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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Bulletin No.41 Tuesday 1 May 2012

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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Bulletin No.41
Tuesday 1 May  2012
Good Luck to all Trade Unionist and Socialist candidates and election teams in the 3 May elections from TUSC Bulletin – resisting the cuts and building a mass socialist party of the working class -
Standing in the elections? – then tell us your vote as soon as you know it!
It is vital that the details of the actual results are relayed to TUSC nationally as soon as they are known, so that we can produce an accurate overall picture of the TUSC campaign as rapidly as possible. The information we need for each ward where there is a TUSC candidate is:
The ward name in which the TUSC candidate stood;
The votes for every party/candidate (including independents) in the ward;
The total number of votes cast in the ward (if it is possible to provide this as some councils do not publish this information, although the returning officer will have it).
Some wards that TUSC is contesting are in councils with ‘all-seat elections’, where two or three seats are up for election.  If that is the case we still need to know the votes of every candidate in the ward (and which party they represented) to be able to work out the TUSC percentage.  
Many councils are not beginning their counts until Friday, so the first national overview report we will produce is unlikely to be posted on the TUSC website until Saturday.  But it all depends on how soon the information comes in.  Although the campaign to win votes finishes as the polls close at 10pm on Thursday, the campaign to build a vehicle for working class representation continues afterwards, not least in the immediate task of reporting the election results – to my e-mail address below – as soon as possible!      
In solidarity, Clive Heemskerk: cliveheemskerk@socialistparty.org.uk   TUSC National Agent/Nominating Officer  
Campaign News
TUSC breaks through the national media silence on BBC Question Time here http://bit.ly/InKGXA
and in The Guardian here: http://bit.ly/InKRSL and on the BBC here: http://bbc.in/IKndwQ
TUSC challenge is Southampton is covered in the Guardian here: http://bit.ly/IHLMrG 
Support for TUSC from London Turks and Kurds
Nick Wrack spoke on behalf of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) at the 4th GIK-DER Culture and Art Festival in Edmonton on Friday 27 April: http://bit.ly/IjTiJL
Jimmy McGovern endorses Tony Mulhearn for Liverpool mayor
Multi-award winning Liverpool writer Jimmy McGovern has endorsed Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Liverpool mayor candidate Tony Mulhearn: http://bit.ly/IujNhc
Camden TUSC campaigners manned a picket line outside the Royal Free Hospital to protest about privatisation of the NHS, cuts in services and charging for essential healthcare and got in the local press: http://bit.ly/IHQ6tu
Carlisle TUSC election meeting gets good local press even though the attendance was poor as it did clash with the a football game that recently took place in Manchester: http://bit.ly/IpbGDo   
TUSC candidate is quoted in defence migrants: http://bit.ly/Jweyjh
Four-way battle to persuade electorate in estuary ward
TUSC covered in the welsh press here: http://bit.ly/Kt4nJe and here: http://bit.ly/Ihu2Zy
Local Newspaper in Rugby reports that "TUSC would fight all budget cuts"- http://bit.ly/HqaK3E
and Rugby TUSC ups its campaigning in last minute push http://bit.ly/HqaK3E
And TUSC even gets a mentions in Winchester: http://bit.ly/InMhww
Letter of complaint sent today by TUSC to the BBC News producer
Dear Sir/Madam,. I am writing as the national...: www.tusc.org.uk/press260412a.php
Upcoming TUSC Events
If you are holding a TUSC meeting to debate what the election results mean let us know and we will advertise it here in the next bulletin on 10 May the bulletin will also conatin a comprehensive round-up of the election results.
