spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Organisations subcategories:

Art

Commercial

Committee for a Workers International

Government

Labour Party

Left and radical

Media

Nationalist and National Liberation

Pro capitalist and Imperialist

Religious

Social Networks

Socialist Party

Sport

* Trade Union

Transport

Voluntary & non-profit


Trade Union keywords:

BFAWU (118)

BMA (49)

Bectu (21)

CPSA (6)

CWU (352)

EIS (5)

Equity (12)

IWGB (20)

IWW (2)

NEU (30)

NSSN (388)

NSSN (388)

NUM (2)

Napo (27)

National Education Union (57)

National Shop Stewards Network (424)

New Education Union (1)

Nipsa (7)

PCS (937)

Society of Radiographers (1)

TUC (428)

TURCP (2)

Telecoms (14)

Union (1680)

WSSN (1)

Wales Shop Stewards Network (1)

Wales TUC (7)

Zhanartu (1)

NEU


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1033, 13 March 2019: Weak Tories must go. General election now!

Search site for keywords: Southampton - Socialist - Education - Cuts - Council - NEU - National Education Union

Southampton: Socialist stand against council and education cuts

Socialist Party member Sue Atkins (second from right) is fighting school and care home cuts - for a no-cuts budget in the city of Southampton

Socialist Party member Sue Atkins (second from right) is fighting school and care home cuts - for a no-cuts budget in the city of Southampton   (Click to enlarge)

Josh Asker, Southampton Socialist Party

"If you mobilise your community to fight, then you can win!" These were the words of Socialist Party candidate Sue Atkins, standing as Socialist Alternative, at a public meeting on the eve of the Coxford council by-election in Southampton. On 14 March she stands to maintain the trio of anti-cuts councillors in the ward.

Voters in Coxford have a heritage of fighting the cuts imposed by the right-wing Labour council and have had councillors prepared to back them in the council chamber. With one of these councillors, Keith Morrell, standing down, it is important that he is replaced by someone who will vote against cuts when it counts.

Staff, parents and pupils on the other side of the city will be watching carefully. On election day, teachers in the National Education Union (NEU) at Valentine's Primary School start six days of strike action. This is in the face of council bosses determined to force the head to make cuts to children's education.

One Southampton head teacher and NEU member tells the Socialist: "For the last three years, as government funding cuts have hit with rising costs and pupil numbers, our deficit has grown, despite making cuts.

"For everyone in the school working hard to provide for the needs of all our children, we have reached a tipping point. If we are to erase our deficit, as our Labour council is demanding, we will lose all but our teachers and the impact will be devastating on our children.

"It's the same for all schools. 7,000 of us have written to millions of parents to spell out this crisis. It is now for the government to wake up and fully fund our schools. It is time for local councils to join our fight."

Socialist councillors backing up the campaign in the council chamber can help to force the council to change course. One voter remarked: "There is always something they can do! The idea that they can justify doing nothing with things the way they are is a disgrace."

Sue is standing on a program for using the council's reserves and borrowing powers to back the schools, save the care homes and re-open respite centres full-time. This could mobilise workers in Southampton to fight the Tory minority government for the 136 million stolen from the city since 2010.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999