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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I’m standing as a TUSC candidate simply because working people no longer have a party that represents them or fights for them.
Working people can be sure of one thing. The election of a Tory government will mean more privatisations, more attacks on employment conditions, on wages and trade union rights, more austerity, more cuts in public services; and more silver-linings for the richest.
But unfortunately they cannot be sure that the election of “One Nation Labour” would tilt the balance back in their favour.
Glen Hart, the TUSC candidate for Croydon North, has lived all his life in Thornton Heath. He is an active trade unionist in the Rail and Maritime Trades Union (RMT), and currently is a station supervisor. Glen is married with 3 children. He is a socialist. One of his earliest political recollections is participating in the demonstrations against the Tories’ hated Poll Tax in the early 1990s. “I am standing for TUSC”, he says, “because I want to give the people of North Croydon a real choice. The careerist mainstream candidates offer the same diet of austerity, and cuts in public services. If elected, I will be a workers’ MP on a workers’ wage. I will not take the fat salary and lavish expenses and benefits – I will stay in touch with my constituents!”