Posts under ‘Public Spending’

Investment, jobs, growth must be Labour’s policy, not austerity

by Michael Meacher.

Labour has had a successful party conference, Ed Miliband made a powerful speech with a strong commanding narrative of Labour’s objectives for government, but the only let-down was in the crucial area of economic policy. Ed Balls’ embrace of the the right-wing Tory orthodoxy of prolonged austerity until at least 2020 is as unbelievable as […]

Britain Needs a Pay Rise: Demonstrate on 18 October

by Newsdesk.

Labour’s conference is over. We now need a Labour government but, just as important, we need a groundswell of opinion and activity against Austerity. On Saturday 18 October, hundreds of thousands of people will come together to demand an alternative to cuts, privatisation and falling living standards on the Britain Needs a Pay Rise national demonstration. […]

Privatised railways have failed passengers and taxpayers

by Grahame Morris.

This week began with protests at Northern Rail stations, including Seaham, campaigning against the introduction of higher fares, threats to rail services, and job cuts on the rail network. Northern Rail has been pressed by the Department for Transport to raise extra revenues as sixty nine percent of their costs are covered by subsidies they receive […]

Austerity: trade unions agree coordinated strike action on 14 Oct against pay freeze

by John Millington.

Three of Britain’s biggest unions  have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a coordinated strike in October, days before a massive demonstration against cuts. The three unions –  GMB, UNISON and Unite, have agreed that their members will run a coordinated strike of their local government and school members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on […]

Why does Labour stick to Tory austerity plans the stats show can’t be achieved?

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s boast that he would shrink the welfare state to its small scale in 1948 has been definitively scuppered by a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). These official figures reveal that there are at least 6 major areas of public expenditure which are currently escalating rapidly and make it impossible to reconcile […]

Why are all 3 parties fixated on stagnation, falling wages, rising debt & inequality?

by Michael Meacher.

It is often said that when all three political parties are locked together on the same idea, it is bound to be wrong. Given the Tory-LibDem coalition determination to continue austerity unabated throughout the next Parliament, it is sad to see Ed Miliband telling the NPF forum over this weekend that “we won’t have the […]

Trade unions vote against ending austerity in 2015

by Jon Lansman.

The climax of Labour’s formal policy process this weekend which had involved 1,300 amendments from local parties to eight policy documents, filtered down and composited by 77 regional representatives, was a debate on austerity. That’s fitting given that it is the foundation of the Coalition’s disastrous economic policy and, unfortunately, in a lighter version, of Ed Balls’s approach too. […]

Labour’s approach to central austerity question is still badly flawed

by Michael Meacher.

The biggest issue at the coming general election will be how the deficit is to be handled over the next 5 years. The Tory proposal is to continue with the cuts till 2018-9 by which time they claim the structural deficit will have been eliminated. Their real and stated objective is to have continued with […]

What today’s strikes are all about

by Andy Newman.

While David Cameron bleets about the alleged lack of a mandate for today’s strike, it should be remembered that the turnout in strike ballots would be a lot higher if the current legal requirements were sensibly adapted to allow, for example, workplace balloting, plus internet and phone voting. In any event GMB members voted 3:1 in […]

July 10 strike: Government picks fight with public sector workers

by John Millington.

This Thursday, one and a half million workers including firefighters, teachers, civil servants and local government staff will exercise their democratic right to strike. On the surface the dispute is over pay and pensions but the strike is being billed as a wider protest against cuts to public services and the detriment caused to service […]

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