Union chief at mayoral rally

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CONTROVERSIAL union leader Bob Crow will be speaking in Doncaster next week in support of one of the candidates for Elected Mayor.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition are holding a public rally on Tuesday, April 2, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Doncaster Trades & Labour Club in the Frenchgate Centre.

Speakers will include Bob Crow, the RMT rail transport union general secretary; Tony Mulhearn, one of the 47 Liverpool Labour councillors who fought Margaret Thatcher in 1983-87; and Mary Jackson, the recently-declared TUSC candidate for Doncaster Mayor this May.

She says it is ‘hugely significant’ that the RMT are supporting a Left of Labour candidate given that the railway workers’ union in Doncaster was one of the founders of the Labour Party around 100 years ago.

It will also be seen as a snub to Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party.

The RMT left the Labour Party 10 years ago because they believed New Labour no longer represented working class people and the RMT is now a key partner in the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) which ‘seeks to put a socialist alternative to the mainstream parties and the far-right’.

Mary Jackson said: “I am standing for mayor because Doncaster people are suffering under this Tory coalition’s austerity policies, but our mayor and council are just passing on these savage cuts. If elected, I will stand up to the Government, refuse to pass on their cuts and rally the townspeople to fight for our jobs and services.”