Don’t waste the opportunity to send a clear ‘no more cuts’ message by voting for Ronnie Job, TUSC: the only no-cuts, socialist candidate in Swansea West in the 2015 General Election!
Monday, 30 April 2012
Meanwhile as yesterday's rich list was released, it provided further evidence of how the very richest in society have seen their wealth grow. They are doing very well out of the recession in which we are supposed to "all in it together". So while disabled people suffer sleepless nights worrying how they will survive without the benefits the Tories have stolen, the rich are laughing all the way to the bank (bailed out at our expense) to deposit their unpaid taxes.
Stop all benefit cuts and restore those already made!
Defend the welfare state!
Vote TUSC on Thursday for candidates that fight for the millions and not the millionaires.
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Sunday, 29 April 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
To have a genuinely 'free press' it is necessary to take the means of production of the media out of the hands of the few rich media moghuls and put them under workers' control. In the meantime, vote TUSC on May 3 and read the 'Socialist' - a paper with no rich backers to shape its editorial line and that reflects only the interests of the working class.
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012
The Government of Wales have dusted off their "cuts are too fast, too deep" routine, with Labour First Minister, Carwyn Jones proclaiming this mantra at every available opportunity. But he has no real alternative to offer - a precipitous collapse back into recession under the Tories or a prolonged slide into stagnation under Labour. Either way promises a grim future for working class communities in Wales. Cuts equal misery and further economic problems - end of!
For a genuine alternative to the double-headed support of Tories and Labour for the failing market and cuts, vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition on May 3 and come along to one of our public meetings this week.
Thursday: 7.30pm @ Dyfatty Community Centre
Friday: 7.30 @ United Reform Church, Sterry Road, Gowerton
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012
NHS users in Wales are grateful that we are shielded (for now) from some of the worst effects of the privatisation of huge swathes of the NHS in England, through the mis-named NHS Reform Bill that has just passed. But that doesn't mean that the increasing commercialisation of health care services won't affect NHS users in Wales. Labour in Wales says that there is no privatisation of health care in Wales - in so doing, they ignore the inconvenient fact of the PFI hospital at Baglan Moors.
There are huge profits to be made for private firms in selling medicines, other supplies and services to the NHS. The same big multinational pharmaceutical companies leech of the NHS in Wales as in England, able to charge what they like for drugs that are desperately needed.
With the NHS in Wales facing even bigger proportionate falls in funding than in England, Welsh hospitals are making cuts to beds and services. HTV reported this week that operations are being cancelled due to a shortage of beds. According to the report, nearly 3,000 procedures were cancelled between 2010 and 2011. In these circumstances will Welsh local health boards be tempted to prescribe cheaper, less regulated drugs or will they simply not be able to offer treatments because of price?
A campaign to stop cuts in the NHS that fails to call for the nationalisation of the big pharmaceutical companies that bleed the NHS dry, only addresses a part of the issue. Labour won't make such a call. Cherie Blair by the way has just taken up a lucrative post with a private healthcare provider!
End and reverse all privatisation in healthcare!
Nationalise the giant pharmaceutical firms!
Free healthcare for the millions not private profits for the millionaires!
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Monday, 23 April 2012
May Day March & Rally
This Saturday, April 28th
Assemble at Guildhall at 12:00
March to Castle Square for Rally
Defend Pensions! Support those unions taking strike action on May 10th!
Fight the cuts!
Firstly, disabled people have no trust in the government's capacity to work tests - I saw a picture of a disabled person on a protest last week, carrying a placard which read "What does ATOS call someone having a seizure? Fit to work!"
Then, where are all these jobs that people who have suddenly been declared fit to work are going to go to? Con-Dem cuts have savaged the public sector and in the process decimated retail and manufacturing. There are no jobs and for the minority of firms looking to take on new workers the government has obligingly provided free slave labour in the form of their Workfare scheme - why pay somebody and train them when you can have as many free workers from the army of a million unemployed youth as you like?
