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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.34

Monday 19 March 2012


The richest get richer http://reut.rs/wrJweX

Meanwhile...Greece on the breadline: the children of Athens too hungry to do PE http://gu.com/p/3668g/tf


Now with added Matt Wrack…Public rally to launch London TUSC campaign

Wednesday 21 March 7.15pm

235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP


Bob Crow, general secretary RMT

Matt Wrack, general secretary FBU
Alex Gordon, president RMT & TUSC candidate
Ian Leahair, firefighters’ union FBU national executive & TUSC candidate
April Ashley, Unison national executive & TUSC candidate
Jackie Turner, doctor and health campaigner & TUSC candidate
Chaired by TUSC candidate Nick Wrack


Please join FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack in making a donation to support TUSC's national election campaign: http://bit.ly/FPYcNC ... we are not expecting everyone to give £2,000: http://bit.ly/FQu47V but £2, £20 or event £200 would all help.


We have another 100,000 TUSC postcards printed for the London Elections. One can can be found here: http://bit.ly/yCWmD5 Come to the Wednesday meeting and take 100 and give them out at work or at your tube/rail/bus station, local hospital, factory etc. Then ask for more here: [email protected]


This week's TUSC Election News Releases


Wrack joins Crow at TUSC election rally launch: http://bit.ly/wxGAhj


Leading trade unionists prepare to stand in the London elections against the policies of pay cuts for working people and tax cuts for the rich: http://bit.ly/FPZKZt


London Fire Brigade Union leader and election candidate slams Tory plans to privatize control rooms: http://bit.ly/FSAwYB


Labour’s leaders are utterly failing to provide an alternative to education cuts says NUS Executive member on eve of mass student walk out: http://bit.ly/FQavuh


Rugby TUSC Public Meeting gets in the press

The Rugby TUSC Public Meeting on Monday March 19th, 7.30pm, at the Rugby United Railway Club, Spring St received a boost on Thursday with an excellent article in the Rugby Advertiser. The article was headlined "Left wing campaigners begin their fight for election", followed in large bold by 'Your opportunity to quiz cuts opponents'. http://bit.ly/gd9tJr . Get a press release to your local press now to support your election campaign.


Important information for TUSC Local election candidates - details needed!


Readers of the TUSC bulletin will see elsewhere news of the impressive slate that has been put together to stand for the Greater London Assembly (GLA) elections under the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) banner. This has already generated some media interest – The Telegraph’s Andrew Gilligan has written about ‘Bob Crow’s party standing against Labour’ – and, more importantly, got a good response wherever it has been raised with rank and file trade unionists. This needs to be followed up, including by all TUSC supporters outside London .


One important way of tapping the support for the GLA campaign outside of the capital is by encouraging sympathetic trade unionists and socialists to themselves stand for TUSC in the local elections that are taking place in May in 158 councils in England and every council in Wales. Assuming that your local councillor does not agree with the clear ‘no cuts’ platform of TUSC, what have you got to lose by standing yourself in the local elections?


Nominations for the council elections open on March 28th. To appear as a TUSC candidate on the ballot paper – with ‘Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts’ one of the names available for use – prospective candidates must submit an application form to TUSC for a Certificate of Authorisation. A copy of the form is here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php and can be filled in electronically and sent to [email protected] While applications may be processed up to the deadline, there were problems last year in getting certificates out in time so the earlier this formality is sorted out the better. So please get your skates on!



From the unions


Wiltshire fire crews condemn cuts proposals

Wiltshire fire crews are deeply concerned over the impact of £1.8 million of cuts on the local fire service. The FBU is warning the cuts would mean a reduction in frontline firefighters and appliances being spread more thinly across the county. http://bit.ly/Abz8nx


Unison argues local pay will depress economy further

Unison, the UK’s largest union, has warned that local pay bargaining is not the way forward. Local pay pushes depressed areas further into depression by cutting off spending in local businesses, the Union argued. http://bit.ly/FOZVVK


Unite condemns chancellor's wrecking ball attack on nation's public sector

Responding to the news that next week's budget will announce plans to impose regional pay for the public sector from July this year, Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: "George Osborne is desperate to smash an enormous wrecking ball into our public sector. It makes no operational sense whatsoever to impose a structure that says a nurse or paramedic in the north east of the country is worth less than someone doing the same job in the south east.” http://bit.ly/wsBCkc


PCS: Overwhelming votes to reject and fight pensions cuts

Civil and public servants have rejected by a massive margin the government's attempts to make them pay more and work longer for a worse pension, and given the go ahead for further industrial action. In a consultation ballot held by the union - representing more than half of all staff in the civil service and its related agencies - 90.5% of respondents rejected the government's proposals for a new pension scheme.



GMB furious with Government over Remploy workers

The government’s decision to close 36 of the 54 remaining Remploy factories with the compulsory redundancy of 1,752 Remploy workers of which 1,518 are disabled has been condemned by the GMB. The Government statement envisages the complete closure of all 54 factories by the end of 2013. http://bit.ly/FQJiM5


FT journalists down tools in pay dispute reut.rs/wgUyy4



Info burst


For the first time in fifty years the young will be worse off than their parents: http://on.ft.com/zwhOPl


Low paid mothers wanting to work longer hours will suffer most under government plans to ‘streamline the benefits system’:ind.pn/ADOb6H


Campaign materials: Unemployment benefit claimants constituency by constituency: full data - http://j.mp/pSbJfr


Fear of repossession hitting families

A homelessness charity has revealed that the fear of repossession is gripping households as more than one family a day has been coming to it asking for help: http://bit.ly/woydQt


Incapacity benefit tests are failing disabled people, says TUC http://dlvr.it/1KCmqR


Half of young black men unemployed: http://ind.pn/Al2SUn



Defend the right to protest: Tuesday 20 March. Speakers: Matt Foot, John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Alfie Meadows, Susan Matthews and Frank Fernie: http://bit.ly/xEW9Ld


Some Budget Day Protests Wednesday 21 March


Ukuncut protest on budget day: austerity isn’t working 11:00am Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA http://bit.ly/xPpXFV


Sheffield UNITE the Union community branch public meeting 5:30pm Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street,Sheffield S1 2EW http://on.fb.me/y00fqE


Austerity Isn’t Working: Budget Day Protest 4:00pm Victoria Square, Birmingham



SOS nhs what does the health and social care bill mean 7:00pm Small room, city centre church , Milton Keynes : http://on.fb.me/FQSfl6


RMT Budget “Day of Action”

Over Government plans to axe thousands of jobs, close ticket offices, jack up fares and give the train operating companies “gold plated” franchises as it implements the McNulty Rail Review recommendations. Protests up and down the country http://bit.ly/wiWsAL


Youth Fight for Jobs anti-Workfare protest - 11.30am, outside Downing St, London

Budget Day Protests: In your area, Liverpool, Wigan, Leeds, East Midlands and more! http://bit.ly/zZheBB


Stop the Cuts Public Meeting with Mark Serwotka & Clare Solomon Monday 26 March 2012, 10:00pm Friend's Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL http://bit.ly/at77j0



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