“THE TORIES HAVE SLASHED FUNDING TO SOUTHAMPTON COUNCIL BUT LABOUR COUNCILLORS HAVE SIMPLY CARRIED OUT THE CUTS.
WE NEED COUNCILLORS LIKE ANTI-CUTS COUNCILLORS KEITH MORRELL, DON THOMAS & ANDREW POPE WHO VOTED AGAINST BUDGET CUTS IN FEBRUARY.
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO RESTORE COUNCIL JOBS & SERVICES.
A UNITED CAMPAIGN OF SOUTHAMPTON ANTI-CUTS COUNCILLORS, TRADE UNIONS AND THE COMMUNITY CAN FORCE THE RETURN OF FUNDING STOLEN SINCE 2010.” Sue Atkins, Southampton TUSC
SOUTHAMPTON TUSC COUNCIL CANDIDATES: 100% ANTI-CUTS!
BASSETT: DAVID RAWLINSON
BEVOIS: ANDREW HOWE
BITTERNE: DEE STRUTT
BITTERNE PARK: LINDA BOULTON
HAREFIELD: GRAHAM O’REILLY
HAREFIELD: BO FLETCHER
MILLBROOK: PETE WYATT
PEARTREE: MIKE MARX
PORTSWOOD: NICK CHAFFEY
SHOLING: DECLAN CLUNE
SWAYTHLING: KEV HAYES
WOOLSTON: SUE ATKINS
WOOLSTON: GRAHAM HENRY
SOUTHAMPTON TUSC SUPPORTS ANTI-CUTS CANDIDATES:
BARGATE: JOHN EASTON
COXFORD: TAMMY THOMAS
REDBRIDGE: DENISE WYATT
SHIRLEY: DAVE FLETCHER
SOUTHAMPTON TUSC WORKS ALONGSIDE ANTI-CUTS COUNCILLORS: KEITH MORRELL, DON THOMAS & ANDREW POPE
Southampton people’s budget meeting
Bo Matthews, Save Bitterne Walk-in Campaign
On Saturday 9 January Southampton TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) held a public meeting to support a council budget that meets the genuine needs of the people who live and work in the city.
Before the meeting residents chatted over tea and coffee and had photos taken of them holding signs with messages they had written telling the council what they would like them to do for the people.
Sue Atkins, TUSC, chaired the meeting and explained that throughout December we had been out on the streets asking local people what they would like from the Labour council and encouraging them to complete our budget consultation forms.
Sue then invited the audience to have their say on how they feel about local issues. Topics ranged from cuts to elderly social care provision, the local housing crisis, child poverty in the city, to the closure of five of the city’s libraries.
Sean Hoyle, the new RMT transport union president, promised solidarity from the TUSC affiliated union over backing the ‘people’s budget’. He also said establishment politicians are there to convince 51% of the population that they can have whatever they like in life as the other 49% will pay for it!
Southampton councillor Keith Morrell (who rebelled from Labour over cuts) also spoke. He talked about how people want accountability and a principled stand from their representatives on the local council – instead of doing whatever the government tells them to do.
People don’t expect betrayal from those that they voted into a position on the council.
Keith said Southampton Labour council and other councils around the country should stand together and demand that the government return the funding stolen from us.
The Labour Party, including its councillors, should get behind Jeremy Corbyn’s, anti-austerity call, on which he was decisively elected Labour leader. We should demand that Labour candidates support the People’s Budget. But, Keith doesn’t believe that this will happen and Labour could lose in May’s local elections. The consequence will be a Tory council in charge of our city.
Nick Chaffey, TUSC, closed the meeting saying that the council should utilise its reserves as a temporary tactic to protect our services. He said TUSC is 100% behind councils opposing the cuts and will stand with Labour councillors that oppose them, but we will not support those who accept them.
The meeting agreed to call a demonstration against the cuts on Saturday 6 February, 12noon outside West Quay, Southampton and to lobby the council on Wednesday 10 February, 1.15pm, Civic Centre, Southampton.
The Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance involving the RMT transport union, the Socialist Party, other socialist group and leading members of trade unions.
Visit the TUSC website www.tusc.org.uk
ANTI-CUTS CAMPAIGNERS CALL ON COUNCIL TO OPPOSE CUTS
Lobby Your Councillor, Wed 11 Feb, 1.30pm Civic Centre
Save Our Libraries, Save Our Day Centres and Care Homes – restore services to the city!
For the vast majority of people in Southampton the last five years of austerity have meant cuts in wages, increased taxes, rents and charges with a drastic reduction in public services in the city.
On the eve of the most important elections for years there is a chance to reverse this tide of inequality and restore vital services to the city.
To do so will mean councillors refusing to vote through this latest round of cuts.
For all those who have echoed the cuts mantra, “There is no alternative”, this weeks revelations of HSBCs role in colossal tax evasion and tax avoidance demonstrates that the resources exist to ensure public services are maintained, jobs and wages are protected and our communities needs for young and old are met.
Southampton rejected the Conservative cuts agenda in 2012 after the mighty strikes of local council workers with Labour thrown into power. Since then Labour have bent the knee and dutifully carried out the cuts.
But the city has fought to oppose further cuts with strikes amongst council workers, healthworkers, firefighters and a threatened strike by police staff. Our communities have protested to save and protect local youth services, day centres, care homes with victories over Oaklands Pool and the Bitterne Walk-In Centre.
This demonstrates the potential that exists for the council to build mass opposition to the government cutbacks, through a united campaign of our communities and trade unions, and force the next government to restore funding to the city that can tackle urgent problems we face.
Over 15 000 people are on the housing waiting list, unable to buy or rent in the private sector. How long are our children expected to live with their parents before this problem is tackled with a mass programme of affordable council houses being built in the city as we have in the past?
What is Labour for if it is not to stand up to the cuts agenda and reverse the decline of the city? Southampton Councillors Against Cuts, Coxford councillors Keith Morrell and Don Thomas have shown support can be won for such a stand. Keith Morrell was re-elected last year with 43% of the vote and Labour trailing in third.
We call on Southampton’s Labour councils to match the courage of the cities workers and communities who have stood up to resist the cuts and refuse to vote for the cuts on Wednesday. To do so will be to give confidence to the library workers and users who oppose council plans to decimate library services and all those who rely on council services.
For further information contact Nick Chaffey 07833 681910