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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 September 2019

Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

Packed Coventry congestion charge meeting, photo Coventry Socialist Party

Packed Coventry congestion charge meeting, photo Coventry Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Coventry Socialist Party

The threat of a government-imposed congestion charge in Coventry led 100 people to attend the second public meeting called in opposition to it on 2 September.

The Socialist Party has argued that the quickest and most effective way of tackling deteriorating air quality is major public investment into clean, more frequent, reliable and cheap public transport - not punishment taxes on those unable to afford newer cars.

Twice as many trips in England are made by bus compared to rail, but government support for bus services has almost halved in real terms in the last 15 years.

Renationalisation

And with nine private companies competing for bus routes in the city, Coventry Socialist Party is arguing that renationalisation of buses must be a key component in planning for people's needs, not operators' profits.

A campaign petition launched by Socialist Party members has now reached 9,000 signatures. When it reaches 15,000, the city council is obliged to hear a public debate in the council chamber. A third public meeting is planned in two weeks' time.

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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 11 September 2019:


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Far right makes gains in Germany

South Africa: Xenophobic violence - a product of failed capitalist policies

West Papuans demand self-determination in London


What we think

Tories in tatters: Corbyn must seize the time


Opinion

Capitalist 'democracy' v socialist democracy


Workplace news

TUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle

NSSN lobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

Fighting PCS general secretary needed - Marion Lloyd: Why I am standing

End austerity in the civil service: General election now

PCS strike at BEIS: "The life we live is not liveable"

Unions must fight to make bus drivers and passengers safe

Asda workers protest against worse contract

UCU ballots - yes to strike action on pensions, pay, workloads and equality

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Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Students and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

Tory meltdown - Organise to finish them off

Another London block of flats destroyed by fire - remove unsafe cladding now!

Leeds pensioners occupy BBC to save free TV licenses

Frimley hospital staff fight back-door privatisation

Leicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

Salisbury welcomes Socialist campaigners

Socialist newspaper sales round-up

Coventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

Climate strikes: trade union round-up


Scotland

Scotland and Brexit: Developing threat to the capitalist union


 

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