Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/608/8710

From The Socialist newspaper, 19 January 2010

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition gets started

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, speaking at the London No2EU election rally, photo Paul Mattsson

From Vectis buses, to Vestas, to Fords, to Royal Mail and more; on every strike and picket line in Hampshire in 2009 we encountered workers' anger at their employers' attacks, but also their dismay at the failure of the Labour government to give them support.

Portsmouth Socialist Party

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (Tusc) recently registered to stand candidates in the general election. This is a vital opportunity to give workers a voice in the fight for jobs and in defence of public services and working conditions.

The No2EU - Yes to Democracy coalition for the June 2009 European election meant that workers, trade unionists and socialists could unite in a common political fight to oppose the bosses' parties and the far right.

Since then the Portsmouth Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) branch has campaigned for the RMT to continue to participate in an electoral challenge.

When asked why Portsmouth RMT supports the coalition, branch secretary Richard Howard said: "Since becoming a union rep, members are constantly asking why we can't do things. I have to explain that the law is not on our side and that past victories on balloting and workplace solidarity have been taken away by the New Labour government.

"The RMT has been evicted from the Labour Party and we want to have a voice. As socialists we have to fight for public ownership and win people to a real alternative."

'No2EU Wessex' has been transformed into 'TUSC Portsmouth' and support is growing to back Mick Tosh, an RMT activist and former RMT executive committee member, as a candidate in Portsmouth North for the general election.

Mick says: "Portsmouth needs a real debate on the things which concern our society. By standing in the forthcoming election and arguing for the principles of the People's Charter, to protect jobs, provide affordable housing for all and renationalise public services. That process will start gathering a needed momentum toward a genuine alternative for the less well off and working people of Portsmouth."

All the main parties are outbidding each other, under pressure from big business billionaires, to slash public services, jobs, wages and pensions in the biggest attack on working class people for decades. Tusc will give a real alternative to their agenda, saying 'we won't pay for their crisis'.

To promote the launch of the new coalition Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, is speaking at a public meeting in Portsmouth on Monday 25 January, alongside local activists.

TUSC Portsmouth launch

Speaker: Bob Crow
Monday 25 January 7.30pm
Unity Hall, Fratton, Portsmouth

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 19 January 2010:

Haitians abandoned, bankers rewarded


Socialist Party editorial

Haiti - disaster compounded by capitalism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Defend jobs, nationalise Bosch

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition gets started

Support grows for new Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Donate to help build a socialist alternative


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs - demonstrate on 13 March


Socialist Party workplace news

Civil service compensation scheme: A fight for jobs and services

Victory for hospital workers

South Yorkshire firefighters forced to strike again

Virgin Trains ticket office workers walk out


International socialist news and analysis

Obama and the Democrats in power

Sri Lankan government condemned


Socialist Party news and analysis

'Stop and search' unlawful

Non jury trials undermine democratic rights

Spinning the war

LibDems show their true colours

Marching off the dole?

Socialist Party national committee


Education

Education trusts are "academies lite"

Stop the cuts in higher education

No business in our education


Unison witchhunt

Angry reaction to Unison witch-hunt


Socialist Party review

Dear Granny Smith


 

Home   |   The Socialist 19 January 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

triangleTUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales

triangleTUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn

triangleSecond front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

triangleMary Creagh should resign not remain

Socialist:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Open forum discussion

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: Building a campaign against cuts in Tower Hamlets

TUSC:

triangleSocialist Party's role

triangleThere is an alternative, Mr Biggs

triangleTower Hamlets anti-cuts budget lobby

Portsmouth:

triangleObituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

triangleSolid Southern strike continues against Britain's 'worst' train company

Election:

triangleBattle steps up in Unite general secretary election

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

24/3/17

Doncaster

Doncaster postal workers walk out

24/3/17

Fujitsu

Fujitsu strikes: Manchester and Warrington

23/3/17

London

Jobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

22/3/17

Salford

Salford: International Women's Day meeting

22/3/17

Orgreave

Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners

22/3/17

Unite

Battle steps up in Unite general secretary election

22/3/17

Aslef

Aslef offer: unity needed with the RMT

22/3/17

East London

East London demonstration against A&E closure

22/3/17

Tyneside

Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service

22/3/17

Cumbria

Join the march against NHS cuts and privatisation in Cumbria

22/3/17

NHS

We'll fight to save our NHS!

22/3/17

Workers

Workplace news in brief

22/3/17

Derby

Derby TAs' strike suspended after new offer

22/3/17

Public sector

End the seven-year public sector pay cap!

22/3/17

RMT

Merseyrail guard found not guilty of "endangering safety"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle24 Mar Doncaster postal workers walk out

triangle23 Mar Jobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

triangle23 Mar Unite against terror, racism and war

triangle22 Mar Northern Ireland: divisive election a warning to the workers' movement

triangle22 Mar Battle steps up in general secretary election before start of voting

triangle22 Mar Tory splits brought to the surface - Corbyn must go on the attack

triangle21 Mar CPSA to PCS: Fighting the 'Moderates' and building a fighting union

More ...

triangle28 Mar Bristol North Socialist Party: The French elections

triangle28 Mar Manchester Socialist Party: The history of the CWI

triangle29 Mar Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Open forum discussion

triangle30 Mar Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Building a campaign against cuts in Tower Hamlets

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice