Rail dispute: Mayors’ break cover – call for ‘mutually acceptable solution’. RMT suggested the solution months ago.

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THE MAYORS’ CALL FOR A SETTLEMENT OVER GUARDS ON TRAINS

In a master-class of fence sitting Mayors Anderson and Rotheram have issued a joint statement calling for both parties – the RMT and Merseyrail – to work out a ‘mutually acceptable solution’.  The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – an anti-austerity, pro-Corbyn coalition – along with the 90% of the public who support the RMT, recognise this sentiment as representing  a great leap forward on Mayor Rotheram’s part as his hitherto silence on the matter had raised questions about his understanding of what was at stake, and Mayor Anderson’s open hostility to the Union’s stance.

TUSC believes that the RMT’s call to maintain safety on trains is a paramount condition of any settlement, and referring the matter to ACAS will not alter that.

TUSC will continue to support the RMT in its great campaign of meetings and industrial action. They have won the argument among the public hands down. It’s up to Merseyrail to recognise the validity of the RMT’s case and settle now.

Roger Bannister, TUSC candidate for city region mayor in May, said: “During the city regional Mayor election I was the only candidate who consistently supported the guards and opposed the introduction of Driver Only Trains. I urged Steve Rotheram to join me in that stance but received only silence. Now Steve has found his voice, he should come out clearly and instruct the Labour councillors on the Transport Committee to vote to keep the guards.”

It is incredible that Labour councillors have to be reminded that their responsibility is not to represent the few, but to represent the many. That is the reason for the Labour Party’s existence. Also that it is official Labour Party policy to support the RMT’s campaign.

The public and the RMT have spoken: put safety before profit by retaining the guards.

That the world’s super-rich own vast sums of wealth and squirrel it away in whatever ways they can find is nothing new. The revelations of the Paradise Papers confirmed their behaviour. But the news that Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at Christie’s in New York for $450.3m, including auction house premium, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction takes capitalist chicanery to a whole new level.

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That the world’s super-rich own vast sums of wealth and squirrel it away in whatever ways they can find is nothing new. The revelations of the Paradise Papers confirmed their behaviour.

But the news that Salvator Mundi, the long-lost Leonardo da Vinci painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France more than 500 years ago, has sold at Christie’s in New York for $450.3m, including auction house premium, shattering the world record for any work of art sold at auction takes capitalist chicanery to a whole new level.

This obscene amount was paid on the same day that a letting agency in Grimsby issued hundreds of tenants with a pre-emptive eviction notice ahead of the rollout of universal credit.

And at a time of unrelenting austerity, justified by the mantra ‘we’ve got to live within our means’ still spewed out by a discredited, illegitimate Tory government and their bag carriers of the media, underlines the imperative of changing the whole system.

The painting was consigned to Christie’s by Russian fertiliser oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who plundered the Russian state controlled facility when the wall came down.

This transaction is a method of the super-rich, with more wealth than they know what to do with, to feed their egos and to hedge their wealth against a possible economic collapse.

Ironically, this is the portrait of JC (not Jeremy). A man who organised the poor and downtrodden against the roman dictatorship, who drove the Thatcherite money-changers out of the temple, and who preached the brotherhood of man. This trouble-causer was, of course, crucified. I’m sure he would stand aghast at his pic being used to feed the greed of the oligarchs.

The remedy?

To give us a proper view of what wealth exists and the funds to invest in jobs and services we would require the nationalisation of the banks and finance companies under democratic workers’ control and management.

This would also allow the bank accounts of the rich to be frozen and transactions controlled to prevent them trying send their money abroad to protect their wealth from such progressive measures. I’m sure both JCs would approve.

Sir James Dyson OM CBE FRS FREng, is a darling of the Tories and member of the mega rich oligarchy. He announced publicly on Sunday that corporation tax should be abolished, and it should be easier to fire workers.

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Sir James Dyson OM CBE FRS FREng, is a darling of the Tories and member of the mega rich oligarchy.

He announced publicly on Sunday that corporation tax should be abolished, and it should be easier to fire workers.

Although the UK has the most restrictive labour laws and the poorest protection for workers in the developed world, it is still not enough for Dyson and his class.

