Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | February 19, 2012

Anti-Cuts Activists Present Alternative Budget to Portsmouth Council

Austerity is not working! That was the message delivered to Portsmouth city council on Tuesday when 100 anti-cuts activists lobbied the annual budget setting meeting, before presenting a Needs Budget as an alternative to a second wave of cuts.

The lobby was organised by Portsmouth Against Cuts Together (PACT), a community group supported by the city’s trades council. PACT brings socialists, trade unionists and community campaigners together to oppose all cuts to jobs and public services.

PACT first presented a Needs Budget in 2011 when the council voted for the first wave of cuts. This year the Lb Dem run council proposed a further £20 million worth of austerity with an intention to cut up to £45 million over three years.

Speaking at the deputation on behalf of PACT, Socialist Party member Ben Norman said: “It is clear austerity is not working. It is a failed strategy, born of a failed ideology and by continuing with it you are failing your communities.”

Deputations were also made by UNISON, to oppose the planned 250 redundancies to local council workers and by the Portsmouth Pensioner’s Association who argued that the cuts are having a disproportionate impact on those who most need support.

PACT called on the council to oppose all cuts, to reverse decades of privatisation and to reject the council tax grant from central government which will result in even more cuts in 2013.

As an alternative to austerity PACT called for a budget to meet the needs of the city, not the ideology of central government. This included investment in homes, creating climate jobs and reinstating the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Through its ownership of a commercial port the council is asset rich and has one of the largest reserve funds in the country. PACT called for these funds to be used to delay cuts while the council worked with unions, community groups and neighbouring councils to campaign for funding from central government.

As neither Labour nor the Tories, considered the official opposition, proposed an alternative budget it is clear that the unions and community groups are now the real opposition to austerity.

To continue to build this opposition PACT will be hosting it’s AGM on March 5th, 7.30pm and Southsea Community Centre.

<span style=”font-size:small;”><a href=”http://www.socialistportsmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/untitled.jpg”><img title=”untitled” src=”http://www.socialistportsmouth.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/untitled-300×156.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”300″ height=”156″ /></a>Anti-cuts campaigners in Portsmouth and Southampton will present alternative ‘needs budgets’ to their respective city councils on Tuesday as councillors vote on the latest wave of cuts to public services.</span><span style=”font-size:small;”> </span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”>The campaign groups, Portsmouth Against Cuts Together (PACT) and the Southampton Anti-Cuts Union, present an alternative to austerity, allowing councils to refuse to pass down cuts to the community. The budgets also present a strategy of economic recovery including the reinstatement of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and sustainable job creation projects.</span><span style=”font-size:small;”> </span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”>In Portsmouth public sector workers, unions and anti-cuts campaigners will lobby the council at 1:00pm on February 14<sup>th</sup> 2012, before making a deputation to the council meeting to present their budget. In Southampton campaigners will lobby the city <span style=”color:#000000;”>council at</span><span style=”color:#000000;”> 1pm</span> on the 15<sup>th</sup> February.</span><span style=”font-size:small;”> </span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”>Titled <em>Austerity Is Not Working</em> the alternative strategy follows on from the budget presented by PACT to the council in 2011, when campaigners warned of the inevitable results of austerity. </span><span style=”font-size:small;”> </span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”>“In the past year unemployment has risen, and young people have been forced out of education. It is clear that austerity is not working,” said Jon Woods, convenor of PACT. “If the council vote to carry out further cuts 250 council workers could lose their jobs while over £20 million will be cut from vital public services.” </span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”> </span><span style=”font-size:small;”>PACT call on councillors to:</span>
<ul>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>Oppose all cuts to jobs and public services</span></li>
<li> <span style=”font-size:small;”>Reject the central government grant on council tax, which will result in even worse cuts in 2013</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>Launch a commission to investigate equality of council pay, in partnership with trade unions</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>Invest in sustainable job creation projects, as outlined in the TUC’s report on Climate Jobs</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>To oppose privatisation and bring services back under public management</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>To utilise reserves to delay carrying out cuts</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>To prepare a budget based on the needs of the city, not the ideology of central government</span></li>
<li><span style=”font-size:small;”>To work with unions, community groups and other councils to campaign against funding reductions from central government</span></li>
</ul>
<span style=”font-size:small;”> </span><span style=”font-size:small;”>“Budget day in Southampton makes for grim reading as all parties line up to support cuts while council tax bills remain sky high. Anti-cuts campaigns will continue to point to banker’s bonuses, multi-billion pound tax evasion and corporate profits as a source of finance to protect jobs and services. We stand in solidarity with council workers and campaigners fighting the cuts nationwide against the austerity agenda,” said Gavin Marsh from Southampton Anti-Cuts Union.</span>

