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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Bulletin No.47

Thursday 11 October 2012





TUSC announces candidates for Bristol and Manchester – and will fight in Croydon too


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 BBC is already covering Tom’s campaign here: Bristol mayor candidate will give "anti-austerity voice'

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 


Funds needed to fight the campaigns!

Just to appear on the ballot paper in the Manchester and Bristol elections will cost TUSC £1,000, a further £750 for two pages in the manifestos booklet that will be distributed to every household in Bristol for the mayoral contest, and a similar amount to print the freepost leaflet for Manchester.  So that’s £2,500 for even the most minimal campaign – and these are times that need more than a minimal socialist election challenge.


Can you make a donation to help the Bristol and Manchester campaigns?  There’s a PayPal facility on the TUSC website (at http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate.php) or you can send cheques, made payable to the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, to TUSC, 17 Colebert House, Colebert Avenue, London, E1 4JP, letting us know which campaign (or shared by both) you want your donation to go to.  Let’s make sure TUSC isn’t held back from making the biggest possible impact in these elections!


Why not be a local council candidate?

The October steering committee also approved an application to be a TUSC candidate in a forthcoming by-election in Liverpool council’s Knotty Ash ward.  This will be the seventh council by-election TUSC has contested since last May’s local polls – but there are many more contests where we haven’t been able to field a candidate.


So if there is a council by-election in your area – you can check for an official ‘Notice of Vacancy’ on your council website and, of course, in the local press – why not stand and spread the TUSC anti-austerity message yourself?

TUSC was initially established precisely with the aim of enabling trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to resist electorally as part of a national coalition the pro-austerity consensus of the establishment parties.  Candidates for local council elections are required to endorse TUSC’s Local Elections ‘core policies’ platform, posted on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php, but with that provision are responsible for their own campaign.


An application form to stand as a TUSC candidate, so you can be issued with a Certificate of Authorisation from the TUSC National Nominating Officer to hand in with the nomination papers to the local council returning officer, is on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php


A local election campaign is under way in Brighton with a vote on 18 October, you can read details here http://bit.ly/TzNw0y  


Reports of the TUSC National Conference

You can read different reports here http://bit.ly/SSn5DD  and here http://bit.ly/RbgvT7  Have your own view? You can read another report and join a debate here: http://bit.ly/QmVwzK (other debates are available).


Next steps in the ‘TUSC’s Structures’ discussion

The October steering committee meeting also discussed how to take forward the ‘Reviewing TUSC’s Structures’ discussion, started at the September conference. A number of submissions had been received by the time of the conference, presented as a preliminary report by the Reviewing TUSC’s Structures Commission (go to the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/events190912.php and click on Structure Commission Report for a copy) and more are encouraged, including responses to the submissions already received. The steering committee agreed that all organisations and individuals who have made submissions should be invited to a one-day meeting with the TUSC Structures Commission, where a more detailed examination of different arguments will be possible than in a large conference setting.  This has been organised for Saturday December 15, from 11am to 3pm, in Rugby. If you wish to make a submission to the structures discussion, or attend the Rugby meeting, please contact: [email protected] and [email protected]


TUSC Steering Committee agrees ways of building trade union support for TUSC          

To implement the resolution from the RMT referred to it by the September 22 Conference, the Steering Committee has agreed to produce a trade union bulletin; convene a TUSC trade union forum asap; to provide information on how political funds operate in different unions to decide how best to build TUSC within them; to explore how groups of TUSC supporters on union NECs could ‘formalise’ their participation on the Steering Committee


Rugby TUSC campaigns against Academies

Fresh from leafleting in the town to promote the TUC Demo on October 20th, Rugby TUSC was approached by a local Action Group set up to oppose two Primary schools in Rugby becoming Academies.  TUSC has been given responsibility for promoting a public meeting opposing academy status at one of the two schools, and has provided resources for the Action group to use.  Good to know activists are turning towards TUSC  http://bit.ly/HqaK3E


Independent Socialist Network National Meeting

If you are an independent socialist who supports TUSC the ISN is holding its next national meeting this Saturday,13 October, 11am til 5pm in Central London. For more details see here: http://bit.ly/QktAtO  



From the Unions


FBU builds for TUSC/STUC Demonstrations on October 20th

Firefighters will join hundreds of thousands of other workers marching for our future against the Westminster coalition government’s austerity measures on October 20th in London and Glasgow http://bit.ly/R8ILcs  


The RMT confirms that signallers in the Stirling area will be on strike again in a long-running dispute over rosters.