He symbolises the profit-greedy, short-sighted, callous and insensitive character of modern capitalism

He espouses the theory, adopted by every modern free-marketeer, that the less the mega-rich are taxed, the more they will invest in jobs and services.

A brief glance as history shows this is completely false. In today’s world, more so than in the past, the primary objective of capitalism is to make the biggest profits and to deliver the fattest pay cheque to the shareholders in the shortest possible time.

Cuts in tax – corporation or otherwise – does not result in greater investment but in increased plunder for the big shareholders.

When interviewed by Andrew Marr he gave the impression of being a warm-hearted jovial chap who would lend you a few bob if you were starving, yet seems totally unaware of the chilling consequences for workers of the policies he advocates.

These people succeed in their relentless pursuit of greater wealth when the Labour Movement is weakened and ineffectual. That’s why they adore Thatcherism/Blairism, and love the anti-trade union legislation introduced by the Tories and strengthened in their favour by Blair.

They will not change by, as John McDonnell says, having a cup of tea with them. A Corbyn government will have to take measures to acquire this wealth and utilise it for the benefit of the millions and not the few.

 

Another champion of the poor enters the cabinet

Another champion of the poor enters the cabinet

Another political giant enters the Cabinet. Mordaunt helped the DWP make universal credit the resounding disaster it was.

She last made an impression on anyone by standing in front of a Vote Leave £350m bus wearing a swimsuit.

She claimed Turkey’s membership of the EU, with it’s potential to send 70million refugees to the UK, was imminent.

The mission of this farsighted genius is ‘to save the poorest of the world.’

The tax-dodgers of the world will be holding their collective breath, hoping they will be included in her generous intentions.

Patel: from shambles to chaos. If the Tory government was a horse the poor creature would be put down

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This is another fine mess you’ve gotten me in.

If the Tory government was a horse the poor creature would be put down. But instead this Tory beast carries on with it’s anti-working class activities, bankrolled and cheered on by Britain’s  tax dodgers.

Labour councils carry on with their horrific cuts, Universal Credit wrecks lives. So-called Labour politicians ally themselves with international capitalists against the RMT.

Action is needed now by those in the leadership. McNicol’s wing of Labour battles to save Blairism by expelling socialists, aided and abetted by Momentum’s leadership who claim there is nothing to fear from Blairite MPs, so mandatory reselection is off the agenda.

The working class can’t  afford to wait while this zombie government lurches from one unpredictable step to another. Jeremy must act now. Call a national assembly of Labour Party, anti-austerity organisations and trade unions willing to act to devize an immediate strategy to compel May to declare a general election.

BUS AND RAIL WORKERS STAND FIRM

BUS AND RAIL WORKERS STAND FIRM.

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Attended RMT event at Lime Street and Bus Drivers’ picket line today. Spirit still undiminished.

John Tilly’s impassioned speech condemned the stance of the Dutch-owned Merseyrail, and strongly criticised Labour Public figures who refuse to support the call for Safety Critical guards to be retained on the trains.

With Jed Bresnahan

Unite Branch Secretary Jed Bresnahan says spirit of drivers is ‘top dog.’ They are ready for the long haul. He expressed sympathy for the travelling public, but appreciated the incredible support indicated by the hoots from almost every vehicle that traveled along Green Lane.

The last bus strike was 30 years ago, Jed says, so they don’t take strike action unless there is extreme provocation from the employers.

Tax dodgers of the world unite

TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE –6/11/2017

Support Bus workers, Oppose Drive Only Trains and condemn tax dodgers

TUSC reaffirms its support for the RMT in its campaign against Driver Only Trains. We support the Bus drivers in their campaign for a decent wage. And we continue to support the campaign for justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets.

TUSC reaffirms its condemnation of Austerity. The Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth. TUSC believes that this is further confirmation of the gigantic con trick perpetrated by the Tories, Blairites, and agencies of the media, slavishly adopted by 6000 Labour Councillors. We call for a mass campaign of refusal to implement any more austerity and demand a general election when a Corbyn-led government can replace the current Tax Dodgers’ alliance.

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