Thank you to socialist voters in Upper Stoke – Coronavirus shows the need for socialist change more than ever

We would like to thank the 101 people people that voted for Jane Nellist – our Socialist Alternative  candidate in Thursdays Upper Stoke by election in what was clearly extremely difficult circumstances.

We received over 8% of the vote, which we believe is a strong base to build further the resistance to austerity continuity carried on by this Labour Council in Coventry.

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As expected the Labour Party retained the seat. However for socialists that is not the end of campaigning, we will be out again from today fighting in anyway we can in the interests of ordinary working people and for a socialist change of society. 

We say that the Labour council simply can’t carry on as it has been doing. 

2000+ council jobs have been lost since 2010. The city is meant to be next years city of culture yet is more like a city of Homelessness, high rents & dodgy landlords, with most Sure-start, libraries, youth clubs – wound down or closed

The council must organise with the working people of Coventry to resist future Tory austerity –where another £86 million is to be cut from our city. Labour must change or get out of the way for people who will fight back on behalf of and with the working people of Coventry.

(Here’s what we said in our election campaign https://coventrysocialists.com/2020/03/09/vote-jane-nellist-in-the-upper-stoke-by-election-we-need-a-socialist-councillor-in-coventry/)

The Coronavirus pandemic will dominate many people’s thoughts and it reveals the capitalist system in crisis and its complete Inability to protect ordinary people across the globe.

We have produced a charter of demands needed to protect working people https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/partydoc/Coronavirus_-_a_workers_charter_2020

From an NHS underprepared after a decade of austerity, to a lack of testing for the virus, to jobs and wages under threat and to production systems and food supplies inadequate for this event because of ‘just in time’ methods, that earn big firms small profit increases, but which crumble in the face of anything unusual.

This will rightly lead to a huge questioning of the economic system as the threat of the virus fades. People should remember that we were told there was no magic money tree and public ownership was bad, yet now we see £trillions found and governments forced to intervene where the market is failing.

Austerity was a fraud, and even Boris Johnson was forced to say on Thursday that ‘while people think the bail out in 2007-8 was mainly for the bankers and not the people, this time we will look after the people’. This shows how scared they are of movements against their system further down the line.

Councils across Britain could also do so much more  https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30435/18-03-2020/councils-must-break-austerity-rules

Finally we appeal to anyone angered by the current crisis to think about getting involved – it’s easy to!

It’s had become clearer than ever that it is working people that are needed to keep society afloat – cleaners, delivery drivers, metalworkers, doctors and all the rest of us. However, we can do without the capitalist who just puts the barrier of profit in the way of what needs to be done.

Help us fight for the drastic socialist change needed to protect the millions not millionaires! – join the

PCS news in HMRC in Coventry & Birmingham

PCS Members In ISS Ballot For £10 An Hour
PCS members employed by ISS to clean and maintain the HMRC (the government’s tax collection department) offices in Birmingham have been balloted for strike action and over 97% of votes are for strike action on a turnout of nearly 90%. This ballot is an extension of the strike action already taken by their colleagues in Liverpool and Bootle in 2019. Those PCS members have to be balloted again under the anti trade union laws which mean that any strike ballot is valid for a maximum of 6 months.
ISS, a global outsourcer based in Denmark, had global turnover in 2018 of over £7 billion with global profits of over £400 million. These large profits are achieved through the blatant and unashamed exploitation of their workforce. The ISS workers being balloted are on minimum wage and given the statutory minimum terms and conditions. Their fight is for £10 an hour and terms and conditions equivalent to those given to the HMRC workers whose offices they clean.
PCS has attempted to negotiate with ISS for these reasonable demands. The response from ISS has been that if HMRC pays more money for the contract then ISS will pay their staff more. HMRC’s position is that this is a matter between ISS and its workers and they won’t be getting involved. The workers are being betrayed by both sides and are left with no choice but to take strike action.
Last year ISS staff cleaning offices for the department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy took indefinite strike action for months and won the London Living Wage of £10.55 an hour plus improved terms & conditions. This shows that workers that take action can win. With that in mind the question is why there’s no leadership from the top of PCS to encourage more branches to bring ISS workers into the union and into the struggle for better pay and terms & conditions.
What’s needed now is a strategy from PCS to resist further outsourcing to companies like ISS and to bring outsourced services back in-house so that workers automatically benefit from the collective agreements. This would allow PCS to recruit more members amongst ISS and to coordinate and extend the existing industrial action. This type of strategy isn’t available from the existing PCS NEC majority which has already decided its only focus is pay for the core civil service. That’s why the formation of the Broad Left Network will take forward issues for members by campaigning on all of the issues that matter to our members rather than setting demands and members against each other. If you are a PCS member then please vote for Broad Left Network candidates in the upcoming 2020 NEC elections. 
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HMRC Coventry Redundancies – Unions Must Fight For All Jobs!


