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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 January 2022

Want to fight austerity?

Come to the Trade Unionist and Socialist conference

TUSC campaigning in Enfield, North London

TUSC campaigning in Enfield, North London

Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party regional secretary

The local newspaper in the London Borough of Camden has articles almost every week reporting on the manoeuvring inside the Labour Party. The right-wing has been busy for months, making sure that none of the Labour candidates for the May local elections are anti-austerity.

It's not only in Camden that the Labour Party under Keir Starmer has been preparing for the council elections; a similar process has happened up and down the country.

Jeremy Corbyn is still suspended. There are rumours that he is thinking of launching a political party for the general election. But workers can't wait that long.

Growing numbers of people are being hit by Covid austerity, rising gas prices, and attacks on local services. More than ever, people need an anti-austerity voice in the elections.

A ballot paper with a blue Tory and a red Tory on 5 May isn't really a choice. But a ballot offering a bold anti-austerity voice can ignite local struggle against cuts to services. That's what we'll be discussing at the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) online conference on 6 February.

TUSC Local elections conference

11am Sunday 6 February on Zoom

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 19 January 2022:


What we think

Tories on the ropes


News

Want to fight austerity?

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

News in brief


International news

Murder of Ashling Murphy sends shocks waves across Ireland and beyond

Northern Ireland: Workers fight threatened closure of women's hostel

US: Independent Socialist Group launches new paper

Eyewitness account of workers' uprising in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Public services

Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party


Marxist classics

Why are things the way they are?


Rob Windsor

Rob Windsor - remembering a tireless fighter for socialism


Theatre

Theatre: Yes Yes UCS


Workplace news

Sheffield Just Eat couriers speak about strike

S Yorks Stagecoach strike results in "huge pay win"

Scunthorpe scaffs resume indefinite strike action

Coventry bin strike continues

Bus driver Tracey Scholes reinstated at Go North West

Royal Mail: Unofficial walkouts precede bigger battle to come on pay and workload

Newham college strike solid against bully privatisers

Somers Forge workers continue pay strike

Workplace news in brief


Campaigns

NUS walkout: Organise to fight for free education on 2 March

Demonstrating against the Tory anti-protest bill

Waltham Forest: Campaign unites families facing eviction

Newham council rejects using 0.03% of reserves to fund arts

Birmingham: Cuts consultations replaced by computer game

Southampton uni ignores staff and students in exam farce

Oliver Campbell - 31 years fighting for justice

Bournemouth - angry people not represented by capitalist parties

Pauline Wall memorial meeting


 

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