Tuesday, 29 April 2014

TUSC we don’t just back strikes – we are strikers!

TUSC Miliband non support for strikes

Monday, 21 April 2014

Why is Newcastle council not opposing the £1.2 billion hand over of front line NHS services to private companies?      


It’s time Newcastle’s Labour council ended it’s silence on this sell-off.
 
It’s time they and Stoke-on-Trent city council made a commitment to oppose this private plunder of our NHS services.
 
This is why Stoke & Newcastle TUSC is calling upon Newcastle Borough Council to;
  • Publicly oppose the £1.2 billion sell-off of NHS cancer and end of life care across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Staffordshire.
  • Fight instead for a fully funded and publicly owned and controlled NHS
  • ‘Call-in’ this sell-off to be debated by their Health Overview and Scrutiny committee
  • Organise a referendum of the population of Newcastle Borough and campaign for a ‘No to the NHS sell-off’ vote
Why is Stoke-on-Trent's Labour council backing privatisation of the NHS?

The government has launched its biggest single privatisation of NHS services so far by inviting private companies to bid for £1.2 billion worth of contracts to provide front line cancer treatment in district hospitals and care for the terminally ill across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Private companies will compete to deliver cancer and end-of-life treatment for children and adults across the area – involving diagnosis and treatment such as radiology, radiotherapy, breast screening, chemotherapy, nursing and surgery for patients in hospitals, hospices and at home.

In response, Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow health spokesperson, stated in the Financial Times, “David Cameron has placed the NHS on a fast track to fragmentation and privatisation. The next election presents the last chance to change course.”

The implication in Burnham's 'opposition' to this plan is that an incoming Labour government would provide a 'chance to change course'. But if this man and the Labour Party are serious about stopping the privatisation of the NHS why wait for the unlikely prospect of a Labour government presumably riding over the hill on a white horse to save the NHS from privatisation?

Does anyone, including, Burnham himself actually belief this rubbish? The last Labour government saddled the NHS with a total of £215 billion of repayments for big business projects worth only £55-65 billion! The reality is that the Tories, Lib Dems, Labour and UKIP all support the privatisation of the NHS.

Scandalously, Stoke-on-Trent's Labour Council is supporting the handing over of £1.2 billion worth of front line NHS services to private companies - effectively the largest sell-off of NHS services so far. (see Sentinel 14 March 2014)

This is being done without any consultation with the 250,000 people who live in the city!

Stoke & Newcastle Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition is demanding that Stoke-on-Trent's Labour controlled city council have nothing to do with further privatisation of our NHS services.

Therefore Stoke & Newcastle TUSC is calling on the city council to;
  • Stop supporting the £1.2 billion sell-off of NHS cancer and end of life care across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and Staffordshire.
  • Oppose this attempt to provide mega profits for private companies from our local NHS services
  • Fight instead for a fully funded and publicly owned and controlled NHS
  • 'Call-in' this sell-off to be debated by their Health Overview and Scrutiny committee
  • Organise a referendum of the near 250,000 people who live in the city and campaign for a 'No to the NHS sell-off' vote

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A rare opportunity to hear a REAL Socialist on the BBC! Listen to TUSC national chair Dave Nellist

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national chair Dave Nellist interviewed on BBC2′s Daily Politics show on 10 April. Check out the video here……    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEVwGJIZ6qk

 

IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR, WHY NOT STAND AS A TUSC CANDIDATE ON 22 MAY?
THERE ARE NO LOCAL ELECTIONS THIS YEAR IN STOKE-ON-TRENT BUT THERE ARE IN NEWCASTLE.
 
WE ALREADY HAVE MORE CANDIDATES THAN EVER BEFORE STANDING IN NEWCASTLE BUT WE WANT MORE.
 
THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP BUT YOU ONLY HAVE AT MOST A WEEK TO DECIDE.
 
SO DON’T DELAY CALL OR TEXT ANDY ON 07845893607

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL of  NORTH STAFFS UNISON BRANCH SECRETARY BACKS TUSC PUBLIC MEETING
 
STOP SELL-OFF OF NHS CANCER AND END OF LIFE CARE IN STAFFORDSHIRE!
 
