I have been a trade unionist in local government
for 20 years fighting for better terms and conditions for union members and against the constant attacks on our living standards. The Tories onslaught of austerity has been the worst attack on members that I can
remember with everyone in fear of losing their jobs and those in work relying on benefits and payday loans just to get by. No one can live on zero-hours contracts. They are barely surviving. The most vulnerable in society are being ground in the dirt with welfare cuts, the bedroom tax and benefit sanctions.
Working people have had enough of austerity. Austerity means as we get poorer and local services are cut the Tories ensure their friends the ‘1%’ get richer.
I am standing to show there is an alternative to austerity. Unfortunately, Labour is just ‘austerity-lite’ and we will still be facing terrible attacks to public services under a Labour government. Their priority is paying down the deficit which will mean us paying the deficit instead of the banks, rich tax evaders and the PFI swindlers.
The millionaire backed UKIP are scapegoating immigrants for the economic problems, which seems an easy answer, instead of blaming the real culprits – the banks.
I represent black members on UNISON’s National Executive Committee (personal capacity) and I am fighting against the increased racism and Islamaphobia in society. This is an attempt to divide and rule working people while the rich laugh all the way to the bank.The only people that have benefitted under austerity are the millionaires. Food banks have trebled. I am really pleased to be standing as a TUSC candidate to campaign for an alternative to austerity.
I have been a trade unionist in local government for 20 years fighting for better terms and conditions for union members and against the constant attacks on our living standards.
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TUSC is completely opposed to the renewal of Trident I believe the existing Trident system should be scrapped.
Nuclear arms are unable to protect workers and the poor of the world from aggression. At the same time the threat is used against workers not to protest against terrible conditions.
Let’s spend the £76 billion earmarked for Trident on defending public services, jobs, wages, health and education, and relegate the nuclear arms industry to where it belongs, the scrapyard of history.
Radioactive material from warheads should be permanently disposed of as safely as possible
Workers employed in nuclear weapons production, together with scientists and engineers, should be redeployed on projects of real benefit to society, without job losses or loss of pay. Lucas Aerospace workers developed a plan in 1976 to produce a life support system, transport and alternative energy supplies instead of arms; workers should be looking at similar alternatives now.
The £76 billion planned for the new nuclear weapons should be spent on defending public services, jobs and a future for our young people.
The eradication of nuclear weapons needs a change in the social system. A new and democratic society based on public ownership of industry and workers’ control and management would form the basis of a socialist planned economy.
One of its first tasks would be to end the wasteful expenditure on arms proliferation.
I am a retired teacher – I taught for 35 years in Special and Comprehensive schools in London and Birmingham. I was elected Union rep in several schools, onto NUT Associations’ Committees and as delegate to Trades Councils and NUT National Conference. Over the years I have been active in many campaigns including: those to preserve Trade Union rights, against public spending cuts, and to stop the Vietnam and Iraq wars. I have been enormously enthused by the creation of TUSC as a major campaigning organisation against the vicious cuts perpetrated by the current (and previous) corrupt and self-serving governments. I am currently campaigning against the introduction of TTIP and to save the NHS and our local Hospital – St Helier. I am a life-long socialist and believe that democratic ownership of the means of production is the only way to ensure equality for all and to preserve human life on the planet.
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1. Sutton Guardian (local newspaper) final debate (hustings) is scheduled for Nonsuch High School, Cheam, on March 12, with the lead topic education.