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Wednesday 9 September 2015

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Steering committee re-sets TUSC conference agenda for new times ahead

The September meeting of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has revised the agenda for the forthcoming TUSC conference to take account of the tremendous anti-austerity movement that has mobilised around Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership bid.

The TUSC conference is taking place on Saturday 26th September at Student Central, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY, from 11am to 4-30pm.

The opening session, under the title 'The role of TUSC in the new situation', will be a chance to assess what needs to be done, after Jeremy Corbyn's hoped for success, to continue the process of re-building independent working class political representation.

The council cuts battleground

One of the key tasks in taking that struggle forward in the coming months will be to fight against the new round of cuts to local public services that are being prepared by councils across the country.

The conference will include a session on the new prospects that may now exist for a councillors' revolt against the cuts and what role TUSC could play to bring that into being, including the plans for next year's council elections.

The national steering committee is proposing an election platform for the 2016 council contests (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/17112/09-09-2015/the-tusc-2016-local-elections-draft-policy-platform) which includes the commitment that "any politician who votes for cuts cannot be allowed a free run at the ballot box, no matter what party label they wear".

The draft platform will be debated and voted on at the conference.

TUSC and the EU referendum

The final conference session will be a debate on what position TUSC should take in the EU referendum, due to take place before 2017. The resolution to be discussed recommends that TUSC registers with the Electoral Commission as a 'permitted participant' against EU membership.

It argues that TUSC should not participate in any officially designated exit campaign that is headed by reactionary racist and pro-austerity politicians but should campaign on the basis of its own core policy platform of opposition to austerity and support for socialist policies.

But the resolution also recognises that there will be TUSC supporters, and participants within the TUSC coalition, who will want to support EU membership or argue for abstention and, as a coalition, it guarantees their right to present their own position publically as TUSC constituent organisations, members and candidates.

Come and join the debate. To register go to http://www.tusc.org.uk/conference.php