The people of south London need to “organise resistance” to further Government cuts being imposed in the name of “austerity”, according to a national trades union leader who will be opening the second Croydon Assembly at Ruskin House next Saturday.
Mark Serwotka is the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents many civil servants working in the Home Office and other government departments with offices in Croydon.
“With the renewed onslaught of cuts our communities face in the next five years, it is vital that people come together to discuss, share experiences, and organise resistance,” Serwotka said.
“The government will seek to divide us by demonising trade unionists, migrants, young people, benefit claimants, public sector workers and so on. But we must stay united and stand together. The Croydon Assembly is a great example of that unity.”
The afternoon session on future plans will be led off by Labour MP John McDonnell, who has launched a website to intervene in the party’s leadership contest.
“At the moment the choice of a new Labour leader is looking like a glamour contest between a group of candidates with little ideologically to choose between them,” McDonnell said. “Let’s transform this leadership election into a real debate about the future of socialism, our party and our country.”
McDonnell, who also spoke at the inaugural Croydon Assembly last November, said: “With the Government threatening cuts in public services and benefits combined with the wholesale privatisation of the NHS we need bodies like the Croydon Assembly more than ever. The Assembly plays a vitally important role in bringing the local community together to resist these cuts and offer an alternative to austerity policies.”
- The second Croydon Assembly is being held place at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD from 10.30am-4pm next Saturday, June 6. Entry is by donation.
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