The campaign to stop the privatisation of over 80,000 council homes in Glasgow is shifting into top gear, with tenants due to start voting in just over a week's time.
There is great unease over the plan to hand the city's council homes to the Glasgow Housing Association, a private company. It even saw a split in the ruling Labour group, with a minority including ten Labour councillors opposing the ballot going ahead on 4 March.
The Scottish Executive is shovelling in over £2 billion of public money to shore up the privatisation plan. New Labour is desperate to win both the Glasgow ballot and the ballot over 80,000 council homes in Birmingham due two weeks later. Thousands of leaflets calling for a vote against privatisation have already gone out through tenants' doors in Glasgow
A major rally calling for a no vote is set in the city for next Thursday, with Labour MSP John McAllion, Scottish National Party MSP Sandra White, Bill Speirs of the Scottish TUC, and Scottish Socialist Party MSP Tommy Sheridan.
Activists in Birmingham are planning meetings, leafleting and a battlebus tour of the city in the run-up to the ballot. The Defend Council Housing group has produced a new national poster to drive home the 'vote no' message across Britain.
Some 200 people packed a meeting in Sheffield last Saturday. The meeting was organised to protest against the demolition of council homes on the Parson Cross estate.
Phone 020 7987 9989 or email [email protected] to order posters from Defend Council Housing.