The London Underground Public Private Partnership (PPP) was one of the biggest political cons in post war British history. It squandered billions of pounds of taxpayers' money, leaving a legacy of cuts, job insecurity and high fares.
Yet as with all struggles the battle around the PPP produced positives. The fact the trade unions eventually won and were proven right has lessons for us today in the debate about how we resist austerity and fight for a better society. This book is an important conribution to the history of the PPP and that wider debate.
Bob Crow, General Secretary, RMT, 2001-2014
Plundering London Underground: private capital and public service 1997-2010
The story of New Labour's disastrous 'Public-Private Partnership' on London's Tube, the resistance to it, and an outline of a socialist alternative.
Published by Merlin Press, 2013. Buy it here!
Click here to read this sad but fitting tribute to Bob Crow from UNISON activist Rosalind Hanmer, who had talked with Bob at the launch of Janine's book 'Plundering London Underground' a few weeks before his death.
I will be "giving evidence" about the disastrous Public-Private Partnership on London Underground at this conference, and selling copies of my book Plundering London Underground: private capital and public service 1997-2010
For more information about the event, click here.
US Labor Notes has published this review of Plundering London Underground.
CorporateWatch has an article, Transport for London seeks new powers with developers, reporting that "Transport for London (TfL) is currently seeking to team up with private sector partners to give it new powers, especially regarding land development, putting public land and affordable housing at risk, as well as creating more financial ri
Click here to read the review of the book in the Camden Review!