1 December 2012
THE TRADE Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was set-up in 2010 to enable trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to appear on the ballot paper in elections as something distinctly opposed to the establishment parties and their pro-austerity agenda.
Otherwise, if not endorsed by a party registered with the Electoral Commission, opponents of austerity would only be able to appear as indistinguishable ‘Independents’. At the same time, TUSC exists to aid those fighting the long-term battle that is necessary, in the trade unions in particular, to re-establish independent working class political representation.
The candidates who came forward to take up the TUSC banner in November’s by-elections certainly fulfilled both tasks, and are to be congratulated for their stand.
16 November 2012
WITH A £5,000 deposit required to get on to the ballot paper – but with no candidates’ freepost mailshot available – TUSC did not field any candidates in the Police Commissioner elections held on November 15, dubbed by the media as Britain’s ‘super Thursday’ with 40 million people eligible to vote.
But TUSC did stand candidates in the Manchester Central parliamentary by-election, the Bristol mayoral election, and three council by-elections, held on the same day.
In Bristol the TUSC candidate Tom Baldwin, the youngest contender in the field, polled 1,412 votes. For comparison the Liberal Democrats, who lead the city council, polled just over six thousand votes while the Greens, with two city councillors, managed 5,248 votes.
14 November 2012
THE LABOUR PARTY meeting on Tuesday 13 November to choose their candidate for the Rotherham by-election was thrown into confusion when at least half of those present walked out in protest at the exclusion of any local candidate from the shortlist.
Rotherham supporters of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have issued the following open letter to Rotherham Labour members:
To Rotherham Labour Party members
We in TUSC, including many ex-Labour Party members, welcome your angry reaction to the New Labour apparatus imposing another external candidate and possible MP on the town...
8 November 2012
THE TRADE Unionist and Socialist Coalition has announced its candidates for the Rotherham and Middlesbrough parliamentary by-elections that will take place on November 29.
The Middlesbrough seat, vacant following the death of sitting MP Stuart Bell, will be contested by John Malcolm, the secretary of the Tees, Esk & Wear Valley Health Unison branch. John’s candidacy, agreed at a constituency meeting on Monday, has already won the backing of Craig Johnston, the RMT’s Regional Relief Organiser, Peter Pinkney, Middlesbrough RMT branch secretary, Fran Heathcote, the PCS civil service union’s DWP group president, Simon Elliot, PCS regional secretary, and Julie Young, PCS regional organiser (all in a personal capacity).
TUSC’s candidate in the Rotherham by-election, caused by the resignation of Labour’s Denis McShane for fraudulent parliamentary expenses claims, will be ex-Yorkshire miner Ralph Dyson. Ralph was the National Union of Teachers (NUT) rep who led strike action last year against redundancies at Rawmarsh Community School and is now the joint divisional secretary of Rotherham NUT.
5 November 2012
THE TUSC-backed Walsall councillor Pete Smith has sent the following letter to the local media challenging the borough’s 28 Labour councillors to take a stand against the cuts:
Councillor Bird, leader of Walsall council (under Con-Lib control), has challenged Cllr Oliver and his Labour Group to put forward an alternative budget if they are unhappy with the one likely to be forwarded by the Conservative- Liberal coalition in control of Walsall council at the crucial February council meeting. Cuts of £13m are proposed for 2013/14, with £73m cuts over the next four years.
I challenge the 28 Labour councillors to join me in opposing any budget that includes cuts to jobs or services. If the council's £millions of reserves and/or the possibility of prudential borrowing is insufficient to make up for the shortfall in government grants coming to Walsall, then the budget should be voted down. There are enough councillors to do just that. Then the message will be loud and clear to the government: 'if you want cuts to jobs and services in Walsall, then come and do your own dirty work! We, a majority of councillors refuse to pass a cuts budget'.
17 October 2012
On Saturday 22 September the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national supporters' conference discussed the vital task of putting forward socialist candidates to fight the austerity cuts
RMT's executive committee took part in the conference on behalf of our union. This year RMT's 2012 annual general meeting adopted a policy to support the development of a new political force that advances the ideas of trade unionism and socialism, to give confidence to workers and help to create a viable political alternative to austerity.
TUSC press release, 8 October 2012
THE TRADE Unionist and Socialist Coalition has announced its candidates for the Mayor of Bristol election and the Manchester Central parliamentary by-election that will take place on November 15.
Manchester Central will be contested by Alex Davidson, the vice-chair of the PCS civil servants union North West Region and a former member (2011-12) of the PCS Public Sector Group Executive Committee. TUSC’s candidate for the Mayor of Bristol is Unite member Tom Baldwin, a previous TUSC candidate in local and general elections, who is set to be the youngest candidate in the field.
The TUSC national steering committee, meeting on October 3, also agreed to seek nominations to be a TUSC candidate in the Croydon North by-election, caused by the death of the sitting MP. The date for this election has yet to be formally decided but, assuming that it too will be November 15, applications to be a TUSC candidate in Croydon need to be submitted quickly. Application forms are available on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php.
BBC News Bristol, 8 October 2012
Tom Baldwin has vowed to stand for the 'ordinary people' of the city for the group which wants an 'anti-austerity voice' in the 15 November election.
Mr Baldwin will appear on the ballot paper under Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.
TUSC press release, 2 October 2012
'Millions of workers have had their pay frozen for years now and have seen their real standards of living decrease by 16% while boardroom pay has gone through the roof. You would have thought that the Labour Party might do something to side with those taking a battering and against those dealing it out but you would be wrong.
