Trade Unionist and Socialist conference press call
Saturday 26 September, 11am to 4.30pm
Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Chaired by the TUSC national chair and former socialist Labour MP, Dave Nellist
In the 2015 general election the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) fielded an historic working class challenge. Across England, Wales and Scotland a coalition of trade unionists, working class campaigners, and socialists stood in 135 seats, one in five parliamentary constituencies. TUSC, a 100% anti-austerity party, also contested over 600 council seats.
Dave Nellist said: "This conference gives TUSC a chance to discuss the major opportunities to build the fight against austerity. Jeremy Corbyn's clear victory finally starts to give the depth of anti-austerity feeling in Britain a voice. He has inspired huge numbers, particularly young people, with his call for free education, public ownership of rail and energy, and for councils to stand together in opposition to government cuts.
"TUSC believes that Jeremy is right to highlight the potential that councils have to resist austerity. In the last couple of years TUSC has worked with councillors in Southampton, Hull and Leicester to present legally compliant no-cuts budgets, showing that councils do not have to implement the Tories' agenda..
"The TUSC conference will be making plans to write to every Labour candidate standing in next May's elections to ask for a meeting with them to see how much they are prepared to back their new leader's anti-austerity stance. In particular we will be asking Labour candidates if they agree with us that Labour councils should now combine together and refuse to implement the Tories' brutal austerity agenda. Where we get a positive answer from Labour councillors or candidates we look forward to the possibilities of joint action against austerity.
"Where, however, Labour councillors or candidates are not prepared to follow Jeremy's stance in opposing George Osborne's austerity agenda, then TUSC will stand widely in the May 2016 elections in England, Wales and Scotland".
The conference agenda is:
11am to 12-45am: The role of TUSC in the new situation
12-45pm to 1-30pm: Lunch
1-30pm to 2-30pm: New prospects for a councillors' revolt? Agreeing TUSC's 2016 local elections platform
2-30pm to 4-30pm: What position should TUSC take on the EU referendum?