Scottish TUSC to discuss council elections challenge at February 19th conference
The Scottish council elections will take place on May 5 this year, with every councillor up for election. They come at a crucial time, as the onslaught on the living conditions of the working class grows with rising inflation, rents and mortgage costs, and NI increases - making a mockery of the idea that there will be a 'recovery' for working class communities after Covid.
For local government, and for public services generally, the cuts onslaught continues. Most, if not all, councils are planning to implement further austerity in one form or another. There has never been a more important time to ensure that fighting anti-cuts and socialist candidates stand to offer an alternative.
To that end, the Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (Scottish TUSC) is organising a conference on Saturday 19 February on Zoom. The aim of the conference is to promote and encourage as wide an anti-cuts, socialist election challenge as possible to the Tory, Labour, Lib Dem, SNP, Green etc mantra of unending cuts.
An open invite
The Scottish TUSC Steering Committee is inviting all those who want to see such an election challenge to come to the conference. As a coalition we are open to all individuals, trade unionists, socialists, community campaigners, environmental activists and all those fighting back against austerity, oppression and capitalism.
At the conference we will discuss standing as wide an array of candidates in May as possible who are committed to opposing all cuts, setting no cuts budgets, and fighting for needs budgets that would fully fund council jobs and services, supporting workers taking strike action for pay, and in defence of working conditions.
We will also discuss and vote on a set of core policies that each candidate would agree to, while being free to add to those policies as part of their own individual campaign. The draft core policies will be circulated for comment and suggestion to all who register for the conference.
The conference takes place on Saturday 19 February from 2pm until 4-30pm and you can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucuisqzsjEtLg0QQ5bQiw9akDdtt9-C6e
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and the relevant documents for the conference.