The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) party have released their candidates that are to stand in Renfrewshire council elections in May.
The party are fielding two candidates, Richard Neville in Ward 2, Renfrew South and Gallowhill and Jim Halfpenny in Ward 12, Erskine and Inchinnan.
Jim Halfpenny is a Educational Institute of Scotland teachers union activist who was the socialist candidate in Erskine and Inchinnan in 2012. He said: “Since the last election tens of millions have been cut from Renfrewshire council.
Richard Halfpenny. Photo Credit: TUSC
“We need councils and the Scottish government to refuse to implement Tory austerity and set no cuts budgets instead. This could be done by building a mass campaign of trade unions and communities to fight for jobs and services and demand a return of the billions in austerity. There is a lot of justified anger at Labour implementing the cuts in the council.
“But people in Renfrewshire remember the SNP/ Liberal coalition making cuts before them and in the Scottish government with the support of the Greens. We need socialist councillors who’ll refuse to vote for cuts and organise a fightback.”
Richard Neville lives in Gallowhill is a care worker and was involved in organising the campaign against the bedroom tax. He told us: “TUSC are also fighting the jobs massacre in Renfrewshire and the brutal NHS cuts. We call for and support a trade union fightback to save local jobs at Chivas, Doosan Babcock and DWP Lonend.
Richard Neville. Photo Credit: TUSC
“Health provision in Renfrewshire faces cuts including the children’s ward at the RAH. We are demanding the SNP government provide the funding to stop this devastation. We stand for socialism – for the billions not the billionaires.”
TUSC is made up of the RMT trade union, Socialist Party Scotland and the Socialist Workers Party. Scottish policies include: Scrap trident, invest in jobs, No to the bosses EU, a socialist Europe and or an independent Socialist Scotland.
You can find out more about the elections and a list of candidates declared so far on our special election section of our website.