BUS AND RAIL WORKERS STAND FIRM.
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.
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.
For further information contact
Daren Ireland on 07787128498 – Dave Walsh on 07969511796 – Tony Mulhearn on 07939098455
The Prole Star says ‘The anonymity of their original accusers, the complete absence of due process, the sloppy responses of Labour’s disciplinary bureaucrats and the refusal of their own CLP chair and exec. to allow CLP members to debate an emergency motion (which demanded they be afforded due process) raises doubts about the motivations of all involved.’
‘Supporters of the Garston 3 have launched a petition demanding their immediate reinstatement, which has gathered more than 300 signatures in just a few days. They have also attracted vociferous support on social media, with calls for other CLPs to raise motions asking for their reinstatement.’
The 3 received notification of their expulsion 24 hours after they were fingered by a Progress stooly. Yet almost a fortnight after their appeal was lodged, there has been no response. When it comes to expulsions, the witch-hunters react with lightning speed. When it comes to hearing an appeal, they are suddenly paralyzed. I wonder how many new members have these people have recruited.
Sign the petition and support the 3 as symbols of LP democracy.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
The BBC2 revelations by Jac Peretti in The Super rich and Us blew the lid of the gigantic con that has pauperised whole sections of working class society since the crash. A con started by Thatcher maintained by Blair and Brown, and ramped up by the Tories, with Cameron and May carrying on the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in modern history, with the Blairites applauding this grand theft. Remember Mandelson’s axiom: ‘I am relaxed about the filthy rich, as long as they pay their taxes,’ when he knew of course they were a class of tax dodging parasites. The UK has more billionaires per head of population than any other country on the planet, with London the honey pot for the drooling billionaires who pay £30000 for a gold facial.
One startling fact encapsulates this obscenity: an estimated £80billion has been robbed from the workers, the exact amount paid out in bankers’ bonuses since 2008.
Then there was the spectacle of Local Authorities, some Labour (yes Labour) flogging off publicly owned land to foreign billionaires who then build apartments for rents which are totally out of working class reach. This whole charade was justified by the phoney ‘trickle down’ theory. The dynamic of capitalism is to maximise profit where money gushes up, not down.
They got away with this because the working class has been effectively disenfranchised for the last 30 years, with the TUC too timid to step up, with Council leaders like Joe Anderson acquiescing in austerity and awarding Tory cheer leader, Michael Heseltine, the freedom of the city.
No wonder one ex-Tory minister is on record saying; ‘I can’t believe what we’re getting away with.’
The Tory onslaught goes on. Jeremy and TU leaders must organise seriously to rid us of this parasitic system. This means a massive anti-austerity campaign culminating with getting Corbyn into Downing Street. If the Blairites jeopardise that objective, they must be cut loose by the Party membership.
The recent expulsion of 3 pensioners from Garston/Halewood without due process and the absence of any semblance of natural justice gives submissions to the Labour Party Democracy Review an added urgency. Remember, the deadline for phase one will be 12 January 2018
Phase two will cover:
This raises the importance of elected officers being accountable to branch, youth and trade union delegates and being aware of their responsibility of using their positions to facilitate democratic discussion and decision-making and not as a barrier to membership involvement in the governance of CLPs.
- The role of socialist societies.
This could include facilitating the affiliation of, for instance, the Socialist Party. The Co-Op Party falls into this category.
- Improving diversity and gender representation
- Strengthening the involvement and participation of members
This underlines the issue of members being empowered to select the candidate of their choice before general and local elections
Also the replacement of campaign forums with a District Labour Party-type structure could be called for.
- The recruitment of members and harnessing the potential of social media.
Proposals could include the replacement of the expulsion committee (known as the Governance and Legal Unit) with a Recruitment and Retention of Members Committee, charged with building the membership.