Croydon Assembly against austerity

Ted Knight, organiser of the Croydon TUC Croydon Assembly, writes:

‘What was clear from the platform speakers and from those who spoke in the group and plenary sessions, is that resistance to the Tory government’s onslaught will be massive. The June 20 anti-austerity march is going to be huge.  But immense political and organisational challenges also confront us as a result of what happened at the general election.  That’s why Matt Wrack’s call for the TUC to organise a National Assembly of all those engaged in struggle against the Tories is important.

So too are the calls by Mark Serwotka and John McDonnell to discuss how progressive political forces can work together in the coming period. Philipa Harvey’s emphasis on listening to and working with parents and students to build a joint campaign in defence of education rights is crucial.

Croydon Assembly will press ahead with meetings of our Working Groups to develop policies and campaigns we can unite around. The planning group will send you details about these as soon as we have them. Our Assembly also has to be ready to support all actions locally against austerity and privatisation. Please let us know about any actions you are involved in so that they can be circulated widely.

Assemblies are mushrooming around the country as people realise that the fight can only be won outside Parliament through a mass movement against the Tories. Croydon Assembly will link up other Assemblies which will be the springboard for success. Let’s build the work of the Assembly and meet again later this year.’

Photographs of the day can be seen at  http://tinyurl.com/npaz5sh

Further Austerity Madness Begins

George Osborne’s proposed legislation to make budget deficits ‘illegal’ goes ahead,  then public services will no longer be able to be expanded as a way of stimulating future economic growth and activity.

https://radicaled.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/low-paid-zero-hours-jobs-wont-close-osbornes-deficit

It seems he hinted at ending borrowing for capital investment which would hit Council house building etc.

https://redbrickblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/osbornes-rules-threaten-to-end-new-council-house-building

A third of UK families could be hit by the £12bn welfare cuts.

 http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/14/tory-welfare-cuts-would-hit-poorest-third-of-uk-families-research-shows

What does austerity public job cuts mean?

How does the analysis at

http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/jun/15/tories-impact-500000-public-sector-job-cuts

translate into expected job losses in Croydon?

IMF admits tackling poverty will help economic growth

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/15/focus-on-low-income-families-to-boost-economic-growth-says-imf-study

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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