Rob Irving UHNS Unison Branch Secretary says,

The University Hospital of North Staffs Branch of Unison would like to send this message of support to Stoke and Newcastle Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in their bid to halt the tendering out of cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire by the CCGs. This is just one more step towards privatisation of the NHS as we know it, and a move which we must fight every step of the way to prevent another nail being hammered into the coffin of our public services.”


This government is using the negative publicity around Stafford Hospital and the dissolution of Mid Staffs Foundation Trust as an excuse to use the most vulnerable patents of this county as a political football. Those suffering from the debilitating and life threatening effects of cancer should not be used as pawns in the Tories increasingly hostile, and thinly veiled attacks on  our NHS.
 
This kind of contract can only lead to further fragmentation of services at a time when the patients of Staffordshire desperately need continuity and stability above anything else.  Taking these services out of public control and into the hands of private firms will not benefit patients, but will instead lead to a sector where end of life and cancer care are delivered not based on best practice, or in the interests of the patients, but will instead be driven by profit.
 
It is frankly disgusting that there is potential for companies to be making money out of people when they are at their most needy. Cancer and end of life care, has to remain a fundamental part of the NHS structure where we can be confident the treatment our patients receive is of the highest quality, and driven by providing care and compassion, not by lining the pockets of private companies driven by greed.”
 
* * * * * PUBLIC MEETING * * * * *
Speakers include:
Steve Wheeler – Unite NHS Branch Secretary
Matt Wright – NHS Unison mental health worker
(speakers in personal capacity)
 
FRIDAY 11th APRIL @ 7PM
HOLY TRINITY COMMUNITY CENTRE, GROSVENOR RD,OFF LONDON RD (A34), NEWCASTLE ST5 1LQ
 
Hosted by Stoke & Newcastle Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
 
- – - – - ALL WELCOME – - – - -

Monday, 7 April 2014

 
FOR HONESTY AND INTEGRITY FORGET THE ESTABLISHMENT PARTIES!
 
* VOTE TUSC - VOTE TUSC *
 
Sheffield TUSC - Vote against Cuts and Privatisation's photo.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

500 sign petition to stop £1.2 billion sell-off of NHS front line services in Staffordshire!

More than 500 people have already signed a petition calling for an end to the government’s plan to hand over £1.2 billion of front line NHS services across Staffordshire to their mates in private companies.

 Private firms will compete for the chance to make rich profits from delivering cancer and end-of-life treatment for children and adults across the area.

The petition has been launched by Stoke & Newcastle Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters. And a public meeting hosted by Stoke & Newcastle TUSC has now been organised to draw up a plan of action to stop this sell-off! See below for details.
 
STOP SELL-OFF OF NHS CANCER AND END OF LIFE CARE IN STAFFORDSHIRE!
 
* * * * * PUBLIC MEETING * * * * *
 
 Rob Irving UHNS Unison Branch Secretary says,
The University Hospital of North Staffs Branch of Unison would like to send this message of support to Stoke and Newcastle Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in their bid to halt the tendering out of cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire by the CCGs. This is just one more step towards privatisation of the NHS as we know it, and a move which we must fight every step of the way to prevent another nail being hammered into the coffin of our public services.”

Speakers include:
Steve Wheeler – Unite NHS Branch Secretary
Matt Wright – NHS Unison mental health worker
(speakers in personal capacity)
 
FRIDAY 11th APRIL @ 7PM
HOLY TRINITY COMMUNITY CENTRE, GROSVENOR RD,OFF LONDON RD (A34), NEWCASTLE ST5 1LQ
 
Hosted by Stoke & Newcastle Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
 
- – - – - ALL WELCOME – - – - -

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Bob Crow – “Don’t mourn - organise, organise and again organise!”        

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John Tilley RMT North West Regional Organiser
Around thirty trade unionists and socialists attended a memorial meeting for the late, great Bob Crow in the London Rd Social & Sports Club in Stoke on 3rd April.

Local RMT members were joined by others from Burton RMT branch and union reps from NUT, CWU, NAPO, UNITE at this event jointly organised by North Staffs RMT and Stoke & Newcastle TUSC.

