Monday, 29 December 2014

TUSC leader calls for City Link nationalisation

The leader of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), former Coventry MP Dave Nellist, has today called for government intervention to save City Link jobs, saying the company should be nationalised.

The courier firm, City Link, whose headquarters are in Coventry, went into administration on Christmas Day putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Mr Nellist said today:

"The callous announcement of these job cuts, after staff had worked flat out in the days up to Christmas to make deliveries, is a disgrace.

Postal and delivery services are becoming more fragmented and insanely competitive - with bosses seeking profit not from better service, but from trying to push down workers' wages and terms and conditions, increase zero hour contracts and promote widespread subcontracting and self-employment.

15 months ago I joined City Link workers who were protesting in Coventry precinct against pay cuts of up to £4000, enforced overtime, axing of a bonus scheme and changes in travel arrangements. Since then many City Link workers have been forced to work as self-employed contractors and, following the Christmas announcement, will get no redundancy pay at all and become 'unsecured creditors', last on the list.

Bosses, however, seem to have planned for this for weeks before telling workers. The company appears to have been meeting with insolvency advisors since November, and on December 9th three current City Link directors established a new firm - City Link B2b - also based in Coventry. This has led the transport union, RMT, to claim these directors could be preparing to buy back assets from administrators "at a knockdown price".

I support the call by RMT general secretary Mick Cash for government intervention to save City Link jobs. The firm should be taken into public ownership and a plan for a nationalised distribution service, including a publicly owned Royal Mail, should be urgently developed.

The government could move in days, if not hours, to nationalise the debts of the bankers. In my view it is clearly in the public interest that City Link jobs, and the families who rely on them, should be saved."

Wednesday, 24 December 2014


TUSC conference on January 24th: Help us build an election alternative to austerity

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is holding a one-day conference on Saturday January 24th to prepare for our biggest ever election challenge.

The TUSC national steering committee has set an ambitious target for next year's elections - to have a TUSC candidate in one thousand local council wards and one hundred parliamentary constituencies on May 7th 2015 (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/17032/06-10-2014/tusc-sets-target-of-100-parliamentary-and-1000-council-candidates-in-may-2015 ). With these numbers TUSC will qualify for what the BBC calls 'balanced media coverage' in the election period. Could you be one of those candidates?

Come along to the conference and meet other prospective candidates and TUSC supporters who are building an alternative to the austerity parties in their areas.

TUSC 2015 Elections conference at Student Central (formerly ULU), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY.


Saturday 24th January, 11am to 4-30pm.

Conference registration fee: £10 waged and £2 unwaged/low-waged

For a conference registration form go to http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/318.doc

There will be capped pooled fare of £10 in operation for the conference to not discourage attendance from outside London. This means that if your transport costs are more than £10 you can get the difference back (although please try and get the cheapest tickets possible). But a capped pooled fare does mean that if your travel costs are less than £10 you will have to pay in the difference to the pooled fare.
Debating TUSC's election platforms:
The TUSC conference will have two main sessions discussing TUSC's election platforms, the core policies - for both the general election and the local elections - which prospective candidates must endorse if they wish to stand under the TUSC name next May. The draft policy platforms for 2015 can be found on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php

These core policy platforms have been agreed by the TUSC national steering committee, which is composed of representatives of the different organisations and leading trade unionists who make up the TUSC coalition. But there will be an opportunity at the conference for local TUSC groups, potential TUSC candidates or supportive organisations to suggest amendments to them. These should be submitted to the TUSC National Election Agent, Clive Heemskerk, (at cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk) - stating which of the local election or general election platforms the amendments apply to - by no later than Friday 16th January.


Monday, 8 December 2014

AS STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCE ANOTHER £31 MILLION CUTS - THREE MORE WORKERS STEP FORWARD TO STAND AS TUSC ANTI-CUTS CANDIDATES!

Angry at this latest round of cuts, a car plant worker, office worker and another NHS worker have responded by agreeing to join TUSC's growing team of candidates lining up to fight against these endless cuts at the ballot box next May.

As a result of these new volunteers, TUSC now has enough candidates to stand in one third of the seats that will be contested across Stoke-on-Trent in 2015.

BUT THIS IS NOT ENOUGH!

WE NEED OTHERS TO RISE UP AND MAKE A STAND!

TO SAVE OUR LOCAL JOBS AND SERVICES!

TO FIGHT FOR A FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS!
WHY DON'T YOU STAND AS A TUSC CANDIDATE?
 
 
GIVE US A CALL OR SEND A TEXT TO FIND OUT MORE - 07845893607
 
YOU CAN CHECK OUT TUSC POLICIES at www.tusc.org.uk

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Seventeen local TUSC council candidates enthusiastically approved!

Local Socialist Party members and Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters are determined to give the widest possible opportunity in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle and across Staffordshire for people to vote next May for a serious alternative to the endless cuts and austerity of the establishment parties of Tories, Lib-Dems, Labour and UKIP.
 

That's why the first batch of seventeen TUSC council candidates were enthusiastically approved at last night's local monthly meeting of TUSC that took place in Stoke.

Why should we have to pay for a crisis created by top bankers, big business people and Westminster politicians with attacks on our pay and conditions at work, serious cuts in our benefits when we need them, privatisation of our NHS and savage cuts to our much needed local services.

Unlike the establishment parties all our candidates are ordinary working class people who are sick and tired of the Westminster politicians trying to force us to pay for an economic crisis that we have not created.

Our local candidates are not career politicians, they work in the NHS, the construction industry, retail industry and on the railways. They are teachers, postal workers, carers and community activists.

We say …......
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
IT'S TIME TO STAND UP AGAINST THIS ONSLAUGHT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
BUT WE CAN'T DO IT ON OUR OWN – WE NEED OTHERS TO RISE UP AND MAKE A STAND!
WE NEED OTHERS TO FIGHT FOR A FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS!
WHY DON'T YOU STAND AS A TUSC CANDIDATE?
GIVE US A CALL OR SEND A TEXT TO 07845893607
YOU CAN CHECK OUT TUSC POLICIES at www.tusc.org.uk