Scrap Trident

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.

Student Fees ? We say student Grants not fees!

TUSC’s manifesto calls clearly for “student grants not fees” and, if elected, our representatives would use their positions to help organise campaigns and actions to help make that demand a reality.

The fact that the Labour Party hopes that students and their families will be content with a pledge to reduce tuition fees to £6,000 a year shows how far removed they are from the pressures facing most young people.

They, and all the main parties, have abandoned the idea of free education. Of course, it was a Labour government who first brought in tuition fees for higher education in the first place.

Reducing student fees by a third will still leave many students from working class backgrounds feeling that university is something that they cannot afford. For those students who do go on to higher education, then they will still leave with a mountain of debt to go with their degree certificate.

It also appears that the shortfall to universities from a cut in tuition fees  would not be funded by the prospective Labour government. This will mean more cuts in courses and facilities. Students will still be paying huge fees for an underfunded university education.

Of course, students don’t just have to borrow to fund their tuition fees. Rents and other living costs continue to rise as well. That’s why TUSC also stands for the return of grants – a system that helped fund today’s MPs when they were at university but which they now wish to deny to a new generation of students.

All the main parties will say that TUSC’s demands are ‘unaffordable’. TUSC disagrees. We do not accept their ‘austerity’ agenda. We know that their is plenty of wealth in our society but that is in the hands of a tiny few who are using the ‘austerity’ agenda to steal back the gains of the past, like free education, from the rest of us.

TUSC candidates in, for example, Manchester include students standing as council candidates for TUSC to help campaign for our demand for “grants, not fees”. I would call on students who support what TUSC are saying to get in touch and help build TUSC’s campaign up to the General Election on May 7.

Uxbridge & South Ruislip – Gary Harbord

I am standing as a TUSC candidate in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in the General Election. I am a Train Operator on London Underground and RMT Representative. It is vital that there is a Socialist alternative to the pro big business policies of all the other main parties including UKIP. Ordinary working people are disillusioned with Politicians who they see as self-serving and corrupt. That is why I pledge to take home no more than the average of a skilled worker if elected. I will be standing against Boris Johnson the London mayor who before he was elected pledged to keep underground ticket offices open but when elected reneged on this pledge, a decision that will lead to the loss of one thousand jobs . This election is not just about my role on the London Underground or our battles with Boris Johnson, it is about what sort of society we want to live in . TUSC stands for a society that is run by the people for the people for the interests of the 99% not the corrupt 1% . Get involved get active and lets build the socialist alternative!

Gary Harbord leaflet to download and share.

Contact

Facebook 

Mobile 07804 280034

Email gazharbord@yahoo.co.uk

Meetings and Events

Hillingdon/Harrow TUSC fundraiser is Friday 10th April between 8pm and 12pm Greenwood hall, Pinner Road, Northwood Hills HA5 3TJ (nearest tube Northwood Hills)

Barking – Joseph Mambuliya

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.

See the barking leaflet TUSC2, download and share

Contact Facebook – Barking Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Call 07981 325 899

Email joseph@barkingTUSC.org.uk

Tottenham – Jenny Sutton

Divide and rule

The Tories plan a return to the 1930s and the end of the welfare state. Labour won’t challenge the lie that the deficit must be reduced by cutting public services. All the main parties falsely blame migrants for low pay, lack of housing and over-stretched schools & hospitals. This is racist divide and rule.

We have to reject those arguments so that our side can unite against the real enemy – the bankers, corporate fat cats and tax-dodgers who caused the crisis in the first place.

The money is there!

One million people now rely on food banks, but the richest 1,000 have doubled their wealth since the start of the crisis. There are more billionaires per head in the UK than any other country.

The £80 billion in austerity cuts since 2008 equals the amount bankers have received in bonuses. The deficit could be wiped out in an instant by taxing the rich, but all the main parties pledge years of continued austerity.

Download and share Tottenham TUSC Jenny Sutton flyer

Contact

Twitter @Jenny4tottenham

Mobile 07510 850 836

Email: jenny4tottenham@gmail.com

Meetings

Haringey Stand up to Racism Public Meeting – ‘Rage against Racism!’

