Eastleigh’s Railwaymen back Socialist candidate

Rail workers have been meeting here for almost 100 years. Eastleighs oldest survivng Working Men's Club.
Rail workers have been meeting here for almost 100 years in Eastleighs oldest survivng Working Men’s Club.

As the Rail Maritime and Transport Union prepared to hold a strike ballot by local Network Rail workers later this week, the Eastleigh branch of The Rail Maritime & Transport Union invited Tim Cutter, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) PPC for Southampton Itchen to speak at their monthly Branch meeting at Eastleigh’s loco club on Station Hill.

Tim Cutter is a local government worker employed by Hampshire County Council and a ‘Unison’ rep who will be contesting Southampton Itchen in opposition to the sitting MP, labour Cabinet Minister John Denham.

Remarking on how it was ordinary members of the Railway Union who, a hundred years ago, had caused the labour Party to come into existence Tim Cutter explained he would be contesting the General Election:

“…to show that there is a clear left-wing alternative to policies of public sector cuts, privatisation, militarism and environmental degradation”

After a debate the Eastleigh workers declared their support for his campaign.

A  Spokesman for TUSC said:

‘In this week’s ‘Guardian’ John Denham says he has identified £20 billion worth of cuts.  This is going to hurt everyone. It was reckless speculation on the world markets that has brought us to this sorry state of affairs, yet the ‘Bonus culture’ has been reasserted”

He added that although his party would not be fielding a candidate in Eastleigh for the forthcoming General Election, it was possible they would contest the Labour council seats.