What these figures really mean is that thousands of disabled people now face a cut in income and being harassed to take unsuitable jobs. As the Con-Dems are busy privatising benefit advice, in many cases this will be by a dodgy private firm, of the likes of A4e, paid by results, whose only concern is to get people placed as soon as possible and claim their bonuses.
This isn't enough for the Con-Dems though; they've declared outright war on disabled people on all fronts - adding to their crimes, plans to close 7 of 9 Remploy factories in Wales this summer.
End the harassment of disabled people!
Invest in public services!
No to workfare. For real jobs, with trade union rates of pay!
George Osbourne has announced that 30% of the proposed cuts agenda has been carried out over the past 2 years.
Even the numerically weak amongst us can work out that this means we have 70% more cuts to come over the next 3 years!
These cuts will devastate public sector jobs and services but no other political party other than TUSC are prepared to stand up and oppose these cuts.
The election postcard that TUSC has produced really does sum up the position of the main parties:
TORIES = VICIOUS CUTS
LIB DEMS = PROGRESSIVE CUTS
LABOUR = BETTER OUR CUTS THAN THEIR CUTS
PLAID = WELSH CUTS ARE BETTER THAN ENGLISH CUTS
TUSC = NO CUTS!
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Les Woodward, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Gowerton ward will address a public meeting this Friday evening. Mr Woodward is the national trade union convenor for the Remploy factories and is currently fighting to prevent their closure. TUSC has never stood in Gowerton before, but Les Woodward is a strong local candidate who is pledged to fight for the people of Gowerton with the same dedication and passion as he has done for Remploy workers over the years.
Mr Woodward said "If elected, I will pledge my heart and soul to fight against all cuts in public spending in Swansea. The good people of Gowerton and Swansea must not be penalised with loss of jobs and services in order to pay for the mismanagement of the financial institutions and the greed of the bankers".
The meeting will be at 7.30 on Friday 27th April at the United Reformed Church, Sterry Road, Gowerton. All are welcome.
See also the Swansea TUSC election rally on Thursday.
I have always lived in Gowerton and over the 58 years of my life I have seen many changes in the village, some for the better, some for the worse. But the people of Gowerton are set just like the rest of the population of the UK to face the most vindictive attack on their livelihoods, their services, and their community, for generations, arguably since the start of the industrial revolution.
As the Government made up of millionaires and bankers friends bail out their comrades in the European Central Bank through the IMF by lending Billions of pounds, the austerity measures imposed on the working class who make up 99% of the population will be made to pay and pay dearly, for the greed of the bankers who caused the crisis in the beginning.
I believe that this is wrong! What I also believe is totally wrong, is the fact that the 1% of the population who are made up of some of the richest people on the planet are getting richer by the day because of this crisis and the way Osborne and his Eton toff pals are running the country.
There is an alternative to the cuts agenda and the austerity programme that is in place and it is quite simple, close every loophole for individuals to avoid paying tax, vigorously chase down anyone who evades paying tax, change the laws so that Companies such as Amazon pay they correct amount of tax in the UK which they avoid at the moment by being registered in Switzerland and tax the rich who can afford it, at a more realistic level.
If elected I will pledge my heart and soul to fight against all cuts in public spending in Swansea. I will argue for the Council to set a needs budget on behalf of the people of Swansea and argue that any shortfall must be paid for through the coffers of Central Government. The good people of Gowerton and Swansea must not be penalised with loss of jobs and services in order to pay for the miss management of the financial institutes and the greed of the bankers.
NO TO CUTS, NO TO PRIVATISATION, NO TO THE CLOSURE OF REMPLOY!
VOTE TUSC ON MAY 3RD.
