Political party opposed to bedroom tax to launch election campaign
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government
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A political party that has vowed to refuse to implement the controversial bedroom tax is set to launch its local election campaign this Friday.
Co-founded by the late Bob Crow when he was leader of the RMT transport union, The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is also calling for councils to set ‘no-cuts budgets'.
The launch will feature some of the 560 candidates the TUSC will be fielding at the coming local elections.
Speakers will include Southampton rebel councillor Keith Morrell; striking Care UK workers from Doncaster; and leading members of the RMT.
The event will also feature social housing tenants affected by the bedroom tax and those involved in campaigns against it.
The TUSC is pledging to:
• Oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions.
• Refuse to implement the bedroom tax.
• Reject increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.
• Campaign for the wholesale implementation of the living wage.
• Support all workers’ struggles against cuts and privatisation.