Haringey Trades Union Council
Media Release 17th January
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Hundreds rally at Haringey Civic Centre against proposed sell-off of Council assets
Haringey TUC Chair Simon Hester speaks to this evening’s rally
Haringey TUC the local North London organisation of the TUC has said that on one of the coldest nights of the winter so far hundreds of people have lobbied the Scrutiny Committee of Haringey Council over Council plans to sell off public assets in a scheme known as the Haringey Development Vehicle.
The lobby at Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green High Rd, N22 heard from council housing campaigners, including the Rev. Paul Nicholson, from tenants who face having their homes demolished near the Spurs ground in North Tottenham, from local trade unionists and others.
The plan to sell off Council housing and some businesses to private investors is believed to be the largest in the country and has already attracted the concern of trade unionists London wide via the South and East Region TUC [SERTUC]
The trades unionists say that while it is understood that Tory Government cuts are starving local Council’s of cash, selling off assets to privateers is a short term measure that will not benefit ordinary people in Haringey. Privateers are interested in profit and returns for shareholders as a bottom line not the needs of working people to have decent housing.
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said,Selling off Council property to privateers so they can knock it down and re-build leaving existing tenants with a worrying and uncertain future is not what we expect from a Labour Council. It is time for a re-think. We hope that the Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday evening will recommend this to Councillors, but in the meantime protests are set to continue.