'Labour and the government are now positioned like Tweedledum and Tweedledee; whichever one you vote for you end up with the same kick in the teeth for the very people that make this country tick and that is a disgrace.
TUSC press release, 11 September 2012
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be standing candidates in the parliamentary by-election in Manchester Central and the contest for the mayor of Bristol taking place on November 15.
This was the decision taken at the latest meeting of the TUSC national steering committee, held on September 5, which also discussed the other November parliamentary by-elections in Corby and the Cardiff South & Penarth seat.
Applications to be the TUSC candidate in the Manchester and Bristol contests had been received and were discussed at the steering committee meeting. But with the developments around the resignation of Kate Hudson as the prospective Respect Party candidate for Manchester Central, it was agreed that more time should be given for other possible candidates to come forward and seek the TUSC nomination.
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.
TUSC press release, 3 July 2012
THE RECENT annual conference of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) saw a significant step forward in the struggle for working class political representation and for the development of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). The resolution below was agreed with no opposition. It speaks for itself.
Resolution to RMT Annual General Meeting 2012: Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
This Annual General Meeting applauds the decisions of the Council of Executives to allow RMT branches and regional councils to use their Political Funds to support all candidates standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in local elections in England and Wales, which took place on Thursday 3rd May 2012.
This AGM congratulates all RMT members who stood as TUSC candidates, or whose branches or regional councils supported TUSC candidates, for contributing to the hard, long-term task of rebuilding political representation for working class people and communities in the most difficult period for our movement since the 1930s.
TUSC press release, 6 July 2012
TWO COUNCIL by-elections in Liverpool were contested by TUSC candidates on Thursday 5th July.
The Riverside ward seat became vacant after the sitting Labour councillor Joe Anderson won the contest to become the city’s directly-elected Mayor on May 3rd. Riverside has been a solid Labour seat since it was formed after boundary changes in 2004 and once again the Labour candidate was returned.
TUSC press release, 19 June 2012
AT A TIME when growing numbers of people across Europe are turning to anti-austerity alternatives at the ballot box, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee met on June 13th to discuss its plans for contesting future elections here in Britain.
The next scheduled national contest will be the May 2013 elections for 35 non-metropolitan county councils and other authorities in England (and Anglesey council in Wales), with nearly 2,500 seats to be filled. TUSC national chairperson Dave Nellist, who was himself a county councillor in the 1980s before going on to be the MP for Coventry South East from 1983-1992, said:
“While next year’s cycle of council elections will see fewer seats contested than this year or 2011, the county council elections are vital for the 24 million people who use the key services these councils administer – from education, adult social services and libraries, to youth provision, planning and regeneration, highways and emergency services”.
1 June 2012
THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the Prison Officers Association (POA), Steve Gillan, has joined the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee, becoming the second union general secretary on the committee alongside Bob Crow, of the RMT transport workers’ union. Also joining the TUSC committee is the POA Assistant General Secretary, Joe Simpson.
Socialism Today, June 2012
‘TUSC IS not going away’ was the conclusion of all the participants in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) at its first national steering committee meeting held after May’s local elections.
There was no spectacular breakthrough in the second set of local polls contested by TUSC since it was formed in early 2010. But the 6.2% average vote achieved by the 134 local council candidates – up from last year, and in a bigger percentage of seats – was felt by all involved to be a solid basis for continuing the task of building a trade union-based and socialist electoral alternative.
Liverpool Daily Post, 17 May 2012
In two previous posts, I've looked at the share of the votes obtained across Liverpool's 30 electoral wards by the winning candidate in May's mayoral election, Joe Anderson, and also by the 2nd and 3rd placed candidates, respectively Liam Fogarty and Richard Kemp.
Here, I undertake a similar analysis for the candidates placed from 4th through to 7th. In rank order, these 4 candidates were: 4th, John Coyne (Green, 5.3% of the votes); 5th, Tony Mulhearn (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition, 4.9%); 6th, Steve Radford (Liberal, 4.5%); and Tony Caldeira (Conservative, 4.5%).
While none of these individual candidates secured more than one-tenth of the votes obtained by Joe Anderson, their respective vote shares are perhaps more important than is immediately obvious.
The Socialist, 9 May 2012
It is hard to draw broad conclusions from a small sample. Elections took place in 128 councils in England, to fill 2,407 seats. TUSC stood 120 candidates, 5% of the seats, in 36 councils (28%). In Wales there were 14 TUSC candidates (out of the 1,224 seats vacant) in four of the 22 councils with elections.
But the results say something. The BBC, followed by the other media, headlined 'growing support for Ukip' on the basis that it 'gained 13% of the vote in the seats where they stood'. Ukip stood in more seats (19%) but still TUSC council candidates averaged 6.2% 'where they stood' - but was this reported? Or the victory of two TUSC-backed candidates, Michael Lavalette in Preston and Peter Smith in Walsall?
Socialist Worker, 12 May 2012
As well as Michael Lavalette (see above), Peter Smith of the TUSC-backed Democratic Labour Party in Walsall won back a seat he lost last year with 46 percent.
This reflects a theme. Where candidates had roots and a record, they did well.
Thursday, 3 May 2012
TWO TUSC-backed candidates have won council seats in Thursday’s elections! Michael Lavalette, who narrowly lost his Town Centre ward seat on Preston council last year, claimed it back this time, beating the Labour candidate by nearly a hundred votes with 48.5% of the poll.
