Greenwich & Woolwich – Lynne Chamberlain

I am secretary of Greenwich & Bexley TUC, and all my adult life I have been an active socialist and trade unionist .  Particularly in UCU strikes and campaigns against education cuts most notably the closure of RNIB Redhill College, which was supported by the late Tony Benn. I am a teacher in further education

In 2010 I received the UCU Distinguished Service Award.

TUSC Council Candidate, May 2014, Glyndon Ward, Plumstead, Receiving the highest percentage vote in London.

I helped initiate the formation of the Greenwich & Bexley TUC in 2010. Re-elected secretary every year since. At the forefront of organizing support for all local strikers with financial collections, public meetings and benefit concerts: Unite bus strikes, NHS, Firefighters, EDF strikers, NUT, PCS, GMB, CWU

Recent campaigns include:

  • Building solidarity for UCU strikes in Lambeth and Greenwich Community College
  • London Living Wage
  • Defend Council Housing
  • Ritzy Bectu strikers,
  • St Mungo’s,
  • ISS GMB workers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
  • In the wake of Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich we organized local street stalls and meetings against the EDL. We also campaigned against the deaths in police custody of Paul Coker and Nur Saeed.

Contact

Telephone 07884 080602

Email lynne.windeatt@btinternet.com

Facebook  ‘Lynne Chamberlain’

Twitter account @LynneSocialist

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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.

Find the local Flyer, download and share.

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

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

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.