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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.33

Monday 13 March 2012

Andrew Lansley pursued through the corridors of the Royal Free under a sizeable police guard, to heckles of “shame on you Mr Lansley” and “you’re corrupt, working for the private health care companies, you should be working for the people”. http://bit.ly/ygEezK

Public rally to launch London TUSC campaign

Wednesday 21 March 7.15pm

235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP

Bob Crow, general secretary rail union RMT
Alex Gordon, president RMT & TUSC candidate
Ian Leahair, firefighters’ union FBU national executive & TUSC candidate
April Ashley, Unison national executive & TUSC candidate
Jackie Turner, doctor and health campaigner & TUSC candidate
Chaired by TUSC candidate Nick Wrack

Colour pdf of leaflet here: http://bit.ly/ya9zUr

Black and white pdf of leaflet here: http://bit.ly/AvPRbD

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The TUSC postcard for the London Elections 3 May can be found here: http://bit.ly/yCWmD5

Latest TUSC Election News Releases

March 9

Film director Ken Loach is backing the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in this May’s London Assembly elections.

Ken Loach recently celebrated his 75th birthday with a week-long retrospective at the BFI Southbank. His films have won international acclaim, from Kes to Looking for Eric. In 2006 Loach won the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes film festival for The Wind That Shakes The Barley. See: http://bit.ly/Aal7xh

March 8

Soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan backs new party in London elections

Joe Glenton, a corporal in the Royal Logistics Corps, who refused to do a second tour of duty in Afghanistan and was charged with desertion in 2009, is backing the newly formed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the London elections on 3 May. For more: http://bit.ly/Ago7xt

March 7

Jackie Turner GP, Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate in the London Assembly elections, warns of slide to US health system.

Commenting before the Save the NHS Rally, taking place tonight at Westminster Central Hall, Jackie Turner, doctor and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition London Assembly list candidate said: http://bit.ly/w3Al72

March 6 2012

Jenny Sutton, a TUSC candidate for the London assembly, has been elected to the national executive of the UCU lecturers’ union. She won a seat in the nationally-elected section for Further Education members. See: http://bit.ly/Ajzqtc

From the unions

Privatisation failings highlighted in official report “fast turning into an unmitigated disaster” warns Fire Brigades Union

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned that the safety of Londoners is being jeopardised, following publication of a report exposing serious failings by the controversial private company which owns and maintains the capital’s fleet of fire appliances and fifty thousand items of equipment. http://bit.ly/ws6Vyo

BBC's "insulting" 1% pay offer rejected by unions

An offer of a 1 per cent pay rise by the BBC has been rejected by the NUJ, Bectu and Unite unions. A claim put in by the three unions had been for an increase of inflation plus 2 per cent at the first negotiating meeting in this year's pay round. BBC management described the 1 per cent offer as "final", abruptly bringing negotiations to an end: http://bit.ly/yVE8

RMT calls Budget “Day of Action” over rail carve up and slams train operators for using increased rail demand as excuse for higher fares

The RMT announced today (March12) it is holding a Budget “Day of Action” over Government plans to axe thousands of jobs, close ticket offices, jack up fares and give the train operating companies “gold plated” franchises as it implements the McNulty Rail Review recommendations. The announcement comes on the day that the train operators, through their front organisation ATOC, admitted that they are planning to use an increase in rail demand as an excuse for jacking up fares and pumping up their fat profits. http://bit.ly/zq0nJe

Workers on the docks involved in workplace fatalities at rate of approximatey once a month at present: http://bit.ly/xc48LV

PCS pay and pension calculator - How much is the government taking from you? - PCS: http://bit.ly/AuX3TS

Women workers around the world celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March 2012.

Here are some of the statements they have issued: http://bit.ly/x8QdN3

Info burst

The Battle for the NHS: http://bit.ly/w274h6

Homelessness up. Data available here: http://bit.ly/xCBQhX and http://bit.ly/zspzzC.

10 things you need to know about the Eurozone austerity treaty: http://bit.ly/xhAYdV

Cash-strapped Britain: One in five has to borrow money to buy food

One in four people used their savings to buy household essentials while one in five needed to borrow money to afford groceries. http://bit.ly/xOewCg (yes, it’s the Daily Mail)

Parks, playgrounds and pitches sold by London councils

Parks, playing fields and allotments privatised by London councils over the last three years. Here is the list: bbc.in/AmwJLk

Chronic destitution among young migrants and refugees
The Children's Society has recently published a report on levels of destitution and poverty among asylum-seeking and migrant youth.
http://bit.ly/AlJ32k

Human Rights Watch film festival 7:00pm, 23 March 2012: http://bit.ly/xt0oPn

Ken Clarke is wrong on secret justice http://bit.ly/yNT1Ho and here's Inquest’s evidence why http://bit.ly/jchr0212

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