The Labour Party will host an economic conference on Saturday 11th November at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University from 11am – 4pm. The event will mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the Forest in Lincoln, which is home to one of the two surviving copies. The Charter was intended to ensure that people had access to the Commons – the cultural and natural resources available freely to everyone - for subsistence by guaranteeing commons rights to food and fuel.
The event forms part of a series of conferences that Labour’s Shadow Treasury team are organising around the country, hoping to broaden access and raise the level of debate around economic issues.
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The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, will address the conference on Labour’s plans to bring back key industries into public ownership. The conference will also hear from Professor Guy Standing and local MP Karen Lee on co-operative ways of working, land ownership and the plunder of the commons.
Speakers will highlight public ownership as a force for good and encourage us to question the role that common ownership could play in achieving a democratic and effective economy.
Workshops will focus on
Public Ownership and the Labour Party’s commitment to more democratic ownership structures to ensure our economy can deliver for the many not the few. The workshop will focus on Water, Rail and the Royal Mail and discuss how public ownership could deliver lower prices, more accountability, greater investment and a more sustainable economy.
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John McDonnell has accused Theresa May of “almost provoking” public sector workers into more industrial unrest by failing to take action to address years of pay restraint.
The shadow chancellor said he had not seen this level of anger among health workers, civil servants, teachers and others in more than 20 years, and said people had “had enough” of struggling to get by.
He dismissed a Downing Street hint that steps could be taken to address the concerns, warning that ministers were likely to pick out certain groups of workers for help rather than fully lifting the 1% cap that has been in place for seven years. He said such a policy would amount to “divide and rule”.
They’ll choose individual targets which they think they can buy off. They think they can buy off the public’s anger about some of these issues but others they will leave alone – and they are some of the lowest-paid workers,” he said.
“If you look at the health service, they might do something for nurses, because they’ve lost so much pay, but what about some of the ancillary workers, some of the lowest paid?”
Asked whether there was likely to be an increase in industrial unrest, McDonnell replied: “Inevitably. If they [the Conservatives] don’t do something, inevitably. It is almost as if they are provoking it.
“And I think you’ll find across the health service and teaching there will be people acting in solidarity – they are provoking real anger.”
McDonnell said he had been shocked by what he had found at picket lines in recent months. “I’ve not felt the anger being expressed for 20 years.”
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