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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020

Secret cuts meeting couldn't prevent protests in Newham

Lobby against Newham council cuts March 2020, photo East London Socialist Party

Lobby against Newham council cuts March 2020, photo East London Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

The council kept the details of their 45 million cuts meeting a secret, until very late, to prevent protests outside. But that didn't stop the Socialist Party, Newham trade union council and others on 2 March.

Socialist Party member Lois Austin said: "Newham is one of the poorest boroughs in the country. There's nothing left to cut."

The Labour council has gentrification plans too - pushing working-class residents out. A council bid for funds to 'improve' Queen's Market could be the thin end of the wedge and put in doubt the future of the market.

And they've refused to guarantee the future of sheltered accommodation - Hamara Ghar in Upton Park and Terry Waite House in Canning Town.

But councils have a choice. Newham council is sitting on 576 million in useable reserves.

They should refuse to make cuts - with the support of unions and local people - and demand the money back that has been stolen by the government.


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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:


Coronavirus

Covid-19: A socialist response to the Coronavirus crisis


International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity

A legacy of women workers and the class struggle


Workplace news

Uni strikers determined to defeat the bosses

Defend the right to strike! Southampton solidarity meeting

Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall

West London parking workers' strike

Charity workers' strike

Electricians pay victory

Anti-academy strikes kick off in Redbridge


Campaigns

Royal Glam A&E: Victory is within our grasp

What will we do if they cut Camden nurseries?

Labour councils miss opportunity to stop Tory cuts

30,000 strike for the climate in Bristol

Why I joined the Socialist Party: I resent the 1% and the system that allows them to exist

Secret cuts meeting couldn't prevent protests in Newham


Socialist Party Congress

Socialist Party Congress 2020: A world in turmoil and weak British capitalism faces working-class anger


International news

India: Bloody pogrom fuelled by Modi's sectarianism


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