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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 March 2013
Building TUSC in the unions
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is hosting a forum of leading trade unionists on 6 April. This initiative has come from the RMT transport workers' union with the aim of broadening trade union support for TUSC.
There will be three sessions at the forum, with an introductory speaker from the RMT executive. These will include a discussion on the struggle for trade union rights and how this can be made a feature of the 2015 general election; standing in local council elections and discussing what support trade unions can give to councillors, particularly those in Labour-run authorities, who are prepared to vote against cuts in the council chamber; and a discussion on the options available to utilise union political funds to stand trade union anti-austerity candidates in elections, recognising the different situations that exist in different unions.
The trade union forum will be a 'working meeting' of trade unionists at an NEC or section, regional or group executive level rather than a larger 'rally'-type event, which will allow questions about TUSC to be properly addressed and a greater cross-flow between participants.
It could be another important step in the growing debate in the labour movement on what needs to be done to build a political alternative to fight back in the age of austerity.
For further information contact RMT executive member Daren Ireland at D.Ireland@rmt.org.uk
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In The Socialist 20 March 2013:
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Stop Mid-Yorks NHS cuts
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Iraq: Ten years after 'shock and awe'
Cypriot workers resist bank-robbing Troika
Alexis Tsipras in London
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Are you sick of your boss? Enough is enough
Fight grows against privatisation at Sussex Uni
TUSC election campaign has an impact in Gospel Oak
Building TUSC in the unions
Socialist Students win debate with Labour
North West TUC fails to debate councillors and cuts
Help build an alternative to the pro-cuts press with a May Day greeting
Socialist Party subs appeal
Socialist Party workplace news
Another victory in the battle against Unison witch-hunt
Blacklisted electrician wins his case
Revenue and Customs wants to end face-to-face contact
Clapham march to save fire station
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reviews
Books that inspired me
Riots Reframed - starting the debate
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