Sign the statement: Defend Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies and his mandate to lead Labour

17 September 2015

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Trade union leaders say back Jeremy Corbyn’s policies

Statement launched by Unite the Resistance to defend Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies and his mandate to lead Labour

The overwhelming election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party is a hugely welcome development for everyone who opposes austerity, racism and war.

The thousands who packed into halls across Britain to hear Jeremy are clearly looking for a new kind of politics that breaks with the pro-austerity consensus. Some were established activists but many were young people from a generation that have faced the assault on EMA, spiralling tuition fees and the rise of zero hours contracts.

They have been inspired by the campaign’s message. After years where the Labour leadership often aped Tory policies the party now has a leader who is a socialist with a proven track record of standing in solidarity with those fighting against injustice and for peace.

His first act on being elected was to join the demonstration in support of refugees in London and to speak out in defence of the trade union movement and against the Tory Trade Union Bill.

He won in an election where over 400,000 voted and he won almost 60 percent of the vote. This gives him a clear democratic mandate to carry out the polices that he put forward during the leadership contest.

Any attempt by the media, or politicians from either inside or outside Labour Party to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and the policies he represents flies in the face of what is clearly an overwhelming democratic mandate.

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory has already sent shock waves through an establishment that for years has had the luxury of a political leadership on both sides of the House of Commons prepared to back austerity.

In Corbyn they see someone who stands for resistance to year after year of privatisation, cuts, and war. In short – policies that make the 99 percent pay for a crisis created by the 1 percent.

We call on all those both inside and outside the Labour Party who support the pro-union, anti-austerity, anti-racist and anti-war policies that Jeremy Corbyn has put forward to stand up to any attempts to undermine his democratic right to lead the Labour Party and the programme he has supported.

 

Mark Serwotka (General Secretary PCS)

Len McCluskey (General Secretary Unite)

Ronnie Draper (General Secretary BFAWU)

Matt Wrack (General Secretary FBU)

Christine Blower (General Secretary NUT)

Dave Prentis (General Secretary Unison)

Michelle Stanistreet (General Secretary NUJ)

Dave Ward (General Secretary CWU)

Sally Hunt (General Secretary UCU)

Mary Bousted (General Secretary ATL)

Sean Vernell & Jane Aitchison (Joint Secretaries Unite the Resistance)

Kevin Courtney (Deputy General Secretary NUT)

Tony Kearns (Deputy General Secretary CWU)

Ian Hodson (National President BFAWU)

Liz Lawrence (President UCU)

Peter Pinkney (President RMT)

Andy Smith (President NUJ)

Rob Goodfellow (UCU President elect)

Kevin McHugh (Deputy President PCS)

Janice Godrich (President PCS)

Cheryl Gedling (Acting Vice President PCS)

Martin Kavanagh (PCS DWP Vice President)

Zita Holbourne (PCS exec & BARAC)

Ian Gawther (PCS RAC Group branch chair)

Gordon Rowntree (PCS Assistant group Secretary HMRC)

Mary Ferguson (PCS NEC & Northern Region Chair)

Sarah Wooley (BFAWU NEC)

Zita Holbourne (National co-chair, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK & PCS NEC

Kevin McHugh (Deputy President PCS)

Ian Gawther (PCS RAC Group branch chair)

Gordon Rowntree (PCS HMRC Assistant Group Secretary)

Mary Ferguson (PCS NEC & Northern Regional Chair)

Dave Muritu (UCU NEC & Chair Black members’ standing committee)

Richard McEwan (UCU NEC & FEC vice chair)

George Atwell (BFAWU full time officer)

Sharon Holder (National Officer GMB) 

All signatories in a personal capacity

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82 comments

  1. Prof. John Parrington (Oxford University, UCU) said:

    Stop the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn – he is standing up for ordinary people, unlike the vast majority of politicians!

    17 September 2015 at 7:17pm
  2. Billie Loebner said:

    Jeremy Corbyn is a long needed voice against the onslaught of cuts, privatisation & selling off of all our public assets and services, and of vicious attacks on our jobs, conditions & trade union rights
    by the Tories under the self-enhancing and deceitful policy of “Austerity”.
    By openly refusing to accept austerity he has challenged the dominance of the Tory ideology and removed a presumption which gave the Tories their power – to which the Blairite New Labour so dismally surrendered.
    Corbyn’s message has resonated with the hundreds of thousands who have been encouraged & shown their support already, and his election was with a resounding majority. It is a principle of democratic process that the will of those who he represents be respected and not undermined by pressures of opponents who have been disappointed – like the proprietors of media giant corps – who as we have already seen are clearly prepared to use their wealth & power to propagate their own ideas in an attempt to mislead and influence the population.

    17 September 2015 at 7:41pm
  3. Rhiannon Lockley said:

    Halesowen College UCU

    17 September 2015 at 7:49pm
  4. John Carr said:

    At last someone in Parliament standing up for ordinary people. Don’t let the unelected few force Corbyn off course.

