Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/9040

Posted on 22 March 2010 at 16:13 GMT

Militant union leaders to launch general election challenge

BA dispute leaves no doubt - New Labour is dead as vehicle for working class politics

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) to challenge 'big business' parties in general election

Thursday evening will see the launch rally of the newly christened Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Leading trade unionists will explain that the Labour Party is dead as a means of advancing the interests of workers and trade unionists and that a political alternative is needed.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary speaks to Vestas wind turbine workers occupying to protest against redundancies, photo RMT television

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary speaks to Vestas wind turbine workers occupying to protest against redundancies, photo RMT television

Speakers will include Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT trade union, Brian Caton, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the PCS trade union and Dave Nellist, former Labour Party MP and Socialist Party councillor.

Bob Crow says "Gordon Brown has supported the management in every industrial dispute since Labour came to power over a decade ago.

"What conclusion should workers and trade unionists draw? We've been disenfranchised! There is no party that puts forward a pro-union, pro-worker programme, all we get are cuts, privatisation and deregulation.

"The disgust and disillusionment that people feel for the sleaze-ridden main parties is leaving the door wide-open to the likes of the British National Party.

"Trade unionists have a duty to take a lead in organising a political alternative."

Strike action is continuing at BA and across the civil service. Ballots for industrial action have been won across the national rail network. Many commentators are anticipating a 'spring of discontent'. This breakdown in industrial relations can only escalate after the general election, whoever wins, as the 'axemen' begin hacking jobs and services in the strongly unionised public sector.

Dave Nellist at National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Dave Nellist at National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Dave Nellist comments, "it is a myth that the only way to fix the economy is a brutal slashing of jobs and services in the public sector.

"That is the choice that the three main parties have made - parties who act solely in the interests of big business and the bank-ocracy.

"We say there is an alternative. That alternative includes genuine public ownership of the banks, taxing the rich and ending all privatisation plans."

Rally Details: 7:30pm, Thursday March 25th, Friends Meeting House, Euston, London, NW1 2BJ. Meeting open to the public.
The platform speakers will be available from 6:30pm to speak to journalists, give quotes/interviews and answer questions.
Please contact 07984 027754 to arrange a time.

Press release from TUSC

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






Related links:

Election:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleThe Tories must be driven out

triangleGermany: Election results in political earthquake

triangleGerman elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

triangleMagic money tree

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?

triangleLabour mayor needs to stop all cuts

triangleReadmit the socialists - for a federal Labour Party

triangleWhere is Scotland going?

Militant:

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleLewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

triangleSouth-East London Socialist Party: From Militant to the Socialist Party

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

TUSC:

triangleToo much to cross the Mersey

Dave Nellist:

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

Big business:

triangleTories torn - bin them now

Bob Crow:

triangleThe left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

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

V2