<span style=”font-size:small;”>See footage from last years lobby:</span>

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Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | December 5, 2011

Reinstate RMT Rep Paul Kelly!

*Reinstate RMT Rep Paul Kelly!  *Oppose victimisation of Trade Union Reps!

http://t.co/8Ojgzour

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | May 20, 2010

Fight the Tory Cuts! No to CON-DEM-nation of Jobs and Services!

On the 22nd June George Osbourne will announce the Con-Dem coalition emergency budget, a savage program of cuts on jobs and services.

Trade Unionists across the city are uniting to say we will not stand by and watch a single job be cut to pay for the banker’s crisis!

At midday, as the budget is announced, we must make a stand, we must come together to stand alongside the public sector workers and say:

No to Cuts!
Defend Jobs and Services!
Defend our Post Office!
Repeal the Anti-Trade Union Laws!

12.00pm Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Speakers to be announced.

Further details coming soon.

This event is supported by the Portsmouth ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.’

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | May 20, 2010

Con-Dem Coalition: Post Election Britain

 The following is an article by national TUSC organiser Hannah Sell. Deputy General Secretary of the Socialist Party

“BRITAIN HAS been ‘Con Dem-ned’ to a future of savage attacks on public services, pay, pensions and benefits combined with tax increases for working and middle-class people.

The Tory/Liberal coalition has been cobbled together in a desperate attempt to create a government strong enough to launch an all-out onslaught on the living standards of the working class.

Two thirds of the new cabinet went to public school. This is a government of the elite, for the elite, and it is going to set out to hammer the rest of us.

Mervyn King, unelected governor of the Bank of England, spoke on behalf of the majority of Britain’s capitalist class when he welcomed the government’s cuts plans and egged it on to go further in its emergency budget.

It should not be forgotten that it was Gordon Brown, in 1997, who first gave the Bank of England independence from the government, freeing it to campaign blatantly on behalf of the capitalist class.

However, Cameron and Clegg do not need egging on. The £6 billion worth of cuts that has been declared is the tip of an enormous iceberg. It is not certain how quickly the rest of the iceberg will be revealed but there is no doubt that it will be.

The cuts that will be announced in the emergency budget will only be the beginning. According to the Financial Times (13 May 2010):

“Mr Osborne will have to announce public spending cuts of £57 billion a year from a non-protected budget of about £260 billion – cuts of about 22%. It goes without saying that this will prove a sharp test of political will… Britain’s public sector will face similar austerity measures to those seen in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain.”

It will and, like in those countries, we will see mass movements of the working class in opposition to the cuts.

Movements

Such movements can force even strong governments to retreat. In Britain the profound weakness and division of this ‘government of losers’ will be revealed.

Almost seven million people voted Liberal Democrat. The vast majority did so believing that the Liberal Democrats were a radical, anti-Tory party. Now their illusions have been brutally shattered as the Liberal Democrats have gaily burned their election manifesto in return for a taste of power.

The only establishment party that made a claim to be against the war in Afghanistan, the Liberal Democrats’ negotiators have accepted the continuation of the occupation without a moment’s hesitation.

They signed up just as eagerly for the Tories’ plans to slash public spending. The Tories, determined to make sure that the coalition partner takes its share of the blame have surrounded the chancellor, George Osborne, with a Liberal Democrat guard of axemen.

Vince Cable has become business secretary. David Laws, a millionaire and ex-managing director of JP Morgan, has taken on the job of chief secretary of the treasury, a job which the Tory, Philip Hammond, who held the shadow post, predicted would result in its occupant’s face being stuck on dartboards in workplaces up and down the country.

Thatcherism

The Liberal Democrats have also taken on the job of Scottish secretary. The memories of Thatcherism run so deep in Scotland that the Tories remain virtually unelectable – with only one seat! The Lib Dems currently have seven but, by tying their wagon to the Tories, they too will now face oblivion in Scotland.

Millions of Lib Dem voters, and many – perhaps even a majority – of the party’s activists will abandon the Liberal Democrats because of what they see as a terrible betrayal.

At parliamentary level, however, it seems for now that the coalition has been reluctantly accepted even by more radical Liberal Democrat MPs.

This is only possible because the Liberal Democrats – although always a capitalist party – have suffered their own equivalent to Blairism.

Clegg and his allies around the ‘Orange Book’ successfully fought to move the party to the right on a whole number of issues; particularly on economic questions.

So much in common

The result is a situation where the Tory negotiators can describe, probably genuinely, their happiness in discovering they had so much in common with their Lib Dem counterparts – both ‘socially liberal and economically conservative’, as William Hague put it.

Cameron and co were forced into this coalition by their failure to win a majority. But now it exists they are trying to use it for their own ends, including leaning on the Liberal Democrats against the Tories’ own ultra-conservative wing.

The leadership of the Tories has been prepared to contemplate allowing the possibility of joining the rest of the world and allowing a referendum on moving the voting system away from ‘first past the post’, in order to attempt to create a stable government together with the Liberal Democrats.

The Tories have also been prepared to promise fixed-term parliaments and, in an anti-democratic measure which has an element of parliamentary bonapartism, to promise that the support of 55% of MPs will be required in order to dissolve parliament.

Even if this measure makes it onto the statute books, which is far from certain, it will not be workable in reality.

If 51% of MPs vote to dissolve parliament no government is going to be able to refuse to call a general election on the grounds that 55% is required constitutionally!

Shatter

Despite all the efforts of Clegg and Cameron to create a stable government, this weak and rickety coalition is likely to shatter under the pressure of events at a certain point, probably in response to mass movements of the working class.

Radical Lib Dem MPs may be reluctantly acquiescing to the situation now, but the pressure on them will be enormous when their ministers are proposing 22% cuts in public spending.

The Lib Dems won many young people’s votes by claiming that they would abolish university tuition fees – although, in reality, Clegg had already used the economic crisis as an excuse to postpone this pledge into the distant future.

Now Lib Dem MPs are likely to be sitting on their hands while their government lifts the cap on tuition fees and slaughters university spending.

Explosive

Combined with growing mass youth unemployment – already the highest in twenty years – this will lead to an explosive situation amongst young people in Britain.

Youth Fight for Jobs will have a crucial role to play in organising that anger, including by initiating school student and student strikes.

The measures planned by the government are very likely, as we have warned, to lead to a ‘double-dip’ recession.

As David Blanchflower, ex-member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, put it on 12 May:

“Anybody who is going to start cutting in [the current economic position] is basically going to push us into that death spiral. That’s what we’ve avoided until this date. We need to be stimulating growth, not withdrawing multiple billions out of the system.”

This is accurate, but it is not preventing the representatives of capitalism worldwide bowing to the will of the market – that is to the views of a handful of billionaire gamblers – and demanding speedy cuts in public spending.

In Spain the prime minister, Zapatero, has announced a new ‘surprise’ cut of 5% in civil service pay after he received a phone call from Obama pleading with him to take “resolute action”.

Spain

The Spanish working class has given a ‘resolute response’ by calling a public sector general strike.

We are at the beginning, Europe-wide, of what will be the mother of all battles to defend workers from the onslaught of capital.

Twenty years ago in Britain our party, (then the Militant) led the 18 million-strong movement that brought down Thatcher – the Iron Lady – and her hated poll tax.

Clegg and Cameron are more like Chihuahuas (as Boris Johnson suggested) than iron men, but we are going to need a similar movement to defeat them and their cuts.

With the poll tax, even without the intervention of organised socialists, there would have been a mass outpouring of rage against the iniquity of the tax.

Our role was to channel the anger into an organised movement.

The scale of the cuts coming in Britain means we will face the same situation, but more so. It is true that the political understanding of the working class has not yet caught up with the changed economic situation, and that the confusion that exists can be prolonged by the lack of a mass workers’ party.

But, despite these complications, the working class will be forced to fight back to defend itself and over time will draw political conclusions out of its experience in those struggles.

Nonetheless, socialists have a vital task in campaigning for a programme that will take the movement forward at each stage.

There is no doubt that the right-wing trade union leaders will want to try to compromise with the government – accepting some cuts to try to prevent others.

But only a militant, determined struggle against all cuts will be successful.

First step

The first step needs to be a campaign for a massive national trade union led demonstration against all cuts in public services.

This needs to be linked to the development of local anti-cuts committees to bring together the different campaigns in preparation for the mass movement that will be necessary.

In Britain, as in other countries, the need for general strike action, probably initially across the public sector, will be posed at a certain stage.

This needs to be linked to arguing the case for a socialist alternative to capitalism. Unlike the governments of Europe, we do not accept the diktats of the markets. Rather than bending the knee to these billionaire blackmailers, the power to hold governments and whole peoples to ransom should be taken away from them.

Not only should the banks be nationalised under democratic workers’ control and management, but a state monopoly of foreign trade should be introduced.

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

It was to put the case for a socialist alternative that the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) stood in the general election.

As The Socialist explained (issue 624), TUSC’s excellent campaigns were not fully reflected in the votes we received.

This was partly because TUSC had not had time to establish a national profile but also, as we expected, because many workers who agreed with us felt that they had no choice but to vote for New Labour in order to try to stop the Tories.

This did not represent support for New Labour, which, unlike the Labour Party of the past, is a capitalist party, but rather the hope that the cuts would be a little gentler under a New Labour government.

Ironically, Margaret Hodge, the millionaire New Labour MP for Barking, accurately described the reality when she pleaded with a voter on London TV, “just hold your nose and vote for me”; in that case to stop both the BNP and the Tories.

In fact, although New Labour said that it would not fully wield the axe this year, there would have been no fundamental difference between the cuts of a New Labour government and those of the current coalition.

As Alistair Darling explained, New Labour’s cuts would have been “deeper and tougher than those of Thatcher”.

Cuts “Deeper and tougher than those of Thatcher” – New Labour

Since the election, some have argued that there is a possibility of shifting New Labour back to the left now that it is out of power.

We do not think this is on the agenda. After the election, a trickle of people joining the Labour Party has been reported, about 12 per constituency, partly disillusioned Lib Dems.

However, to stand a chance of reclaiming capitalist New Labour for the working class it would take a mass influx into the party – of trade unionists and young people – determined to rebuild the democratic structures which have long been destroyed.

To put it mildly, this has not been the experience of the other ex-social democratic parties in Europe, which have not altered their capitalist character when out of power and have largely remained empty shells.

What is more, new left formations – in particular Syriza in Greece – have come into being while the ex-workers’ parties have been out of power.

TUSC represents an important preparatory step towards such a formation – which could come into being very quickly under the impact of the stormy events that are coming.

In response to our calls for a new mass workers’ party, Len McCluskey, general secretary candidate for Unite the union, has said that Unite would launch a major campaign to reclaim the Labour Party under his leadership.

We think this is a mistaken strategy. We argue for Unite to stop funding New Labour and to begin to build a new party.

Nonetheless, a serious campaign to reclaim New Labour by affiliated trade unions would be a huge step forward on the current policy of the majority of the union leaders of clinging to the coat-tails of the Brownites and the Blairites.

A serious campaign would have to demand that Labour adopts a socialist programme. Key demands would include the repeal of all the anti-trade union laws and opposition to all cuts in public services, not just in words but in action.

Up and down the country Labour councils are going to be implementing the government’s massive cuts in public spending ‘under protest’.

Take the Liverpool road

It would be necessary to demand that they ‘take the Liverpool road’ and, following the example of Liverpool city council in the 1980s, refuse to implement cuts, mobilising the workforce and population in a mass campaign in their support.

Such a campaign of defiance could quickly bring down the Tory/Liberal government.

