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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.32

Monday 5 March 2012




The new TUSC postcard for the London Elections 3 May can be found here: http://bit.ly/yCWmD5


TUSC election candidate Steve Hedley named in employers blacklist - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition calls for ban on blacklisters from public sector contracts
Following The Observer report 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,
TUSC calls for firms that used information to blacklist trade unionists and academics, to be banned from public sector contracts. Read the TUSC press release here:http://bit.ly/mn4I9R.


Public rally to launch London TUSC campaign: Speakers: Bob Crow, TUSC candidates, plus others to be announced. If you live in London come along and get involved…Wednesday 21 March, 7.15pm at 235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP. See the advert here:http://bit.ly/Ac6VTZ


Britain’s leading civil rights lawyer Michael Mansfield Q.C. is backing left-wing barrister Nick Wrack and other candidates standing for election to the London Assembly: http://bit.ly/xD5aK4


Please make a donation to support TUSC's national election campaign: http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate.php


London TUSC leaflets Millwall fans

Supporters of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition leafleted Millwall fans at the Den on Saturday 3 March. Lots of fans took the leaflets, responding to our calls to defend jobs and services and oppose slave labour schemes for the young.Four of us leafleted for about 45 minutes until kick off at 3.00pm, catching a steady stream of fans as they approached the ground. For more go here:http://bit.ly/zG0Y8s


Rugby TUSC ends alliance with Greens over Brighton cuts and local Green intransigence over seat distribution and calls public to launch 2012 election campaign

Rugby TUSC has been working with the Green Left through Rugby Against the Cuts for 18 months and had hoped to stand candidates alongside them as last year – until Brighton: http://bit.ly/gd9tJr

Council election Campaign meeting ‘Why we need anti cuts candidates’ Monday March 19 7.30 Utd Railway Club, Spring St. Main speaker: Nick Wrack (TUSC National Steering Committee and ISN) http://bit.ly/gd9tJr


If you are a candidate get yourself on Twitter Sian Griffiths one of the London FBU nominated candidates is on Twitterat @SianeeQFSM. Nancy Taffe also on the London list has started tweeting @NancyTaaffe https://twitter.com/#!/NancyTaaffe


If you are standing tell us you are standing! Email details to [email protected]


Council election news reports

With this Bulletin going weekly for the next two months, please send brief weekly reports (two or three sentences) of activities/events for us to publish as follows: London and the South-east – Will McMahon at [email protected] or Nick Wrack at [email protected] For all areas outside Londonand the South East– Pete McLaren at [email protected] Please add links to your web site wherever possible.



From the Unions


South Yorkshirefire crews challenge need for frontline cuts: http://bit.ly/AC7Q2V


BMA agrees to ballot doctors on industrial action for the first time since 1975: http://bit.ly/pLhoXV


RMT to ballot for industrial action on TFL over a ban on staff leave for the duration of the Olympics

- and has also declared a formal dispute with London Underground over a failure to reach an agreement on Olympics recognition and reward payments for all LU staff. http://bit.ly/x6GXkx


Jobcentre union backs anti-workfare campaigns

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) is encouraging its members and supporters to join demonstrations against a fast food giant participating in a controversial government scheme providing free labour. http://bit.ly/z5SsAp


Local government unions to seek binding arbitration over pay freeze

Representatives from the local government unions, UNISON, GMB and UNITE, have pledged to approach ACAS for binding arbitration over the employer’s decision to hit workers with a third year of pay freeze misery. http://bit.ly/AxWrMq


Len McCluskey annoys the establishment….read in full his interview in the Guardian where he calls for strikes and civil disobedience as part of the anti cuts campaign during the Olympics http://bit.ly/w7weqG




The majority of the public believe 'politicians tell lies all the time': http://bit.ly/wsjiVd


Labour-controlled Newham backs Coalition attack on social housing allocations

Newham Council is backing the Government's shake-up of social housing allocations policy by consulting on plans to prioritise homes for "hard working" people: http://bit.ly/xoe86F


Frequently asked questions on the Health and Social Care Bill

See here:http://bit.ly/ywMk6D


A lost opportunity for survival: the death of Reece Staples

A solicitor at Harrison Bundey in Leeds explains how, had police officers taken a young black man, who had swallowed packets of drugs, straight to hospital, he might still be alive. See: http://bit.ly/ABtQMS




Protest in Liverpool against council cuts Wednesday March 7th 4:30- 7.30pm at Liverpool Town Hall http://on.fb.me/zf1B2D


SAVE OUR NHS – Day of Action in the North East - Wednesday 7 Mar 2012:

Tees Valley: Leafleting 11.30am approx. Hartlepool University Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and Roseberry Park Hospital, Middlesbrough. http://bit.ly/xOKDf5

Newcastle: leafleting and petitioning, stall at Grey’s Monument between 12.00-14.00. http://bit.ly/ACG7xt

Sunderland Rally 12:00pm Sunderland Royal Hospital, Sunderland SR4 7TP http://bit.ly/A9NFMj

South Tyneside: 12.00-13.00, leafleting King Streetcrossroads between The Ship and Royal Scotia NE33 http://bit.ly/yDS3SR

Northumberland: 12.00pm leafleting and petitioning on Berwick Main High Street over the lunch-time period http://bit.ly/zW7Hf5

Durham: leafleting in Durham market place over the lunch period 12.00-13.30, followed by further leafleting outside University Hospital North Durham during visiting time from 2pm. http://bit.ly/wA8WQD

Gateshead: leafleting outside QE from 12:30. http://bit.ly/yg7BuZ


And in London...

11.45-14:00 Human chain around St Thomas’s Hospital. meet outside A&E St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 9RT.

13:00 – 19:30 Lobby of Parliament to oppose Health and Social Care Bill. Houses of Parliament. Organised by Unite.

16:30 Feeder march from ULU to TUC rally on NHS. ULU, Malet St, London.

17:15 Feeder march from BMA to TUC rally on NHS., BMA House, Tavistock Square, London. Called by London Region BMA.

18:00 Rally against Health and Social Care Bill. Central Hall, Westminster. Organised by TUC. http://bit.ly/AuqEFU


International Women's Day 8 March

SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee is supporting the Join Women on the Bridge campaign in London on International Women’s Day Thursday 8 March – meet at 10.45am, south side of the Millennium Bridge- also in East Sussex, Banham, Norwich, Portsmouth). http://bit.ly/zSm8RZ


Rally for the alternative - outside Lib Dem spring conference

Saturday10 March. To coincide with the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference the Northern Public Services Alliance Rally 11:00am Wesley Square, Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3R before March to Gateshead Quayside http://scr.bi/xnw50c


RMT LU and Justice for Christopher Alder Campaign

“We demand Justice” Monday 12th March 7pm Friends Meeting House, Opposite Euston Station, London http://bit.ly/wJEmYw


Speak Up For Libraries Rally and Lobby of Parliament

Tuesday 13 March Joint lobby of Parliament including UNISON, The Library Campaign, Voices for the Library 11.30am Central Hall, Westminster, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH Lobby starts at 2.30pm http://bit.ly/cvXry3


NUS day of walkouts over education cuts and fees: Wed 14th March http://on.fb.me/xCkP0B


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