In Walsall, Peter Smith, who had also lost his seat in 2011, shot up from 34% of the vote in 2011 to 45.8% this year to win back the Blakenall ward. Peter is a member of the Walsall Democratic Labour Party, which co-operates with other socialist organisations under the TUSC coalition umbrella.
Unfortunately, the elections in Coventry saw a setback for TUSC. The TUSC national chairperson, Dave Nellist, lost his seat on Coventry council. Despite increasing the socialist vote in the St Michaels ward from last year to 1,469 this time (43.4%), Dave was defeated by a city-wide Labour Party campaign to unseat the only anti-austerity opposition from the council.
BBC News Liverpool, 27 April 2012
The rivals took part in three debates on the Roger Phillips show ahead of the election on 3 May.
... Mr Mulhearn said he would campaign against cuts to services in the city. "These cuts have got to be stopped now," he said. "The very fabric of everything that makes Liverpool a civilised city is under attack. "I am standing to say enough is enough. There is an alternative to cuts and I'm going to campaign against these cuts."
This is South Wales, 2 May 2012
It said it would reject future increases in council tax, rent and service charges, and vote against the privatisation of council jobs.
The coalition, which has four Swansea candidates for tomorrow's election, pledged to set a council budget that met the needs of the local community and that the Government should make up the shortfall.
TUSC Independent Socialist Network, 1 May 2012
The festival was dedicated to Hrant Dink, an Armenian journalist and writer who was killed in Istanbul in 2007. Over 600 people, mainly Kurdish and Turkish, attended the event which included music, poetry, political speeches and dancing. A Greek band, Armenian musicians and a famous left wing singer from Turkey performed.
The presenter of the event, who is on the management committee of GIK-DER, spoke in favour of TUSC and asked people to vote for TUSC, explaining how to vote on the orange ballot paper.
Press release, 1 May 2012
Campaigners demand real solutions to Newham's housing crisis
Campaigners and candidates standing for the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on the GLA London-wide member list in next week's London elections staged a protest outside the Olympic Park today.
The protest was called in the wake of the leaked letter sent by the mayor of Newham asking for up to 500 Newham families to be re-housed hundreds of miles away in Stoke.
The Guardian, 1 May 2012
... As in Winchester, smaller parties may have an impact. In Southampton the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is fielding 13 candidates in the 16 wards where seats are being fought for. It may not take seats, but it could tempt some left-leaning voters away from Labour.
The TUSC candidate Nick Chaffey says the party would not field candidates if Labour had promised to reverse cuts. "But they haven't adapted that, so we are standing." Chaffey does not expect the sort of upset that George Galloway managed when he took Bradford West from Labour in March for Respect. "I'm not suggesting that will happen here yet, but it will happen everywhere at a certain stage."
PCS website, 1 May 2012
1. The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) fully supports the PCS campaign against all public sector cuts. TUSC candidates all stand on a minimum program that not a single public spending cut is justified nor that any cut in spending is a 'good cut'. TUSC candidates are pledged to fight against public spending cuts and to argue for real political alternatives.
We believe the state should recover the £120 billion of tax receipts unpaid, avoided and evaded by wealthy corporations and individuals in order to fund public sector investment and to create socially useful jobs for the unemployed and young people. This would include a house building programme to help alleviate the drastic housing shortages in London.
2. TUSC candidates oppose the government's public sector pay freeze and support workers fighting for fair pay, with inflationary increases as a minimum. We are committed to demanding the implementation of the London living wage for all workers employed or contracted to bodies under the control of the Mayor of London in order to allow more working people to live above the poverty line...
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition applauded on BBC's Question Time
27 April 2012
The Prisma, 29 April 2012
The Prisma is a bilingual publication, published in both Spanish and English, to bring together the speakers of these two languages in the United Kingdom. It works to create links between immigrants, Spanish speaking or otherwise, and natives of the UK.
We need a strong left-wing, socialist party; this is the solution suggested by the candidate for the London Assembly. According to him, ending the crisis would require the working class to unite in clear opposition to right-wing and traditional parties.
He will vote for Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London because he believes that he is the only candidate who can defeat Boris Johnson, although he will do so with little enthusiasm as it will still be a vote for the Labour Party.
Ham and High, 26 April 2012
Members of Trade Union Socialist Party [should be 'Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition' - ed], a coalition of socialist and trade union organisations set up 18 months ago to oppose public cuts, handed out mock NHS credit cards to staff and patients at the hospital in Pond Street, Hampstead.
The cards contained the message “Top up this card to pay your NHS charges: £50 GP appointment, £200 x-ray, £2,000 hip replacement”.
27 April 2012
None of the other political parties standing in the 3 May election have had a rally in Liverpool of this size.
There was a large platform of speakers but they were diverse and each made points from their own perspective on how the economic crisis is affecting them.
27 April 2012
There was only standing room left as 100 people attended the Waltham Forest Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) public meeting for the London elections to hear RMT transport union general secretary Bob Crow, and TUSC candidates Nancy Taaffe and Jenny Sutton.
Nancy, the coordinator of Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union and a library worker made redundant by the council, said that libraries were a great achievement for working class communities, the 'NHS for the mind' as put by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Waltham Forest has 37 Labour councillors and two Labour MPs. But instead of being any sort of resistance, the council has implemented the Con-Dems' cuts, sacked workers and closed buildings, including three libraries.