It would also be necessary to demand that the pro-capitalist and pro-war Blairites and Brownites be expelled from the party.

Linked to this would be the rebuilding of democracy within the Labour Party, which is currently non-existent at national level.

The trade unions, the main funders of New Labour, no longer even have the right to move motions at the toothless annual conference.

We do not think that a campaign to reclaim New Labour could succeed. However, were it to do so we would turn towards such a development. Equally, if we are proved correct, the affiliated trade unions would need to draw the conclusion that New Labour could not be reclaimed and take the road of building a new mass party of the working class.

The first issue which will test the strength of the left in New Labour is the debate over its next leader.

Heir to Blair

The character of New Labour is summed up by David Miliband, the current favourite to take the leadership.

Seumas Milne described him accurately (Guardian, 13 May 2010): “The heir to Blair who voted to invade Iraq, outhawked the Bush administration during the 2008 Georgia crisis and has continued to hanker after the marketisation of public services.”

The two Eds – Miliband and Balls – are no better. There are no political differences between these candidates. Were they in power the policies that they would be implementing would be almost indistinguishable from those of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition.

However, Socialist Campaign Group MP, John McDonnell, has indicated he will stand again. Last time he could not get the 48 MPs required to even get on the ballot paper, demonstrating the weakness of the Labour left.

This time the threshold is lower, at 33 MPs, but there are now only 18 Labour Representation Committee-backed MPs in parliament.

McDonnell is almost certain to be the only candidate that stands in defence of workers’ interests. Therefore, as Socialist Party members will argue, all affiliated trade unions, if they are serious about fighting to reclaim New Labour, should mandate their sponsored MPs to back him.

The general election campaign was the worst in living memory. Nonetheless, it marked an important turning point in Britain’s history. Cameron and Clegg have not created a ‘new’ kind of politics. Their coalition is one more government for the billionaires and the bankers – but the profound crisis of the capitalist profit system means that it will be a more brutal, vicious, anti-working class government than anything we have seen in our lifetimes.

As in Greece, Spain and other countries the working class will respond with mass resistance. We will have opportunities to build mass support for socialism, as the only real alternative to the appalling brutality of the market.”

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | May 9, 2010

After The Election: Where Next for TUSC?

Dear All,

Firstly, many thanks go to all who voted and campaigned for Mick Tosh and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in Portsmouth North. Do not underestimate the historic step we have taken towards building a new political alternative and the important role we have played in proving that working people will not accept the big three party’s agenda of cuts.

As anyone who gave their time to this campaign can testify, we received nothing but a positive reaction and warm support from people we met on stalls, while the reaction from trade union branches across the country, who donated financial support to our campaign, has been phenomenal. Of course our share of vote, in this marginal Labour/Tory seat, was always going to be squeezed by a overwhelming fear of a Tory victory, but we have made a positive start and we have a concrete base to build upon.

The election campaign may be over, but it is not the end of TUSC, indeed it isn’t even the beginning of the end; rather it is the end of the beginning as we look towards the next stage of building a true working class alternative. In this election we have raised our banner and now we must continue to build on the contacts and links we have made to strengthen the Trade Union and working class movement across the city so we can continue to stand together against the savage cuts to come.

 To begin this next stage we will be holding an open meeting of TUSC candidates and supporters:

Tomorrow 7:30 pm, Fratton Railway Club

When the big three finish their behind-closed-doors talks and decide which of them will take the lead in cutting our jobs and services we will be ready.

Yours Fraternally,

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Portsmouth North Tuscportsmouth.press@gmail.com

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | May 7, 2010

Election Night

Election Night

At 07.00am on thr 7th of May Penny Mordaunt the Tory candidate was elected MP for Portsmouth North.  The full election result is posted on the Portsmouth News website.

Speaking following the result New Labour candidate, and now ex-MP, Sarah Mcarthy-Fry wished Mordaut well.

In his post-election speech TUSC candidate Mick Tosh said that trade unionists across the city would come together to fight the cuts on jobs and services that a Conservative government would bring.

At the time of writing the a government is yet to be formed.

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | May 1, 2010

I Agree With Mick ….

