Trade Union & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Launches in Wales

17th February 2010

"Milford Haven ruling against these workers show why we are standing in the election"

A new electoral alliance is standing candidates in the forthcoming general election. In Wales, two prominent trade unionists and socialist campaigners are amongst the candidates. Rob Williams, reinstated convenor in the Linamar Plant in Swansea will be standing in Swansea West while Ross Saunders who is the Welsh organiser of the campaign against youth unemployment, 'Youth Fight for Jobs', will be contesting Cardiff Central. The coalition has been launched by leading trade union figures including the RMT general secretary Bob Crow. It is aiming to give working people an alternative to the big business policies of the main parties.

The High Court verdict today that has outlawed the strike by Milford Haven Port workers to stop their pensions being attacked shows yet again that the anti-working laws brought in by Margaret Thatcher and the Tories have remained on the statue book despite 13 years of Labour rule. Labout was formed a century ago because all the main parties stood aside when the Taff Vale ruling threatened to bankrupt the unions when their members went on strike. Now after today and the BA injunction, it is almost impossible for unions to have legal industrial action in order to protect their jobs, terms & conditions and pensions. The Milford Haven ruling against these workers show why we are standing in the election. Workers haven't got a voice. We are standing to make sure that they have a genuine alternative in this election based on the best fighting socialist traditions of the labour and trade union movement instead of the racist blind alley of the BNP and the far right.

TUSC is holding its Welsh launch in the Railway Club in Swansea's Wind Street at 7.30pm on Thursday March 4th. The two candidates will be speaking.

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