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At-a-glance: Scots TUSC manifesto

The Scottish Trade Union and Socialist Coalition have launched their manifesto for the 2010 election.

Here is a look at the key pledges it contains:


Privatisation:

  • Stop all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and the privatisation of prisons.
  • Bring privatised public services and utilities back into public ownership under democratic control.
  • Take rail back into public ownership and build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system.
  • Stop council estate sell-offs and build eco-friendly, affordable public housing.
  • Keep Royal Mail as a publicly-owned service.
  • Bring banks and finance institutions into genuine public ownership under democratic control.

Tax, earnings and unions:

  • Progressive tax on wealthy corporations and individuals, with a crackdown on tax avoidance.
  • Repeal anti-trade union laws.
  • A minimum wage set at half average adult male earnings, with no exemptions.
  • Solidarity with workers taking action to defend jobs, conditions, pensions, public services and trade unions.
  • Reinstate full trade union rights to prison officers.
  • Ensure women have genuinely equal rights and pay.

Environment:

  • Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Invest in publicly-owned and controlled renewable energy.
  • Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming - stop the pollution that is destroying our environment.

Defence and foreign policy:

  • Bring home all British troops from Afghanistan immediately.
  • No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant Eurofighters.
  • Convert arms spending into socially useful products and services.
  • An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity.
  • No Lisbon Treaty.

Politics:

  • Scotland should be offered the chance to vote on whether Scotland would become an independent country and a vote on whether there should be a stronger devolved Scottish parliament with full financial powers.


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