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Bradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Bradford Socialist Party members were in attendance along with other activists at the lobby of the council on 23 February outside Bradford City Hall. Some Labour councillors came and talked to us as we attempted to persuade them to set a no-cuts budget.

Peter Robson, Bradford Socialist Party

This was a marked difference from 2016 when they were openly hostile towards us. But our attempts to offer an anti-austerity budget did not stop the Labour-run council making a further £40 million of cuts which, with the already millions that have decimated this city, is a legacy they should be ashamed of.

Not only will these cuts yet again attack the poorest, with the Edmund Street centre already closed as a refuge for the homeless. To add insult to injury, after the dirty work was done, they announced to the local press that they now want to rehouse 20% of people in care homes back into their own homes!

Clearly, some of these people are very ill and it would be unbelievable to send them home. And to what? With these cuts, there will be no carers left at this rate. We will continue to challenge these councillors.

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Protest Against Huge Budget Cuts in Bradford

Protesters outside the council meeting

Protesters outside the council meeting

Anti-austerity protesters turned up outside Bradford town hall last Thursday to make their feelings known. As one protester said: ‘we will not take these cuts lying down’!

Peter Robson, Bradford Socialist Party

And what are these cuts?  About £170 million in total to be precise, what also is precise is where these horrendous cut backs will in effect ‘land’ on the people of this district.  Bradford is not a wealthy town that has been well documented, but the Con-Dem government’s disproportionate ‘attack’ on northern cities and towns seems to me to be totally ideological.

The North is still the most unionised part of the country, probably the most militant and certainly has some of the poorest areas of England.  So the cuts to education and social care to name a few will have a devastating effect on people in this city.

Clearly, if you are a Whitehall minister with no actual clue where Bradford is, job done I suspect.  Walking through Bradford at times, it is palpable the amount of people begging on the streets, this surely must also be an indicator of the problems ahead.

We brought a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) banner to the protest and gained a lot of local publicity for this (see two articles in the Telegraph & Argus – Article 1 & Article 2)

But the fight has only just begun to eventually stand candidates that will not lie and renege on their promises, only then will working class people have faith in the political process again.  We’re aiming to stand 7 TUSC candidates in the local council elections in May.

HMRC Workers Strike Against Cutbacks

PCS members at Shipley HMRC office on the picket line

PCS members at Shipley HMRC office on the picket line

Hmrc workers in Shipley had a well staffed picket line on Tuesday 24th of June as part of rolling strike action across the department against the latest attacks by their management.

This includes a vicious  performance management system and a plan to ‘flexibly resource’ workers into contact centres to cover understaffing sure to their own cuts.

Whilst I was on the picket line one worker turned back and ARC members who weren’t on strike today stopped to offer their support.  Pickets were enthusiastic about the prospect of coordinated strike action on July 10th and promised to be back with a bigger picket line then.

PCS pickets at one of the HMRC offices in Bradford

PCS pickets at one of the HMRC offices in Bradford

Socialist Party members also visited the picket lines at the two offices in Bradford which reported that the strike was particularly well supported

Iain Dalton