Haringey Trades Union Council
Media Release 14th February
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United community & trade union Valentine’s Day protest doesn’t love sell off of Council assets in Haringey
Hundreds of protesters rally outside Haringey Civic Centre on 14th February
Haringey TUC the local North London organisation of the TUC has said that a march and rally at Haringey Civic Centre in Wood Green on Tuesday evening saw hundreds of trade unionists and community activists unite against plans to sell off public assets in a scheme known as the Haringey Development Vehicle.
Councillors were meeting on Tuesday evening to finalise a preferred bidder for the HDV. Covering shops, industrial units, public buildings and housing across Haringey it is believed to be worth up to £2bn, the largest such scheme in the UK. Trade unions including the GMB and Unite were concerned that at least one of the bidders has a record of blacklisting employees for trade union activity
The trades unionists say that while it is understood that Tory Government cuts are starving local Councils 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 and public services
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, a demonstration on Valentine’s Day has a special flavour. The message to Labour Councillors from this big and united demonstration is that we love public services and provision and we want a divorce from privateers.