Thursday 26 April 2012
To: The Producer, BBC News
I am writing as the national election agent of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) to complain about the unfairness of your coverage of TUSC in your news broadcasts on Wednesday 25 April.
You broadcast an item dealing with the prospect of smaller, ‘fringe’ parties gaining support at the forthcoming local elections. You covered Respect, the BNP and the English Democrats. But you did not mention or feature at all the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition despite the fact that it is standing more council candidates on 3 May than any of the three mentioned parties...
Thursday 26 April 2012
As election agent for Mary Cooke, I wish to complain about your paper's change in Mary's description of her 'hero' ( in response to your reporter's question) from 'Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the civil servants' Union' to what you actually printed 'Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Soviet Union'. It is difficult to see how this could have been a straightforward transcription error, but in any case the failure to check the piece prior to publication is also a very serious error.
Mary completely rejects the dictatorial Stalinist system and is a firm believer in the democratic control of society by the millions, not by the millionaires. For her to be maligned in this way just one week before polling deserves in our view a very prominent apology from yourself and from all your staff involved. We reserve the right to take this matter further unless this complaint is addressed to our satisfaction.
TUSC press release, Thursday 26 April 2012
“Bankers and the three main parties expect us to pay for their crisis. Public and private, employed and unemployed, women and men, young and old, black and white, disabled and able-bodied, we need strong trade unions and a political voice for working people. It is why I call for support for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition(1) candidates in the London Assembly elections.”
Guardian 26 April 2012
...Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (Tusc) London Assembly candidate Nick Wrack, a barrister at Tooks Chambers, demonstrates similar levels of conviction, having forgone the advantage that being a lawyer would usually afford in politics to fit into his party's culture.
Last week, the Guardian's Hugh Muir suggested in his diary column that Wrack had lost out on top position on the Tusc London Assembly list because the union funding much of the campaign wanted one of its own there instead. Wrack's only comment on Muir's piece is that 'my fellow candidates – train drivers, tube workers, local government workers, fire fighters – are all as articulate and capable as I am'. He adds: 'There are many brilliant people who would like to represent others, yet all too frequently lawyers end up being candidates.'
Liverpool Daily Post, 23 April 2012
Jimmy said: "Tony's stance of opposing all cuts and his record when one of the socialist councillors in the 1980s who defended the city from the ravages of Thatcherism and who has spent decades campaigning for Liverpool's working people makes him uniquely qualified for the office of first mayor of Liverpool."
In other news Mr Mulhearn will be holding an election rally on Thursday night at the Adelphi Hotel.
24 April 2012
Speaking about Labour's plans in Newham to expel low income families from the borough, Alex Gordon, TUSC lead candidate for the London Assembly and President of the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) said:
"The contrast between the government's lavish expenditure on the 2012 Olympics and Queen's Jubilee with the treatment of families being deported from Newham like refugees in their own country is sickening.
"This grotesque and authoritarian abuse of some of the most vulnerable families in London exposes once again a political system in London run by and for a rich elite, which treats the rest of society like cattle..."
RMT Press release, 24 April 2012
Alex Gordon said: "The 3-day strike starting today by RMT members working for Tubelines, the PFI consortium that went bust and was bailed out by Transport for London, is a fight for equality that all Londoners have a stake in supporting.
"RMT's call for equal access for Tubelines employees to join TfL's pension scheme is just and affordable, but Tubelines bosses are resisting it simply because Boris Johnson wants to reprivatise the company responsible for engineering maintenance of the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Northern lines and for Emergency response across the entire Tube network.
"TUSC candidates are standing for election to the GLA next week on a manifesto of affordable, publically-owned public transport for Londoners. TUSC will oppose any attempt to flog off the safety and emergency services of London's Tube. TUSC candidates support RMT members and all trade unionists fighting for workplace and pension justice."
24 April 2012
As a 72 hour strike by underground maintenance workers got under way Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates for the London Assembly on 3 May spoke out in support of the strikers:
Nick Wrack, No.2 on the TUSC list said:
"I support the strike action by RMT members that begins today. It is important that the unions defend the rights and living standards of their members. The bosses want to pick off different sections of the workforce one by one. If they are allowed to do this, it will get worse for everyone. The unions are a line in the sand to prevent the erosion of living standards for all. This government and the bosses want us all to see our wages, conditions and pensions driven to the lowest level. I commend the RMT for refusing to allow this to happen. They are taking a stand that will benefit all Londoners."
Morning Star, 19 April 2012
We are facing an international crisis of capitalism and all three main parties aim to make the working class pay for it.
Unless there is a completely new direction in British politics we will see people working until they drop, while decent education and healthcare become the preserve of the well-off.
Monday 23rd April 2012
A sell-out audience of over 250 people came to one of London's few truly independent cinemas, Peckham Plex, to see director Ken Loach screen his long-suppressed film, 'The Save the Children Fund Film' and to discuss his politics with Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for the London assembly, Nick Wrack. Attendees left with hundreds of leaflets to distribute across London, backing TUSC's robust anti-cuts agenda.
In 1969, Ken and his producer Tony Garnett received a commission from Save the Children to produce a television documentary celebrating fifty years of the charity by looking at their work in care homes in Blackburn, Kenya and Uganda.
