OVER 100 people attended a stormy meeting in Shard End, Birmingham, called by the Defend Council Housing campaign two weeks ago. Tenants totally oppose the council's plans to sell off 88,000 properties. They voiced their fears, which included higher rents, service charges, loss of secure tenancy and easier evictions.
Some Labour councillors spoke for privatisation. Local Labour councillor Marge Bridle was given a rough ride. She was shocked by the strength of anti-transfer feelings. Other Labour councillors spoke against privatisation.
The council is clearly rattled and is responding with vitriolic attacks on tenants who attend campaign meetings, calling them "malcontents", "activists", "trade unionists" and "Socialist Workers Party members". We urge council tenants everywhere to join our growing movement to defend council housing.
- Peter Smith, meeting organiser, Birmingham Defend Council Housing