TUSC election candidate for Silverdale & Parksite, Ritchie Steele, along with “No2eu – yes to workers rights” candidate Many Marfleet, both came to show solidarity.

RMT North West Regional organiser John Tilley summed up the tone of the meeting when he explained that Bob Crow would not have wanted workers to mourn his loss but to “Organise, organise and organise again to build a strong trade union movement that could get rid of this government and the anti-trade union laws”.
 
North Staffs RMT president, Tim Breed, explained why RMT members and other working class people thought so much of Bob Crow as a man, a friend and a trade union leader. He also pointed out that the Labour Party no longer fights for working class people.


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Andy Bentley


Andy Bentley TUSC agent and Socialist Party regional organiser thanked,

“Bob Crow and RMT members for being the most militant trade union in Britain and showing others how victories can be won.”

He finished by saying, “If we had Bob Crow at the head of all the key unions we would have had a 24 hour general strike by now, probably got rid of this government and much further down the line of building the new workers party that we so desperately need”.




Student Jamie Chatfield from TUSC said, “I personally see the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition that Bob Crow co-founded as so important. It is the only political organization in the country that offers a real difference to austerity. TUSC is currently only an embryo, but it is a vital embryo in the formation of a New Workers Party and I would encourage anybody and anyone to get involved!”

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


£1.2 billion NHS sell off in Stoke & Staffordshire – Keep private vultures out of the NHS!        
The government has launched its biggest single privatisation of NHS services so far by inviting private companies to bid for £1.2 billion worth of contracts to provide frontline cancer treatment in district hospitals and care for the terminally ill across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Private companies will compete to deliver cancer and end-of-life treatment for children and adults across the area – involving diagnosis and treatment such as radiology, radiotherapy, breast screening, chemotherapy, nursing and surgery for patients in hospitals, hospices and at home.

After the government and media’s relentless four-year barr-age of largely untrue attacks on Stafford District Hospital they think the ground is well prepared to force through its first large scale privatisation of frontline NHS services in Staffordshire.
The government has also rushed through parliament an amendment to the Care Bill known as the ‘Hospital Closure Clause’ (HCC).

This allows unelected Trust Special Administrators who take over any ‘failing’ NHS Trusts in England to speed up closures or privatisation of nearby hospitals even if they are performing well.

So, conjuring up just one ‘failing’ hospital in every region would give the government the pretext to cut, close or privatise whatever they want nationwide.
But rushing the HCC through parliament also shows that the Con-Dems are still afraid of the opposition that these measures will face.

In response, Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow health spokesperson, said: “David Cameron has placed the NHS on a fast track to fragmentation and privatisation. The next election presents the last chance to change course.”

But we cannot afford to wait for a general election hoping that Labour will save the NHS. The last Labour government saddled the NHS with a total of £215 billion of repayments for big business projects worth only £55-65 billion.

Decisive action is needed now to stop the government’s latest privatisation plans

Stafford march

Last year, 50,000 marched through Stafford against the government’s plans to dismantle Stafford District Hospital, followed months later by over 1,500 at the first of six sham public consultation meetings.

This opposition, along with tens of thousands marching in Lewisham and elsewhere, gives a glimpse of the massive anger which exists nationwide against the crusade of closures and privatisation of the NHS, as did last year’s trade union organised demonstration at the Tory conference.

It is now more urgent than ever that a plan of action is drawn up by the health trade unions, other unions, local communities, local campaign groups, etc, against the dismantling and privatisation of the NHS, including strike action and standing ‘no cuts’ candidates in the May elections.

Such a campaign would receive the support of millions across Britain, have the potential to stop the privatisation juggernaut in its tracks and herald the end of this government even before the next general election.

It would also be a warning to any incoming government to keep their hands off the NHS.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Local TUSC supporters from Unite, Unison and CWU visited the Probation Officer's picket line on Festival Park today to pass on our support for their strike action.

2014 NAPO picket

The strike here was solid with only one NAPO member crossing the picket line. Many spoke of the need for a 24 hour general strike against the government's austerity measures. As one fella put it, "It's about time that the TUC got off it's arse and organised a one day strike!"

You can find other reports from around the country here ........................

http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/18377/31-03-2014/napo-strike-pickets-and-rallies