The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing over 100 candidates in May’s general election.
Greenwich College lecturer Lynne Chamberlain has hit the ground running since she was selected for Greenwich and Woolwich in south east London.
She said, “I got a great reception at the bus station, where they know me well from the trades council. And Socialist Worker’s anti-austerity poster has gone down really well on our street stalls.
“Three enthusiastic students said they wanted to join the campaign because they were so angry at the cut to Education Maintenance Allowance.
“When you talk to workers, whether they’re lecturers or cleaners, firefighters or shop assistants, it’s the same issues that unite—lack of a pay rise, bullying bosses and working conditions.”
Around 20 people have already joined Lynne’s election team—from neighbours who took on greedy developers to a Sikh supporter who plans to leaflet his temple.
Pat Coker, whose son Paul died in police custody, plans to get involved.
Lynne’s colleagues support her—and are “fired up and angry” over education cuts.
They’ve just voted by 94 percent to strike against attacks on their contracts, similar to those that led to 42 days of strikes at Lambeth College.
Lynne has been featured in the local press and invited to a hustings. She said, “You can see all the people signing a petition for Jeremy Clarkson and despair. But then you see the other petition that thousands are signing, against the cuts to adult education—which I’ll be using the election to highlight.
“The anger is building up and there’s a real hostility to the government. We can use that to make a big splash.”