What Loach and his collaborators uncovered was not the stuff of a celebration: institutionalised racism, patronising and dismissive attitudes to the children in care, the triumph of big business in areas of extreme poverty and the failure of charity to provide a sustainable future for those most in need. As a result, the film was suppressed for forty years, only kept from destruction by a demand from Loach that it be kept in the British Film Institute’s archives, forever unshown.
The Lincolnite, Monday 23rd April 2012
What’s the most important issue that should be addressed in your ward?
Why should people in Lincoln vote for you and how are you going to make a difference?
I understand first-hand the struggle to find work and make a living. As a mental health professional, I understand how stressed and angry people feel about the current social and political climate. Morale is very low in the workplace, and people are desperate to find work/keep work. Government have systematically taken away many of society’s secure bases, and dramatically reduced investment in social housing, which could create jobs and training and apprenticeships in innovative ecological construction. Public transport in this ward in particular has been dramatically reduced leaving people stranded or stuck at home. This is irrational. It is socially, economically, and environmentally counter-productive.
Monday 23rd April 2012
Around 10 Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) activists, including health workers will be assembling outside the Royal Free Hospital in Camden protesting against plans to privatise NHS services, extend charging for and cuts to services.
The activists will be promoting awareness of the TUSC election campaign, aiming to elect a GP, a train driver, a teacher and trade unionists as representatives to the London assembly. They will be drawing attention to the fact that although some of the main parties have raised concerns regarding these threats to the NHS, including local councillors and London assembly members TUSC is unique in its resolute opposition to privatisation, extension of NHS charging and cuts in services.
TUSC Candidate and Camden resident Alex Gordon who is a train driver and president of the RMT said: “The majority of people in Camden and around the country do not support privatisation. They want an NHS in public ownership, free at the point of access and available to all. As the real implications of the Health and Social Care Act have become known, the public and NHS staff have made their opposition to these changes clear.”
Red Pepper, 8 April 2012
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates for the London assembly and elsewhere in the local elections on 3 May. Red Pepper spoke to Nick Wrack, a member of the TUSC national committee and number two on its slate of candidates in London
What is TUSC?
It is exactly what the name says. It is a coalition of trade unionists and socialists who want to support a different set of policies from the other parties. There is now a three-party consensus in favour of cuts, privatisation and austerity; that aims to make the working class pay for the current capitalist crisis. TUSC opposes that agenda entirely.
Salford Star, 19 April 2012
ELECTION CANDIDATE BARRED FROM DISTRIBUTING LEAFLETS
Ordsall local election candidate, George Tapp, was yesterday banned from handing out his leaflets to BBC workers at MediaCityUK which is within the Ordsall ward.
19 April 2012
The brilliant meeting was co-hosted by Hillingdon Against Cuts community campaigners, and was full of local workers and union reps from council unions Unison, Unite and GMB, teachers union NUT, RMT, and postal workers union CWU.
Bob Crow opened the meeting by saying he was supporting TUSC on behalf of his union, not just in London but Britain as a whole.
The Socialist, 19 April 2012
"As we prepare to celebrate International Workers' Day on 1 May, my union RMT is preparing to defend jobs and safety across the railway industry.
"On 3 May we have the opportunity to vote for candidates who share RMT's values of demanding an alternative to privatisation, liberalisation and a race to the bottom in workers' pay and conditions.
19 April 2012
At Haringey’s TUSC public meeting on 17th April, Oktay Sahbaz from the Daymer Kurdish and Turkish organisation explained why Daymer is supporting TUSC.
“Migrant communities are affected by the cuts to public services, education, jobs, the NHS. The ConDem coalition does not represent us. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition does.”
Oktay said that Daymer’s activists had ensured every Kurdish and Turkish shop had TUSC leaflets and posters.
South Wales Evening Post, 19 April 2012
EVIDENCE suggests that nearly a third of 16 to 74 year olds in Sketty are of 'higher and intermediate managerial and professional' calibre... Unison shop steward Ronnie Job is standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
"I believe councillors should refuse to implement all cuts," he said. "We must mobilise unions and communities to demand the resources we need for the proper functioning of our local services.
His colleague Rob Williams said he wanted young people to have "real jobs and a future without massive student debt".
Socialist Party, 17 April 2012
Trade unionists, young people, people in local communities are sick of the main parties of cuts and privatisation and say it's about time we get a voice for ordinary Londoners elected.
13 April 2012
April 11th saw the Evening Standard mayoral election debate take place in the centre of London which was chaired by Clive Anderson, who had earlier that day said that he would like to see a cat fight between the candidates at the event.
Whilst there was no real cat fight between the candidates other than a heated debate on the issue of personal taxes, the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) London Region Executive Council Member and Trade Union Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for the GLA elections Ian Leahair, was able to intervene on the question of policing when he raised the issue of budget raiding and privatisation in the Fire Service, accusing the current Mayor Boris Johnson of robbing the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) reserves to the sum of £50m over the last two years to increase police numbers short term which may lead to a worse fire service and raise issues of public safety post the Olympics.
13 April 2012
Following a Rugby TUSC Media Release, the local Rugby Advertiser published a short article today listing all the candidates in Rugby this May, including the 8 of us standing as Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC). Most of the rest of the Media Release then appeared as a letter from Pete McLaren, Rugby TUSC, with the Paper’s own headline, as follows:
Hooray for lack of BNP
“From our point of view in TUSC, we are delighted there will be no BNP candidates standing to cause division within communities. We are a little surprised the Lib Dems are only contesting half the seats, and Labour two thirds, indicating local organisational weaknesses and/or lack of membership...