Workers at HMRC (the tax office) in Coventry have now been put on the path to redundancy ready for Sherbourne House to be closed in September 2020. This is the latest step in HMRC’s estates plan, mis-named ‘Building Our Future’. Once complete it will mean the closure of tax offices in Birmingham, Coventry, Merry Hill, Northampton, Solihull, Telford and Wolverhampton with workers moved into two offices – one new office in Birmingham and one existing office in Telford.
There are roughly 200 workers currently based at Sherbourne House. This is down from a peak of around 450 workers 10 years ago. There’s been a loss of people through retirements but the biggest loss is due to resignations. Many staff, unhappy with the way HMRC has ignored them and their needs, have simply left to pursue a future elsewhere in Coventry rather than waiting to be forced out. HMRC has repeatedly told workers and politicians that 90% of the workforce are within ‘Reasonable Daily Travel’ of the new Birmingham office. Information from management now shows that just 68 staff will be moving to Birmingham. Questions need to be asked about how a government department has been allowed to repeatedly lie to workers, to the PCS union and to politicians of all colours at local and national levels.
If a third of staff move from other other offices outside of Birmingham then it will leave HMRC woefully understaffed at a time when Boris Johnson is making spending promises in the hopes of bribing the Midlands and North of England to continue to support him. HMRC knows this problem is looming and has been regularly recruiting new staff into Birmingham. But new staff can’t replace the 1,000’s of years of accumulated knowledge and experience that’s about to be lost.

Vote Jane Nellist in the Upper Stoke By-Election – We need a Socialist Councillor in Coventry!

On Thursday 19th March voters in the the Upper Stoke ward of Coventry will have the chance to vote for a fighting anti austerity socialist voice in a local By-Election Vote…

Coventry Socialist Party’s Jane Nellist will be standing as the Socialist Alternative candidate – Someone who will fight Tory cuts – not continue to pass them on to Coventry people!

Coventry Council can’t go on like this anymore!

  • 2000+ council jobs lost since 2010
  • homelessness, high rents & dodgy landlords
  • sure-start, libraries, youth club – wound down or closed!

Johnson says austerity is over…

but in the next 3 years Coventry faces a shortfall of £86 million….what suffers next?…social care? parks? schools? roads?

Labour Councillors must choose whether to stand with Coventry people and resist austerity…. or carry on making Tory cuts!

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A Socialist Councillor like Jane Nellist- –

Would be a voice and fighter for local people against austerity, landlordism and closures in Coventry. Jane has been a local teacher, Trade Union leader and fighter for ordinary people across Coventry for 30 years. Unlike Tory-lite Labour Councillors, she would resist Tory austerity instead of passing on savage cuts to Coventry.

  • Organise on the Council to resist further cuts in Coventry
  • Restore lost services, libraries and jobs
  • A programme of house building to meet the needs of Coventry
  • Stop hospital parking charges at Walsgrave

Coventry receives £120 million less a year In government grants than it did 10 years ago.  The Labour council has passed those cuts onto local people – axing 2000 jobs, cutting service levels and increasing charges for services.

Over the next 12 months people with dementia will lose some weekend services, adult social care will be worse, lights on some streets will be dimmed at night and families saying goodbye to loved ones will have to pay more at the crematorium.

But making those Tory cuts won’t satisfy the government. Over the next three years, because of further government cuts, Coventry Council faces further shortfalls of £19 million in 2021, £30 million in 2022, and £37 million in 2023.

Labour won’t fight back against these cuts. We need a socialist councillor who will.

Brexit has torn apart the Tory Party and shown Blairite Labour MP’s to be tied to the wealthy and powerful. Westminster nor Brussels have much concern for the lives and conditions of ordinary people in Coventry or the wider UK.  Socialists campaign for a Brexit that benefits workers, putting the millions ahead of the millionaires.Neither remaining in the EU nor a Tory pro-big business Brexit will provide any solution to austerity and privatisation.

Pre-election Public Meeting

Coventry cannot take any more austerity – what can we do to resist it?

Wednesday 18th March, 7pm @ St Michaels CoE Church Centre

365a Walsgrave Rd, Coventry, CV2 4BG

With Socialist Alternative candidate Jane Nellist speaking. come along to find out more, ask any questions and hear how just one socialist Councillor could help change Coventry

Socialists want change – Join with us

Socialists are dedicated to fighting for every possible improvement for working people. The ‘free market’ is failing to provide decent jobs or homes for all. It undermines our NHS and loots our services. Instead of paying off the debts of the bankers, we want to change the system and use the huge resources that exist in society for the benefit of all.

We call for the major firms and banks that dominate the economy to be brought into democratic public ownership. Production and services could then be planned to meet the needs of all while properly protecting the environment. That’s why we fight for socialist change – so the wealth of this country benefits all, not just the super rich!

 

Interested in helping? Can you deliver leaflets, or put up a poster? Or, interested in joining the Socialist Party?

07530 429441

http://www.coventrysocialists.com

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk

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Promoted by Lenny Shail (agent) 108 Lake View Rd, Coventry, CV5 8JY on behalf Jane Nellist