Follow Les on twitter: @leswoodward
Saturday, 21 April 2012
In Spring 2010, NUS Wales, representing all university and college students in Wales, launched a campaign called "Access All Areas" in the run-up to the Welsh Assembly elections. As part of Access All Areas, candidates for the Assembly, including every single Labour candidate, specifically pledged they would not cut the Assembly Learning Grant (ALG) from its then-current level of £5000 per year.
Now, the Assembly has cut the ALG by 6% in real terms from its 2010 level, and by 15% in real terms from its 2011 level. This cut, alongside similar cuts in the Special Support Grant, mean mature students, single parents, disabled students, and students on lower incomes will find it much harder to afford college and university education in Wales.
When the Liberal Democrats broke their 2009 pledge not to raise tuition fees, NUS rallied 52,000 students to a mass march outside Parliament and supported a season of lobbying and demonstrations. With Labour breaking its election promise in Wales, NUS Wales, itself now controlled by the Labour Party, is silent.
Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition candidates, who all signed the Access All Areas pledge within a day of its launch, have also promised not to pass on any of the Coalition or Assembly cuts to ordinary working people. Labour's craven abandonment of its principles and promises shows how, both in NUS and in local government, a fighting alternative is urgently needed.
Regardless of which party wins in councils across Wales on May 3 they will be faced with the choice of whether to pass on Tory cuts. UNISON members will bear the brunt of any cuts implemented. TUSC candidates are the only ones that are committed to opposing all cuts. Vote TUSC May 3!
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Friday, 20 April 2012
Les Woodward, our TUSC candidate for Gowerton ward is attending the protest and echoed the sentiments of the Remploy worker from Oldham on BBC breakfast this morning who said there was little chance of him getting work in 'mainstream employment' under present economic conditions.
Les has pointed out many times that when over 1 million young people can't get work what chance have disabled people got? Exactly!
Remember it was the last Labour government that started closing down Remploy factories and now the ConDems want to finish them off. Not without a fight and TUSC will be fully backing them.
Swansea Remploy workers will be heading the Swansea Trades Council May Day march next Saturday, April 28th, assemble 12.00 at the Guildhall. Come along and show your support!
Why have I become a TUSC candidate?
I was born in Swansea back in 1971 and have lived here all my life. There was a time when, like many working class people, I voted for the Labour Party. However over the thirteen years of the last Labour government it has dawned on many ordinary people that our support for Labour was a wasted vote.
When Thatcher was asked what her greatest achievement was she said, "New Labour", and she was right. The whole character of the Labour Party has shifted until there is barely a shade of difference between them and the Tories. As well as that, the democratic structures of the party has been broken to the point that there is little chance of it ever going back.
Where does that leave the ordinary working class person?
We have nobody to represent us. The main parties claim to represent us but they don't. They all would rather bend over backwards to the demands of the richest in society, to the bankers speculators and bondholders. We are constantly told that there is no alternative to the cuts and that there is no money left.
Well, this is what the rich and their lackeys in parliament want us to believe, but it is not true. There is over £750 billion in the corporate reserves of the biggest companies: they are swimming in money but refuse to invest because they don't expect enough of a return. According to the tax inspectors union PCS, there is over £123 billion in uncollected, avoided and evaded tax. What about the billions spent on futile wars and perhaps over £100 billion to be spent on nuclear weapons... I haven't even started on the bank bonuses yet!
All that wealth is there, but not one of the main parties (Con/Lib/Lab/Plaid) oppose the bankers solution of making the working class pay for the mess that they created. Why should we pay? They gambled and speculated away vast amounts of money in private deals for their own private profits, but they expect us to pick up their losses. At the same time the super-rich are wealthier than ever. This is nothing short of a scandal.
Schools closing, hospitals closing, old peoples homes closed, benefits cut, black and asian people scapegoated, public sector workers sacked, Remploy workers sacked... the list goes on and will continue to go on. The IFS say that 88% of the cuts are yet to be carried out!
