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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014

Fight cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC

Fight Cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC

Fight Cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC   (Click to enlarge)

On 22 May millions of working class people have the opportunity to vote in the local government elections. At the same time workers are voting or have voted for strike action to resist the attacks on their pay, pensions and working conditions.

This year, in almost one in seven local election seats, these teachers, firefighters, health and local government workers, civil servants, transport workers and others can choose a real anti-cuts pro-working class voice.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing 560 candidates. In local government councillors can use their position to build the resistance to austerity. But only a handful have voted no to cuts. The Tories and Lib Dems, but also Labour, Green and Ukip councillors, choose to vote through attacks on working class people.

TUSC candidates have all pledged to vote against cuts. They back the working people taking strike action. In fact, in many cases, they are the strikers.

Workers cannot expect any support from Labour when they struggle. A day before a planned strike by RMT members on London Underground in defence of hundreds of jobs, Ed Miliband said: "The Tube strike is wrong and it shouldn't be going ahead." In June 2011, before the massive public sector strike, he repeated his denunciation of the action six times.


Doncaster Care UK strike, Easter 2014, photo A Tice

Doncaster Care UK strike, Easter 2014, photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Many workers are saying enough is enough. Here, some of them explain why they're standing as TUSC candidates:

The Labour council's policies of making every single cut as directed by the Tories have failed. Labour calls cuts 'savings'! I call them cuts and these cuts hurt. I am a member of the RMT trade union and have consistently fought to defend working class people in the workplace, as I will on the council.

Daren Ireland, RMT Liverpool

We've had enough. We have lost three fire engines in Waltham Forest, one from my very own station. I am proud to be standing with other trade unionists and socialists campaigning against cuts, particularly those working in the local Whipps Cross hospital.

Tim Roedel, FBU Waltham Forest, east London

The sale of council housing to housing associations, the privatisation of housing services, and the constant transfer of care services between different providers has led to a race to the bottom for workers and users of these services.

The Unite Housing Workers branch, covering over 2,500 workers, has been mounting a concerted and successful fightback against these attacks. With leading members of our branch I am standing for TUSC.

Suz Muna, branch secretary of the Unite union's Housing Workers' branch

TUSC has helped Care UK workers lobby Labour leader and Doncaster MP Ed Miliband and the Labour mayor and council cabinet. But still they say there's nothing they can do and won't even make a public statement of support. That's why most strikers are backing TUSC in the council elections including two strikers and a partner who are standing as TUSC candidates.

Care UK workers

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In The Socialist 7 May 2014:


Socialist Party election campaigning

Fight cuts, Back strikes, Vote TUSC

More local news coverage for TUSC, but BBC downplays council elections

Join the TUSC Thunderclap

Defend the right to campaign

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Housing crisis: TUSC candidates demand socialist policies

Election appeal 2014 - 4,278 raised so far


Socialist Party feature

Prepare for almighty battles against austerity


International socialist news and analysis

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Socialist Party news and analysis

Schools - Would things get better under Labour?

Private sector rents and Labour

Care homes abuse scandals

Pfizer takeover bid

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

RMT forces London Underground to back down

Striking against Land Registry cuts

Care UK workers start 14 days of strike action

CWU conference - time to build Broad Left

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

We can scrap zero-hour contracts

No support for zero-hour contracts

RMT turns out in strength for May Day march

May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich

Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove

Freedom riders on a storm

Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans


 

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