The Portsmouth candidates come together to debate the environment and the creation of jobs at PCAN Environmental hustings

Posted by: PortsmouthAgainstCuts | April 17, 2010

Open Letter to Portsmouth News : Hustings

Open letter to the editor, Portsmouth Evening News.

  
When I first heard about the evening news organising husting meetings across the area with a question time style debate, I considered this a welcome move and a great opportunity to allow a wider debate in the election locally that constituents are hoping for.
 
I am somewhat now dismayed that, far from introducing a new radical approach to acheive this and enliven debate, the evening news has decided to conform with wishes of the larger parties and merely court their older tired political views whom, the electorate are moving away from.
 
By limiting the number of candidates who the news consider worthy of being introduced and questioned by the people of Portsmouth North, shows a lack of insight and courage to give real alternative political views the opportunity to be heard.
 
I am standing in Portsmouth North as the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition whose national launch was considered newsworthy by the BBC to cover in their Newsnight programme.
 
I would offer the reason for this interest is that for the first time over a 100 years Trade Unionists and Socialists supported  by National Trade Unions are standing for British pariliment against the so called main parties to give workers and ordinary people the chance to choose candidates who are really in touch with their views over, job losses and public services cuts and not, the views of bankers and billionaires who, New Labour, Liberals and Conservatives seek to gain favour with.
 
I am the only candidate seeking a public investigation and explanation of where the millions £’s have gone from Portsmouth Football Club and that the rebirth of the club post administration, has genuinely Elected Directors from the Supporters on the board of the club with full voting rights within that board.
 
Obviously the significance of these points is lost on the News. For this reasons and the many more that would emerge at the hustings question time given TUSC involvlement, can it now really claim to be the voice of the people in Portsmouth?
 
Is the News ready to embrace the idea of Radical Change?
 
Watch this space but, don’t hold your breath!
 
Regards, Mick Tosh
TUSC Parlimentary Candidate,
Portsmouth North.

As IBM Announce Redundancies Mick Tosh Blasts Main Parties for putting Rhetoric Above Reality in Manifestos

As IBM announces a consultancy over redundancies in Portsmouth North Mick Tosh, Parliamentary Candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, called for solidarity with the workers facing job losses and blasted New Labour MP Sarah McCarthy-Fry for failing to fight to protect jobs in the city.  
 
“Our MP, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, has said that the decision to make 480 workers redundant is IBM’s ‘commercial decision to make’. That simply isn’t good enough,” said Tosh. “As our MP why isn’t she fighting to save those jobs? This happened during the Vestas campaign on the Isle of Wight nine months ago, Sarah and her New Labour colleagues consistently put company profits above the people they are supposed to represent and it has to stop.”
 
“The fact that this announcement came to light on the same day that the Tories and New Labour revealed their new manifestos shows that for all their talk and glossy printing the reality is that working people are losing their jobs and they are doing nothing to stop that.”
 
IBM, based at North Harbour, has started a 90-day consultation over a round of job losses across the UK. This latest round of job cuts in the area follows on from job losses at Fratton Park, BAE and Vestas on the Isle of Wight. In the past 6 months there has also been strike action by civil service workers, postal workers and ballot for action by rail workers. 
 
“Each and every time that working people in this area have been faced with job losses or are being forced to fight for their conditions or pensions we have been there to support them, but that cannot be said for New Labour. That is the entire point of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, we are not only representing ordinary working people, we are ordinary working people representing ourselves.”
 
“The three main party’s manifestos push political rhetoric over reality. Labour say they promise ‘a fair future’ for all and the Tories invite us to ‘join the government’, but we won’t be taken in by that. All they are really promising are cuts and more cuts.”

“As the TUSC manifesto shows we are the only party, and I am the only candidate in Portsmouth, against cuts and for defending our vital public services. We don’t simply promise a fairer society, we are standing to build that society with working people by building a new political alternative that fights for us.”

The Manifesto for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition can be downloaded here:
http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/TUSC%20leaflet.pdf

A final Pre-Election TUSC rally will be held on the 4th May at Cosham Community Centre, 7.30pm. Invited speakers include representatives from the FBU, RMT, PCS and POA unions as well as workers from IBM in Portsmouth.

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