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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2022

Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

Anti-cuts protest in Portsmouth, photo Nick Doyle

Anti-cuts protest in Portsmouth, photo Nick Doyle   (Click to enlarge)

Nick Doyle, Portsmouth Socialist Party

Council workers are leaving. They can't live off the wages paid by the council.

The council has committed to paying the living wage. But Portsmouth council workers should be paid a minimum of £15 an hour. And the council should fight for the funds to do so, not threaten cuts.

There is likely to be a 6% council tax rise. Social housing tenants face a double whammy of this and rent increases. The council made at least £100 million cuts in the last decade, and is cutting more this year.

Projects to beef up the council's 'green' credentials have had little or even negative impact. They include solar panels that aren't even connected.

The council's plans for a Clean Air Zone would mean further taxation, hitting the poorest the most, who often can't afford the new 'cleaner' cars. If Portsmouth Council was serious about environmental measures, it could properly insulate every council building, and bring local public transport under public control, so that services could be based on need rather than profit.

What is needed is a People's Budget - no more cuts, council tax rises or rent increases. This would only be sustainable if the council was prepared to build a campaign in Portsmouth's workplaces, unions and communities to demand back the £100 million, and what is needed in real terms for the people of Portsmouth.

When Militant supporters, now the Socialist Party, were elected to run Liverpool in the 1980s, the council was facing bankruptcy. That Labour council went on to create thousands of jobs, build thousands of decent homes, winning back £60 million from Thatcher's Tory government.

A mass workers' party that was prepared to build such a campaign today could improve living standards, and bring down this rotten Tory government. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) banner is available for anti-cuts candidates. If you agree, please consider standing and join the Socialist Party.

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In The Socialist 2 February 2022:


News

Tories attack UC recipients with 'get any job' threat

NHS mandatory vaccination to be ditched

NI rise piled onto shoulders of the lowest paid

Gas and electric bills set to soar by 50% this year

Covering basic costs is hard, and it's getting worse


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity needed

Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday 50 years on

School students strike in Austria

Coup d'état in Burkina Faso

France: Education workers and students walkout


TUSC

Tories Out!

Dave Nellist standing for Birmingham Erdington

Why a socialist candidate for Birmingham Erdington is vital

Hackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

Essex cuts racket must end

Portsmouth: Council workers leaving and tenants' double whammy

TUSC by-elections round-up


Workers fighting back

The winter strike wave escalates as workers fight back and win

NHS workers begin strike for 15% and against outsourcing

Victory at NewVIc college! 'The picket line gives us power'

Coventry bins: all-out against strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs strike restarts with a bang, barricades and a win!

PCS 2022 elections

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns news

Tories sinking, workers rising - help fund the socialist fightback

May Day Greetings: Back the paper that backs the working class

Why I joined: I'm tired of austerity and status quo

Socialist Students getting organised for 2 March walkout


Review

Belfast: Worth watching portrayal of previously airbrushed workers' unity


 

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