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Welcome to our 28 August 2015 newsletter.
Contents of this newsletter:

  • Barking and Dagenham TUSC committee meeting Thursday 3rd September
  • Come to TUSC conference Saturday, 26th September 2015

Barking and Dagenham TUSC Committee meeting Thursday 3rd September 2015

Spotted Dog, 7:30pm

Agenda:

  • TUSC and the Corbyn revolution - where does TUSC stand?

  • Council cuts: TUSC's campaign proposals to the Trades Council against the halving of the council budget.

  • Any Other Business

All welcome. As explained in our last newsletter, our Labour Councillors agreed £72 million of cuts from the £150 million budget, in July after Osborne’s latest budget.

A campaign is desperately needed to oppose these cuts. TUSC argues that this campaign should be based on the council trade unions but striving to involve the entire working class of Barking and Dagenham. Barking, Dagenham and Havering Trades Council is well placed to pull together the unions and establish such a campaign.

As yet the leadership of the Labour Party is a long way from what the members joining the party to support Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity campaign would like to see. And if councils up and down the country continue to make cuts, Labour candidates must be opposed with TUSC candidates in the council elections, and in London in a few years time.

Barking and Dagenham TUSC committee meetings are hosted by East Ham RMT. They are open to any supporters of TUSC, and those with union or community positions are particularly encouraged to attend. We will aim to


Here's TUSC's resolution submitted for consideration of the trades council as mentioned in last week's TUSC newsletter.

This Trades Council:

Opposes all cuts in services and jobs in LBBD

This trades council notes:

That on 21 July 2015 council cabinet members agreed to £72million of cuts, “almost half the borough’s expenditure” (Post), cutting the budget from roughly £150million to £80million over the next five years

The popularity of Jeremy Corbnyn’s anti-cuts, anti-austerity message among both Labour Party members and the wider population, particularly in London, according to the 14th August Evening Standard poll (“Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn is 'first choice for Londoners'”)

That so far four LBBD councillors have endorsed his campaign.

That a bold anti-austerity campaign would gain an enormous echo.

This trades council proposes:

A massive joint union campaign to be launched against these cuts, involving any councillor who is prepare to publicly take a stand against the proposed cuts.

This campaign to be launched in the autumn with a public meeting, setting out plans for a demonstration later in the year, and involving the public, such as community anti-cuts campaigns, etc.

To link the campaign to the Corbyn campaign by attempting to get a speaker from the Corbyn campaign to public meetings.

That such a campaign should demand that the council rejects the cuts and sets a needs budget and campaigns to get other Labour councils facing cuts to do the same

That the campaign seeks to make links with unions in other councils to build an alliance of council workers that are prepared to campaign together against cuts.

That if LBBD councillors fail to oppose this decimation of council services that they will face a trade union-backed challenge in the next council elections.

Come to TUSC conference

Preparations need to begin soon for TUSC's work in the various elections due next May, not least the hundreds of council seats we hope to contest. To help those preparations we're planning a conference open to all individual members of TUSC at London's Student Central venue, Malet Street, WC1E.

TUSC conference 2015

Saturday 26th September, 11am-4-30pm

Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E

TUSC conference registration form

11am to 11-15am:

CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION: speaker from the RMT council of executives

11-15am to 1-15pm:

A COUNCILLORS’ REVOLT COULD STOP THE CUTS!

Agreeing TUSC’s 2016 local elections platform

1-15pm to 2pm: Lunch break

2pm to 4-30pm:

WHAT POSITION SHOULD TUSC TAKE ON THE EU REFERENDUM?

A debate with platform speakers from the four constituent organisations

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Socialist Party meetings on Saturday

The Socialist Party (of which TUSC general election candidate Joseph Mambuliya is a member) is proud to be part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. The Socialist Party has worked with other hard-working socialists, RMT members and other union activists to build TUSC in Barking.
Barking Socialist Party meets most Saturdays at 3pm, except when there are major events on.
Contact Pete Mason on 07981 325 899 or by email peter.mason3@btinternet.com
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