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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 April 2011

Vote socialist to fight the cuts

The office of Coventry Connexions, the youth advice service, is boarded up. A wall of chipboard greets passers by. The New Labour council's cuts are already biting.

Rob Windsor, Socialist Alternative candidate, St Michael's ward, Coventry

WATCH, a group managed by local people in Hillfields, worked hard to rebuild a community shattered by unemployment and poverty in Thatcher's Britain. This week it was closed down after funding dried up.

WATCH used to be showcased by Labour councils, now it has been abandoned by them. All that was offered was a 'bridging loan'. As a founding member said: "how can an agency with no funding pay back a loan? I'd love to find an organisation that provides funds for this".

1,000 workers in Coventry still have this threat of redundancy hanging over them, many are women over 50 who may never work again.

The Con-Dems are the main villains after cutting grants but New Labour would only have cut 'more slowly'. The selling off of council housing, student fees, PFI in hospitals and academies were all road-tested by the last Labour government.

In Coventry one councillor, socialist Dave Nellist, voted against the cuts. Our election campaign, part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaign, is standing in all 18 seats up for election in Coventry.

It seeks to provide a louder anti-cuts voice on the council to represent a stronger anti-cuts movement in workplaces and communities.

Vote TUSC

The TUSC election alliance was set up last year, backed by leading members of the RMT transport workers' union, the PCS civil servants' union, the National Union of Teachers and the POA prison officers' union. TUSC is standing 154 candidates in local elections across the country.

See www.tusc.org.uk for more details.

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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 government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 13 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaigning

NHS IN THE FIRING LINE

Vote socialist to fight the cuts

Fight the cuts by supporting TUSC

Fighting the cuts after 26 March demo

Hands off our services - Westminster

Hands off our Services - Leeds


Socialist Party editorial

Middle East and North Africa


Socialist Party feature

Con-Dems' economic policy... austerity, austerity, austerity!


Socialist Party workplace news

Jobcentre Plus call centre strike

Saltend lock-out

Unison health conference

NUJ conference calls for general strike

Striking against a Coventry academy

NSSN conference


International socialist news and analysis

Portugal:'We won't pay their debt!'

'Unions and socialism to blame for deficit' - rants Glenn Beck


Youth Fight for Jobs

Jarrow jobs march gains momentum


Socialist Party news and analysis

Coordinated strike action to defeat the cuts

Banking giants avoid punishment

No to nuclear power - nationalise the environment-unfriendly energy giants

News of the World admits it

Chauvinist 'thoughts' from David Willetts


 

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