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17 November 2021

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An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

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Working-class people need our own political voice, as part of our toolbox to help us stand up to attacks from the Tories and bosses. That includes in local councils. In May over 6,500 councillors are up for election round the country. Whether your union is affiliated to the Labour Party or not, you can stand as a candidate.

The Socialist Party is part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), an anti-cuts electoral alliance including the RMT transport union, executive members of other unions, former Labour MPs and many individual socialists. TUSC is organising meetings to campaign for councils to set budgets to meet the needs of working-class people, not do the bidding of the Tories. These meetings will start to gather together socialists, trade unionists, community campaigners, working class and young people, who are prepared to stand in the elections.

Please consider moving this model resolution in your union branch:

1. This [union branch] believes that despite talk of "levelling up", it is clear that the Tory government and bosses intend to continue to make working class people pay for their crises. This includes attacks on jobs, pay, conditions and services, alongside tax hikes and price rises. As part of this, we anticipate further austerity being inflicted in local government, which is responsible for over one fifth of all public expenditure.

2. We agree that we oppose Labour councils continuing to carry out Tory cuts.

3. [We acknowledge that our union is affiliated to the Labour Party/does not currently have any political affiliation]

4. Nonetheless, this [branch] resolves to encourage our members to consider standing as anti-cuts candidates in the council elections scheduled for May 2022, noting that there is nothing that prevents them standing as candidates, in a personal capacity, for any party which truly supports trade unionist and socialist principles.

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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:


NHS

Cuts drag NHS to brink

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

Fund the fight for socialism


News

London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike


COP26

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure


China

China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises


International

Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?

Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place


Workplace news

S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win 10.50 an hour

DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold

Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante

Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move

Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway

An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut

London couriers take action

St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers


Campaigns

Resisting evictions in east London

Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Why am I coming to Socialism 2021?

Birmingham People's Budget


Readers' opinion

Readers' opinion


 

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Related links:

Anti-cuts:

triangleBuilding a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

triangleLondon - We need socialists into City Hall

triangleDoing all we can to fund the anti-cuts stand at the ballot box

triangleNorth London TUSC: Planning for the May 2021 elections

triangleSouth Devon Socialist Party: End of the Corbyn era - What next for socialism?

Trade union:

triangleWorkers need a pay rise

triangleNSSN COP26 online workers' forum: Climate change - for a workers' transition

triangleNSSN trade union rally reflects working-class anger to fight back

triangleA pivotal moment for the trade union movement

Union:

triangleInvergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins

triangleJobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

triangleScunny scaffs enter twelfth week of strike action

Cuts:

trianglePeople's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

triangle10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

Candidates:

triangleFree prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

Appeal:

triangleAssange faces extradition

Labour:

triangleObituary - Pauline Wall

TUSC:

triangleWakefield TUSC public meeting: The crisis of working-class political representation

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