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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.38

Monday 16 April 2012

TUSC National Election Campaign News

Full report of TUSC candidates standing here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/press110412.php

Carlisle: TUSC public election meeting: 'There IS an alternative' April 30th 2012 Speakers: Brent Kennedy, TUSC candidate for Currock ward. Currock House Community Centre, Lediard Avenue, Carlisle, 7pm.

South Wales: Fierce competition for seats in diverse city centre ward
There are 20 candidates battling it out for the four seats, with the Green Party and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition represented: http://bit.ly/IRDVMb

Scotland: Candidates speak out over East Lothian buses
Jack Fraser, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, took to the High Street in Musselburgh on Saturday with a petition headed 'Stop the Cuts to Our Buses'.: http://bit.ly/HOQeuQ Follow the Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition on Twitter @ScottishAntiCut standing in local elections no cuts, needs budgets, public ownership.

Nuneaton:TUSC to hold Public Meeting - 'What is TUSC? Why should I vote for it in Camp Hill?’ - Wednesday 2nd May, 7pm at the CHESS Centre , 460 Cedar Road, Camp Hill, Nuneaton CV10 9DN. http://on.fb.me/IT9GWq Nuneaton have set up a FaceBook page - 'Vote Paul Reilly TUSC candidate for Camp Hill on May 3rd.

Rugby: Two separate mentions for TUSC’s Election Campaign in Rugby

Following a Rugby TUSC Media Release, the local Rugby Advertiser included the 8 TUSC candidates in its list for Rugby and then most of the rest of the Media Release appeared as a letter from Pete McLaren, Rugby TUSC, with the Paper’s own headline: “Hooray for lack of BNP” http://bit.ly/HqaK3E

London action: There are meetings going on all over London in the next fortnight. Find out where here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/events.php and a TUSC election video for London: http://www.tusc.org.uk/. London TUSC supporters were out at the Wembley football semi-finals last week-end leafletting the crowd.

Former Children’s Laureate and Novelist backs left of Labour challenge in the London Assembly Elections: http://www.tusc.org.uk/press130412b.php

TUSC candidate intervenes in Evening Standard mayoral candidate election debate: http://www.tusc.org.uk/press130412.php

Other TUSC News

Are you an Independent Socialist?

The Independent Socialist Network is holding its second national meeting on Saturday 19 May 2012 in London. For more details see here:http://www.independentsocialistnetwork.org/?p=1037

Final call from Ken Loachat the Peckham Plex: http://kenloachfortusc.eventbrite.co.uk/

From the Unions

Four To One Vote For Strike Action On Tube Lines In Fight For Pension’s Justice: TUBE UNION RMT today confirmed ... http://bit.ly/IyiJWX

BMW faces strike ballot over pay deal: 97% of 2,000 workers have rejected a basic increase of 2.1 per cent. http://bit.ly/HUTxOM

RMT renews call for action after another rail runaway

The RMT has renewed its call for secondary protection to prevent death and injury by rail runaways after yet another potentially fatal incident late last month – the day after RMT held another round of talks with Network Rail http://bit.ly/J1xwNZ

PCS complaint against The Sun newspaper http://bit.ly/HNf8J6

Unite calls for no compulsory redundancies as BA announce reorganisation at Gatwick

Unite has called on British Airways to guarantee no compulsory redundancies as a result of its business reorganisation at Gatwick announced recently http://bit.ly/IsBoFx

GMB and Unison show how Taxpayers Alliance are wrong on Pensions: http://bit.ly/HIUE5o or http://bit.ly/IeHnLY

Tanker drivers in dispute: Unite is still in negotiations with five of the seven

companies involved. Inside story of life of a tanker driver. http://bit.ly/HJ5acW

Keep Cumbrian 999 fire calls in CumbriaFBU takes fight to Westminster on Tuesday 17 April: More than 21,50... http://bit.ly/Jq9M2w

