Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/665/11712

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2011

Fight the cuts with TUSC: more than just a 'protest vote'

Clive Heemskerk
Half-million strong TUC demo, central London, 26 March 2011, against the government's cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Half-million strong TUC demo, central London, 26 March 2011, against the government's cuts, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Launching Labour's campaign for the English local elections last week Ed Miliband argued that families will lose an average of 182 worth of council services this year. "Cuts designed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg are coming direct from Downing Street to your street," he said.

The council elections would give voters a chance to 'make their voice heard'.

What Miliband didn't say, however, is that the cuts are being delivered in many areas by Labour councillors, who had the chance not to pass them on but choose to vote for cuts anyway. What type of 'protest' is it to vote for someone who is implementing what you are protesting against?

But in 55 local authorities there will be the chance to support candidates who will refuse to implement the cuts.

Over 180 candidates are standing on the 'no cuts' platform of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), the election alliance set up last year with the backing of the RMT transport workers' union general secretary Bob Crow, leading national officials of the PCS civil servants' union, the vice-president of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Nina Franklin, and the recently retired general secretary of the POA prison officers' union, Brian Caton.

The TUSC candidates include the South West regional chair of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), two FBU brigade chairs, an RMT regional secretary, a regional president and two branch officers.

From Unison, the public services union, there is a national executive committee member, three branch secretaries and five branch officers.

A PCS national executive committee member is standing, two Unite union branch secretaries and a NUT regional secretary.

A NASUWT teachers' union association officer has been expelled from the Labour Party after announcing his decision to stand for TUSC.

In total there are five current - or about to be expelled! - Labour Party members amongst the TUSC candidates - and four former Labour Party councillors.

In Stroud a town councillor has resigned from the Green Party to seek re-election on TUSC's clear anti-cuts programme.

Millions of voters will turn out on 5 May to protest at the cuts and the Labour Party will undoubtedly make electoral gains. But to end the cycle of one pro-cuts party replacing another, a stand has to be made.

The TUSC local election challenge is a modest start, but it is just the beginning.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 6 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaign

Cuts wreck people's lives

Tory health plans are sick

Bosses prepare for war on public sector workers

Labour Link won't save jobs and services

Housing benefit cuts start to bite

Bristol meeting - The battle of our lives has begun

On the move in London to fight the cuts

Fight the cuts with TUSC: more than just a 'protest vote'

Austerity measures take away the basics

Labour 'campaigning' - casework style

Fast news


Socialist history

1981 Brixton riots


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland's economy on the brink

Jordan: 'Reforms' fail to halt growing opposition


Socialist Party workplace news

Saltend lock-out - Solidarity strike spreads

Call for strikes to stop Ford attack on pensions

Birmingham prison officers determined to fight privatisation

Prison officers fight prison privatisation: Interview with POA assistant secretary, Joe Simpson

Teachers and council workers strike together in Tower Hamlets

Leeds Unison - fighting the cuts

Pay cuts provoke strike


Socialist Party youth and students

School students stage anti-cuts strike in Dundee

Leicester: still angry with Clegg

Save Hackney youth services!

Youth fast news


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 April 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

TUSC:

triangleHackney TUSC: Hackney needs jobs, homes and services

triangleSouthampton West Socialist Party: Feedback from the TUSC conference

triangleAn appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

triangleTory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

triangleLeeds TUSC: A 'People's Budget' is needed for Leeds

Protest:

triangleMidwives march against unsafe staffing and for adequate funding

triangleLeeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move

triangleLeeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

triangleCOP26: protest for Socialist change to reverse climate chaos

Cuts:

triangleNorthampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts

triangleSlough: Adult service cuts will leave vulnerable homeless

triangleWest Sussex: Payouts for council bosses, cuts for us

Labour:

triangleNewham: Durning Hall - another shameful act of Labour gentrification

triangleCWU conference debates the union's political strategy

Labour Party:

triangleSleaze and pay a toxic mix for Tories

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

24/11/21

NHS

Workers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

24/11/21

Violence against women

End sexism and violence against women

24/11/21

Disability

The struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society

24/11/21

Cricket

Cricket's history of racism and elitism

24/11/21

Cuts

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

24/11/21

Eastern

HS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

24/11/21

Pensions

Tories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

24/11/21

NHS

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages

17/11/21

Sleaze

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

17/11/21

Climate change

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

17/11/21

NHS

Cuts drag NHS to brink

17/11/21

NHS

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

17/11/21

NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

17/11/21

Health

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

17/11/21

MPs

London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999