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SLL E-Bulletin #31 -  12 September 2020

SAVE JOBS AT SHEFFIELD CITY TRUST!

Over 300 jobs to go at Sheffield City Hall, Arena, sports and leisure facilities

Bring it back under City Council control now!


Sheffield Labour Left fully supports the Sheffield TUC in supporting GMB in its fight to stop devastating job losses at Sheffield City Trust, (formerly Sheffield International Venues). These are predominantly low paid workers at Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Arena and other venues such as Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Concorde Sports Centre, Ice Sheffield, Ponds Forge, Institute of Sport, Heeley Baths and more.

Sheffield City Trust chose to announce mass redundancies on the day the Government announced a £1.5B rescue package for Arts and Leisure industries. Now we know over 300 jobs are to go plus an unspecified number of workers on zero hours contracts who will be laid off with no pay – and simply get zero hours!

“Sheffield TUC fully supports GMB’s campaign to protect these desperately needed jobs and to retain these sports and cultural venues which are invaluable city assets for the future,” said Martin Mayer Secretary of Sheffield TUC.
 
Central to the campaign to save these jobs is the demand to bring Sheffield City Trust back in house under Council control. The current outsourcing model was set up in 1987 after the Student Games debacle, and handed over to the Trust operational control of these venues whilst the properties remained in Council ownership. The Trust has failed to manage these facilities successfully over a number of years and has all too frequently come back to the Council for yet further injections of cash.  The Council made a further injection of £15M recently and with most of the venues now closed or “mothballed” it is in effect the sole revenue provider to the Trust.

Significantly, the Government’s £1.5B rescue package for Arts and Leisure industries is only available to Local Authorities’ own facilities, so as things stand this essential support is not available unless the City Council takes back control. The GMB also argues there would be a much better chance of re-deploying these workers under Council control, for instance as trained up volunteers for a Sheffield-based community track and system to combat COVID.

“It’s time to call it a day on this failed outsourcing model and bring it back in house. We would have a much better chance of saving our venues and the jobs they provide” said Martin Mayer.
 
A protest rally outside the Town Hall on 8th September heard speeches from GMB workers including life savers at SCT swimming baths who are to lose their jobs. A campaign action plan has been drawn up to pile the pressure on our Labour Council to act now before it’s too late.

 


Labour Party NEC Elections
- Attend your CLP online meeting

Sheffield Labour Left are supporting the following for the NEC.  Please vote for them at your CLP nominating meeting:

Two from the Labour Left Alliance (LLA):

Roger Silverman
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal


Plus, despite our criticisms regarding the way the slate was chosen, the CLGA slate of six:

Ann Henderson
Gemma Bolton
Laura Pidcock
Mish Rahman
Nadia Jama
Yasmine Dar


You might have to register your attendance in advance, so please look out for details of your CLP meeting from your CLP Secretary.

Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign

The Coronavirus Crisis came at a time when Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign was in the middle of planning a Latin America Day School to be held in Sheffield in conjunction with Sheffield Chile Solidarity Network. This was put back a few times as the virus spread and eventually moved online.
This change from a one day physical meeting was transformed into a programme of 10 Zoom meetings spread over 1 month. (June to July)
The meetings are video recorded and can all be viewed on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Latin-America-Crisis-and-Coronavirus-107005637677976/
This programme included
- 3 meetings on Cuba (Including a discussion of Cuba's unmatched international medical aid during the Covid 19 crisis)
- The political economy of Latin America before and during Covid-19
- A presentation by Youth Activists in Bolivia on the Far right Coup.
- 2 meetings on Colombia (Including on corporate Extractivism and the peace agreement.)
- Chile's popular resistance and Covid.
- Venezuela and the attacks the country is enduring from Imperialism.
-Brazil and the fate of the Amazon/
the indigenous people that live there.
To follow on from this, we are organising a meeting on Zoom with the Title: "Youth of Latin America speak to the world" to be held in early October. This event will link up youth activists across Latin America Live with activists here in Britain and worldwide. They will be given the chance to speak out about the situation in their country and work with us to build Solidarity in this country for their struggles. The meeting will include a video message from a member of the leadership of The Young Communist League of Cuba. (Cuba can't access Zoom because of the effects of the US economic blockade.
Follow https://www.facebook.com/SheffCSC/ to get up to date information on this event and future meetings/ activities.
If you would like to get involved in Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign activities, send us an email on cscsheffield@btinternet.com and we will be in contact.

Sheffield Labour Left


Sheffield Labour Left (SLL) is a network to help co-ordinate the genuine Labour Party left across the six CLPs covered by Sheffield. 
We have a page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 27 bulletins.
We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.  In July 2019 we affiliated to the Labour Left Alliance:  
https://labourleft.org
Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.

Labour movement events & meetings in September:

 
Monday 14 September:  Acorn Action. Rolling picket between 9.30am and 5.30pm.  You will need to sign up with Acorn for a slot in advance, due to social distancing rules.

Thursday 17 September:  Sheffield Hallam CLP meeting for nominations for the NEC ballot.  Registration opens at 5.00pm for a 6.30pm start.  On-line meeting.
 
Thursday 17 September:  Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough CLP meeting. 7.30pm.  On-line meeting.

Friday 18 September:  Sheffield South East CLP meeting.  6.30pm start.  On-line meeting.

Thursday 24 September:  Sheffield Central CLP meeting.  Start time to be confirmed.  On-line meeting

Thursday 24 September:  Sheffield Heeley CLP meeting.  7.00pm start.  On-line meeting.

Thursday 24 September:  Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP meeting.  7.00pm start. On-line meeting.
Our mailing address is:
info@sheffieldlabourleft.org
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