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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.35

Monday 26 March 2012

A Special event to support TUSC in London

Ken Loach, in association with the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’s Southwark branch, will be appearing at Peckham Plex on 19 April to introduce and later discuss his films and political outlook.The Save the Children Film was commissioned by the charity in 1969, but was suppressed for 40 years due to its controversial content. Ken will be in discussion with Nick Wrack, a TUSC candidate in the London elections on 3 May. This event will be only its third ever public screening: See: http://bit.ly/H6bKIp

This week's TUSC Election News

TUSC receives warm welcome at Newroz

London TUSC supporters received a warm welcome at the Newroz (New Year) festival in north Londonon Sunday. Thousands of people came to the event which has an important place in the Kurdish community, symbolising victory over tyranny. Over 1,500 TUSC cards were distributed and TUSC supporter Charlie Kimber was cheered when he called during his speech from the platform for a TUSC vote. Kurdish people in Britainare involved in the fight against the cuts, racism and social justice, as well as being centrally involved in the fight against imperialism and for Kurdish rights. Newroz piroz be from TUSC!

Crow announces RMT national decision to back left of Labour electoral challenge in London 22/03/2012

On the day of the millionaires’ budget, the rail union RMT national executive made the decision to back the London list of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) in the 3 May election, and to allow branches around the country to back TUSC candidates in the local council elections also on 3 May 2012. http://www.tusc.org.uk/press220312.php

Prominent construction activist Mick Dooley stands for TUSC 20/03/2012

Construction worker activist Mick Dooley has been confirmed as a candidate on the TUSC list in the London list section of the election for the Greater London Assembly on 3 May. http://www.tusc.org.uk/press200312.php

Lead candidate says ‘Downton Abbey’ budget demonstrates class hatred 21/03/2012

Speaking at the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) election rally this evening Alex Gordon RMT President, and Trade Unionist and Socialist London Assembly candidate will say: http://www.tusc.org.uk/press210312.php

See the events diary for election campaign meetings and events

Stand for TUSC as a local election candidates – but if you do - we need your details!

In May in 158 councils in England and every council in Wales. Assuming that your local councillor does not agree with the clear ‘no cuts’ platform of TUSC, what have you got to lose by standing yourself in the local elections? Nominations for the council elections open on March 28th. To appear as a TUSC candidate on the ballot paper – with ‘Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts’ one of the names available for use – prospective candidates must submit an application form to TUSC for a Certificate of Authorisation. A copy of the form is here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php and can be filled in electronically and sent to info@tusc.org.uk While applications may be processed up to the deadline, there were problems last year in getting certificates out in time so the earlier this formality is sorted out the better. So please get your skates on!

From the unions

RMT announces successful resolution of dispute with Heathrow Express over victimizations http://bit.ly/GOPHIB

CWU - 200 royal mail workers walkout in Warrington in defence of one of their members in Cheshire http://t.co/HbKcUAPP

GMB- Remploy activists have mobilised members and supporters in the week since the announcement of the closure of 36 factories. Over 2000 attended a protest in Wrexham last week http://bit.ly/pQGZ25

Liberal Democrat-controlled local authority backs PCS campaign against government plans to close a tax office – with local Tory support too! http://bit.ly/GH8f6N

South Yorkshire fire crewscall for a halt to massive fire service cuts – cuts which would see the closure of 4 fire stations, cutting five fire appliances and the loss of 140 frontline posts and cuts in numbers of emergency control staff. http://bit.ly/ataLYj

UCATT expel Mick Dooley – London TUSC candidate

http://bit.ly/GQ2tqF

Support 6 Unitedrivers sacked by Grangemouth (Tesco contract). http://bit.ly/GLff4C

Spanish unions support general strike Thurs 29th March: http://tinyurl.com/89l9d4a

Unions in Australia call for a $26 wage rise as part of the campaign to help the lowest paid catch up with average earnings http://tinyurl.com/6ug8n9e

Info burst

Campaign information: Here’s mortgage and landlord repossession data ward by ward across the country for 2011: http://bit.ly/Hc9a1n

Why poor housing has made London 'the TB capital of Europe'

Kiran Sharma and Heenali Patel, Engagement Officers for the ARCHIVE charity, highlight the links between poor housing and rising tuberculosis rates in London: http://bit.ly/yuHtTj

Frontex is the European Agency for the Management of the External Borders of the European Union.It coordinates and co-organises with Member States high-tech border control operations and carries out joint return flights of irregular migrants. Frontex has been criticised for its lack of transparency and accountability. Statewatch’s Frontex Observatory will analyse and document the role and activities of Frontex: www.statewatch.org/frontex

The Consequences of the EU Bank Rescue

Here is one viewpoint from Hugo Radice: http://bit.ly/H86of8

TUSC election events

Hillingdon: Wednesday 18th April. Venue TBA

Waltham Forest: Thursday 19th April 7.30pm William Morris Centre, Greenleaf Road , off Hoe st

5 mins from Walthamstow tube

Newham:Tuesday 24th April 7.15pm Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate

Wandsworth and Merton: 7.30pm Tuesday 24 April. Colliers Wood Community Centre. 66-72 High Street Colliers Wood SW19 2BY (nearest Underground Station Colliers Wood) Jenny Sutton and April Ashley, plus RMT

Hackney:Tuesday 1st May Venue TBA

Events

Public Meeting with Mark Serwotka(PCS) & Clare Solomon (Coalition of Resistance, part of a recent delegation to Greece) Monday 26 March 2012, 7:00pm Friend's Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL http://bit.ly/at77j0

London Pension Strike Wednesday 28th – NUT & UCU will strike and Unite NHS, who rejected the government offer, will also have a day of action against the pension cuts Join picket lines in your area to support members and also join the march in London - assemble at 11am in Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY and march to Westminster http://bit.ly/hrvJIZ

NSSN Public meeting Wednesday 28 March 7pm at the Manchester Friends Meeting House (Room 7)on Mount Street, Manchester city centre M2 5NS http://bit.ly/GOHqAS

Save Camden GP Surgery Thursday 29 March 2012, 1:00pm

4St. Pancras Way, NW1 0PE London, NW1 OPE http://on.fb.me/GK0DTo

Gypsy and Traveller Rights - what next after Dale Farm?
Traveller Solidarity Network speaker tour event. 7pm Friday 30 March Brunei Gallery SOAS,10 Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London

Protest at Circle HealthThursday 5 April 2012, 12:00pm

Circle Healthcare, Head Office, 32 Wellbeck Street,, London W1G 8EU W1G 8BU

Circle Healthcare is one of the private profit companies making a killing out of the NHS http://bit.ly/GOSFKV

Protest 18th of April led by Disabled People Against Cuts
Disabled People are asking as many people as possible to come to London to show their opposition to "The Scapegoating of Disabled People" including Remploy workers and "Selling Pensioners Down the River". with "The Granny Tax" Meet LeicesterSquare McDonalds: at 1:30pm on the 18th of April. there will be a short stroll or wheel from here. Any accessible transport queries can be addressed to Transport for All,

Birmingham TUC debate "Should trade unionist support an Elected Mayor?" 7-9 pm Thursday 19th April Birmingham Council House. Contact office@btuc.org.uk for more details.

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