Homes for people not for profit!
by Daphne Liddle
SOUTH London housing campaigners rallied on Wednesday morning outside the home of Trace Newton, a vulnerable, disabled 56-year-old housing co-op resident due to be evicted by Labour controlled Lambeth Council from her housing co-operative home as part of the councils plans to close housing co-operatives and clear the properties for privatisation.
The heavy-handed and uncaring decision to evict this woman has been bitterly criticised by many, including four local Parliamentary candidates. Kate Hoey, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate, and serving Vauxhall MP from 1989, has been a constant critic of the council’s policy, and was vocal in her condemnation of Trace’s eviction: “This is a disgraceful way to treat a long-term Lambeth resident who has a home that is among the best examples of a tenant-improved property. I will be standing with Trace and her supporters to stop the bailiffs from carrying out Lambeth’s attempt to wipe housing coop residents off the map — a policy they said they were against!
“If this was a Conservative council I am sure members of the Labour Party would be the first to criticise it and not be cheerleading the misery of others!”
On Wednesday the bailiffs were forced to withdraw due to the numbers of protesters and at the moment Trace Newton is still in her home.
This attempted eviction is typical of policies being carried out all across London and other major cities in Britain as rising housing costs are forcing the low paid out of their homes to make way for the building of luxury flats in landscaped estates that are attracting buyers from all over the world as investments which will continue to rise in price — and to be rented on short term leases and sky high rents. Few of these residences are bought by people who want to live in them.
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Fair pay for fast food workers
FAST Food workers in Britain last week joined a one day international protest for higher pay, just days after mainstream politicians promised modest rises in the legal minimum wage.
Demonstrations in London began at McDonalds in Marble Arch on Wednesday 15th April morning, where activists went on to occupy the restaurant.
Thirty protests are took place across the country according to campaign group Youth Fight for Jobs, and are inspired by the Fight for $15, a movement for higher wages in the US.
The actions are supported by the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), Unite the Union and campaign group War on Want.
Workers are demanding a £10-per-hour “living wage” and an end to zero-hours contracts, which do not guarantee employees a minimum number of hours.
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