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Election campaigning in Manchester for TUSC

Issue No. 2196

Karen Reissmann and the TUSC campaign for the general election is striking a chord of resistance in Manchester.

The Unite union convener at McVitie’s factory told Karen, “I am a Labour Party member, our branch is affiliated to two local wards, and many of our stewards are members too.

“But what you are saying is important for our stewards to hear.”

Karen has now been invited to address the next stewards’ meeting.

“At the the MRI hospital the Unison stewards are very loyal to Labour,” says Karen, “but they are all pissed off. They agreed to take my election leaflets to put around the mess rooms.

“At the ambulance station the convener said he was ‘really pleased’ I was standing. He said he would vote for me, and he would distribute the leaflets.”

A local housing worker, who was an activist years ago said, “As soon as I heard Karen was standing I had to get involved.”

The campaign is re-invigorating people.

Last Saturday in response to reports of hospital cuts in Manchester, TUSC campaigned on the streets wearing “Fight the Cuts, Defend the NHS” T-shirts.

Karen said, “We must get as many people as possible to our TUSC rally on 15 April. Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS union is speaking.”

Manchester TUSC rally, Thursday 15 April, 7.30pm, Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD

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Tue 6 Apr 2010, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2196
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