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Unite support for Enfield ‘no cuts’ councillor Tolga Aramaz

No cuts budgets

 

The Regional Committee of Unite has voted to support the stand of Enfield Labour councillor Tolga Aramaz in Enfield who is refusing to vote for cuts budgets.

 

The resolution calls on other councillors to take the same stand as Tolga.

 

Tolga Aramaz

 

We are entering the local authority budget setting season and further cuts threaten vital jobs and services; both those directly run by council and services in fields such as homelessness and supported housing that are run by housing associations and voluntary organisations where many of our members work.  

 

800,000 local authority jobs lost

 

Following the general election, the short-term hope of a government that would end austerity has receded.  As the resolution points out over 800,000 local government jobs have been lost since 2010; this is a crucial issue for Unite members and those who depend on their services. We need to defemd those jobs and services.

 

Unite believes councils should set “legal, balanced, no-cuts, needs-based budgets” and “work with Unite in a joint campaign.” This could involve drawing on reserves to provide time to build the campaign.

 

Rising homelessness

 

The connection between rising homelessness and rough sleeping and council cuts is beyond dispute. Members moved and angered when Tolga spoke at a housing workers branch meeting and outlined the impact of cuts in Enfield.

 

Our branch is committed to support Tolga and our local authority workers in defending local government funded services.

 

The resolution was passed by the London and Eastern regional committee of Unite and came from the Regional Industrial Sector Committee representing local authority workers. The full resolution is below:

 

This Local Authorities RISC notes:

  • That over 800,000 jobs have been lost from local government since 2010.
  • The strain being put on local government services such as social care, many of which are now at breaking point. This has an impact on Unite members, not just as employees but as residents who are dependent on local government services.
  • The stand being made by Tolga Aramaz, Labour Councillor in Enfield, who refused to vote for cuts.
  • That Tolga has again made clear he will continue to refuse to vote for cuts.

 

This RISC agrees:

  • 1. That the stand being made by Tolga is in line with Unite policy in opposing local government cuts.
  • 2. To support a proposed no cuts campaign in Enfield.
  • 3. To call on other councillors to also make the same stand.

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