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The Socialist 4 September 2013 |
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Bristol TUSC - we're fighting the cuts
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC) aims to stand anti-cuts campaigners in every ward in Bristol to give a voice to ordinary people. We recently announced our first prospective candidates for next year's council elections - they will oppose the government's austerity plans and public service cuts imposed by the council.
Bristol has made £90 million of cuts in the last three years with a further £80 million planned. More jobs and services face being cut. Whole service areas could be lost or handed over to private companies. These cuts are being willingly imposed by Bristol's mayor, with all council parties supporting him. None of these parties stand up for ordinary people.
Previous TUSC mayoral candidate Tom Baldwin says: "TUSC might not have the profile of the main parties but we do have something unique - a programme of resisting austerity. Our members don't just pop up days before an election, we're out campaigning in this city all year round.
"We will stand up for ordinary people, oppose the plunder of our resources to fund tax cuts for the rich and the sell-off of our services to profit-making private companies. People should join our campaign and stand for council themselves. Don't just get angry, fight back."
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition brings together trade union leaders and activists and members of political groups including the Socialist Party. It often stands in elections as Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.