Brent: Trade unions fight cuts

Trade Unionists and supporters are drawing up plans to fight cuts and privatisation in the community following a well-attended anti-cuts meeting. Roughly 25 gathered at the Brent Trades Hall, which included Welsh Harp Labour cllr Roxanne Mashari, members

Trade Unionists and supporters are drawing up plans to fight cuts and privatisation in the community following a well-attended anti-cuts meeting.

Roughly 25 gathered at the Brent Trades Hall, which included Welsh Harp Labour cllr Roxanne Mashari, members of Brent Stop the War, Brent TUC, Brent Community Law Centre, Brent UNISON, Brent MENCAP, Rail and Maritime Transport (RMT) union, Green Party, people working for Brent Council, and many others.

An outcome of the meeting is the formation of a committee consisting of members of the Trades Union Council and supporting organisations.

Sarah Cox of Brent Stop the War said: "These cuts come from a completely different mind set and I've actually been taken by surprise. The naked desire to dismantle the health service, to destroy our education system and to get rid of public services as far as they possibly can. It is frightful, they are ideological cuts that is absolutely clear, and I think it's quite right to say it's really important that councillors campaign publically against the cuts."


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The committee will launch a public campaign to give direction to the anti-cuts actions they are planning and to lobby MPs and councillors.

It was also decided that a website would be needed to keep people informed of new developments and to provide a forum for further discussion and planning, with the website www.brenttuc.org.uk set up until new one is created.

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When cllr Roxanne Mashari was asked what steps she will take after the meeting, she said: "I will be discussing the suggestions made at the Trade Union Council meeting both directly with members of the executive and with the entire Labour group at the next Labour group meeting.

"I am interested to gain more details of any campaigns taking place in unison with other London councils against the government cuts. Again, I will put details of these campaigns to the Labour group at the next meeting.

"We will also be willing to work with any individual or group who is willing to publicly denounce the unjust cuts of the Liberal Democrat/Conservative government in order to protect the interests of Brent residents.

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