The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will stand candidates in May’s general election to put forward an alternative to racism and austerity.
Tyrrine Rutherford is standing as TUSC candidate for Aberdeen North.
He told Socialist Worker, “If you’re working class it’s hard to live in Aberdeen. Rents are sky-high and hundreds of new expensive houses are being chucked up while just
2 percent on the council housing list get housed each year.
“There needs to be a socialist voice standing for the working class.
“All the main parties support austerity—they are like window sales people all selling the same windows.”
Tyrrine said the prospects for work in Aberdeen are low—and poverty is high. “For young people like myself there are just too many crap jobs on minimum wage,” he explained.
“You can’t afford to live on minimum wage in Aberdeen.
“All people are getting is agency work and zero hours contracts—there’s no security.”
Tyrrine said that he will use his experiences to fight austerity.
“My girlfriend has been sacked because they say they can’t afford to take her back on after maternity leave,” he added.
“I want to fight for the rights of everyone but particularly young workers and encourage them to join trade unions.”