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Bob Crow announces RMT Union national executive decision to back left of Labour electoral challenge in London



Bob Crow, general secretary, rail union RMT, speaking at the TUSC rally

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.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow made this important announcement yesterday when opening the rally to launch the TUSC list of candidates for the London-wide member list in the Greater London Assembly elections. The RMT executive had written to every single branch in the Greater London area and not one said they should not support TUSC.

Bob Crow said:

“While Labour leader Ed Miliband may get up and condemn the budget for the rich, what would they do under the same circumstances? Exactly the same, except over a longer period of time. A hundred and seven years ago this union moved a resolution to say we want a party of labour and to get rid of liberalism; now we have to say we need to get rid of Labour and we need a party of trade unionists and socialist.”

At the same rally Fire Brigade Union General Secretary Matt Wrack, speaking in support of FBU TUSC candidates, said

“We may be small but we can grow. Our message can get an echo – the alternative is a dire future that offers nothing to millions.”

RMT President Alex Gordon, who is No.1 on the TUSC London list (2) said:

“The RMT has a proud tradition of fighting politically. There is nothing to be ashamed about being a trade unionist and a socialist – millions of people out there are looking for an alternative. Labour is ashamed of its background. With TUSC, there will be no running away from supporting strikers – it’s on the tin. They’ve got the millionaires – we’ve got the millions who are deprived of a voice”

The backing given to TUSC candidates by the RMT, the General Secretary of the FBU, the London FBU Executive, and other leading trade unionists, represents a new step in the labour movement to support an electoral challenge to the left of the Labour Party.

ENDS

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Notes to editors:

(1) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services, public ownership and control of the major utilities and the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/ . In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. See: http://www.tusc.org.uk/london_tusc.php

(2) The list of leading trade unionists and campaigners standing for TUSC in London is here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php