Saturday, 10 May 2014

DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE NO TO CUTS IN NEWCASTLE!           

TUSC 2014 Defend your right to vote 2

Campaigning against Newcastle Labour council’s plan to deny the right to VOTE AGAINST CUTS IN NEWCASTLE 
 
Currently you get the chance to elect a councillor for your ward area for 3 out of every 4 years. This means you can get rid of those who may not be up to the job and in doing so also influence who will control the council for each year.
 
Now, ruling Labour councillors want you to have a vote just ONCE every FOUR YEARS based on a recommendation by the council’s unelected chief officer who is paid £100,000 a year. (with the help of 3 executive directors who together ‘earn’ £165,00 a year) 
 
Labour say it would ‘save’ £330,000 pounds but the real reason is that they want to stifle opposition to the endless cuts that they intend to carry out over the next four years.
 The council has already carried out government cuts to local jobs and services totalling £13.2 million since 2008/09. Now it plans to carry out at least another £5.1 million worth of cuts by 2020. And they want to get rid of annual elections so they don’t have to answer at the ballot box for their actions.
 
All TUSC election candidates in Newcastle are campaigning against the council’s attempt to ban elections. Any TUSC councillor elected on 22 May will build opposition inside and outside the council chamber against the plan to gag voters.
  • No to a 3 year cuts regime
  • For council elections each year – let’s hold them all to account for their actions
  • No cuts, closures or privatisation
DEFEND YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
Gagging pic
* JOIN THE PROTEST *
Outside Newcastle Council Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle ST5 2 AG
12 noon on Wed 14th May