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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 September 2013

Bristol TUSC - we're fighting the cuts

Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC) aims to stand anti-cuts campaigners in every ward in Bristol to give a voice to ordinary people. We recently announced our first prospective candidates for next year's council elections - they will oppose the government's austerity plans and public service cuts imposed by the council.

Bristol has made 90 million of cuts in the last three years with a further 80 million planned. More jobs and services face being cut. Whole service areas could be lost or handed over to private companies. These cuts are being willingly imposed by Bristol's mayor, with all council parties supporting him. None of these parties stand up for ordinary people.

Previous TUSC mayoral candidate Tom Baldwin says: "TUSC might not have the profile of the main parties but we do have something unique - a programme of resisting austerity. Our members don't just pop up days before an election, we're out campaigning in this city all year round.

"We will stand up for ordinary people, oppose the plunder of our resources to fund tax cuts for the rich and the sell-off of our services to profit-making private companies. People should join our campaign and stand for council themselves. Don't just get angry, fight back."

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition brings together trade union leaders and activists and members of political groups including the Socialist Party. It often stands in elections as Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 4 September 2013:


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International socialist news and analysis

When the world economic crisis makes landfall in S Asia


Socialist history

1993: BNP racists forced off Brick Lane


Socialist Party reviews

Police spies and the workers' movement

TV review - MLK: The Assassination Tapes


Socialist Party workplace news

Blacklist defeat - Frank Morris reinstated on Crossrail

Hovis bakers on 7-day strike against massive pay cuts and casualisation

Carers at Future Directions continue their fight

Coventry Unison protest

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Council leader announces 'no bedroom tax evictions this year'

Build partnership in action against austerity

Miliband expected to promise repeal of bedroom tax

NHS: action to improve care

Lift the ban on campaign stalls in Newham, east London

Burston strike school celebrated

London protest against attack on Syria

Bristol TUSC - we're fighting the cuts

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