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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Respect Backs Strike Action

The Respect Party this morning gave its full support to the strike action being taken by Tower Hamlets Unison members and members of the National Union of Teachers on 30th March.

“This government is implementing savage cuts in Tower Hamlets and at the same time redistributing resources from this deprived borough, with the highest rate of child poverty in the country, to the leafy suburbs where the majority of Tory and Lib Dem voters live,” said Councillor Fozol Miah, the leader of the Respect group on Tower Hamlets council. “These cuts will plunge the economy back into recession, with unemployment already at a 17 year high and inflation at a 20 year high. What a disaster.

“Teachers and council workers have clearly concluded they have no alternative but to strike in defence of jobs and services in this borough. No-one takes strike action lightly, especially such a dedicated workforce as we have in the council and the schools. But this government is not listening.

"I hope everyone will also be on the TUC march on 26th March to show this government that it has no mandate for these draconian cuts.”