The county launch meeting of TUSC`s (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition) 2015 anti-austerity election campaign is taking place in Gloucester, where TUSC is standing a parliamentary candidate in addition to local election candidates.
TUSC also has local candidates standing in Stroud District, Forest of Dean, and Tewkesbury Borough Council elections at present.
Could you be a TUSC candidate in May’s elections?
If you are interested in offering people an anti-cuts alternative in Gloucestershire by standing in the local elections TUSC in Gloucestershire can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
What TUSC stands for
THE Con-Dem government has inflicted five years of savage austerity on working class people. Unfortunately there is no prospect of this changing beyond the general election, as the leadership of the Labour Party has made it clear that a Labour government would not mean an end to austerity.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) argues that working class people should not pay for a crisis that we did not cause. That was why TUSC was set up in 2010, co-founded by the late Bob Crow, to show that there is a clear left-wing alternative to policies of public sector cuts, privatisation, militarism and environmental degradation.
TUSC has accepted from its start that there will be some Labour candidates who share our socialist aspirations and will be prepared to support measures that challenge the austerity consensus of the establishment politicians. But it is also committed to standing candidates or supporting others if that is the only way a working class anti-austerity socialist alternative can be articulated at election time.
Our coalition, of trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists, is united on the need for mass resistance to the ruling class offensive, and for an alternative programme of left-wing policies to help inspire and direct such resistance.
For more on the TUSC policy platform for the 2015 general election see here.