Monthly Archives: March 2014

Come to the election launch meeting on 5 April

Great repsonse in East Ham today when mayoral candidate Lois Austin was among TUSC activists campaigning for rent controls.
Thanks to all the shops and restaurants that agreed to display posters and/or leaflets for next week’s election launch meeting.
Come along!

Newham TUSC election launch meeting
Saturday 5 April, 3pm-5pm
Katherine Road Community Centre
254 Katherine Road, London E7 8PN

Newham TUSC stands for:
– Cap rents not benefits! Build council homes
– Axe the bedroom tax
– Support the Focus E15 mums
– A minimum wage of £10 an hour across the borough
– End zero-hour contracts
– A free education for all. Reintroduce EMA
– No NHS cuts. No privatisation. Defend NHS jobs

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TUSC East London mayoral candidates pay tribute to Bob Crow

Bob Crow speaking at a TUSC 2012 GLA elections meeting
Bob Crow speaking at a TUSC 2012 GLA elections meeting

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition mayoral candidates for Newham and Tower Hamlets today paid tribute to RMT general secretary Bob Crow who died this morning.

Lois Austin, TUSC mayoral candidate for Newham said: “I am shocked by the passing of Bob Crow and it is a big loss to the trade union and anti-cuts movement in London and across Britain.

“Bob stood up for things that most people agree with – such as decent living standards for all and renationalisation of the railways.

“Under his leadership the RMT, like the PCS service union I work for, has fought for it members, refusing to bow down to the Tories or wait in hope for a Labour government.

“The forerunner of the RMT, the Society of Railway Servants, founded the Labour Party. But today Labour is just like the Tories. Today, the RMT is helping to build the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, which was backed by Bob Crow since it was founded in 2010, to get back the political voice for workers.”

Hugo Pierre, TUSC mayoral candidate for Tower Hamlets, said: “Bob Crow stood out because he stood up for working class people – the same reason why the right wing press vilified him.

“The best way to remember Bob Crow is to carry on his work, by being in a trade union, by opposing the austerity agenda, by fighting for working class people to have a decent standard of living.

“He embodied the best fighting spirits of people in this borough. There’s enormous inequality in Tower Hamlets, with Canary Wharf looking over people living in overcrowded and impoverished conditions. We’d do well to follow in Bob’s footsteps by continuing the battle against such inequality.”

TUSC causes stir at Labour rules change conference

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(photo Paul Mattsson)

Members of the Newham Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) organised a successful protest outside the Labour Party special conference on Saturday 1st March in opposition to the Collins Review proposals being voted on inside the Excel centre in east London.

Protesters had their mouths gagged and held placards saying, “Don’t let Labour silence trade unions”. A picture of Ed Miliband walking past one of these placards was featured on the BBC website.

The conference was held in Newham, the borough where trade unionist Keir Hardie was originally elected as a West Ham South MP in 1892 before he went on to become the first Labour Party leader.

Former Labour MP and TUSC national chair Dave Nellist sent a message of support to the Newham TUSC group, saying “Labour’s real regard for the unions is shown by them devoting a mere two hours of conference to overturn 113 years of shared history”.

TUSC supporters approach Miliband before Labour Party special conference, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)

One of the speakers at the protest was TUSC’s prospective mayoral candidate for Newham, Lois Austin: “Keir Hardie would be turning in his grave if he saw this conference.

“I joined the Labour Party when I was 15 as I wanted to be in an organisation that fought for working class people. I was also the national chair of the Labour Party’s youth wing, the Labour Party Young Socialists, in the late 1980s.

“But socialists like me were forced out or silenced by people like Tony Blair who were backed by big business to rid the party of socialists. The Collins Review is the last nail in the coffin of trade union representation within Labour”.

Another Newham TUSC council candidate, Bob Severn, said: “If you shop at Sainsbury’s, you don’t get to ‘opt in’ whether your purchases will end up funding the Tory party. These rule changes are about ending the remaining influence of organised working class people in Labour, to secure it as a pro-austerity, pro-big business party”.

But TUSC welcomes trade unionists as Labour closes the door.

Press coverage of TUSC protest can be seen at the following websites:

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26381922

Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ed-miliband-labour-party-reforms-will-bring-people-back-into-politics-9162294.html and picture at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ed-miliband-gains-backing-from-lord-owen-as-labour-approves-reforms-9162835.html

Newham Recorder: http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/trade_unionist_campaigners_protest_outside_labour_s_excel_centre_conference_1_3373968

Barking and Dagenham Post: http://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/politics/trade_unionist_campaigners_protest_outside_labour_s_excel_centre_conference_1_3373968