Building a new Left in the UK – public meeting in Milton Keynes
“Building a new Left in the UK” – TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) what it is and how it works. Tuesday 5 June 7pm at Madcap Arts Centre Wolverton: http://bit.ly/IiCyIZ  
Independent Socialist? Want to build a new mass socialist party? Come and discuss how at the TUSC Independent Socialist Network meeting in London on Saturday 19 May starting 12 noon. For more details see here: http://bit.ly/KG5l9z   
From the Unions
Defend public sector pensions  Take Action - 10 May 2012
Defend your pensions - join an action near you
Unite reports that over 94 per cent of the union's NHS members voted for a second time to reject the government's great pensions’ robbery. They will be joined by members from the MoD and government departments sector, along with fellow trade unionists from PCS and UCU, and they all say:  We won’t: Work longer; Pay more; Get less” http://bit.ly/pFrMdp
RMT Royal announces Royal Fleet Auxiliary pensions strike on 10th May. http://bit.ly/IFGwrg
Transport department workers vote to strike over cuts
Civil servants working for the Department for Transport (DfT) have voted for strike action to defend jobs, pay and services. http://bit.ly/Kqddrh
Remploy workers take the fight to Parliament and continue campaign to win http://bit.ly/HXLdfN
600m Gallons Reservoirs Closed
GMB claims that closing reservoirs in the south east while not diverting water from the Severn, as rainfall runs into the sea, is serious mismanagement http://bit.ly/K00MoG
RMT confirms that it is to begin balloting tube cleaners working for ISS and Initial for strike action in disputes over pay, pensions and benefits http://bit.ly/IC2I8t
Argentina - Kirchner nationalises YPF petrol: http://bit.ly/I9pCOR
Tamil Solidarity – Report from last weeks meeting: http://bit.ly/JO5g3E 
Information burst
Legal aid cuts threaten thousands of children  
Campaigners have warned thousands of children could be hit by restrictions on legal aid in housing cases: http://bit.ly/K2mw0n
The greater class divide
Teachers have warned that schools are facing an increase in segregation `along class lines' with the poorest children being the ones to suffer most: http://ind.pn/JLV7Re
Black graduates pay price in jobs crisis as majority fail to find work
Black graduates are 30 per cent less likely to be employed than their white counterparts after leaving university: http://ind.pn/IFnpyr      
After 13 years of New Labour and two years of the Coalition, nearly 4 million children are living in poverty
Guardian reporter Alexandra Topping reports, nearly 4 million children are living in poverty. The article explores what can be done to improve the life chances of young people who are poor: http://bit.ly/HfmLde 
Cardiff            5th May           12.00  Callaghan Square
Coventry         5th May           11am Speakers Corner, Council House
Dundee          5th May           12.00  Hilltown Park
Edinburgh      5th May           11.00  Johnston Terrace
Glasgow         5th May           11.00  George Square
Ipswich           1st May           11.00  Giles Circus
Irvine               5th May           10.30  Woodlands Centre
Redbridge      5thMay            16:00  Rally outside Ilford Town Hall
Manchester    7th May           11.00  Bexley Square, Salford
Newcastle      5th May           11.00  Times Square
Nottingham    5th May           10.00  Forest Recreation Ground
Documentary: August Riots, UK
The August 'Riots' 2011
Seminar and film screening of 'Rebellion in Tottenham 2011'
Speaker Roger Ball (Co-founder of the Bristol Radical History Group)
6:30 pm - 8:30pm  Wednesday 2nd May 2012 126 Mount Pleasant (opposite Catholic Cathedral), Liverpool, UK
North Somerset Unison Save Our NHS May Day Demonstration and Rally 
Saturday 5 May 2012, 11:00am
College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR http://bit.ly/gtSegv
March and rally against pension and public service attacks in London
Thursday, 10 May March: St Thomas’s Hospital, SE1 from 12 noon
Rally: Methodist Central Hall, SW1 from 1pm http://bit.ly/IkE0Wy
Forthcoming Conference: Netpol ‘Total Policing’
Following the success of the Standing Up To Surveillance conference last year, Netpol’s second conference will take place on the 20th May 2012, starting at 10.30am.  This time the focus of the conference is Total Policing – the new London-based policing initiative with an elusive definition. Are we seeing Total Policing? Or a Total Lockdown?: http://bit.ly/IpeAYK
TUSC information
You can find out more about TUSC at: http://www.tusc.org.uk/index.php
To donate to TUSC go here: http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate.php
TUSC aims to bring trade unionists, socialists and anti-cuts campaigners together to stand candidates at elections who are committed to representing working-class interests. Resistance to the cuts is vital, but we also need a political alternative to the policies of cuts and privatisation. TUSC believes that a new working-class party is needed that campaigns for a democratic socialist society run in the interests of the milli

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