Crawley tenants stop sell-off
Council tenants in Crawley, Sussex, are celebrating after the Tory-led council climbed down in the battle over stock transfer of their housing.
The government office for the south east concluded that the offer document prepared by the council was not in a form that could be approved.
The tenants' panel withdrew its support for stock transfer. Then an opinion poll of tenants showed that the level of support for stock transfer remained at a very low level. An extraordinary council meeting was forced to vote to abandon plans for a ballot in March.
This is complete vindication of the Defend Council Housing (DCH) campaign to retain council housing.
Tenants and DCH campaigners will need to be vigilante to ensure that the Tories are unable to force through any threatened cuts.
250 people get Respect in Luton
Over 250 people attended the launch of Respect's election campaign in Dallow ward in Luton on Thursday of last week.
Respect MP George Galloway said it wasn't enough to be angry at New Labour betrayals, typified locally by Margaret Moran MP, and we should all be taking the battle to the streets.
Rod Finlayson from the T&G union, speaking in a personal capacity, said the tidal wave against neoliberalism that has emerged from Latin America is soon set to hit Luton. Forty people joined Respect.
Care workers fight for their rights
Seventeen black women who were sacked by Unique Care, Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, are continuing their fight for reinstatement.
The 17 care workers were sacked after they walked out of work following the sacking of a colleague.
Kirklees Unison union is representing the 17 members, who are picketing everyday and taking news of their fight to the unions across Huddersfield.
The campaign must exert pressure on the local authority, which issues the home care contracts to the company.
The workers addressed a full council meeting last week and were promised there would be an investigation into Unique Care.
Send messages of support and donations to Kirklees Unison, 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP. Phone 01484 223 577 or fax 01484 450 174.
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