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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 December 2021

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Protesting outside Newham town hall against another round of draconian cuts by the Labour council

Protesting outside Newham town hall against another round of draconian cuts by the Labour council   (Click to enlarge)

Newham resists cuts

Newham Resists has agreed to campaign for a no-cuts, needs budget to show there is an alternative to the Labour council passing on Tory austerity. Newham Resists is a new coalition.

40 people came to the 27 November meeting from campaigns all over the borough, including Friends of Queens Market, Stop the Silvertown Tunnel, and Save Durning Hall. There were campaigners against the Sphere in Stratford, campaigners opposed to the parking fees, and disability rights activists.

Newham Socialist Labour - suspended members of the Labour Party in East Ham and West Ham - and the Green Party were also present.

27,000 people are on the housing waiting list in Newham. The borough has the highest number of people in temporary accommodation in London - 7,000 are children. The council's only 'solution' is 1,000 new council homes by 2022.

Poverty

Newham child poverty levels are over 50%, yet youth services have been cut, including the closure of a vital arts centre, Stratford Circus. The council voted for £24.9 million more cuts, and a 4.99% council tax rise in its 2021-22 budget.

Newham has had a huge funding shortfall, so this budget would only be a start. We need to build the campaign to win the funding needed from central government.

At the Newham Resists meeting, Socialist Party members raised the need for a no-cuts electoral challenge in May. Steve Hedley, assistant general secretary of transport union RMT, said: "We've been defeated time and time again in this borough because we haven't put up a challenge... we've got to think about putting people up against these people". Newham Resists agreed to continue discussing whether to support this strategy.

Ferdy Lyons

Save our services in Surrey

Save Our Services in Surrey has put out the call for anti-cuts candidates. On 22 November, we had our first in-person meeting for around two years.

We received a solidarity message from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Particularly pleasing was the good turnout of activists from public sector union Unison. A journalist from the local newspaper was also present.

We endorsed the decision for a 'People's Assembly' to be held in Surrey in the summer next year with the aim of developing a local People's Budget.

This would be a needs budget, based on input from trade unions and community groups. It will be an anti-austerity, anti-cuts, and anti-privatisation budget.

We will use the People's Budget as a manifesto to encourage trade unionists and community campaigners to consider standing as candidates in local elections.

Surrey County Unison has already passed a motion agreeing to circulate all its 5,000 members asking for volunteers to stand. As a first step, Save Our Services will hold a planning meeting in January to start the ball rolling.

Paul Couchman

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In The Socialist 1 December 2021:


News

NHS Critical

Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease

27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Tories strengthen repressive laws


COP26

After COP26: where next for the climate movement?


International

Argentine elections see deepening polarisation


Wales

Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe


Rural life

Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life


Workplace news

NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


Campaigns

East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


Readers' opinion

TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

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Cuts:

triangleBirmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

trianglePeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

triangle10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

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triangleTory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

Tory:

triangleTory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

triangleTories on the ropes - Build a workers' alternative

triangleDemonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

triangleTory test shortage failure

Labour:

triangleCoventry bin strike continues

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Surrey:

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triangleSurrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

Newham:

triangleNewham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Budget:

triangleBuilding People's Budgets: An alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Council:

triangleNewham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Anti-cuts:

triangleAn appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

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