“TUSC has only been in existence for just thirteen months, yet we are not only standing in half the wards, but also we will be pursuing an active campaign leafleting every household at least once to put across the anti cuts message, and talking to as many voters as possible...
The Socialist, 12 April 2012
Over 120 union activists, socialists and community campaigners packed into the Liverpool Pub in the city centre on Wednesday 4 April for the campaign launch.
A message of support was given from film director Ken Loach, and then Daren Ireland, TUSC candidate for Central ward and a RMT executive council member, kicked off with a scathing attack on the cuts policies of New Labour.
11 April 2012
In addition there is the TUSC list of 17 candidates for the Greater London Assembly, and the TUSC candidate for the mayor of Liverpool, Tony Mulhearn.
This spread of TUSC candidates compares well with last year’s elections. Then there were a total of 174 candidates, standing in 50 councils, who contested the local elections under the TUSC umbrella. However, in 2011 there were elections in 279 councils (all in England) with 9,396 seats to be filled.
Ealing Gazette, 10 April 2012
Southall resident Mark Benjamin hopes to win a seat on the Greater London Assembly when voters head to the polls on May 3. He told POPPY BRADBURY how recovering from a stroke spurred him on to represent the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition .
JUST 18 months ago, a serious stroke rendered Mark Benjamin bed-bound and unable to speak properly.
To his doctors’ astonishment, the 44-year-old learned to walk and talk again and was back to work within six short months.
6 April 2012
George Barratt is an independent socialist councillor in Barking and Dagenham.
He was a Labour councillor. But when he refused to vote for the ruling Labour party cuts budget he was unceremoniously expelled.
Here, George explains why he’s backing Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates in the London elections on 3 May.
The Guardian, 5 April 2012
Seumas Milne (Comment, 4 April) is right to point out that a major factor in George Galloway‘s overwhelming success in Bradford West was that he confronted the three-party consensus in favour of austerity and cuts.
While much of the media presents the London elections as a personal battle between Ken and Boris, the Bradford result reveals a deeper process at work. Labour can no longer take working-class voters for granted. Thousands of Labour-voting union members are backing the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the London assembly elections. The RMT national executive and the London region of the Fire Brigades Union support it.
Three union general secretaries have publicly endorsed TUSC: Bob Crow, Steve Gillan and Matt Wrack. In addition it has the support of Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Michael Mansfield QC, solicitor Imran Khan and others. TUSC, with its uncompromising opposition to all cuts, privatisation and austerity, and unashamed espousal of socialism, is not afraid to support workers who strike. A success for it in London on 3 May would pose serious questions for Labour.
TUSC national committee member and candidate for the London assembly
South Wales Evening Post, 5 April 2012
"Les Woodward, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Gowerton ward, spent three days in hospital after being attacked by the animal whilst delivering election leaflets on Sunday..."
Les Woodward will be speaking alongside the left-wing MP John McDonnell at a protest meeting against the government’s closure of Remploy factories in central London on Thursday 19th April:
Central London public meeting on Remploy closures:
Fight the Remploy Closures Meeting: Thurs 19 April, 7.30pm, ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 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 (leaflet can be downloaded here)
Sign the petition to save Remploy factories and send cheques payable to ‘The Remploy Fighting Fund’ to: Phil Davies Manufacturing Section GMB National Office, 22-24 Worple Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DD
Guardian 3 April 2012
In response to an imagined slight, Liverpool city council leader and mayoral candidate Joe Anderson shouted 'You are scum!' at people protesting outside the Echo arena, before swanning in to meet Tory cabinet member Francis Maude, at a meeting for conservative business leaders.
In the years since I was a part of the city council in the mid-1980s, Labour has clearly moved away from its traditional values. It is now is happy to court big business, to condemn working people taking strike action and to pass on every single council cut demanded by the ConDem coalition.
4 April 2012
Coventry Socialist Party Councillor and TUSC national chair, Dave Nellist.
3:30pm - April 28th, 2012, Starley Suite (upstairs)
30 March 2012
Trade Unionist and Socialist London list candidate Nick Wrack said:
“George Galloway’s overwhelming win in Bradford West shows that Labour can no longer take its working-class voters for granted. Labour has paid a huge price for its support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its endorsement of the government’s austerity policies.
Liverpool Echo, 29 March 2012
FORMER Militant Tony Mulhearn's bid to become Liverpool's first executive mayor, is the first hint the May 4 contest may finally transform itself from a nodding dog side-show into a fight worth getting out of bed for.
In 1987, three years after being elected to the council, Mulhearn was one of 47 rebels suspended for failing to set a so- called “legal” budget.
Now he is back, promising to reverse all council cuts; a pledge that will have deep resonance in a city where the recession is hitting ordinary families hard, and one in five 16 to 24-year-olds has no job. While some may regard the former president of the Liverpool District Labour Party as a political dinosaur, his commitment to old-fashioned left-wing principles is without question.
29 March 2012
TUSC candidates and supporters showed what this means on the March 28 London teachers’ and lecturers’ strike. Strikers included TUSC candidate Martin Powell-Davies, who represents Inner London on the National Union of Teachers executive, and Jenny Sutton, who has recently been elected to the executive of the University and College Lecturers Union.
