Preston independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette is calling for the council to defy the government and not implement the cuts.
He has tabled a motion for the next council meeting on 16 December—and had his strategy overwhelmingly passed recently by Preston trades council.
Michael says, “These ideologically driven cuts are part of a wider privatisation agenda that will transfer vital public services to unaccountable, for-profit companies whose main interests are share price and profit, not quality service provision.
“I’m calling for the council to commit itself to a policy of no cuts in services, no privatisation and no job losses and to construct policy and budgets accordingly.
“I also want the council to commit itself to defence of all local jobs and services. I want it to campaign to highlight the consequences of government policy on the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Preston.”
Now Labour councillors are discussing whether to support Michael’s proposal.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be running candidates in the local elections next May.
They will be running “to show that there is a clear left wing alternative to policies of public sector cuts, privatisation, militarism and environmental degradation”.
TUSC adds, “We recognise that there will be Labour and non-Labour candidates who agree with our policies, who share our socialist aspirations, and who will be supported by left and labour movement organisations participating in our coalition.
“We also recognise that there are different strategic views about the way forward for the left in Britain.
“But our coalition is united on the need for mass resistance to the ruling class offensive, and for an alternative programme of left wing policies to help inspire and direct such resistance.”
TUSC will hold a special conference in London on 22 January 2011. For details go to www.tusc.org.uk