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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022

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

Paul Couchman campaigning, photo Nick Chaffey

Paul Couchman campaigning, photo Nick Chaffey   (Click to enlarge)

Paul Couchman, TUSC candidate in Stanwell North

Every week we hear about cuts to services - local bus services, public toilets closed, older people's homes closing, community centres - the list goes on. This is on top of cuts by stealth - 'efficiencies' forced on public sector workers, and cuts in support for special educational needs (Send) children, mental health and other services.

With 14 trade union branches affiliated, Save Our Services in Surrey has battled against cuts in services for years. The campaign has met online throughout the Covid pandemic, but now we have decided that we need to be out campaigning.

We also agreed to develop a People's Budget for Surrey, and encourage supporters, trade unionists and community activists to stand as council candidates. The campaign hopes for a surge in anti-cuts candidates in future years, particularly the county council elections in 2025.

TUSC

But the Socialist Party isn't waiting. I think candidates should come forward now and stand under the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

I'm standing in the Stanwell North by-election on 23 February. And Surrey Unison has already written to all its members encouraging them to stand too.

The meeting didn't mind what party or banner candidates stand for, as long as they support a People's Budget. But TUSC is the only force standing that fully backs no cuts.

We have called a conference on 25 June, and will invite every trade union, anti-cuts campaign and community organisation we can reach. It is time for the voice of ordinary working-class people to be heard in the council chambers, and for a line in the sand to be drawn to protect our public services and public sector workers.

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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:

triangleTrade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

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

Unions:

triangleThe winter strike wave escalates as workers fight back and win

triangleTrade unionists in the USA fighting back

triangleTrade unions and the fight against council cuts

triangleEmployers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

Surrey:

triangleA socialist voice in Stanwell North

triangleCouncillors in Surrey resign from Labour and look to stand independently

triangleSurrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action

Cuts:

triangleBrighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back

triangleRestore Cardiff's slashed services

Campaigns:

triangleEast London resident fighting eviction again

Services:

triangleBus services under threat

Candidates:

trianglePCS 2022 elections

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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