Across the borough and beyond, campaigners and trade unionists are having to confront continuing attacks on both our public services and on our living standards. In Lewisham:
The Council is determined to break-up local Authority schooling with Academies and Trusts
Health services face cuts and privatisation through “A Picture of Health”.
Local Authority housing is being given over to ALMOs and Housing Associations.
Meanwhile, while billions are found to bailout the banks, workers are being told that they have to put up with year-after-year of below-inflation pay awards.
But trade unions and communities are beginning to say ‘enough is enough’. The NUT is balloting its members for national strike action to oppose pay cuts. Housing and health campaigners have been organising to defend our services. The Defend Education in Lewisham Campaign is challenging the Council’s damaging proposals.
That’s why the NUT, together with Defend Education, have agreed to hold a public meeting later this year to explain what is at stake and how we can fight the attacks. From this initiative, we hope to build a united campaign to defend our services.