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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.46

Friday 24 August 2012

Briefer bulletin this holiday month but some important information...

First:Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ Mayor, Robs Supermarkets, Gives Groceries To Poor: http://bit.ly/NsyEPT

TUSC News

Four weeks to the TUSC conference!

There are now just four weeks to go to the TUSC conference, being held on Saturday 22nd September, from 11am to 5pm, at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E. The conference opens with a session entitled, ‘Building working class political representation against the austerity consensus’. This will include a speaker from the RMT, following their recent conference decision to “continue to support TUSC candidates in local and parliamentary elections”, and a senior officer of the PCS, after that union’s membership ballot to free up their political fund. Also confirmed as a speaker in this session is the Unite Executive Council member, Kingsley Abrams, speaking in a personal capacity. The afternoon will open with a session focusing on TUSC’s local council elections challenge, ‘For councillors who will stand up to the Con-Dems!’ Confirmed speakers so far include Walsall councillor Pete Smith see below for his recent statement against the cuts), Preston councillor Michael Lavalette, and the former ‘Liverpool 47’ councillor Tony Mulhearn. This session will include a discussion on TUSC’s local elections policy platform (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php). Amendments or resolutions for this session should be sent to Clive Heemskerk cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk by Monday 3 September.

The final conference session is headed, ‘Reviewing TUSC’s structures’, discussing a preliminary report from a TUSC Commission of the same name. The Commission’s terms of reference were set out at http://www.tusc.org.uk/docs/2012/CommissionRemit.doc and submissions are welcome from supportive individuals and organisations, to be sent to cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk and pete.mclaren@virgin.net by Monday 3rd September. Ideally they should start from the current structure of TUSC (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/docs/2012/FrameworkPlan2012.doc) which makes it easier to ensure that the debate moves forward from where TUSC is today but the most important thing to remember is that this is just the start of an ongoing discussion on how TUSC should develop in the period ahead.

So there will be a lot to discuss at the TUSC conference – make sure you’re there! Registration is £5 waged/£2 unwaged, with a pooled fare capped at £10.

Walsall councillor calls on every councillor to reject cuts programme

TUSC press release, 20 August 2012

LAST WEEK Walsall council began a public consultation on ‘spending priorities for 2013-14’.

Speaking of ‘challenging times’ for councils the consultation invite spoke of Walsall facing further cuts of around £67m over the next four years. The accompanying questionnaire asked people to say which council services ‘were most important to them’ and which were ‘less important’ but unsurprisingly did not include the option of saying no to all the cuts. Click here for more...

Election news

Parliamentary by-elections: candidate applications

The resignations of the Tory backbencher Louise Mensch as the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshirebrings to three the number of parliamentary by-elections that will be contested on November 15, alongside the election for the Mayor of Bristol and the inaugural elections for police commissioners. The other parliamentary by-elections in November will be for the Cardiff South and Penarth seat and for Manchester Central, both seats becoming vacant as their Labour incumbents are resigning to stand as police commissioners. The TUSC national steering committee will be meeting on September 5 to discuss the November contests. TUSC was initially established precisely with the aim of enabling trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to resist electorally as part of a national coalition the pro-austerity consensus of the establishment parties. Candidates are required to endorse the founding core policies of our coalition, posted on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php, but with that provision are responsible for their own campaign.

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Latest TUSC election results

In the contest for a seat on Lincolnshire County Council on August 2 the TUSC candidate was Nick Parker, a PCS Assistant Branch Secretary and President of Lincoln Trades Council. Nick won a good 6.8% share of the vote, polling one vote for every seven that went to the winning Labour candidate. The Lincoln result follows the third place won by TUSC in Liverpool’s Riverside ward on 5 July with 115 votes (6.2%) – coming ahead of both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats – and the 7.8% won by TUSC in an earlier by-election in Newcastle-Under-Lyme’s Kidsgrove ward. These results are encouragingly all on par with the 6.2% average vote achieved by TUSC candidates in the local elections in May. More disappointing, however, was the score in Stoke’s Springfield and Trent Vale ward on 26 July where, in a field of nine candidates, the TUSC candidate, Matthew Wright, a local UNISON rep, came in with a squeezed 1.3% vote. With seven councillors already at least verbally opposing the council’s cuts, voting for the ‘City Independents’ party was seen on this occasion as the most effective way to protest at all the establishment parties so TUSC lost out. But overall these results show promise.

From the Unions

RMT: Cleaners, security staff and train despatchers on the Trans-Pennine Express employed by Carlisle Cleaning and Support Services are to strike for 24 hours tomorrow on Friday August 24 after scrooge bosses refused to budge from a sub-inflation pay offer. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Carlisle has had ample opportunity to settle this dispute, but the company has continued to treat our members with contempt by attempting to impose another effective pay cut. bit.ly/TYD0xq

FBU:As AssetCo cuts and runs, where will this privatisation madness end? Latest news report from London FBU: http://tinyurl.com/cwvpdox

Britain’s 1.5m-strong Unite union, which condemned the brutal destruction last year of Travellers’ homes at Dale Farm, is now calling on all union members to support Roma and Travellers in their ongoing civil rights struggle. A recent Unite policy conference resolution urges all branches to back self-organized Roma and broader solidarity campaigns, which are currently engaged in combating an ominous rise in anti-Roma racism and violence in the UK and across Europe.

Southampton protest at cruise ship wages http://bbc.in/TJShCb

Indian bank workers in two-day strike http://on.ft.com/O64nF4

Play…

Ragged Trousered Philanthropist in Peckham

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this highly acclaimed adaptation of the socialist classic. The play has toured the UK this year and is showing at the Edinburgh fringe throughout August. This is the first chance to see it in London. There are four perfomances from 21 October to 24 October 2012, at the CLF Art Theatre at the CLF Art Cafe in the Bussey Buildingin Peckham. Each performance will be followed by a discussion about the play and the relevance of socialist ideas and trade unions today. The discussion on opening night, Sunday 21 October 2012, will be led by Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union. For more information about the play, performance dates/venues, reviews and more, click here We have priced the tickets as low as possible at £10 each. To buy tickets click here .

Information burst

British intelligence "deliberately overplayed" threat posed to Olympics from dissident Irish Republicans http://bit.ly/O3VW9R

Part 2 of how much you can't know about outsourcing the public sector, focussing on Capita, Sercoand G4S: http://bit.ly/Q7GH4K

Matthew Collins previews Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling: http://bit.ly/Ri6fLL

Shell's 2008 security spending mapped: bit.ly/PG6j4X

Diary

Join The Atos Games with Disabled People Against Cuts! www.dpac.uk.net/2012/07/our-atos-games/

1st September We are Waltham Forest stop the EDL marching gather 11am in the town centre

9th September Lobby the TUC to call a 24 hour general strike - called by National Shop Stewards Network 1pm at the Level park, Union Road, Brighton

15th September Save our NHS demos in Brent and Ealing: Ealing: 10am Southall Parkto Ealing Common; feeder march 11am from Acton Park Brent: 12 noon Harlesden Jubilee clock to Middlesex hospital

Bhopal Survivors Tour Includes screening of the film BHOPALI 2.00-5.00, Sunday 23rd September 2012
Venue: 68 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BZ

The next Independent Socialist Network National meeting – 13 October 2012 12 noon to 5pm

UK Feminista: Come and speak some feminist truth to power! Sign up for lobby on 24 October here: bit.ly/OcYjun

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