You can guarantee, any of the main parties that end up leading Swansea council will put forward a budget of massive cuts; their councillors will dutifully march into the chamber and vote that budget of cuts through. It won't make a blind bit of difference to the people of Swansea whether they do it with a grin on their faces or a tear in their eye. The result will be the same.
The Labour party has no right whatsoever to expect the vote of working class people anymore. A vote for any of the main parties is a wasted vote as they will all do the same damage.
I am standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist coalition (TUSC) to give the people of Swansea a chance to start building an alternative to cuts and to the broken capitalist system.
Vote TUSC. Fight ALL the cuts.
There is only one set of candidates standing in the council elections on May 3 committed to fighting all cuts…
…Swansea Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition invites you to join with us to discuss and build a fighting alternative at this election and beyond:
Fight the Cuts at the Ballot BoxSwansea Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Thursday 26 April, 7:30pm
Dyfatty Community Centre (SA1 1NB)
Who should vote for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on May 3?
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition cares about public services and we guarantee that whatever our results on May 3 we will continue to build in our unions, workplaces, colleges and communities a campaign to defend all our cherished public services.
But then you wouldn't expect a Labour Home Secretary to threaten union leaders with imprisonment for fighting on behalf of their members, as Straw did to John Hancock, then General Secretary of the union for prison officers, the POA, either. Straw later went on to ban the POA from taking strike action. It's not surprising then that the current POA General Secretary has become the third union general secretary to personally back the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the elections on May 3.
A party's ethics and outlook will be reflected in its approach at home and abroad. The trade union movement has to defend its gains, including the right of all trade unionists to take strike action but it also fights for our brothers and sisters abroad to enjoy the same rights. Labour has betrayed its founders on both counts; TUSC is true to trade union principles. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaigns against injustice and oppression wherever it takes place in the world.
Vote TUSC on May 3.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
In parts of the world where fracking has been practised on a large scale it has been blamed for issues like flames coming out of domestic taps as gas has entered the water supply. The approval for fracking was probably never in doubt - under capitalism, safety concerns are seldom, if ever, allowed to interfere with the drive for profit for long.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition thinks that public utilities, like energy, should be taken out of private hands and controlled by trade unionists in the industry and by the local community so that the supply of energy can be planned with the environment and safety of our communities as the top priority.
Since the Coalition Government was formed, the Labour Party under the leadership of Ed Miliband has attacked proposed or actual strike action involving members of:
Aspect, Association of Educational Psychologists, Association of Headteachers and Deputies in Scotland, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Educational Institute of Scotland, Fire Brigades Union, FDA, GMB, Irish National Teachers Organisation, NAPO, NASUWT, National Association of Head Teachers, Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance, NUT, POA, Prospect, Public and Commercial Services union, Rail, Maritime and Transport union, Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Society of Radiographers, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, Ulster Teachers' Union, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru, Union of Construction, Allied Trades, and Technicians, UNISON, UNITE and University and College Union.
Just in case you were wondering why Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates were standing against Labour candidates in local elections on Thursday 3rd May.
Monday, 16 April 2012
All our pain is supposed to be justified on the grounds of incentivising (they destroy language with the same abandon they destroy working class communities) entrepreneurship and investment but it's not working!
Much of the media tries to draw positive messages from a report from financial advisors, the 'Earnest & Young Item Club', which suggests that Britain has avoided a double dip recession. But the interesting part of the report is the section that suggests that despite all the government's efforts to pump cash into the economy, growth has stalled because companies have "stashed the cash". Big private, corporations are sitting on £billions and paying out to shareholders while our public services are being slashed to the bone.
Once again this is confirmation of what the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates are saying - cuts are unnecessary and don't work.
