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Victory in a ballot

Issue No. 1813

TENANTS IN Merton, South London, have voted against the mass transfer of council housing to a housing association. Some 52 percent of tenants voted against on a 66 percent turnout. It was proposed that all Merton's 9,600 council homes should be transferred.

Sean Cunliffe, the branch secretary of Merton Unison union, said, 'Other tenants have been voting no to stock transfers by seeing through the bribes and propaganda. Now the residents of Merton have done the same.' Since 1988 only 37 percent of transfer proposals have been accepted by tenants in London.

The Defend Council Housing campaign welcomed the Merton ballot result and urged other tenants to oppose similar plans. The victory in Merton underlines just how much opposition there is to the government's policy of selling off council housing. Tenants want investment, not privatisation.

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Sat 17 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1813
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