They were joined on the 10,000 strong demo by other TUSC candidates Nancy Taaffe, April Ashley and Lesley Woodburn. Thousands of TUSC postcards were given out and the TUSC banner was accompanied on the march with a sound system which allowed candidates and TUSC supporters to speak to the crowds of angry strikers. The idea of trade unionists standing in the London elections went down a storm.
29 March 2012
Hundreds of people will gather outside the American Embassy in central London this Saturday to protest following the death of a black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by a neighbourhood watchman on his way home in Florida.(1)
Tottenham resident and Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate in the London Assembly list elections candidate Gary Mcfarlane, who will be attending the protest, said:
27 March 2012
Mr Mulhearn’s announcement came as the ECHO unveiled details of a major mayoral debate which will be held next month.
27 March 2012
Imran Khan, the solicitor who has represented the Stephen Lawrence family since his murder in 1993, has given his support to socialist barrister Nick Wrack in his bid to get elected to the London Assembly.
Wrack, who works at the Tooks Chambers headed by Mike Mansfield Q.C., is second on the list of candidates being presented by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (3) for the London elections on 3 May. The lead candidate is the RMT rail union president Alex Gordon. For Wrack to be elected TUSC would need to reach ten per cent. TUSC is a relatively new party and is hoping to get more than five per cent to get at least one candidate on to the Assembly.
26 March 2012
Tony Mulhearn has entered the race to be Liverpool’s first elected mayor. The veteran socialist and trade unionist, former District Labour Party President and one of the leaders of the Socialist Council 1983-87, today announced he is seeking nomination to stand.
Tony said: 'I intend to provide the real anti-cuts alternative to Joe Anderson’s vision of savage cuts today and pie-in-the sky promises for the distant future.'
Tony is standing on a clear anti-cuts platform, on behalf of the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC). TUSC is backed by union leaders such as Bob Crow General Secretary of the Rail Maritime & Transport union and Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary of the PCS, and the Socialist Party of which Tony is a member.
The Socialist, Thursday 22 March 2012
On the day of the millionaires' budget, the transport union RMT national executive made the decision to back the London Assembly election list of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and to allow RMT branches around the country to back TUSC candidates in the council elections in May 2012.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow made this important announcement that evening when he opened a rally to launch the TUSC list of candidates for the London-wide member list in the Greater London Assembly elections. The executive had written to every single branch in the Greater London area and not one said they shouldn't support TUSC!
Bob pointed out that 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'.
Morning Star, Thursday 22 March 2012
Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack and RMT leader Bob Crow joined other London trade unionists to kickstart their campaign for the London Assembly vote.
Mr Crow said: 'The RMT called a Budget day of action over government plans to axe thousands of jobs, close ticket offices and jack up fares, but it is not enough for trade unionists just to protest, we need a political voice. '
TUSC Press release, 22 March 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.
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.
20 March 2012
Today the coalition government unveiled a Downton Abbey budget as part of their policy of bringing back an Upstairs Downstairs Britain...
20 March 2012
Construction worker activist Mick Dooley has been confirmed as a candidate on the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) list in the London-wide Assembly Members list section (2) of the election for the Greater London Assembly on 3 May.
Mick played a prominent role in the recent victorious electricians’ dispute, which saw six months of determined action by electricians all over the country against the efforts of big companies such as Balfour Beatty to impose up to 35 per cent pay cuts.
19 March 2012
“Thousands of families all over the country are going to be driven into poverty by this budget, while the rich laugh all the way to the bank. Already public sector workers face a pay freeze. Now the government wants to end national pay and force public sector wages down to the level of the worst private employers."
18 March 2012
The donation comes out of Matt's personal campaign fund. As Matt has explained in his blog, he set up the fund in 2005, following his election as general secretary, to fulfil a pledge to his members to bring his salary more in line with the members he represents. He pays about 30 per cent of his salary, £1,000 per month, into the fund and makes donations out of it. He has set out on his blog where his donations have gone.
16 March 2012
Firefighters' leader Matt Wrack will share a platform with rail union RMT leader Bob Crow, alongside other leading public sector trade unionists, at a major public meeting on Budget day to launch the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) London Assembly election campaign and to outline their response to what is expected to be another 'giveaway to the rich' from chancellor George Osborne.
Bob Crow and Matt Wrack will be speaking in support of their leading officials standing as TUSC candidates for GLA elections to give Londoners who want to resist cuts and job losses a political voice.
Bob Crow said: “The RMT has called a Budget ‘Day of Action’ over government plans to axe thousands of jobs, close ticket offices and jack up fares; but it is not enough for trade unionists just to protest, we need a political voice. I am proud to be backing the RMT’s Alex Gordon (3) and Steve Hedley (4) as part of the TUSC list”.
15 March 2012
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) election candidate and firefighter Ian Leahair (2) said:
‘Firefighters and the public rely heavily on the local knowledge, expertise and professionalism of control room staff, who are the first line of attack in saving lives in an emergency. The work of control staff cannot be underestimated and we should not just sit back and allow this Government or any other political party to simply dismantle such an important public service.’
14 March 2012
He will be speaking in support of two London FBU members, Ian Leahair and Sian Griffiths who are TUSC candidates in the London elections on 3 May. He said:
"I am delighted to be able to support two members of the Fire Brigades Union who are standing for election to the London Assembly as part of the TUSC list. As a union we are facing huge cuts to our service. We are also seeing creeping privatisation of the London Fire Brigade – a policy which has already been a disaster. I know Ian and Sian will fight to defend good quality public services for the people of London"
13 March 2012
On the eve of the National Union of Students Day of Action (1) Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (2) supporter Mark Bergfeld, a member of the NUS executive, said,
“The Coalition polices of cuts, privatisation and education for the rich are a wrecking ball aimed at education. The trebling of fees, the abolition of EMA and now the avalanche of cuts and course closures threaten to completely reshape education in the interests of big business and the wealthy.
