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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.37

Tuesday 10 April 2012

TUSC News and Events

Brief TUSC candidates report for the 2012 local elections: http://bit.ly/InEjPG

The campaign news from across Britain:

BBC News report: Scottish Anti-Cuts-Coalition to stand principled fighters in 37 council seats. http://goo.gl/SpQ1A

TUSC candidates gaining support in Southampton http://pic.twitter.com/nYP3BuwP

120 attend TUSC election launch meeting in Liverpool

The Meeting was chaired by Roger Bannister in a personal capacity Unison NEC and TUSC Candidate for Liverpool Kirkdale, candidates speaking were Daren Ireland RMT Council of Executives and TUSC Candidate for Liverpool Central Ward and TUSC Mayoral Candidate Tony Mulhearn. You can read Tony’s Guardian Comment is Free Article here: http://bit.ly/HOwuAS

The next campaign meeting will be Friday 13th April 2012 at 7pm at The CASA, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BQ

Rugby TUSC selects eight candidates to contest 2012 Council elections http://bit.ly/HqaK3E

Labour’s not the alternative, says Chair of Warwickshire FBU http://bit.ly/mn4I9R

Memo to TUSC candidates: find a big dog to break press boycott

A Trade Unionist and Socialist candidate has been bitten by a dog while out electioneering in Swansea: http://bit.ly/Iv6sbe

The London campaign:

New TUSC London Election Broadcast out: ymlp210.net/zU4aKH

Labour councillor back TUSC candidates in London http://bit.ly/mn4I9R

Ken Loach in conversation in support of London TUSC campaign

Ken Loach, in association with TUSC's Southwark branch, will be appearing at Peckham Plex on 19 April to introduce and discuss his films and political outlook.Ticket sales are picking up. Don’t be left without one. Go to: http://bit.ly/HzJ3SQ

Interview with Ian Leahair - London TUSC Candidate and FBU Executive member http://goo.gl/FgdB8

Interview with Steve Headley – London TUSC candidate: http://bit.ly/IpqPWh

Interview with Nick Wrack here: http://bit.ly/I0O0ok who was quoted on the Bradford West result in this TUSC press release: http://bit.ly/H6Vbcw

Campaign suggestions

London TUSC candidate Mark Benjamin explains why he’s standing here in an excellent interview in his local paper: http://bit.ly/HIuREQ

Here is a Youtube video recommended by TUSC candidate Jackie Turner on the Health bill. It is just ten minutes long and contains all you will need to know: http://bit.ly/qg0UWP

We have leaflet in Turkish: http://bit.ly/IhpwcS and Tamil; http://bit.ly/Ifkb6Y

Five ways to help the fightback:
1. Aim to give out one hundred cards/leaflets a day for the next 23 days = 2,300 cards. This can be done e.g. by giving them out at your bus stop/train or tube station on the way to work; giving some out at the cafe at lunch time; leafleting a street on the way home.
2. In addition, get involved in the planned activity, leafleting shopping centres, stations, colleges and workplaces.
3. Ask your friends, family and workmates to do the same.
4. Make a donation to TUSC and ask everyone you know to give a 'tenner to TUSC':
5. Spread the word by twitter, Facebook and local social media.

From the Unions

RMT slams plans to smash up Scottish Ferry Services http://bit.ly/HTI177

Jobcentres contract staff to strike
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "This dispute is a result of privatisation creating a two tier workforce.” Moe here: http://bit.ly/HtwyGJ

UNISON warns government's changes to tax credits will leave many in poverty http://bit.ly/I83g1C

Unite reports: Posh Mayfair hit by ripples from illegal factory closure dispute

The expensive elegance of Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel has been hit by the ripples from the dispute that has seen more than 140 employees locked-out by a Liverpool packaging company. http://bit.ly/I7mLcd

NUT Conference endorses the NUT Executive’s decision to reject the Government’s proposed final agreement on pensions. The NUT will seek unity with other unions for further action in the summer term and beyond to defeat the Government’s plans http://bit.ly/Whsjx

RMT confirms that it has begun balloting signallers in the Stirling area for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over rosters. http://bit.ly/Hr2DoA

Health and safety cuts put lives at risk

The Coalition Government’s ‘reckless’ and ‘simplistic’ attitude to health and safety threatens to put the lives of children and adults in schools and colleges at risk, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, heard at the weekend http://bit.ly/HoaXQc

UNISON membersworking for Cheshire West and Chester Council strike over the Easter weekend to defend their terms and conditions http://bit.ly/IiIVub

CWU continue campaign to Keep the Post Public http://bit.ly/Hr5duI

Info burst

Full Fact has just launched its #Facts4London campaign to keep the London elections accurate. Get involved here: http://fullfact.org/london

Pinstripe mafia: How accountancy firms destroy societies: http://bit.ly/HzGAI4

Chris Searle finds ‘Incendiary black working-class heroes‘ in a new pamphlet here: http://bit.ly/Io7eTT and Nicky Road examines a resource written by Gypsy and Traveller children, 'A Kushtie Place to Live – don’t judge us until you know us' here: http://bit.ly/HquP6s

Carers versus Atos's attempts to protect its image – video: http://j.mp/Ho7jIc

Poorer families face £3,000 tax bombshell

According to the Resolution Foundation, the impact will be greater on lower-income households: http://ind.pn/HhIc98


Super lobby to defend pensions Saturday 14 April 2012, 9:00am

In order to put further pressure on the government to positively engage and enter into genuine negotiations with unions the PCS wants reps and members to take part in co-ordinated political lobbying. The lobbies will take place on 14th April (Super Lobby Day) in key constituencies around the country http://bit.ly/Hqgzhn

People’s library to be opened at Friern Barnet

A “Peoples Library” will be opened outside the closed Friern Barnet Library between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 14th April http://bit.ly/HvfLTk

Youth Fight for Jobs London Housing meeting- 7pm Monday16th April - ULU, Malet St WC1E supported by Unite LE1111 http://bit.ly/HkQQ6s

DPAC action in London Wednesday 18 April 1.30 pm McDonalds Leicester Square. Action will be around benefit cuts, care funding and Loss of Remploy jobs http://bit.ly/GOD1f4

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