Defrosting Unison

By Jeremy Dewar LOCAL GOVERNMENT officers, health workers and school support staff will gather in Brighton in mid-June ostensibly to discuss and debate the way forward for Unison, the principle public sector union. In reality it will be a frustrating week, listening to endless and highly inappropriate self-congratulation from the top table. Motions or amendments … Continue reading Defrosting Unison

Local Government: Union leaders prepare fresh capitulation

By Jeremy Dewar, Unison rep, pc Another year, another pay cut. Or so it seems. As we go to press, Britain’s biggest local government union, Unison, is about to close its second consultative ballot (we didn’t give the right answer first time) on the employers’ 2018-19 pay offer. The offer is atrocious: a real pay … Continue reading Local Government: Union leaders prepare fresh capitulation

Local government: reject the pay offer – fight for five per cent!

By a Unison schools convenor There are 1.3 million local government and school support workers – 78 per cent of them women. We are the housing officers, youth workers, social workers, teaching assistants, caterers and cleaners that keep hard-up families together and services running. Austerity budgets, year after year, have wiped out over 700,000 jobs … Continue reading Local government: reject the pay offer – fight for five per cent!

Organise the Left for London council campaigns

WITH COUNCIL elections looming in London, the Tory press is full of increasingly worried articles about a Labour landslide. Pollsters are predicting a big increase in Labour votes, Labour councillors and even the possible capture of Tory strongholds like Wandsworth (Thatcher’s favourite council in the 1980s) and Barnet. As Sadiq Khan recently said at the … Continue reading Organise the Left for London council campaigns

Birmingham bin strike: class solidarity trumps party unity

By Bernie McAdam AFTER SEVEN weeks of strike action and an apparent agreement with council chiefs, it seemed sense had prevailed; Birmingham’s Grade Three bin workers would not be sacked and a suspended union rep would be reinstated. Instead the Labour run council has completely gone back on its word and issued redundancy notices to … Continue reading Birmingham bin strike: class solidarity trumps party unity

Lambeth resistance grows 

By Simon Hardy The movement emerging in Lambeth could act as a model for everyone fighting council cuts across the country Strikes, occupations, thousands of people marching against cuts – Lambeth is currently the site of some very energetic resistance to austerity Britain. Housing, libraries, local jobs, government accountability, anti-gentrification and now the new multi … Continue reading Lambeth resistance grows 

Save Lambeth Libraries protest is a reality check for Labour councils

By KD Tait The campaign to defend Lambeth’s 10 public libraries from the Labour council’s closure and outsourcing plans saw more than 2,000 people march through Brixton in one of the biggest local demonstrations in years. Residents, librarians and Friends of Lambeth libraries assembled at the Carnegie library to congratulate the occupiers who walked out … Continue reading Save Lambeth Libraries protest is a reality check for Labour councils

Model motion supporting the campaign against local government cuts for use in Labour branches and CLPs

Please feel free to use this as a template. If you pass this motion, please let us know by emailing contact@redflagonline.org This [branch/CLP] notes the letter sent from Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Party, to all Leaders of Council Labour Groups, on 17 December 2015. The letter states that:- “Following the debate inside the Party … Continue reading Model motion supporting the campaign against local government cuts for use in Labour branches and CLPs

Local government cuts: 5 key facts

£11.3 billion will be cut from total central government grants to councils by 2016 From 2010-2015 council budgets were cut by 40 per cent. In 2015 George Osborne announced a further 30 per cent cut 75 per cent of local government workers are women, meaning cuts will affect those already discriminated against in the job … Continue reading Local government cuts: 5 key facts

How can Labour activists defend local services?

A local government worker responds to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s recent letter setting out their policy in relation to Labour councils implementing Tory austerity OVER the coming month, councils across the UK will be setting budgets for the coming year. They will include savage cuts, with the most vulnerable (women, children, the elderly and … Continue reading How can Labour activists defend local services?