13 March 2012
London election candidate who worked compiling book orders for elderly and disabled people who were housebound calls for closed libraries to be re-opened across the capital
Calling for support for the national library demonstration that takes place today Nancy Taaffe, a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Candidate who was made redundant from a Waltham Forrest library in January 2012 said:
"J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, described our libraries as 'the NHS for the mind', reflecting the widespread belief in this precious resource as an institution for working class people. This Con-Dem government could potentially preside over 500 library closures with the main parties rubber stamping these cuts at local level in our town hall."
9 March 2012
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.
He is supporting socialist barrister Nick Wrack and the other candidates standing for the newly formed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
8 March 2012
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.
7 March 2012
Britain’s top Q.C. backs new party in London elections
Britain’s leading civil rights lawyer Michael Mansfield Q.C. (1) is backing left-wing barrister Nick Wrack and other candidates standing for election to the London Assembly. Wrack (2) is a candidate for the newly formed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, which will be contesting the London elections on 3 May.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is standing in the London-wide member section of the London elections, which is based on a form of proportional representation. (3) If it obtains over 5 per cent of the vote across London it will see lead candidate Alex Gordon, president of the RMT rail union, elected. If TUSC gets 10 per cent then Wrack, who is second on the TUSC list, should be elected as well.
7 March 2012
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:
“Privatisation of the NHS has been going on under the radar since 2000. New Labour’s marketisation of the Health Service has paved the way for the Coalition Governments reforms.”
6 March 2012
Subject: Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition Local Election challenge 2012
Next meeting of Merseyside TUSC takes place Friday 9th March, at 7.00pm, in the Casa [cellar bistro], 29 Hope St., Liverpool 1
On Wednesday 7th March a lobby of the Liverpool city council will take place – protest to assemble from 4.30pm onwards at Liverpool Town Hall.
£Millions of cuts will once again be inflicted on the people of Liverpool by Labour, Lib-Dem, Liberal and Green councillors who all agree that the people of Liverpool have to be punished for a financial crisis they did not cause by reducing their local services and slashing jobs! Once again we will see that not one Liverpool councillor is prepared to defend us against the Con Dem cuts! Underlying the need to stand anti-cuts candidates in every ward!
6 March 2012
Jenny Sutton, a TUSC candidate for the London assembly, has been elected to the national executive of the UCU lecturers’ union, winning a seat in the nationally-elected section for Further Education members.
Jenny, a lecturer at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, is one of a large group of executive members who are pushing for UCU to strike alongside other unions in defence of pensions on 28 March. She is also strongly committed to the defence of education in the face of government assaults and to anti-racism.
5 March 2012
Responding to reports in The Observer (‘Police linked to blacklist of construction workers’, 4 March 2012) that security services 'gave data to a clandestine organisation funded by major names in building industry' and compiled a secret 'blacklist' file on Professor Charles Woolfson who researched health and safety on oil rigs, the Trades Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) today calls for firms that used information to blacklist trade unionists and academics, to be banned from public sector contracts.
Steve Hedley, a candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the GLA election, was one of those named in the Consulting Association's files and suffered four years without permanent employment.
28 February 2012
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition today accuses Boris Johnson of “playing politics with public safety”. Bojo’s latest media outburst recycles tired old rhetoric about driverless trains on London’s Underground network.
Certain tube lines already have the capability to run in ‘automatic mode’, but trained and dedicated train drivers on the front of every London Underground train have demonstrated they are the best value insurance for Tube users when it comes to delivering safety and reassurance to the travelling public. Bojo’s latest bombastic announcements about ‘automation’ are uncosted, unaffordable and expose the Tories’ real agenda of playing ‘dog-whistle politics’ by bashing trade unions in the run-up to the 2012 Mayoral election.
13 February 2012
TUSC candidate Perry McMillan, anti-cuts campaigner Gavin Marsh and Andrew Howe from Youth Fight will make a deputation to the meeting to oppose cuts of up to £14m proposed this year by ruling Conservatives.
04 February 2012
Last Saturday over 50 prospective candidates and campaign organisers from around the country met to plan the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's (TUSC) challenge in May's local and London Assembly (GLA) elections.
Following the statements by Eds Milband and Balls, the leaders of the Labour Party, saying that they support the government coalition's cuts and that a Labour government would not reverse them, the question of building an anti-cuts working class political alternative is an idea that millions will be more open to than ever before.
04 February 2012
Many areas have elections this May and TUSC is planning to stand anti-cuts candidates.
What we’ve got at the moment is a three-party consensus,” said TUSC national committee member Nick Wrack. “Nobody speaks up at a national level for the working class.
27 January 2012
A new alliance, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), made up of trade union members and socialists, is to stand candidates in the Greater London Election on 3 May to challenge the all-party support for the government’s austerity cuts and pay freeze.
The coalition expects to win support from trade unionists and other voters who are angered by the recent statements of Labour leader Ed Miliband and the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, in which they stated that they will not reverse the Government’s cuts and that they support its pay freeze.