Defend and Extend Public Services

There’s no question that the primary battle of the whole of the Labour movement is defence of public services. TUSC’s commitment to defending these services is unequivocal.

However the call for the introduction of the Public Service Users Bill as currently worded seeks to make the in-house option the default, and require public consultation before privatisation or outsourcing and promote transparency, accountability and social value in public service contracts.

That leaves the door wide open for privatisation with the wasteful tendering exercise not only providing a bonanza for lawyers, but also suggests that privatisation of public services is a serious option.

We would give critical support to the bill, but would seek to strengthen it by moving to delete any provision for private companies to take over public service delivery.

We demand a stop to all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Privatised public services and utilities should be brought back into public ownership under democratic control.

We say re-nationalise all rail, bus and ferry services to build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system. Bring Royal Mail back into public ownership to guarantee our postal services, and bring prisons, probation, and all other parts of the justice system back into the public sector.

We support a high-quality free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control.

We will demand a stop to council estate sell-offs and to fund councils to allow them to build high-standard, eco-friendly, affordable council housing.

We call for an end to academies and ‘free schools’ and demand good, free education for all, under democratic local authority control.

We are certainly be making public declarations in this regard via social media, media statements, and interviews, always providing we get a fair share of air time from the Media. However we rely on our supporters, such as you, to share this where you can.

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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.

Chingford – Len Hockey

My name is Len Hockey and I am 53 years old, a hospital porter and a trade union activist of over 30 years standing. I am currently a branch secretary for the UNITE trade union and a Socialist Party member.

I have worked at Whipps Cross hospital in east London for 26 years during which time I have led numerous campaigns including building trade union organisation, against victimisation and against down grading of pay. Also an historic battle to end the two tier workforce which, following successful strike action, secured increased pay and conditions for a privatised, low paid, mainly migrant workforce.

In Chingford ConDem policies have meant vicious attacks including a library closure, the cut of a fire engine and denigration of this service through attacks on workers’ pensions. Also, the slashing of vital children’s and young people’s services, social work services to baby clinics and career services to the youth offending team.

I am proud to be taking part in the biggest left-of-Labour electoral challenge for 60 years: in a coalition of dedicated campaigners fighting for permanent, properly paid jobs, trade union rights, affordable housing, decent public services and benefits, and against the establishment parties policy of austerity, ie.  planned poverty for the millions while the super-rich get richer.

Contact

Tel 07746 414536

Email len4tusc@gmail.com

Twitter @TUSCWF

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/walthamforesttusc

Website http://www.walthamforesttusc.com/

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner – Wally Kennedy

I have been active in the local area for 38 years as a community activist, socialist, trade-unionist and elected councillor.  I have witnessed the carnage of Thatcher’s neo-liberalism and the destruction of vital industries, jobs and public services ever since – replaced by Finance Capital’s casino economy. The bankers are bailed out at our expense – and we’re told that it’s our fault. I am a former Labour councillor, expelled for the successful opposition to the hated and unjust Poll tax. Since 1998 I have continued to hold an advice session every Saturday  in a cafe in Northwood Hills – offering help, advice and representation.  I have seen enough homelessness, poverty and hardship of family and individual lives destroyed by an uncaring system run for and by the rich.   None of the main parties represent us anymore.  Even the “Labour” party is as much use to us as an ashtray on a motorbike. We need to build a new party – for real political representation – FOR us, of us and by us.  For real democratic public ownership to begin to sustainably plan for the needs of the millions and not the greed of the tax-dodging multi-millionaires. Vote TUSC against cuts on 7th May.

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Contact Twitter: @wally4tusc Facebook: Trade unionist and socialist coalition Hillingdon Phone: 07415 609012

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)

Harrow East – Nana Asante

I am a TUSC Candidate for Harrow East because TUSC is anti- austerity and anti-cuts. TUSC represents Working People. I know Harrow East well having lived in Harrow East for over 20 years. My children attended Stanburn School, Salvatorian College, Park High School and St Dominic’s 6th Form College. A passionate Community Activist, I was a Harrow Councillor from 2002 – 2014 and Mayor of Harrow from 2013 – 2014. I chair Harrow Fairtrade Campaign and under my leadership Harrow achieved Fairtrade Borough status in 2014. I have 4 children and 1 grandchild.

A Fellowship Group Leader, Chaplain of First Stanmore Girls Brigade, Campaign Officer of Independent Labour Group, Committee Member of Harrow ABF and trustee of Kilombo UK, if elected, I have the experience to serve the community of Harrow, one of the most religiously diverse boroughs of England and Wales. As a person of Faith, I understand the importance of Faith in the life of a person. I also understand politics & negotiation. I have the skills to speak up in Parliament for the complex needs of Harrow. If elected, I will be bold in advocating for Harrow, with or without the support of the other 2 MPs.

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Contact

Email: nanaasantefortusc@gmail.com

Mobile: 07930 326 967

Social Media

Facebook Nana Asante

Twitter @Nana4TUSC

Website under construction: Nanaasante4tusc.com

Meetings

14th March  – Street Stall in Harrow Town Centre – 11:00AM – 1:00PM

15th March  – Hustings @ Husaini Islamic Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LQ, 4:00PM

21st March  – Community Meeting with Tamil Solidarity 2:00PM – 6:00PM @ 87 Abercorn Road, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 2PH – closest tube Canons Park

22nd March  – Film & Discussion to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2:00PM – 6:00PM @ The Bridge, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, Wealdstone, HA3 5BD – closest tube Harrow & Wealdstone

10th April  – Fundraising Event with Northwood, Ruislip, Pinner and Uxbridge, 8:00PM – Midnight @ Greenwood Hall, Pinner Road, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3TJ. Food, Music, Dance, Raffle. Tickets £10 only

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

East Ham – Lois Austin

Lois has been an active campaigner for working class people’s rights since her teens. She has helped organise mass campaigns and demonstrations against racism and the right-wing Thatcher government. Lois was a founding member of the Stop the War Coalition, campaigning against the unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today Lois campaigns locally and is a housing activist. She was a driving force behind The Stratford Academy Concerned Parents, which supported the teachers strike in 2012 by uniting staff, parents and the local community in Newham successfully stopping senior management’s cuts to teachers pay and the bullying of staff.

Lois is angry both at this rotten government making normal people suffer for the bankers’ crisis but also our local Labour Party for not standing up for the people of Newham. Last year Lois stood for Mayor of Newham on a program of, capping rents, rehousing the Focus E15 Mums locally in council housing, building council housing, ending the bedroom tax and against all cuts.

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Contact

Number – 07540 189 052

Email – newham.tusc@gmail.com

Website – https://newhamtusc.wordpress.com/

Facebook – Newham Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Twitter – @TUSCnewham

Meetings

Lois is a speaker at Newham Trades Council – Open meeting on the housing crisis – on 19 March, 7:00 Harold Road community centre

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

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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!”

 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.

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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.