Archive for April, 2010

As IBM Announce Redundancies Mick Tosh Blasts Main Parties for putting Rhetoric Above Reality in Manifestos

April 14, 2010

As IBM Announce Redundancies Mick Tosh Blasts Main Parties for putting Rhetoric Above Reality in Manifestos

As IBM announces a consultancy over redundancies in Portsmouth North Mick Tosh, Parliamentary Candidate for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, called for solidarity with the workers facing job losses and blasted New Labour MP Sarah McCarthy-Fry for failing to fight to protect jobs in the city.  
 
“Our MP, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, has said that the decision to make 480 workers redundant is IBM’s ‘commercial decision to make’. That simply isn’t good enough,” said Tosh. “As our MP why isn’t she fighting to save those jobs? This happened during the Vestas campaign on the Isle of Wight nine months ago, Sarah and her New Labour colleagues consistently put company profits above the people they are supposed to represent and it has to stop.”
 
“The fact that this announcement came to light on the same day that the Tories and New Labour revealed their new manifestos shows that for all their talk and glossy printing the reality is that working people are losing their jobs and they are doing nothing to stop that.”
 
IBM, based at North Harbour, has started a 90-day consultation over a round of job losses across the UK. This latest round of job cuts in the area follows on from job losses at Fratton Park, BAE and Vestas on the Isle of Wight. In the past 6 months there has also been strike action by civil service workers, postal workers and ballot for action by rail workers. 
 
“Each and every time that working people in this area have been faced with job losses or are being forced to fight for their conditions or pensions we have been there to support them, but that cannot be said for New Labour. That is the entire point of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, we are not only representing ordinary working people, we are ordinary working people representing ourselves.”
 
“The three main party’s manifestos push political rhetoric over reality. Labour say they promise ‘a fair future’ for all and the Tories invite us to ‘join the government’, but we won’t be taken in by that. All they are really promising are cuts and more cuts.”

“As the TUSC manifesto shows we are the only party, and I am the only candidate in Portsmouth, against cuts and for defending our vital public services. We don’t simply promise a fairer society, we are standing to build that society with working people by building a new political alternative that fights for us.”

The Manifesto for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition can be downloaded here:
http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/TUSC%20leaflet.pdf

A final Pre-Election TUSC rally will be held on the 4th May at Cosham Community Centre, 7.30pm. Invited speakers include representatives from the FBU, RMT, PCS and POA unions as well as workers from IBM in Portsmouth.

As Brown Calls Election TUSC Provides a Clear Choice for Portsmouth Voters

April 6, 2010

April 6th 2010

As Brown Calls Election TUSC Provides a Clear Choice for Portsmouth Voters

When Gordon Brown visited Buckingham Palace today to formally call the general election Mick Tosh, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Portsmouth North, declared that his campaign is not only ready to challenge the two main parties in the constituency, but also the threat of the far right. TUSC, with Mick Tosh a ferry worker of 30 years as its candidate, will provide a genuine working class alternative for the voters of Portsmouth.

 “The election is now officially underway, Gordon Brown says we have a “big choice” to make and Portsmouth North is a seen as a key battleground constituency, yet come May 6th many people are going to go to the polls feeling that because the big three parties are so similar there is little to chose from. Many may even decide not to vote” said Tosh. “It’s true, the big three parties are identical when it comes to cutting our jobs and our public services, but this isn’t a three horse race, TUSC provides a real alternative.”

“I am the only candidate standing against the cuts planned by the other parties. I am the only candidate standing to repeal the anti-trade union laws and to bring public utilities, such as the railways, back into public ownership.”

“Of course we’re not the only party saying we’re the alternative. The BNP, UKIP and English democrats are reported to be standing in this city – what will these ultra right wing parties provide for working people, trade unionists and the less well off? Nothing! In contrast to their politics of division I am standing for solidarity with workers and people across the city who are fighting to defend jobs and our environment and the need to provide affordable, decent homes and quality services, not division of the other parties or the racism the BNP peddle.”

“I am standing in solidarity with staff at Fratton Park who are losing their jobs – where have the other parties been on this issue? I am the only candidate calling for a full, open, public enquiry into the club’s finances and calling for democratically elected ‘supporter and community directors’ so that we, the fans and people of Portsmouth, can gain a stake in our club and put it back into the heart of our community.”

“I am campaigning to keep the prison services and the post office in public ownership”

 ”I want a proper consultation and a vote of people who will be affected by the proposed new slip road off the M275″.

