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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

Aslef

On the back of so much Tory sleaze and betrayals by Labour, many working-class people can't be blamed for having no faith in any of the establishment parties.

That's why I put forward a motion in my union branch in Birmingham, to go to our annual Aslef rail workers' union delegate conference, that we should support and encourage our rank-and-file members to stand as anti-cuts candidates in the upcoming May local council elections.

The motion was passed undisputed. It calls on our members to stand for any party that truly represents trade unionist, socialist and anti-austerity values.

And with a motion on the conference's unofficial agenda to disaffiliate from the Labour Party, the idea of standing anti-cuts candidates, including against local Labour councillors could soon be building up more support in the union.

Kris O'Sullivan, Aslef member

RMT

RMT tube strike, December 2021

RMT tube strike, December 2021   (Click to enlarge)

At a Piccadilly and District West RMT branch meeting, Dave Nellist, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in the Erdington by-election, spoke on the need for a political alternative.

His speech was well received and the branch donated £200 to his election campaign.

A number of RMT members have committed to stand as TUSC candidates in the upcoming local elections. For a long period, the RMT was alone as a trade union in supporting other candidates to the left of Labour. But the decision by the 18,000-strong Bakers' Union to join the campaign for political representation has not gone unnoticed by a large section of the RMT, and has given a further impetus in the campaign for a new mass party of the working class.

Gary Harbord, RMT member

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In The Socialist 23 February 2022:


News

Unite and fight for a decent pay rise

Johnson scraps Covid safety measures

Tories instruct teachers to wipe Britain's real history

Bus services under threat


International news

Ukraine: Workers' unity against capitalist warmongers and imperialist meddlers

Canada: Prime Minister Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act to end 'Freedom Convoy'

One year after the military coup in Myanmar


NHS

Privatisation and crisis in the NHS


Erdington by-election

The Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

Vote Nellist for a workers' MP in Birmingham Erdington


Workplace news

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

Barts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

Rail workers strike in Sheffield


Students

Workers and students unite and fight

Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout


Campaigns news

Restore Cardiff's slashed services

Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

London Socialist Party women's meeting

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch


Review

TV review: This is Going to Hurt


 

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Anti-cuts:

triangleSurrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

triangleHackney Unison to encourage anti-cuts candidates

triangleBuilding a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

triangleAn appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

triangleLondon - We need socialists into City Hall

Trade union:

triangleJohnson scraps Covid safety measures

triangleWorkers need a pay rise

triangleNSSN COP26 online workers' forum: Climate change - for a workers' transition

triangleNSSN trade union rally reflects working-class anger to fight back

Union:

triangleThe Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

triangleJust Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

triangleUsdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

Election:

triangleCampaigning in Birmingham Erdington by-election

triangleBirmingham Erdington by-election

Cuts:

triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

Candidates:

trianglePCS 2022 elections

RMT:

triangleTube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

Labour:

trianglePrivatisation and crisis in the NHS

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/2/22

Cardiff

Restore Cardiff's slashed services

23/2/22

Pay

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

23/2/22

UCU

University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

23/2/22

London

Tube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

23/2/22

Students

Workers and students unite and fight

23/2/22

Fees

Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout

23/2/22

Brighton

Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

23/2/22

Newham

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

23/2/22

Women

London Socialist Party women's meeting

23/2/22

Socialist

1 March: Socialist Party new website launch

23/2/22

Coventry

Coventry bin strikers lobby strike-breaking Labour council

23/2/22

Strike

Scunny scaffs action forces bosses to the table

23/2/22

Usdaw

Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action

23/2/22

Anti-cuts

Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

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