For further examples of how working class people are being ripped off to protect the profits of big business, and for an alternative, read TUSC councillor, Dave Nellist's article in this week's Socialist. http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/14307/11-04-2012/on-3-may-use-your-vote-to-rage-against-austerity
Saturday, 14 April 2012
"Just talking to one of my neighbours, who has lost a lot of her income as a result of tax credit changes. She works as a school 'dinner lady' and kitchen assistant, term-time only (Unison member). In a small village, very limited public transport and no car, how's she supposed to find those extra hours? If she could have found more paid work she'd have done so before!"This is the reality for millions of workers who have now been disenfranchised from tax credits. And with over 2 and a half million people officially jobless and firms being offered all the unpaid slave labour they want through workfare, where are part time workers supposed to get he extra hours from? The Mirror reported this week that:
"...just 52% of 112,000 vacancies advertised in JobCentres guarantee enough hours to meet the new limit." full article: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/only-half-of-available-jobs-offer-785573This is the reality of austerity Britain. If you want real change vote vote, campaign for and join with Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in Wales would like to collect similar stories of how the cuts are affecting you: workers, youth, disabled people, the unemployed, and what you want your politicians to do about it. E-mail stories to Swansea TUSC.
See article: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/AMs-net-pound-840-000-payout/story-15812579-detail/story.html
TUSC condemns politicians standing down or failing to be re-elected, picking up payments ranging between £27,000 and £51,000. Public sector workers made redundant in some cases by cuts passed on by these politicians won''t be getting payments of anything like this level and if we walk away from jobs to take up other posts (assuming we can get them) we don't receive any payments. Here is the take of TUSC in Wales on this issue form the TUSC Wales Blog site: http://tuscwales.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/failed-politicians-dip-one-last-time.html
Further posts in this blog related to politicians expenses include:
- A story about MPs' expenses: http://tuscswansea.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/mps-perks-it-doesnt-have-to-be-this-way.html
- Comment on the Labour councillor in Wales paid more than £100,000 from 4 public jobs: http://tuscswansea.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/tusc-no-cuts-to-services-or-council.html
Read further details yourself: http://union-news.co.uk/2012/03/women-make-up-75-of-council-job-losses-gmb/
Friday, 13 April 2012
Plaid Cymru supports proposals to use the scarcity of fresh water in parts of England and its relative abundance in Wales to increase charges to English customers. They say this is to create wealth for the people of Wales. What they fail to explain is how it can benefit ordinary people in Wales to increase charges for 'Welsh' water when water, like all other utilities is in private hands. The only people that would profit would be the share holders of the likes of Welsh Water and, as the other water companies would inevitably pass on any increased costs in higher charges, the people that would suffer would be working class customers in drier parts of the UK.
TUSC is not in favour of boosting the profits of one set of shareholders at the expense of working class customers. We say that water is too precious to be left in private hands. Nationalise water and all other utilities so that our natural resources can be controlled and protected by, and used for, the millions not rich shareholders.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
There have been revelations in the Guardian today that doctors working for Atos, a French, private sector firm, are required to sign the UK Official Secrets Act. The article raises concerns that this may be a measure aimed at preventing future whistleblowers exposing concerns with the administration of the tests.
There is a further irony, the IT wing of ATOS is a partner of this year's Paralympics. For many disabled activists this is an insult as Atos is seen as the government's axe to cut beenfits for disabled people. Some, such as John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, have called for a boycott of the Paralympics unless Atos withdraw from their £100 million contract to administer the work capability assessments. John McArdle is a Scottish Anti-Cuts Coalition (Scottish socialist and anti-cuts candidates, aligned with TUSC), local council candidate in Edingburgh."Atos Healthcare defends blanket security policy for government work amid concerns that whistleblowers may be silenced" Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/12/atos-doctors-sign-official-secrets-act
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates say:
- No cuts in benefits, jobs and public services.
- Sack Atos and scrap the Work Capability Assessment.
- A living wage and provision of respite services for all family carers.
- Provide free health and social care services to all who need them.
- Central government and councils to stop using children and family members as a substitute for professional social services.
- Oppose the closure of the Remploy factories - expand them to create employment.