Wednesday 4th March, 7.30pm
North London Community House,
22 Moorefield Rd N17 6PJ (Bruce Grove, opposite PO sorting office)

Haringey Alliance for Public Services Public Meeting – ‘The next steps’
Monday 9th March 7pm
North London Community House (as above)

Walthamstow – Nancy Taaffe

I’m a socialist and a Socialist Party member who has fought very cut and privatisation in my home borough of Waltham Forest for nearly 30 years. I’m proud that we stood our ground when privatisation was put forward by all politicians as the answer to every problem.

I stood for parliament in 2005 against then Labour MP Neil Gerrard who debated with me and said that PFI at our local hospital was “the only show in town”. That ‘show’ has led to our stroke unit being closed and moved miles away. When the devastation caused by privatisation wasn’t immediately apparent, we made it clear that future generations would be damaged and disadvantaged by it. Sadly, I believe we were right.

I had my two children in the local hospital Whipps Cross and they went to local schools. I worked for Waltham Forest libraries for 12 years before my job was deleted in 2012 due to cuts. So I have been both a user of public services and a provider of them.

I loved my job in the library – serving local school children and the elderly who were housebound made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile. I shall never forgive those who elevated their salaries and expenses and gladly cut jobs and services for the Tories and their mates in the city.

This is part of the reason why I am standing, I want to whistleblow in the most public arena, an election. I want to tell the truth about the crime of austerity being perpetrated against working class communities and their families.

Download the campaign flyer nancyleaflet
Contact
Mobile: 07786857673
Email: nancytaaffe185@gmail.com
Public meetings
A provisional college debate on 26th march
A provisional NUT debate 31st march
Fundraiser on 18th April
Trades council  – provisional date 22nd April

Bermondsey & Old Southwark – Kingsley Abrams

At the end of January 2015 I resigned from the pro-austerity Labour party after over 30 years of membership. I am now standing for TUSC as no other party countenances an alternative to austerity even though voters in other European countries are keen to give it a try. There is always an alternative.
I attended South Bank University where I gained a BSc Social Science degree. I currently work for a Housing Association and is also a branch officer of Unite Housing Workers Branch. From 2011-2014 I sat on Unite’s Executive Council and Finance and General Purpose Committee.
I was a Labour Councillor for 23 years – Merton Council from 1986-2002 and Lambeth Council from 2006-2013. During that period I was Chair of the Finance Committee, Deputy Leader and Chief Whip at Merton Council, and Deputy Cabinet member for Enterprise at Lambeth Council. I was also suspended by Lambeth Labour Group for opposing cuts. For a number of years I was Chair of the London Boroughs Grants Committee (LBGC) investing £30m in the voluntary sector in London.
I was Labour’s parliamentary candidate in North Southwark and Bermondsey in 2001 where I came second with 30.8% of the votes.
Contact
Email: southwarktusc@outlook.com
Mobile: 07932 447 763
Meetings
6th April – How can we build an alternative to cuts
27th May – What next for TUSC?
All at 7.30pm@ Albert Arms, 1 Gladstone Terrace, SE1
There are also several hustings which will be noted on the Southwark website.
Event
Saturday 14th March – Aylesbury March 12 noon @Burgess Park (opposite Tesco)
Sun 22nd March – Mass Canvas meet at Elephant & Castle Tube (Bakerloo exit London Rd)  12 noon

Croydon North – Glen Hart

Quote

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!”

 Leaflet – Download the Hart Manifesto 2.3
Contact:
Twitter: @GlenHart7  Facebook
Sutton & Croydon TUSC Group Facebook &  Group Blog
Telephone Number  07809471289
Email glenharttusc@gmail.com

Standing up to the cuts!

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In May 2015 a third of the seats in London will be challenged by candidates standing for the Trade Union & Socialist Coalition. Across the country, hundreds of ordinary people, trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists, are building the biggest left-of-Labour challenge in over 60 years. A hundred general election candidates and hundreds more council candidates. All the main parties offer austerity. We don’t accept that ordinary working class people should be losing jobs, pay, benefits and homes, while the rich are getting richer. We are making history. Join us and volunteer to be a TUSC campaigner and help to build a viable alternative to austerity and cuts.

New TUSC map 6

Pink above is where we are standing.

