Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has been really, really hard work. I have been working very hard in the community and I have had a great team behind me for the last three months. Now it is my chance to pay them back for their support and the faith that had in me. I will do my very best for the people of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield!"
This is proof, along with major increases in our vote share in key Electoral Divisions, that Wycombe Labour is fully ready to take on Steve Baker in June's General Election. Our communities need the strong and principled representation which Steve Baker has failed to provide. Our candidate, Cllr. Rafiq Raja, is determined to improve the lives of families across Wycombe and with the boost we've received from yesterday's result, we will get out there in big numbers and fight for him to be elected as Wycombe's next MP!
Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has...
The Wycombe Labour Party is delighted to announce that District Councillor, Rafiq Raja, will be standing as our Parliamentary Candidate in the Wycombe constituency for the General Election on 8th June.
Cllr. Raja said he's "immensely proud to have been chosen to stand for the Labour Party in the Wycombe constituency."
"Wycombe is an incredibly beautiful place with a good mix of people. It needs good quality public services and infrastructure to face the challenges of the future. A close link to the EU is essential to protect our economy and wellbeing rather than an ideologically driven hard Brexit."
Cllr. Raja was first elected to Wycombe District Council in 2003 and was elected again two years ago. He's been a School Governor since 1984, a Trustee of the Cressex Co-operative Learning Trust, the Chairman of the High Wycombe Muslim Parents Association and was the founding secretary of a self-help bereavement society.
The Wycombe Labour Party is looking forward to fighting this election to put our principles into practice. Please message us through Facebook if you'd like to volunteer by leafleting, canvassing, attending a street stall or even having a poster or Correx board outside your house!
The Wycombe Labour Party is delighted to announce that District Councillor, Rafiq Raja, will be standing as our Parliamentary Candidate in the Wycombe constituency for the General Election on 8th...
On Thursday the 23rd of February, I asked the Tory-led Wycombe District Council if they would take steps towards encouraging a strong trade union community within multi-billionaire corporations operating within the Wycombe area. During my question, I decided to focus on the Mike Ashley owned Sports equipment supplier that is Sports Direct, which does, and has for some years now, have a store in Wycombe Town Centre. Unfortunately, the Tories refused to acknowledge the need to apply additional pressures on businesses that operate in our local area and do not pay a decent wage.
Sports Direct is a prime example of why a strong trade union presence is needed in retail stores. The hourly wage in a Sports Direct store ranges from approximately £5.45 an hour to £6.80 an hour, depending on your age, role within the store, and experience. Not only does Sports Direct fail to pay a decent wage – whilst Mike Ashley rakes in profits of over £300m pound a year – they also fail to employ workers with the promise of decent hours. Quite literally thousands upon thousands of workers at Sports Direct are on zero-hour contracts, and those who aren’t are put on low-hour contracts to simply make the companies employment statistics look somewhere close to acceptable.
Zero-hour contracts are not only a problem in Sports Direct, however. A report from the TUC in September 2016 informed us that at least 900,000 people from Britain’s workforce are on zero-hour contracts. We must also remember, to add insult to injury that thousands, possibly even millions, may not be on zero-hour contracts, but are still suffering from a poor wage or job that does not guarantee them decent hours.
Not only are billionaire-run corporations being given tax-cuts by the Conservative government, they are also getting away with greedily refusing to employ people with a proper living wage. So, if the government aren’t going to help suffering workers, what can be done to combat such greed and injustice? Well, it appears to me, more so now than ever, that it is time for a strong trade union movement, particularly in retail stores. It is time for workers, not only in retail stores but workplaces everywhere, to have support and encouragement for when it comes to fighting for their rights as workers. With a strong trade union movement, it would apply added pressures on both central and local authorities to act for the needs of working people, and not the tax-dodging billionaires.
If you are interested in joining a trade union, I would highly recommend checking out this website: https://www.tuc.org.uk/join-union which has an online tool to help you decide which trade union is suitable for you depending on your sector of work.
On Thursday the 23rd of February, I asked the Tory-led Wycombe District Council if they would take steps towards encouraging a strong trade union community within multi-billionaire corporations operating within...