Socialist Party

Sharon Graham for Unite General Secretary

Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham

For a fighting programme and the basis for a new open and democratic left in Unite

Today Unite members in the Socialist Party in England & Wales, Socialist Party Scotland and Militant Left in Ireland (up to 300 Unite members), met and agreed to support Sharon Graham for Unite General Secretary.

In a very well-attended Zoom meeting, comrades discussed the pros and cons of the four candiates for the role of leader of the Unite union.

Gerard Coyne is a right-wing candidate. Clearly a complete non-starter from a worker's point of view. What's the point of a right-winger leading a workers' union? Answers on a postcard...

Howard Beckett has left-wing credentials but disappointed when he dropped-out of the contest and endorsed a candidate to his right...

Steve Turner is described as a centrist who supports Labour under Keir Starmer. Yes, really.

What is it with union leaders that lean towards the right when workers are facing their gretest onslaught in decades?

So, we're left with Sharon Graham: a proper fighter for the working class. The centrists and right-wingers are now trying to force her to withdraw. 

 

Socialist Party statement

The Socialist Party is supporting Sharon Graham for Unite general secretary, the election for which opens on 5 July. Many of the most combative workers are increasingly being drawn towards her campaign as they look to resist the growing offensive of the bosses...

Read the full statement here

 

 

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2021

Now is the time to fight for the NHS

Lynn Gunnigle, Devon Socialist Party

I first became aware of a problem with our healthcare provision, and the appalling treatment of our NHS workforce, when our 120 year-old hospital was suddenly closed here in Dartmouth in 2017. This came after an expensive, predetermined, deceptive consultation, with only 5% of residents responding, I was not consulted and was only made aware of the closure by a friend...

Read more: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1138/32650

Dartmouth Hospital

Dartmouth Hospital has been closed. There is nothing in-place to replace it.

Actually, that's not correct: there have been plenty of promises from those responsible. The NHS has now been re-structured to allow more privatisation. Yes, more... There are already over 54,000 contracts for services already in operation.

Hospitals like Dartmouth are difficult to privatise so they are simply closed and replaced with privatised services elsewhere.

Local people? Not important.

Lynn Gunnigle

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Trade Unionists and Socialists Coalition

TUSC policies

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was set-up in 2010, co-founded by the late Bob Crow, with the primary goal of enabling trade unionists, socialists, and working class social movement and community campaigners to stand candidates against pro-austerity establishment politicians.

Candidates who want to stand under the TUSC banner have autonomy to run their own campaigns. The only provision is that they are expected to endorse the TUSC core policy platform for the relevant election, which are discussed at TUSC conferences subject to the final agreement of the TUSC steering committee, encompassing the different component parts of the coalition. See how TUSC functions at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/433.pdf.

The individual candidates and different organisations appearing on the ballot paper under the TUSC name and logo will almost certainly campaign for and promote far more issues than those covered in the core policies agreed for each election. That's what being a coalition is about.

But what they will all do is fight to implement the core policies. Voters will know the minimum they can expect from any representative elected under the TUSC banner.

Visit the TUSC WebSite here.

 

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition

for

Newton Abbot North

Devon County Council

I have lived in Devon all my life, growing up locally I have seen the impact the last 10 years of austerity has had on the people Newton Abbot. Vital public services we all rely on have been devastated, by the Conservatives in Government nationally and locally.

During the pandemic Jane Haden – the TUSC Candidate standing in Newton Abbot South – and I, set up Newton Abbot Community Aid in response to Covid-19. This is a community organising group, helping those who needed to access prescriptions and food. This was desperately needed due to the lack of council run services. Working families should not have to worry about where their next meal comes from in the 5th richest country in the world. Luckily voluntary organisations are filling the gaps left behind by cuts to local councils, but it shouldn’t have to be this way!

“If elected, I will fight against further austerity and cuts to public services. Reject rises in council tax for working people. Fight to restore the funding cut from education, social care and local transport. A better standard of living is possible for all, it just needs people fighting for it in council chambers across the country".

Government funding cuts to Devon County Council is a political choice that has seen Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors carry out funding cuts to our vitally needed services. Labour even supported the Conservative’s planned 4.99% rise in Devon County Council Tax. This will hurt many families struggling with less income because of the Covid lockdown. 

As a TUSC candidate my priorities will include:

• Stopping and reversing council cuts and above inflation rises in council tax, rents & charges.

• Ending food poverty, free school meals for all children in and out of term time.

• Pushing for publicly owned, affordable public transport, working to protect the environment.

• Ending the housing crisis by building council homes and capping private rents.

 

Jane Haden

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition

for

Newton Abbot South

Devon County Council

and

Town Councillor for the residents of Bradley Ward

I’ve lived the majority of my life in Buckland, Newton Abbot. Having been made homeless due to policies implemented by a Conservative government, I moved into a council house in Buckland in the 1980’s. After bringing up a family in the same home for 25 years, we were forced to move because of the Tories’ bedroom tax. Through my own experience and those around me this means that I know just how important a safe and secure home is! I also know how unsettling for both children and parents short term rentals can be. I will fight for good quality Council Housing that provides long term, secure tenancies at a realistically affordable rent.

During the pandemic Ryan Hall – the TUSC Candidate standing in Newton Abbot North – and I, set up a community Mutual Aid Group in response to Covid-19, helping the community with prescription collections and access to food. This was desperately needed by many due to the lack of council run services available. This work to ensure everyone has access to essentials will continue. However, in one of the richest countries in the world no family should go hungry. It’s not necessary, nor is it something we should accept as just the way it is.

“I will fight tooth and nail against any further austerity and call for increased funding of our local services like social care, libraries, buses and housing. I will be a voice for so many who find they have no voice, and work hard for a better standard of living for us all”

Government funding cuts to Devon County Council is a political choice that has seen Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors carry out funding cuts to our vitally needed services. Labour even supported the Conservative’s planned 4.99% rise in Devon County Council Tax. This will hurt many families struggling with less income because of the Covid lockdown. 

As a TUSC candidate my priorities will include:

• Stopping and reversing council cuts and above inflation rises in council tax, rents & charges.

• Ending the housing crisis by building affordable council homes and capping private rents.

• Pushing for publicly owned, affordable public transport, working to protect the environment.