tax payers and council workers are currently facing massive cuts in jobs, pay,
pensions, benefits and services.
services such as Youth Services and Adult Care have been cut. Council workers have had their pay
cut, many losing over £1000 a year, in total slashing £6 million from the wage
council tax bills and getting less for it. Is this what they mean by ‘value for
money’? This is a rip off
(this time wearing a seatbelt) we are being driven at breakneck speed into a
brick wall of £50 million cuts over the next 3 years.
financial and global crisis, the question is who is reaching deep into their
pockets to pay for this crisis?
themselves huge bonuses, not the billionaires and corporations who find “loopholes”
to avoid paying taxes, nor the politicians busy feather nesting their own
futures at our expense.
and the unemployed suffer the biggest squeeze on living standards for over 30
recently voted to implement a “Change Programme”. Innocent enough in words but
in reality this is newspeak for the wholesale privatisation and decimation of
hand over powers for implementing
this privatisation programme to an unelected technocrat, namely the chief
executive, currently paid £205,000 for his efforts.
Conservatism.” In reality it represents a decisive move away from local
democracy towards our own municipal mini-Italy!
clear. Either continue to administer the bad medicine albeit with a different
label or stand up and say “enough is enough”. We ask “which road will you take?”
workers in UNISON and
majority of people in Southampton. It shows the possibility of building a mass campaign
against the cuts,
its group leader Richard Williams, and local MPs John Denham and Alan Whitehead
have spoken out against the strikes and are proposing to make massive cuts of
over their “mythical manifesto” and in reality they plan to make cuts as New
Labour councils have across the country.
for Jobs & Housing
programme we are campaigning for a real alternative, a budget to meet the needs
of Southampton people.
campaign involving citizens service users and unions, mobilizing the whole city
through public meetings and mass demonstrations. To demand that government
returns the money it has stolen from local councils.
led by members of the Socialist Party, succeeded in winning £60 million from
the Thatcher government to build housing, nurseries, leisure centres and create
thousands of jobs.
fully fund the provision of the services we require. The Public and Commercial
Services Union (PCS) point out that up to £120 billion tax is evaded, avoided
and uncollected every year. Most of this is from wealthy individuals and
Candidates in the May 2012 Elections
support to striking council workers and who will vote against all cuts. In May
2011 13 anti-cuts candidates won over 1800 in Southampton Council elections
under the banner of the Trade Unionist & Socialists Against Cuts. We intend
to build on that success next year.
info contact Nick Chaffey on 07833 681910