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Demanding Support For a ‘People’s Budget’

Demanding Support For a ‘People’s Budget’

Members of unions Unite, Unison, PCS and RMT watched from the gallery on 25 February as Leicester City Council voted on its annual budget. Since 2011 over £85 million has been cut from local services in Leicester. Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby’s latest cuts budget was passed by the overwhelmingly Labour council. The city council’s Unison branch has publicly […]

Cllr Barbara Potter Proposes No-Cuts Amendment to Labour Council

Cllr Barbara Potter Proposes No-Cuts Amendment to Labour Council

Speech given by Cllr Barbara Potter on February 25, 2015 to the Labour City Council’s budget-setting meeting in support of Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts’ (LICAC) proposed no-cuts budget amendment. All the Labour councillors present voted to reject LICAC’s no-cuts amendment, and to accept a totally unnecessary cuts budget that will see £50+ million cut […]

Rebel Councillors Say Council Cuts Aren’t Necessary

Rebel Councillors Say Council Cuts Aren’t Necessary

Government attacks to local Council funding are having a disastrous effect on the people of Leicester. With £85 million having already been cut from the city’s finances over the past four years, two Councillors in Leicester aim to reverse this damaging trend. They say that the Council must stand its ground and refuse to implement […]

Leicester TUSC Street Ballot: 100% Against Cuts

Leicester TUSC Street Ballot: 100% Against Cuts

Listen to the people! That’s the message that local Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) affiliate, Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts, will be taking to a council budget-setting meeting on Wednesday 25 February. For any Labour councillors willing to listen, the Leicester TUSC street ballot on Saturday 21st February sent a clear message: Leicester voters […]

Ending Slavery in Leicester

Ending Slavery in Leicester

Yesterday the Leicester Mercury reported that “A new study has found the majority of the people employed in the city’s garment sector earn less than half the legal hourly rate, which is £6.50 for those aged 21 or over.” This shocking local study on the prevalence of modern-day slavery in Leicester was produced with the […]

How the Super-Rich Get Away With It

How the Super-Rich Get Away With It

“Tax avoidance – everyone does it.” That is according to multimillionaire, former hedge fund manager and Tory donor, Lord Fink. While his claim certainly isn’t true for the majority of us, amongst the circles that Lord Fink mixes in, it is par for the course. For the wealthiest in society there are loopholes and quirks […]

Is Labour Anti-Big Business?

Is Labour Anti-Big Business?

Stefano Pessina the tax-exile billionaire boss of Boots has rounded on Labour’s election tax plans as ‘anti-growth and anti-business’. However, Tessa Warrington argues that, on the contrary, Labour remains subservient to big business interests, at our expense. Labour Party leader Ed Miliband responded to Pessina’s criticism by saying he “ought to pay his taxes” rather […]

Labour and the One Percent

Labour and the One Percent

Sadly, local Council leaders continue to promise multi-million-pound cuts to vital public services that serve the 99%, while vying to attract the super-rich 1% to their towns. Thus “in the past two weeks, we’ve learned that IBM, Hastings Insurance Services and the Tejani family (estimated wealth £140 million) have been given £1 million each in […]

Millions Stolen from Leicester: Bringing Tax Justice to Boots

Millions Stolen from Leicester: Bringing Tax Justice to Boots

Over £6 million has been stolen from the people of Leicester by Boots the chemist since 2007. This shocking sum was calculated based on national figures that estimated that Boots failed to pay some £1.2 billion in tax in the past seven years. Seeking to redress this injustice, local campaigners working with the Trade Unionist […]

Victory of the Marigold Gloves

Victory of the Marigold Gloves

“They came after cleaners with very small salaries and families, forgetting we are women, we are mothers, and if you mess with us we can become like the harpies in the ancient Greek legends…. I never thought that a rubber cleaning glove could become such a symbol of struggle, but it has.” These are the […]