Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Latest News

North Staffs Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition to stand a minimum of five candidates across Stoke-on-Trent in the local elections on 5 May

  • TUSC rejects the Con-Dem government’s attempt to slash jobs and services. They say there is no alternative but this is a Con-Trick backed by the media.
  • Why should ordinary working class people pay for an economic crisis created by top bankers, big business & successive governments?
  • For local councillors to suggest that they have no alternative but to carry out these savage cuts is also a Con-Trick we are not prepared to accept.
All TUSC candidates are already active locally building anti-cuts groups.
TUSC candidates are fighting against ALL cuts and if elected will propose a needs budget to protect our jobs and services
updated version to follow

Friday, 18 March 2011

TUSC Public Meeting

Come along to the TUSC public meeting on Monday 21st  March to find out more about the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

Monday 21 March – 7-30pm
The White Star (upstairs) 63 Kingsway, Stoke ST4 1JB

If you are interested in standing as a TUSC candidate then get in touch straight away by calling/texting 07845893607

All trade unionists, community and anti-cuts campaigners welcome.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition policy platform for the 2011 local elections in England:

The local council elections in May 2011 will be the first opportunity voters will have in England to register public opposition at the ballot box to the Con-Dem government's unparalleled attack on our public services.

But the elections are not just a chance to make a one-day 'protest vote'. They are also an opportunity to elect councillors who can actually stop many of the cuts from being implemented locally. 

Over the years, it is true, local councils have been stripped of many of their powers over different services. Margaret Thatcher, who began this process, famously said, "I must take more power to the centre to stop socialism" - in other words, that public services that 'crowded out' the private sector should be curbed or, where they exist, should be opened up to private companies to make profits from public needs. It is a matter of record that the New Labour government carried on with this approach throughout its 13 years in office - the turnover of private companies running public services reached over £80 billion in 2008, for example, 126% higher than 1995-96 under the previous Tory government. 

But councils still have enormous powers and responsibilities, controlling budgets totalling billions of pounds, spent on services from housing to schools, youth clubs, libraries, adult social care, crime reduction, sports centres, highways maintenance and refuse collection, to name but a few. They have legal powers, over some non-council provided services for example, including many of those now privatised, that they can exercise for our benefit.
What councillors do, therefore, can still affect the quality of our daily lives. They certainly don't have to accept every dictate from central government to cut or privatise our services. They have a choice. Even a minority group on a council, or a single councillor, can make a difference, by using their position as democratically elected local representatives to appeal to and help organise community campaigns and trade unionists to fight. 

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an alliance which includes individual trade unionists, community campaigners and different political parties. Yet, while we each have our own general policies and programme, all our candidates are committed to using every opportunity open to councillors - from public campaigning to presenting policy motions at council meetings - to do everything possible to protect and improve our public services. Voting for TUSC councillors will make a difference. 

All TUSC councillors will:

  • Oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions - we reject the claim that 'some cuts' are necessary to our services.
  • Reject above inflation increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.
  • Vote against the privatisation of council services, or the transfer of council services to 'social enterprises' or 'arms-length' management organisations, which are first steps to privatisation.
  • Use all the legal powers available to councils, including powers to refer local NHS decisions, initiate referenda and organise public commissions and consultations, to oppose both the cuts and government polices which centrally impose the transfer of public services to private bodies.
  • When faced with government cuts to council funding, councils should refuse to implement the cuts. We will support councils which in the first instance use their reserves and prudential borrowing powers to avoid passing them on - while arguing that the best way to mobilise the mass campaign that is necessary to defeat the cuts is to set a budget that meets the needs of the local community and demands that the government makes up the shortfall.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Stoke City Council Passes £35m of Cuts!

The attitude of Stoke-on-Trent’s Cuts Coalition of Labour, Tory, Lib Dem and Independent councillors to the effects on ordinary working class people of slashing jobs & cutting services was summed up by councillor Kieran Clarke’s outrageous statement in the Sentinel,

Ideally you would want to make people redundant in August or September at the latest so the savings you would make would cover the redundancy costs”
No mention of the devastating effect that unemployment can have on workers and families. All that these people are interested in is ‘balancing the books’.

But none of these councillors were elected to carry out cuts or to get rid of jobs!

ALL of them will be up for re-election on 5 May and will be asking you to vote for them! 

If elected they will be in office for FOUR years! 

Do you want FOUR more years of cuts? 

We say …..
Councillors who are not prepared to fight against the Con-Dem government’s cuts should stand aside and support Anti-Cuts candidates who will! 

Across Britain the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be standing anti-cuts candidates where necessary. 

Activists, trade unionists and community campaigners will be standing TUSC candidates in the local elections on 5 May across Stoke-on-Trent.

Any TUSC candidates elected will vote NO to cuts & propose a ‘needs budget’ instead

Come along to the TUSC public meeting on 21 March to find out more 

Monday 21 March – 7-30pm
The White Star (upstairs) 63 Kingsway, Stoke ST4 1JB

If you are interested in standing as a TUSC candidate then get in touch straight away by calling/texting 07845893607