Socialist Worker

Fury at the bankers on the streets of Tower Hamlets

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2244

On the bus in Tower Hamlets  (Pic: Smallman )

On the bus in Tower Hamlets (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A battle bus took to the streets of Tower Hamlets on Saturday.

Funded by Unison, the bus publicised the upcoming strikes in the borough, as well as the TUC demonstration.

Its message was very well received.

In Whitechapel, a Labour councillor boarded the bus and spoke through the sound system in Bengali.

He called on people to unite against cuts and join the march.

School and college students sat with local government and health workers and other activists.

Nasser, a local government worker in Tower Hamlets, told Socialist Worker, “I’m here to defend jobs and services—thousands of jobs are under threat.

“The money is there to pay for all these things. Tax dodging by the rich and big business is bleeding us dry.

“I hope to be on strike next week and to bring the area to a standstill. Striking can give us all confidence—that we are not alone and can fight together.

“This is a very poor borough. One of the main problems is housing and overcrowding and the cuts will only make things worse.”

As the bus wound its way through the streets, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf glittered in the background.

As one woman put it, “They made this mess, the bloody bankers. When are they going to start paying?”

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