International News from the Unions

Kazakhstan: Abducted activists released: http://bit.ly/HLgSTm

Sri Lanka: Striking Nurses demonstrate. http://bit.ly/Ig8w3y

Sweden: Unions plan a toilet paper blockade! http://bit.ly/IpHZkf

Spain: Pilots Strikes On 9th April, Iberia pilots started the first of 30 one-day strikes against the creation of low cost subsidiary Iberia Express. Iberia is part of the International Airlines Group that includes BA, and whose chief executive is Willie Walsh. http://bit.ly/IKJa2c

Info burst

FullFact: In the Daily Mail and Star today: Are half of council homes given to migrants? The basis for simply stating that "half" of all social housing in England goes to foreign nationals is unfounded. http://bit.ly/IOXreu

Graduate starting salaries to fall to lowest real-term level since 2003: http://bit.ly/JnZeB4

Forty-seven racism allegations against Lancashire police

Official figures reveal that of forty-seven racism allegations against Lancashire police between 2009 and 2011, only five officers were reprimanded, with four of those not even by disciplinary action: http://bit.ly/ILZS0p

The U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan was supposed to bring stability and democracy.Instead, Afghanistan remains a country on the brink of disaster writes Nicole Colson: http://bit.ly/HVWxdB

Events

Upcoming Conference of Community Organisations in Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham Against the Cuts is organising a conference of community organisations at St Margarets Centre, the Broadway, Barking, on Saturday, 9 June from 1-5 pm. Contact g.barratt@sherwood1.myzen.co.uk for more details.

DPAC action in London

Wednesday 18 April meet at 1.30 pm McDonalds Leicester Square. Action will be around benefit cuts, care funding and Loss of Remploy jobs http://bit.ly/GOD1f4

Fight the Remploy Closures

Public Meeting Thurs 19 April, 7.30pm, ULU, Malet Street, LondonWC1E 7HY.Speakers include: John McDonnell MP, Gail Cartmail, Unite Assistant General Secretary, Les Woodward, GMB National Convenor of Remploy; Rob Murthwaite, Disabled People Against the Cuts http://bit.ly/HAqpNc

REMPLOY: Not for sale! Remploy provides real jobs for many hundreds of disabled

workers. Two National Demonstrations on Friday 20 April 2012:

Sheffield: Assemble 12.30 for a 1pm start outside the Department of Work and Pensions office in Sheffield (Steel City House) at the junction of West Street, Church Streetand Tripit Lane. Rally and March to the Town Hall http://bit.ly/IVgpPC

London: Assemble 12noon outside DWP Tothill St, London SW1H 9NAfor a march to Old Palace Yard Westminster. The full list of Remploy workplaces under threat: http://bit.ly/HIXRlt

PSC Trade Union Conference

Sat Apr 21 10.301m – 3.30pm Unison Centre, London NW1

Palestine Solidarity Campaign are organising this trade union conference for delegates from trade unions that are affiliated to the PSC. Those branches that are individually affiliated can send delegates, while those that are not affiliated are entitled to send observers. http://bit.ly/z0P0H5

Tell Richard Branson...keep Virgin profiteering out of our NHS Saturday 21 April 2. Local groups are asked to pick a Virgin store or Gym and organise a protest. Let London Keep Our NHS Public know when and where. They will have a leaflet you can use. http://on.fb.me/I3RTJg

Defend the NHS – National action needed Public Meeting Monday April 23rd 6.30pm Friends Meeting House, Brighton. Speakers Roger Davey, Unison Health Group Executive (Personal Capacity), Keep Our NHS Public (invited) http://bit.ly/HLR7V0

Jubalympics: UK Uncut to hold protest ‘Great British Street Parties’ before the Jubilee and Olympics

UK Uncut, the anti-cuts direct action group, has announced a new plan of action to take place the weekend before the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic period – Saturday Mat 26th. The group, best known for targeting tax dodgers, will hold street parties in major towns and cities across the UK in the run up to the Jubilee and Olympics which will ‘resist the cuts and celebrate a future that is decided by us, not a handful of billionaires'. http://bit.ly/IsysbL

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