe Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

Socialist:

triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: Council cuts - How can we fight back?

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

18/4/18

Racism

Enoch Powell's racist 'Rivers of Blood' rant 50 years on

18/4/18

Labour

For a fighting, democratic Labour Party

18/4/18

Them & Us

Them & Us

18/4/18

Super-rich

Billions for the bosses, benefit cuts for us

18/4/18

NHS

1,400 beds empty as patients lay in corridors: health unions must act now

18/4/18

Housing

Young people need homes

11/4/18

EU

A socialist approach to Corbyn and a customs union

11/4/18

Child poverty

Child poverty to hit 5m by 2021 - strikes can stop the cuts

11/4/18

Equal pay

Gender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

10/4/18

Young people

Alienation and austerity behind London deaths - fight for socialism

4/4/18

Labour

Fight the Tory enemy

4/4/18

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: peace process on the brink

4/4/18

Brexit

Right-wing Vote Leave campaign may have broken spending laws

4/4/18

Retail

Retail crunch: even giants not immune as 21,000 jobs disappear

4/4/18

Elections

End the housing crisis! We can't wait till 2022!

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999