Click here to find our London candidate list and the full list of candidates beyond London can be found on this pdf -> parliamentary candidates.

What do we stand for?

THE Con-Dem government has inflicted five years of savage austerity on working class people. Unfortunately there is no prospect of this changing beyond the general election, as the leadership of the Labour Party has made it clear that a Labour government would not mean an end to austerity.

THE Con-Dem government has inflicted five years of savage austerity on working class people. Unfortunately there is no prospect of this changing beyond the general election, as the leadership of the Labour Party has made it clear that a Labour government would not mean an end to austerity.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) argues that working class people should not pay for a crisis that we did not cause. That was why TUSC was set up in 2010, co-founded by the late Bob Crow, to show that there is a clear left-wing alternative to policies of public sector cuts, privatisation, militarism and environmental degradation.

TUSC has accepted from its start that there will be some Labour candidates who share our socialist aspirations and will be prepared to support measures that challenge the austerity consensus of the establishment politicians. But it is also committed to standing candidates or supporting others if that is the only way a working class anti-austerity socialist alternative can be articulated at election time.

Our coalition, of trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists, is united on the need for mass resistance to the ruling class offensive, and for an alternative programme of left-wing policies to help inspire and direct such resistance:

PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, NOT PRIVATE PROFIT

  • Stop all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Bring privatised public services and utilities back into public ownership under democratic control.

NO CUTS – FOR QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Re-nationalise all rail, bus and ferry services to build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system. Take Royal Mail back into public ownership to guarantee our postal services. Bring prisons, probation, and all other parts of the justice system back into the public sector.
  • For a high-quality, free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control.
  • Stop council estate sell-offs and build high-standard, eco-friendly, affordable council housing.
  • No to academies and ‘free schools’. Good, free education for all, under democratic local authority control; student grants not fees.

JOBS, NOT HANDOUTS TO THE BANKERS AND BILLIONAIRES

  • Bring banks and finance institutions into genuine public ownership under democratic control, instead of giving huge handouts to the very capitalists who caused the crisis.
  • Tax the rich. For progressive tax on rich corporations and individuals and an end to tax avoidance.
  • For massive investment in environmental projects.

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE UNION RIGHTS

  • Repeal the anti-trade union laws.
  • Support the TUC’s demand to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, and for it then to rise in line with inflation or wages, whichever is higher.
  • Scrap zero hour contracts. Guaranteed hours and full employment rights for all.
  • Invest to create and protect jobs, including for young people.
  • Solidarity with workers taking action to defend jobs, conditions, pensions, public services and trade unions. Reinstate full trade union rights to prison officers.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT – STOP GLOBAL WARMING

  • Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions – otherwise climate change, caused by capitalism, will destroy us.
  • Invest in publicly-owned and controlled renewable energy.
  • Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming – stop the pollution that is destroying our environment.
  • Produce for need, not profit, and design goods for reuse and recycling.

DECENT PENSIONS AND BENEFITS

  • Abolish the bedroom tax.
  • Reverse cuts to benefits; for living benefits; end child poverty.
  • Restore the pre-Thatcher real value of pensions. Reinstate the link with average earnings.

STOP THE ATTACKS ON DISABLED PEOPLE

  • Promote inclusive policies to enable disabled people to participate in, and have equal access to, education, employment, housing, transport and welfare provision.
  • Support measures to ensure disabled people receive a level of income according to needs. Equal pay for equal work.

DEMOCRACY, DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE

  • Welcome diversity and oppose racism, fascism and discrimination. Defend the right to asylum, repeal the 2014 Immigration Act and all racist immigration controls.
  • Ensure women have genuinely equal rights and pay.
  • Full equality for LGBT people.
  • Defend our liberties and make police and security democratically accountable.
  • For the right to vote at 16.

SOLIDARITY NOT WAR

  • No to imperialist wars and occupations!
  • Justice for the Palestinians, lift the siege of Gaza.
  • No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters – convert arms spending into socially useful products and services.
  • An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe. No to austerity and anti-working class policies, whether from the EU or Britain.

SOCIALISM

For a democratic socialist society run in the interests of people not millionaires. For bringing into democratic public ownership the major companies and banks that dominate the economy, so that production and services can be planned to meet the needs of all and to protect the environment.