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The Socialist 4 May 2016

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

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2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

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National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


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Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

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Aston Villa FC - "prepared" for job cuts? Photo by Elliott Brown (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Scott Jones

Fans of relegated Premier League football club Aston Villa will have been pleased the club's end-of-season awards were scrapped - after a woeful season on and off the pitch. But many will be dismayed by management's announcement that 500 jobs will go.

Bosses have told a third of Villa's employees they will lose their jobs. This includes full-time, part-time and match-day staff. The move will be a bitter pill to swallow for workers, many of them low paid, when owner Randy Lerner is worth 736 million.

Lee Barron, regional secretary of the Trade Union Congress and a Villa fan himself, said: "Everybody is just sitting there open-mouthed at the moment."

Though dismal performances by players have contributed to Villa's downfall, the real blame lies with the owners. They purposefully underinvested in the club - looking to make short-term profits, and sell in the long term. American businessman Lerner joined a host of other dodgy billionaire club owners in 2006, looking to get his snout in the trough of Premier League riches.

It's another example of owners sucking clubs dry, leaving fans and the community to pick up the pieces. Lerner shouldn't be allowed to get away with it.

Unions and the Premier League should demand he dip into his own pocket. He could use the 'parachute payments' the Premier League makes to help relegated clubs survive the drop in sponsorship income to safeguard jobs.

But ultimately, clubs like Villa should be owned and run democratically by the legitimate owners: supporters and the community.

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Socialist Party news and analysis

Livingstone suspension: 'Slow coup' against Corbyn.

Bring down the Tories: organise to fight austerity

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Ex-TUC chief lines up with David Cameron

2 in 5 fear rent trap

Aston Villa owners threaten 500 jobs

TTIP tip-off

Them & Us


1926 general strike

1926 general strike: when workers tasted power


Hillsborough

Hillsborough verdict - a magnificent testimony to courage and fortitude


NUS conference

National Union of Students conference: mood to fight education cuts must be turned into determined action


Socialist Party workplace news

Solidarity with junior doctors: TUC call a national demonstration now!

Museum strike solid

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Civil service: fighting the pay freeze

Library assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

Society of Radiographers conference: "We may be small but we are going to fight back!"

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Eyewitness account of France protests: build a general strike movement!

Ireland: Campaigners celebrate suspension of water charges


Socialist Party comments and reviews

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