Booklet published by NUPE & the IWC in 1983 36 pages. A5 size booklet (N4360)
This booklet provides a 'blow by blow' account of the Tories extensive programme of privatisation in Wandsworth follwing local elections in 1978, when the Conservatives took control of the Local Council from Labour. This programme of privitatisation was strongly opposed by the local trade union movement in the borough, and the booklet assesses their campaign of opposition to the proposed sell-offs, and the extent to which they were successfull.
From the conclusion: From the Wandsworth experience it is plain that the use of privatisation poses the most serious of threats to unions and their members..... The policy of privatisation can be successfully opposed but it requires a broad campaign, early organisation and determined resistance. Further, as it flows from political ideology supporting the interests of private enterprise rather than public services, it cannot be fought simply by the unions themselves - the labour also has an essential role to play.
Oh, how little has changed in the 30 years since. Now we are presented with a national Tory government that seeks to privatise huge chunks of the NHS. Maybe the lessons learnt in Wandsworth in the early 1980's still have somethign to teach the Labour and Trade Union movement today.
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed on the rear side cover.