For months now RMT has attempted to negotiate an agreement with local management over twelve hour rosters. However, despite considerable efforts by RMT’s local reps, management has refused to budge and give in to the Unions call for the 12 hour rosters which is the way to deliver a safe and efficient service. http://bit.ly/Q7UjK8


Welfare cuts are a 'perverse redistribution of wealth'

Commenting on chancellor George Osborne’s announcement of a further £10.5 billion cut from the welfare budget, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Added to the cuts already in train this will mean £30 billion being taken from the sick, disabled and vulnerable - the same amount being handed to businesses in tax breaks. "On top of the cut to the top rate of income tax for the very wealthy, this absolutely nails the Tory lie that we can't afford to offer support to those who need it most.”            http://bit.ly/R6cF1e  ‘ Also 'Impossible to separate from Tory project to unpick welfare state and drive down rights across economy' - Serwotka http://is.gd/ZEGskJ


Facility time cuts make no sense warns UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has said that cuts to civil service facility time, announced at the Tory party conference, make no sense for the taxpayer. The union is warning that the continual attacks on public service workers by Government, makes the need for fair and well-trained union representation for workers more vital than ever. http://bit.ly/R7V9JU


Amnesty International UK strike over threatened job losses 

Unite members at Amnesty International UK (AIUK) will stage a second day of strike action on Wednesday 10 October over a large-scale cost cutting programme, including compulsory redundancies. http://bit.ly/PPbgYw


Osborne £40,000 Millionaire's Windfall

George Osborne’s attempts to dupe the electorate that he knows what he is doing have been rumbled and he has as much knowledge about economics as a stick of rhubarb says GMB http://bit.ly/OPm9Pt


RMT vows to oppose EDL march through Walthamstow and builds on anti-racism campaigning  http://bit.ly/RyTQmA 




Human Rights Activist, IUF representative in Algeria abducted 

On 1 October, Algerian IUF representative and human rights activist Yacine Zaïd was picked up off the street in Hassi Messaoud in the Ouargla province by unidentified men in a white Nissan 4x4 vehicle and has not been seen since  http://bit.ly/QHwoUH


Greek Trade unions pushed to escalate the struggle

Under pressure from below, a number of unions have started to adopt a program for occupations and escalation of repeated 48 hour general strikes  http://bit.ly/R4x5aE


South Africa: "All out on united strike!"

The "Joint Strike Coordinating Committee" of all mines on strike in Rustenburg has called for a march on Saturday to confront the government. It argues for a general strike for a national living wage of R12,500 (US-$ 1400) http://bit.ly/PhVyu6


Information burst


Under Labour, income growth at the very top and very bottom of the distribution sharply diverged, with the lowest growth in incomes occuring at the very bottom of the distribution over this period, and the fastest growth at the very top. For more: bit.ly/OosgbX


Shock News from the academy: Quantitative Easing only benefits the financial sector, finds research 09 October 2012 A review of evidence into Quantitative Easing (QE) has shown that the Government’s hope that it will pull the UK out of recession may be unfounded: http://bit.ly/VJFe7l


Leaked documents reveal plan to lengthen public sector working hours http://gu.com/p/3b36y/tw


Labour implements the cuts. Sheffield City Council to axe 'hundreds of jobs' http://bbc.in/UFSSZL




No to austerity—all out on October 20th – London Borough of Brent
Speakers include Matt Wrack (general secretary FBU). Organised by Brent trades council.Thursday 11 October, 7pm 43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, NW10 2ET


How do we prepare for a general Strike? Coventry & Warwickshire NSSN meeting 7.30pm  Thursday 11th Oct Coventry SQ Club, 1 Whitefriars St, CV1. Main speaker: John McInally, PCS National Vice-President  http://bit.ly/PlSe1f


Free showing of the film Ghosts......and speakers:Margaret McAdam (MerseysideRefugee Support Network; No One is Illegal) Jon Burnett (Institute of Race Relations) Friday 12th October 4pm Hearnshaw Lecture Theatre
Eleanor Rathbone Building University of  Liverpool 


Miscarriage of Justice Day

Saturday October 13, 10am to 5pm: Conference, St George’s Lecture Theatre, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1. Organised by National Federation of Miscarriage of Justice Campaigns http://bit.ly/PSBKcL


Student fightback 2012  Progressive Students Conference 2012: Fighting austerity, fees, racism, inequality & war  Saturday 13 October, 10am-5.30pm, central London, venue TBC http://bit.ly/Tshh3s


Austerity, injustice and the power of protest

Sunday October 14, 11.30am to 5.30pm: National conference to defend the right to protest, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1.   Speakers include: Darcus Howe, Owen Jones, John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Alfie Meadows, Nick Wrack, Mark Serwotka, Gareth Peirce. Waged £6, unwaged £3, solidarity £10.  Organised by Defend the Right to Protest  http://bit.ly/MRZj6n


A future that works

Saturday October 20, TUC demonstrations London: Assemble from 11am, Hungerford Bridge, Victoria

Embankment, London WC2, for march at 1.30om to Hyde Park.

Glasgow: Assemble from 11am, George Square, Glasgow G1, for march to rally at Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40. http://bit.ly/Pa3x8x


Official After-Party for TUC ‘A Future That Works’ Demo 

Saturday 20 October 2012, 7:00pm ‘TUTUS’ Kings College London Students Union, Surrey St, London WC2R 2NS  Featuring the best of ‘New Wave’ protest music from around the UK Live on stage: Captain SKA, Grace Petrie, Soothsayers, DJ Jamie Renton. Compered by Joe Wells http://bit.ly/R307D9


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