This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
FRANCES O’GRADY condemned Tory attempts to evade any responsibility for the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday, saying that the disaster was “no act of God” but was driven by deregulation.
Addressing delegates at the Fire Brigades Union’s (FBU) annual conference for the last time as TUC general secretary, Ms O’Grady slammed the government’s contributions to the ongoing inquiry into the June 2017 tragedy.
She blasted former communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles for telling an inquiry session last month that he was too busy to answer more questions about the west London tower block blaze which killed 72 people.
“I don’t know what this man has running through his veins, but whatever it is, it’s icy cold,” she said, to rapturous applause from FBU members in Brighton’s Grand Hotel.
“This was the same Eric Pickles who [in 2013] stripped away section 20 of the London Building Act, fatally weakening fire safety requirements for high buildings, yet he had the sheer arrogance to say that this disaster was nothing to do with deregulation.
“It’s time to set the record straight, because Grenfell was no act of God.
“It was driven by deregulation, accelerated by neglect and powered by austerity.”
The general secretary, who plans to step down at the end of the year after nearly a decade at the top of the union confederation, said cost-cutting is “no way to run a fire service.”
Tory ministers must raise much-needed funds for public services by taxing “wealth, not workers” via an equalisation of income and capital gains taxes, Ms O’Grady added.
She urged FBU members to attend the TUC’s new deal for workers rally in London on June 18, saying: “Together, united, we will win.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.