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The Socialist 5 July 2017

Public sector wages - pay up!

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Newcastle tenants demand answers from Labour council

Rock Terrace tower blocks in Newcastle, photo by Stephen Richards/CC

Rock Terrace tower blocks in Newcastle, photo by Stephen Richards/CC   (Click to enlarge)

William Jarrett, Newcastle Socialist Party

On 27 June I attended a meeting organised by concerned tenants of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), an arms-length management organisation (Almo) of Newcastle City Council, at Cruddas Park tower in the city's west end.

Tenants revealed a shocking array of safety violations catalogued throughout Newcastle's tower blocks in the fortnight since the Grenfell Tower disaster, explicitly referring to them as being potentially criminally negligent.

Included among them were failures to install smoke detectors, faulty windows, lack of fire extinguishers, and doors which sealed a tenant inside of their home during a fire alarm.

A member of Newcastle council Labour group, Dipu Ahad, questioned whether the meeting was organised by actual tenants. But a BBC Look North film crew present didn't question the meeting's authenticity, and were keen to interview residents.

Councillor Ahad said that if the campaign was going to be "hijacked"(!), then "we" - presumably Newcastle's Labour group - "can't help".

This drew the ire of Diane, a campaign organiser and YHN tenant. The possibility of rent strikes was also discussed.

The Socialist Party rejects all outsourcing of council housing, whether through Almos or private companies. Services must be returned in-house, and fully funded, for proper oversight and regulation.

I offered our solidarity and support to the campaign, and committed to undertake activity with them to hold YHN and Newcastle City Council to account to ensure safe housing for all.

In this issue

Socialist Party news and analysis

Public sector wages - Pay up!

Jobstown victory: protest is not a crime!

Blairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses' Single Market

Fight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

Hillsborough: six charged due to determination of justice campaign

Tories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!

Readers' comments and reviews

200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

Transport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary

The Socialist inbox

What we think

1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement

Socialist Party workplace news

'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

Support the Merseyrail strikes against DOO

RMT conference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws

Bin workers' anger boils over into strike action

Unison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

Surrey FBU pass no confidence motion

BA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts

Leeds: Nurses' union RCN says 'scrap the cap'

Pride 2017

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today

NI abortion u-turn

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn


Haringey: stop demolition of homes and communities

South London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Newcastle tenants demand answers

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

East London community demands action after racist attacks

Another record fighting fund quarter!

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Pensioners oppose DUP deal


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