Category Archives: Anti-austerity

No cuts demonstration – Enfield 27th February

Support the No Cuts Rally
27th February, 5:30pm
Outside the Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XA

Enfield North Labour Party passed a “No cuts budget” resolution on 17th January. Members are urging the Labour council to refuse to pass the catastrophic Tory cuts that are slashing public services, making an irreparable damage to our community.

The council is preparing to implement further £18 million-worth of Tory cuts, even though it has already cut £178 million since 2010. More vital services will be cut which will affect the poorest and most vulnerable people in Enfield. Already 39% children in our borough live in poverty, according to End Child Poverty coalition – how many more after the newest cuts?

The resolution calls for the council to use all the legal means at their disposal. This includes use of the financial reserves and borrowing powers as well as the demand on the central government to immediately grant funding back to pre-austerity 2010 levels.

The resolution calls for building a local and national campaign of resistance to austerity that should include trade unions, community groups and ordinary residents.

Members are planning a lobby of the council on the budget setting date on 27th February. They are inviting all community groups and residents affected by cuts to join. Austerity is a choice, and it has to stop.

Unite’s campaign to end bandit capitalism

Unite has launched a campaign to tackle bandit capitalism and stop Carillion-style collapses.

Unite is fighting to ensure that the untold human misery of being dumped out of work without warning caused by such collapses is tackled once and for all.

As part of the campaign Unite has produced the Ending bandit capitalism: learning the lessons following Carillion’s collapse blueprint to end vulture capitalists ruining public services and destroying livelihoods and to stop “too big to fail” outsourcing firms like Carillion imploding.

The blueprint contains a package of measures designed to introduce better regulations and stricter rules to prevent companies being able to embellish their accounts and provide an entirely false trading position – actions that had disastrous consequences for Carillion and its workforce.

Since Carillion’s collapse Unite has led the way in calling for action to be taken to bring those responsible for the company’s collapse to justice. Unite has called for a public inquiry into Carillion’s collapse and an immediate criminal investigation into those responsible.

Write to your MP calling on them to introduce legislation that adopts Unite’s recommendations, which include:

• Requiring directors to focus on the long-term welfare of the company rather than short-term profits

• New rules which bar companies from prioritising dividends, bonuses and director’s pay over reducing pension deficits

• A stop to the government awarding contracts to companies in financial difficulties

• Long-term support from the government for sub-contractors and supply chains if a major company collapses

• Radical reform of the entire financial regulatory system, with the number of regulators being reduced and those that remain being given real power and teeth

• An end to the current outsourcing culture, with contracts being brought back in house at the earliest opportunity

• A transformation of employment laws to ensure unions have access to workforces to organise workers and prevent exploitation

• A reduction of the number of legal hurdles that must be cleared before cases taken for workers employed by a company in compulsory liquidation can go forward

Petition: after the Tories suffer the biggest parliamentary defeat in history

The Tories’ chaotic handling of Brexit has left us with no choice: Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government.

We need a General Election now to break the Brexit deadlock. And a new government that can get a Brexit deal that actually delivers for working people.

We need a government that can pull our NHS out of crisis, keep our communities safe and invest in the towns and cities the Tories have left behind.

We need a Labour government.

If you agree, stand with us today. Sign here.

Britain is Broken – General Election Now!

No matter which way you voted in the original referendum, if you care about ending austerity, if you care about homelessness, if you want to see rail and other privatised utilities taken back into public ownership, then a general election is the only way that this can be done. In short it is driving the Tories from power which is the key question for working people in Britain today.

Assemble: 12 noon outside the BBC Portland Place – Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus.

Facebook event here.

See you on the streets and don’t forget your #YellowVests
#ToriesOut
#YellowVestsAgainstAusterity

 

Campaign Launch: Britain is broken: We can’t afford the Tories

Speakers: Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, Lindsey German – People’s Assembly, Faiza Shaheen – Director of the centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) Alex Kenny – NEU executive member

Special performace by Potent Whisper – Plus an update fron McDonalds, TGI Friday and Uber Strikers

Why we need this campaign:

Austerity isn’t over. In fact it’s getting worse~and it’s about to get much worse.
The UK economy has just undergone it’s worst decade for economic growth since the late 19th century. Working people’s incomes have just undergone their sharpest decline since Charles Dickens was writing Hard Times.

And it’s not just that life is getting harder either. It’s actually getting shorter. Austerity has now had such an impact that life expectancy is in decline. Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us since Britain’s pensioners are the worst off in Europe.

Nor is it just the old who are suffering. So are the NHS patients. Since the Tories came to power in 2010 there has been a 665 percent (yes, Six Hundred and Sixty-five percent) increase in those waiting over 4 hours to see a doctor in Accident and Emergency wards.

Even the police, usually immune to Tory cuts, have lost 23,000 officers. And while there are fewer police on the streets there are a record number of homeless on the streets as the figures for rough sleeping peak again.

Schools are without basic equipment, and being ripped off by private corporations. The rail system is a privatised and hyper-expensive shambles.

Record numbers of young people cannot afford to buy a roof to go over their head, leaving them prey to rack-renting private landlords.

There is a very great danger in all of this, even beyond the damage that is being done to the ability of working people to have a decent and secure life.

It is this: the cuts have been going on so long that we don’t realise that the country has reached a tipping point.

Services were already threadbare. But now huge holes are opening up right across the fabric of society.

And through those gaps pour the populist right and the racist thugs.

We cannot let this go on. The Tories are too divided, too shambolic, too removed from the lives of ordinary citizens to know or care what needs to be done. This government-in-name-only must go.

We have already paid too much and too long. We are broke. And the Tories need to be out of office before any more damage is done.

Please help us make this launch as big as possible. Following the launch we will embark on a national speaking tour and build for a National mass mobilisation in spring 2019.

Labour Assembly Against Austerity

National conference with: Diane Abbott MP // Jon Trickett MP // Richard Burgon MP // Maya Goodfellow, writer & commentator // Chris Williamson MP // Cllr Alice Perry, Labour NEC member // Dan Carden MP // Seema Chandwani, Labour CAC member // Grace Blakeley, economist & writer // Professor Duncan Bowie, housing expert // Sian Errington, Labour Assembly Against Austerity // Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary and more special guests to be confirmed

Book here.

STAND WITH CORBYN – UNITE TO END TORY AUSTERITY
A Labour Assembly Against Austerity Conference
Saturday October 27, 10.00 – 17.00, Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E

Option 3 – Tories taken to task over Capita!

Tory councillors, forced to review their outsourcing arrangements with failling privateers Capita due the scale of the disaster, walked away with their tales between their legs after a mauling at town hall Resources Committee. Barnet Alliance for Public Services activists and Labour councillors, who held a lively rally outside before the meeting. By the end, the Conservatives had been forced to carry out a fully analysis of the costs and possibilities of kicking out Capita all together.

In the meeting itself, the Tories were virtually lost for words, as they have reneged on almost everything they had said in the local elections in May. After pledging to maintain low council tax, they are now looking to make the largest tax rises allowed in law. When it was pointed out that they had frozen council taxes for years, and that council officers’ reports had shown that funding was in trouble months ago. they responded by pathetically appealing to the Labour group and residents not to “hark on about the past” and then trying to blame the economic policies of Gorden Brown in the same breath!

The preferred solution for this crisis-ridden administration was to do a partial reversion of services back t public control, which would have left Capita with those elements of services that are mostly profitable to them. By the end of the meeting, they were forced to conceed that no option for in-sourcing should be off the table in order to save our borough. This a massive step forward for our movement!

See a good report on the meeting in the Barnet Times here.

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