NEITHER COUNCIL CUTS NOR TAX HIKES – build mass defiance

As the butchery of jobs, services, community facilities, and workers‘ conditions looms large and ugly in the setting of Scotland‘s 32 council budgets, Labour and SNP politicians are knocking verbal lumps out of each other. Listening to their excuses for implementing savage cuts, and the feeble ‘alternatives’ they offer, we could be forgiven for quoting the lines from Macbeth’s famous speech: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The noisy clash between the SNP government and the non-SNP controlled councils signifies nothing but cynical party political manoeuvres for the May elections, rather than …

Councillors should resist cuts! Speech from Lewisham Momentum meeting

Speech from Lewisham Momentum meeting 9th November On 9 November, Lewisham for Corbyn Momentum (a local Corbyn supporters’ group in South London) organised a packed debate on Labour councils and cuts. The two speakers, councillor Luke Sorba and Sacha Ismail, were both Momentum supporters but argued different positions. This is Sacha’s speech. (Luke Sorba addressing the debate) After the Tories first came back to office in 2010, some Labour council leaderships talked about campaigning against the cuts in local government spending they imposed. Gradually that faded to almost nothing. More recently Labour councils have kept quiet, not even demanding that a …

RISE Slams Tax Closure: Press Release

RISE Slams Tax Closure RISE activists have slammed the proposed closure of Cumbernauld Tax Office claiming that it will have a devastating impact on the town. RISE activist and ex-tax office worker, Kevin McVey commented, “A whole generation of people have passed through the Tax Office which has offered employment to thousands of people in this area. For it to close as part of the Tories plan to destroy our public services would be a devastating blow, and alongside North Lanarkshire Council’s threat to slash jobs, raises serious concerns about job prospects in Cumbernauld. At a time when big corporations and the rich dodge their tax to …

Richie Venton

Richie Vention Scottish Socialist Party: National Trade Union and Workplace Organiser   POVERTY PAY SCANDAL WORSENS   New figures on low pay reinforce the importance of the campaign by the SSP for an immediate £10-an-hour minimum wage. And the urgency of pounding union leaderships into taking action in pursuit of this policy, which was agreed unanimously at the 2014 TUC conference. A new publiciation by KPMG has revealed that 450,000 workers in Scotland – one in every five workers – earn below the so-called Living Wage, which was £7.85 at the time of their research, but has been uprated this …

PLASTIC BAG ECONOMICS. REASONS TO BE UNCHEERFUL PART 1003.

by sandrassp So it is that annual week of festivities for left activists. The show that is the Tory Party annual conference. They have ventured north of the Watford Gap galvanised by the election result which gave them a majority which they will use to inflict further misery. While the social media showed images of a tory being egged, Boris being ping ponged, the real human tragedies of cuts to working people and the poor are being played out inside the hotels. Cameron and Osbourne  have used every opportunity that there will be no u-turns on the cuts to tax credits …

SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP: PITFALLS AND TRAPS FOR WORKERS

As the Tories take a claw hammer to workers’ rights, and swing their wrecking ball at jobs, wages, tax credits and public services, it’s no wonder workers search for a political alternative. The cream of the Scottish working class has joined the SSP, the socialist contingent of the 630,000-strong trade union movement. They are rightly attracted by the SSP’s track record of solidarity with workers in struggle; unflinching fight for an immediate £10 minimum wage for all at 16; our advocacy of democratic public ownership, and our tireless campaigning for a charter of workers’ rights, as a core human right. …

Varoufakis

Austerity is being used as a cover-story for class war against the poor

Austerity and deficit reduction are being used as a cover-story for conducting class war against the poor, an economics professor who served as Greece’s finance minister has said. Yanis Varoufakis noted simultaneous reductions in taxes on the wealthy and cuts to spending on social security amounted to a redistribution of wealth away from the poor to the rich. “The problem is that austerity is being used as a narrative to conduct class war” Mr Varoufakis told the BBC’s Question Time programme. “To be talking about reducing the state further when effectively what you are doing is reducing taxes like inheritance …

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT & COUNCILS: DEFEND UNIONS – DEFY CUTS

Thursday, 17 September 2015   Fury at the implications of the Tory Trade Union Bill is already erupting, and pushing politicians in Scotland into very welcome promises not to comply with some of the measures it contains. Three of the numerous assaults on workers’ civil and trade union rights are: removal of the 42-year-old ban on using agency staff to replace strikers; and dictatorial powers for Westminster to over-rule agreements between recognized unions and Scottish public authorities – the Scottish government, councils, NHS Boards, etc – to deduct union fees at source (the ‘check off’ system), and grant facility time …

Richie Venton: A WARNING NOTE TOTHE TORIES

Thursday, 10 September 2015 A WARNING NOTE TO THE TORIES SUBMISSION ON 2015 TRADE UNION BILL & ASSOCIATED CONSULTATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE SCOTTISH SOCIALIST PARTY by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organiser We submit these comments on the Trade Union Bill and associated ‘consultations’ in the full knowledge that the Tory regime has little or no intention of heeding the submissions of the trade union movement and its political allies, in their pursuit of crushing the power and influence of working people. These pretend-consultations are an exercise in deceit; camouflage for a government with no popular majority mandate to …