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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 February 2015

2015 election appeal: Back the real opposition to brutal austerity

Scott Jones, Llanelli TUSC prospective parliamentary candidate

In the face of brutal austerity from the Con-Dem government in Westminster, passed on by a Labour assembly government and Labour councils in Wales, a record-breaking eight Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates are standing in Wales for the general election this year.

At the Socialist Party Wales annual conference in Cardiff, a total of 4,750 was pledged from just 35 attendees to launch its election appeal, as part of the Socialist Party's effort to raise 50,000 to fund election campaigning across England and Wales.

This fantastic achievement included 300 from a care worker and sums of 40 from two students. A massive 500 was pledged by an NHS worker despite years of pay freezes or below inflation rises. Another 500 was donated by someone who received the sum as a Christmas bonus.

Education

Swansea West TUSC candidate Ronnie Job works for a local college and donated 100: "Cuts in Wales have passed through the hands of every party in the Senedd (Wales Assembly). Lacking an outright majority, Labour has needed Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats to pass their cuts budget.

"These cuts are devastating education, the NHS and local authority services. That's why TUSC needs to give as many people in Wales as possible the chance to vote for a socialist, no cuts alternative."

Amy, a low-waged fast food worker, has pledged 40 "to scrap zero-hour contracts". Rob Owen, secretary of Llanelli Trades Council has pledged 50 "to fight for 10 an hour minimum wage".

As a TUSC candidate myself, I put my money where my mouth is and donated too.

I work for a major supermarket that is attacking its workers left, right and centre and without a political party that represents working people we are fighting with one hand tied behind our back. TUSC unashamedly supports trade unions and workers in struggle.


The Socialist Party is aiming to raise 50,000 to fund election campaigning

The Socialist Party is aiming to raise 50,000 to fund election campaigning   (Click to enlarge)

Thanks also to Roger Bradley and Anne McAreavey who have to donated 250, Mark Evans 30, Roxanna Whitemoor 100, Pete McNally 250, Linda Thraves 250, Alec Thraves 100, Dave Salt 20, and John Vasey 200.

You can donate at www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate, phone 020 8988 8777 to make a card payment, or post a cheque made out to "Socialist Party" to PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD. Please mark your donation "election appeal 2015".

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In The Socialist 11 February 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Take the wealth off the super-rich!

Is Labour anti-big business?

Welfare cuts kill!

Azure Card: isolation and stigmatisation of asylum

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Conflict between Syriza and EU escalates

Is Podemos the Spanish Syriza?

Political vendetta against water charges activists


2015 elections

"I've taken off the shackles" of the Labour Party

'TUSC has my values and principles'

A working class party needed

Appeal: Back the real opposition to brutal austerity


Socialist Party workplace news

London buses: Same job - We want the same pay

National Gallery strikers march down Whitehall

ICO staff take strike action over pay

Lewisham: support anti-academy dispute

Wales FE workers accept 1% offer

Unite: elect fighting socialist reps

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Campaign saves Bury Sure Start centres

Rotherham: Farage humiliated by protesters

Give tax avoidance the Boots!

Gateshead: Pensioner 'bundled off' by bureaucrats

Campaigns news in brief


Socialist history

1918: When German workers entered history


 

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