Socialist Party members supported PCS in Leeds on N30 and other strikes
Below is the response from the 4 Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts candidates in Leeds to the PCS Make Your Vote Count pledges.
1. I pledge to support PCS campaigns against public service job cuts and to ensure quality public services are delivered to those in need.
TUSC fully supports the PCS campaign for the alternative. All the TUSC candidates are committed to campaigning against all cuts and if elected would vote against cuts and argue that councils use reserves and borrowing powers to avoid making cuts. As part of this battle TUSC is also working to build a mass campaign to fight for the funding that we need to meet people’s needs. Fast cuts or slow cuts are not an option as we cannot afford any cuts and the resources are there. We support the PCS demands on closing the tax gap of £123 billion and scrapping Trident which would release the resources to invest in jobs and public services.
2. I pledge to support the PCS campaign for fair pay and a living wage for workers.
TUSC will support trade unions fighting to defend pay to get a decent living wage for all regardless of age. We are completely opposed to regional or local pay which would drive down all wages. We support the PCS battle to get national pay bargaining and we argue that the failed experiment of local pay in the MOJ that the last Government introduced should be reversed.
3. I pledge to protect quality public services and work alongside PCS, community organisations and other trade unions to ensure that no more public services are privatised, outsourced or mutualised.
TUSC is totally opposed to privatisation of public services and fully support trade unions campaigning against this attack on our services. Our candidates have pledged to vote against any attempts to privatise or outsource local authority services, as well as campaigning in our communities to mobilise the opposition to attacks on our services . We also campaign to bring back transport and the utilities into public ownership and for the banks which have been nationalised to be brought under public control so that these resources can be used for the benefit of all in our communities.
4. I pledge to support the PCS campaign for fair pensions for all; including calling on the government to protect public sector pensions, ensure the state pension keeps in line with inflation, that the government addresses pensioner poverty and that companies are prevailed upon to ensure they fulfil their pension obligations to staff.
TUSC fully supports trade unionists fighting to defend pensions in both the public and private sectors. We campaign for a living pension for all and oppose the attempts of this government to make everyone work longer, pay more and get less. We will be supporting picket lines on May 10th and encouraging members in all public sector unions to stand together and strike together against the attacks on pensions. We have a proud record of supporting PCS and other union members on strike in defence of pensions on June 30th and November 30th last year as well as USDAW and UNITE members at Unilever’s Leeds site in Seacroft earlier this year.
TUSC is standing 18 candidates across Yorkshire that include Remploy worker, Paul Wheelhouse in Dewsbury South ward, Kirklees Council – former POA General Secretary, Brian Caton in Milton ward, Barnsley Council and former Huddersfield Save Our NHS councillor, Dr. Jackie Grunsell in Crosland Moor and Netherton ward, Kirklees Council.