Housing workers support Jeremy Corbyn
Mandate to fight austerity
Jeremy Corbyn attracted enormous support last summer when he stood for the Labour leadership and secured a clear mandate to fight austerity. The resignation of Cameron and the crisis in the Tory party are an opportunity to attack austerity but too many Labour MPs have taken the opportunity to attack the party leader.
Unite’s Len McLuskey and many other trade union leaders have pledged to support Jeremy Corbyn. As they say (Labour): “...should focus on speaking up for jobs and workers’ rights under threat, and on challenging any attempt to use the referendum result to introduce a more right-wing Tory government by the backdoor. The last thing Labour needs is a manufactured leadership row of its own in the midst of this crisis and we call upon all Labour MPs not to engage in any such indulgence...” We call on Labour MPs to heed this appeal and concentrate their fire on the rotten government.
Solution to housing crisis
In his campaign for leadership Jeremy explained that there can be no solution to the housing crisis that does not start with a massive programme of council house building and called for rent control. This introduced the idea of a mass council house building programme for the first time in a generation and gave a glimpse of how the desperate housing crisis could be solved. Such policies can win massive support but the response of the pro austerity wing of Labour was dismissive. Chris Leslie, now one of the leading plotters dismissed the idea of a mass council house programme because he was wedded to low spending and even declared that the limited proposals for rent control that the party had adopted must be dropped. He said the reason Labour lost was that it did not appear sufficiently business friendly. That approach will not solve Labour’s problems; we need a party that is working class and young people friendly.
Jeremy gave great support for our members in St Mungos taking strike action to defend both, pay and conditions, and services. We were proud to support his stand against austerity now.
Demonstrate in support of Jeremy Corbyn
Monday 27th June, Parliament Square from 6.00pm
Len McCluskey writes in The Guardian: Labour mutineers are betraying our national interest
Union General secrataries back Jeremy Corbyn: The last thing Labour needs is a manufactured leadership row