Tuesday 9 March 2021

Welsh voters given real alternative to mainstream parties in Senedd elections

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has announced it is standing in the Welsh Parliament elections on 6 May.

It has decided to contest the South Wales West, South Wales East and South Wales Central regional lists.

TUSC is standing to provide a real alternative for working people, including traditional Labour voters, who have been abandoned by the main parties.

Mark Evans, lead TUSC candidate in South Wales West said
: “Under Keir Starmer Labour has abandoned working people. Its defence of big business in opposing the raising of Corporation Tax is just the latest in a series of sharp moves to the right, which will see Labour support in Wales ebbing away.”

Mariam Kamish, TUSC lead candidate in South Wales East added: “Welsh Labour’s voting down of a proposal to allow all children of Universal Credit claimants to receive free school meals shows that Welsh Labour is also not prepared to stand up for the lowest-paid workers in Wales”.

TUSC will be standing for:
  • Universal free school meals for all pupils
  • Opposition to all cuts and closures to public services, jobs, pay and conditions.
  • For an immediate investment in the NHS to reverse previous cutbacks and a 15% pay rise for all NHS and care workers
  • A united working-class struggle against racism
  • Renationalisation of rail and public transport to electrify Wales railways
  • For rent controls, secure tenancies and end to evictions.
  • Nationalise energy utilities to create a publicly-owned energy company to build tidal lagoons on the Swansea, Cardiff and North Wales coasts and to make Wales 100% green energy self-sufficient
  • For a multi-option referendum on independence
  • Full law-making and tax raising powers for the Welsh Parliament including the power to nationalise companies threatening closure

Candidates will include a council workers’ leader, NHS nurses and workers fighting for a decent pay rise in the pandemic, a leader of the rent strike at Swansea University, a prominent community anti-cuts campaigner, a Black Lives’ Matter activist and an 18-year-old college student.

All candidates have pledged to take only the average worker’s wage in Wales if elected.

TUSC list candidates

South Wales West

Mark Evans – Carmarthenshire council workers’ leader

Karen Gerrahty – Maesteg NHS occupational therapist

Gareth Bromhall – Secretary of Swansea Trades Union Council and care worker

Oision Mullholland – organiser of the rent strike at Swansea University

Charlie Wells – Swansea University organiser of Free Education campaign

South Wales Central

Ross Saunders – organiser of Cardiff Against The Cuts and secretary of Socialist Party Wales

Beth Webster – nurse at UHW hospital

Mia Hollsing – Cynon Valley campaigner against domestic violence

Kevin Gillen – Barry community activist

South Wales East

Mariam Kamish – Campaigner for A&E at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr

Cammilla Mngaza – Campaigning for justice for her daughter Siyanda Mngaza

Melanie Benedict – 18 year old campaigner for youth rights

Dave Reid – Trade union activist

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