I am the Chair of Hackney council Unison, representing 2,900 trade union members, and President of Hackney Trades Council that has over 7,000 affiliated members. I’ve helped lead several strikes and campaigns amongst Unison members in the last 20 years, most recently over pay and pensions. I’m a longstanding member of the Socialist Party and its predecessor Militant with decades of experience in the trade union and socialist movement; from playing a leading role in the 1990s Anti-Poll Tax struggle in Hackney, to campaigning against the deportation of asylum seekers.
THE GOVERNMENT AND COUNCILS SHOULD:
Immediately stop implementing the bedroom tax.
Stop all housing privatisation and council house sales.
Renovate homes instead of handing them over to the private sector.
Register private landlords to enforce rent controls to reduce rents, and decent standards, and deal with overcrowding.
Use compulsory purchase orders to buy empty properties – there are a million empty homes in the UK.
Nationalise the banks and house-building companies and introduce a programme of building hundreds of thousands of new council homes each year.
Oppose all cuts and privatisation in the NHS.
Fight the pernicious racism of UKIP and those in the main political parties who attempt to scapegoat immigrants as causing the ills of a failed capitalist system.
Steve Nally works in education and is a member of the GMB trade union. Steve was national Secretary of the All Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation and like 18 million others played a key part in defeating the tax and bringing down Margaret Thatcher. Steve has lived in Lambeth all his life and has been an active socialist campaigner since the early 1980’s. Steve says that he is standing because “Labour no longer fights for working class people. In Lambeth they are now managing the decline of vital services. They claim to be a ‘Cooperative Council’ but all they are cooperating with is implementing ConDem cuts and non stop austerity. TUSC provides a vision whereby the hopes and needs of the 99% come first”. If elected Steve will only take an average wage with majority of his wages going towards local campaigns and struggles.
I am an elected workers’ representative, a Health and Safety rep for the Rail, Transport and Maritime union RMT on the London Underground. I fight for tube workers’ health and safety against management’s cost-cutting agenda. I am a cleaner and a union activist. I know what it means to get off your knees and fight for your rights. And if elected I will take only the average skilled workers’ wage in Barking and Dagenham. Our Labour-run council has made around £97 million cuts and they plan £50 million more. Repossessions in Barking are the highest in England. Queen’s A&E struggles while King George’s A&E faces closure. The money is there. For instance, our multi-millionaire Barking MP Margaret Hodge’s family’s business, Stencor, paid ‘just 0.01% tax’ on over £2bn of UK business in 2011, newspapers reported. Last year, elected trade unionists representing thousands of council, rail, teaching and Job Centre employees, signed a letter from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to Margaret Hodge, asking her to pledge to defend trade union rights, restore public services and benefits and stand for a £10 minimum wage. She didn’t even reply! Tory, Liberal, UKIP and even most Labour MPs are only interested in their own careers. Labour MPs say they agree with the austerity agenda of the government. TUSC, founded by the late railway workers’ union leader Bob Crow, says no to all cuts. Barking TUSC have agreed for me to be their candidate, as a local resident and trade union activist I am proud to stand for parliament on their behalf.