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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2001
No To Privatisation
ANGRY DELEGATES to public-sector union UNISON's national conference continually barracked Steven Byers, New Labour's transport and local government minister.
He frantically attempted to justify the government's policy of bringing private companies into the public sector. But the delegates, facing the dire consequences of privatisation every day, were far from convinced.
When he mentioned the Public-Private Partnership he was met with a United Left-organised demonstration of delegates holding up placards spelling: "No more privatisation."
Delegates shouted: "You have no mandate to privatise".
He accused the Left of being dogmatic about public ownership and was forced to stop as people shouted at him.
Only the conference chair's appeal stopped the protest.
The issues of privatisation and the union's relationship with New Labour, particularly its political funds are dominating debate at the 2,000-strong conference.
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In The Socialist 22 June 2001:
Anti-Capitalist Resistance Continues
No To Privatisation
Unison Leaders Under Pressure
Hands Off Our Public Services
Gothenburg's Police State
Socialist Alliance Takes Stock Of Election Results
Middle East Conflict: A Failure Of Capitalism
Inside Labour's Bermuda Triangle
Victory Against The Private Profiteers
The Socialist 22 June 2001 |
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