Tommy Black for the Assembly and Belfast City Council

  Tommy Black is a long-standing trade unionist and socialist who has been a consistent opponent of cuts in East Belfast. Tommy works as a building supervisor at Ashfield Girls High school, where he also represents staff as a NIPSA shop steward. He is the vice-chair of NIPSA education Branch 516 and is an elected member of the Public Officers Group Executive of NIPSA.

Tommy has fought against cuts to services as a community activist in East Belfast and played a key role in organizing the anti-water charges We Won’t Pay Campaign, speaking at countless meetings and challenging the lies of Government spokepersons that we don’t pay for water. Tommy was the only candidate to speak out against the closure of Sydenham House Women’s Refuge Centre and has been a vocal opposition to the politician’s role in cutting funding to Ballymac Playzone.

Tommy is currently the East Belfast organizer of the Stop the Cuts Campaign.

Tommy told socialistpartyni.net: “I am standing for Belfast City Council and the Assembly so ordinary working class people have a real choice – a choice between electing sectarian and right-wing politicians who have abandoned the people of East Belfast politicians and electing a worker who will represent the interests of working people and the unemployed.

“East Belfast has been hit hard with major job losses. There is a major housing crisis in East Belfast as social housing has been sold off to landlords, in the process pushing housing prices to unattainable levels. The politicians on the Council and in Stormont are completely out of touch with these issues. I pledge not to live on the inflated salaries and allowances of the Assembly politicians, but to only take a workers wage, and donate the rest of my salary to the assisting workers in struggle and the development of a socialist alternative to organize and represent working class people.”

Tommy is standing for Belfast City Council in the Pottinger ward
Tommy is also standing for the Assembly in East Belfast
If you would like to assist in Tommy’s election campaign contact 02890232962

 

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The struggle for socialism today

A reply to the politics of the Socialist Workers Party

A 1999 document by the Socialist Party in Ireland
Introduction by Tom Crean

This pamphlet, written in the form of an open letter, originated in correspondence between the Socialist Party in Ireland and the Socialist Workers Party [in Ireland - Ed], initiated by the latter. The SWP approached us with a view to having a bloc in the recent local elections. While we were willing to discuss this, we had severe reservations about the positions and methods of the SWP which we wished to discuss before considering an agreement.