Abbas slams Biggs, calls for abolition of directly elected Mayor

Ouch! In an open letter in support of striking Tower Hamlets council staff Helel Uddin Abbas, one of the few adults in Tower Hamlets politics, has attacked Mayor John Biggs and called for the abolition of the directly elected Mayor position – or both!

UNISON staff are currently striking over the Tower ‘Rewards’ scheme which Mayor Biggs and CEO Will Tuckley have been trying to impose on them for the last year.

The Dynamic Duo’s sole negotiating tactic seems to be threatening the mass sacking of 4,000 people unless they agree with them. Not subtle.

Take it away HUA!

Open letter in support of LBTH Council Staff

“John Biggs has always had a confrontational style of managing, consultation in his dictionary means that people do as he tells them.

He is also very good at spending other people’s money so he is acting in the way he always has, do as your told because John knows best, as well as wasting money on unnecessary, and in one case potentially illegal projects.

At the moment the borough is obstructing at great expense an enquiry into more than a million pounds of public money.

An employment tribunal asked for documents in relation to a case of wrongful dismissal and, after months of delay, they were sent heavily redacted.

When I was the leader I brought in forensic accountants to look at a similar situation, they called in the police and eventually three people went to prison.

Like many other people I had hoped that with the demise of Lutfur Rahman’s regime we could now move forward in Tower Hamlets, instead, we are heading down a path of confrontation and cover-up this time under the banner of the Labour Party.

This cannot be allowed to continue and there are two courses of action open to us. Abolish the post of the mayor or retain it with a change of incumbent, in other words, de-select John Biggs.

Yours Sincerely

Helel Uddin Abbas

Former Leader of Tower Hamlets Council”

Update: Ten Labour Party councillors have written an open letter to Mayor Biggs expressing their views on the Mayor’s handling of the Tower Hamlets UNISON strike.

The letter has been signed by councillors Shah Ameen, Shad Chowdhury, Marc Francis, Ehtasham Haque, Tarik Khan, James King, Ayas Miah, Victoria Obaze, Mohammed Pappu and Gabriela Salva Macallan.

“We believe that the use of Section 188, essentially sacking all staff and expecting them to come back to work upon the imposed terms and conditions, is unjustified.

“We are concerned that the unions have been unable to independently verify the Equalities Impact Assessment for the Tower Rewards scheme made available to them.

“As Labour councillors, we believe in the right of workers, particularly workers so vital to our borough, to determine the terms and conditions of their work through collective agreement. In a borough with such high levels of poverty and inequality we think most local residents will agree.”

EEE Comment

First salvo in the battle to be next Mayor of Tower Hamlets perhaps?

Either way anyone who gets rid of the curse of the Directly Elected Mayor disaster gets our vote.

5 thoughts on “Abbas slams Biggs, calls for abolition of directly elected Mayor

  1. I say do away with exec mayors of Councils. Another layer leading to tribal politics and bureaucracy. Biggs is not fit for purpose. He and his sycophants have damaged LBTH I fear more than Rahman. The current policies are frankly a disgrace and sacking 4000! Where are we Russia in the 1950’s?

    1. Yes, from what I have discovered over the last couple of years the current Mayor is a much greater threat to the borough than the previous one.

  2. I am appalled at the behaviour of this so called labour council. I am also concerned that people are saying they would rather have proven corrupt Lutfur Rahman back. Let get this Council sorted out with proper councillors and on opposition. Not bullying Brady.

    1. Unless the Dept for Housing Communities and Local Government send the Commissioners back in I think the only way to rescue our borough is for residents to form a political party with the main intention of breaking the Labour monopoly on power in Tower Hamlets and work with Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Independent councillors to get things sorted.

  3. Unless, as you say Mark, the relevant minister intervenes there is little that can be done and we essentially have an electoral dictatorship. The way the voting system is as it is at the moment Biggs can hang on forever. It is an absolute scandal that he is presiding over these sackings and that he is involved in the cover-up over the Poplar Papers unchallenged. He was the archetypical grey faceless bureaucrat who had never run anything successfully simply taking a salary for making statements.

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