 ”I will campaign against the Lisbon treaty on the same grounds outlined during the ‘No-to EU- Yes to Democracy’ campaign in June.” “Gordon Brown says we have a ‘big choice’ to make, yet the big three parties provide no choice proposing only cuts or swifter cuts. Through TUSC we give working people, families, pensioners and those whose voice is not listened to a real choice, a way to say no to cuts, no to job losses and yes to improving our society with fairness for all. TUSC is the real alternative, giving ordinary people the right to represent themselves and represent the millions, not the millionaires.”

TUSC at Fratton Park: For A Worker’s and Fan’s Club!

April 5, 2010

Mick Tosh and the TUSC: Portsmouth North campaign team headed to Fratton Park on Saturday prior to Pompey’s 0-0 draw with Blackburn to stand in solidarity with workers at the club who still fear for their jobs and to call for fans to have a democratic stake in th running of their club.

Mick, a lifelong Pompey fan and season ticket holder, said:

“I am standing in solidarity with staff at Fratton Park who are losing their jobs. I am the only candidate calling for a full, open, public enquiry into the club’s finances and the only candidate calling for democratically elected ‘fans directors’, so that we fans can gain a stake in our club and put it back into the heart of our community.”

Mick was supported by members of the RMT, UNITE and the Socialist Party who gave out leaflets and collected names in support of the campaign.

“The response has been great,” said Ben Norman from the Socialist Party. “As fans we’re worried about the future of the club, but we’re also worried for those members of staff who are going to lose their jobs. Why should fans and workers have to pay for the owner’s crisis?”

Portsmouth TUSC Candidate Declares Anti-Strike Ruling ‘Undemocratic’ and Calls for Support for Rail Workers

April 2, 2010

TUSC Candidate Declares Anti-Strike Ruling ‘Undemocratic’ and Calls for Support for Rail Workers

Following yesterdays high court ruling to delay the pending rail workers strike on April 6th, TUSC Portsmouth North candidate Mick Tosh declared:

 “This is simply undemocratic. The right to strike is every worker’s most basic right and it is a right which needs to be defended. The pending action by rail workers was not only about defending jobs but about defending public safety.”

“As rail user I would be more comforted about rail safety if Network Rail spent more time negotiating a settlement with the RMT which ensures the safety of our Railways with proper staffing levels, than the time spent with briefs in suits and sitting in judges’ chambers pouring of minute details and loopholes of the anti trade union laws to stifle workers democracy.”

 “This undemocratic intervention is another clear example of the need to repeal the anti-trade union laws established by Thatcher. I am standing to repeal these draconian laws and give worker’s their rights back.”

We Are Ready!” TUSC Activists Outline Campaign Activity At Open Meeting

April 1, 2010

We Are Ready!” TUSC Activists Outline Campaign Activity At Open Meeting  

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters met at an open meeting at  Portsmouth Railway Club on Monday 29th March to announce activity and to launch a finance appeal.

Writing after the meeting, Richard Howard, Portsmouth RMT branch secretary wrote:

“Mick Tosh is a candidate who offers an alternative to cuts, to racism and the poor paying for the follies and excesses of the rich, Mick will represent the views of his constituents and not fat cat bankers and businesses. If elected Mick will take the wage of an average worker in his constituency.

We need your assistance, moral, practical and financial to stand against the planned cuts on jobs and the welfare state, to build solidarity between workers in this area who face battles in the future and be a voice for workers in parliament. I appeal to you and to those within your Branch to come to our aid and assist us in whatever capacity you feel is possible. There is a pressing need for financial support. This is what the political fund is for, to support political efforts on behalf of our members interests. We can send speakers to any meeting including your branch meeting to explain our position and answer any questions you and your members will have. I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.”

Key Campaign Dates:

 *Saturday 3 April. Meet at 1.15 pm outside Fratton Railway Club (opposite Fratton Station) to leaflet the Pompey game (Saturday 10 April. Meet at 12 noon outside Sommerfields in North End for street

* Monday 12 April. TUSC meeting in Stamshaw Community Centre. * Saturday 17 April. Meet at 12 noon at shops on Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove for street meeting.

 * Sunday 18 April. Meet at 2.30 pm outside Fratton Railway Club to leaflet Pompey game.

 * Saturday 24 April. Meet at 12 noon in Cosham Precinct for street meeting.

Finance appeal:

Cheques can be made out to ‘TUSC Portsmouth’ and sent to the treasurer, Ben Norman, at 41 Harold Road, Southsea, PO4 0LS.

 Future Meetings:

On the 29th April Brian Caton, Prison Officers Association General Secretary is speaking at a TUSC rally in Southampton.

Next TUSC Portsmouth North meeting will be on 12 April  in Stashaw 7.30 pm (venue to be confirmed.)

For more information please contact tusc.portsmouth@gmail.com