    17 September 2015 at 8:41pm
  5. Brian O'Sullivan said:

    West Midlands UCU Executive

    17 September 2015 at 9:08pm
  6. Keith Crane said:

    Jeremy Corbyn is a breath of fresh air. His anti-austerity policies are popular and needed. Tired of politicians who represent the 1% and ignore the 99%.

    17 September 2015 at 9:27pm
  7. Yvonne Griffiny said:

    I back Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘quiet revolution’- keep on, keeping on.

    17 September 2015 at 9:29pm
  8. Audrey Glover said:

    I am vice president of Lancaster and Morecambe NUT. We need to make a stand against austerity and support every strike in coming months. All out on the streets of Manchester on October 4th.

    17 September 2015 at 10:32pm
  9. Tracey Mckeown said:

    Power to the PEOPLE..! Finally…!!! :-)

    17 September 2015 at 10:40pm
  10. Rachel Shelmerdine said:

    I have just rejoined the Labour party after a long absence because I support Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity policies and opinions. It is disgusting that the poorest and most vulnerable are being attacked and made to pay for the financial crisis whilst the richest and big corporations get tax cuts and let off paying tax at all. It is also a disgrace that they are attempting to shackle the Unions who are sometimes the last protection against injustice against people in low paid but highly essential jobs. We should all be out on the streets – the Tories are dismantling this country bit by bit – selling off and monetarising everything from our hospitals to our schools – and destroying our traditional standards of fairness and unity and community in the process. Keep going Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell – many thousands support you. Do not give in to the press or feel pressured to water down your views or your approach. We don’t care about who sings the national anthem or who got round the table with what ever political group in order to debate. We do care about the poor and vulnerable not being made to suffer. And we do care about the Tories not being able to feel they have a mandate to ride roughshod over democracy when such a miniscule proportion of the country voted for them. We are behind and there are more of us than there are of them!

    17 September 2015 at 11:56pm
  11. Chris Stone said:

    This is a whole movement, not an individual, but we need to recognise that Jeremy Corbyn and his team are taking the brunt of the media’s attention and give them as much support as we can. These are brutal times and the media is acting like a collective attack dog for the establishment.

    18 September 2015 at 12:12am
  12. Jane Waring said:

    At long last a leader who is offering a genuine alternative to the Tories cruel and unnecessary austerity regime. All those of us who believe in a compassionate, fairer society must get behind Corbyn, McDonnell and the shadow cabinet and make our voices heard on behalf of the 99%. There is a massive amount of grassroots support for a new politics which the print media,the BBC and sadly, some Labour MPs, are trying to derail. Don’t let them!

    18 September 2015 at 7:28am
  13. Satar Rahmani said:

    I support Jeremy Corbyn’s anti austerity policies and his democratic right to lead Labour

    18 September 2015 at 9:44am
  14. Jean Watson said:

    At long last a genuine politician who is there for the us the people to make our voices be heard. We need an end to austerity, power and control and need to bring back true democracy, equality, justice. Jeremy Corbyn is the man that can do this for us and give us back our country.

    18 September 2015 at 9:53am
  15. Peyman Jafari said:

    Solidarity to Jeremy Corbyn – people before profit!

    18 September 2015 at 12:56pm
  16. Kate Hall said:

    I fully support the new leader of the Labour Party – I wish him well.

    18 September 2015 at 1:06pm
  17. Alan Durrant said:

    Jeremy Corbyn represents Real Labour and Real Labour represents real workers.
    Viva Corbyn! Viva Real Labour!!

    18 September 2015 at 1:18pm
  18. Stefan Simms said:

    Stefan Simms
    National Union of Teachers
    National Executive for Outer London & Divisional Secretary for Ealing NUT

    18 September 2015 at 1:40pm
  19. Carole Griffiths said:

    In the name of democracy we have chosen the best man for the job. Let’s get behind him and get these policies through parliament.

    18 September 2015 at 3:21pm
  20. Damian Brennan said:

    Labour PLP needs to unite around the new UK upsurge of a movement against Austerity and the neo-Liberal consensus now registering in the rise to Labour leadership of Corbyn. The urgent demand to oppose the neo-Liberal regime oppressing Europe’s peoples must take priority over Blairite careerism.

    18 September 2015 at 4:48pm
  21. Sasha Simic said:

    Fight Austerity!
    Fight capitalism!

    18 September 2015 at 7:24pm
  22. Mark Still said:

    At last a Labour leader who is not Tory lite but real labour, no to austerity banksters caused this mess not us we should not pay for their fraudulent activities let the 1% pay it

    18 September 2015 at 8:05pm
  23. Andy Reid (PCS London Valn Branch Sec) said:

    As a PCS activist it has long been clear who are the ones, such as Jeremy Corbyn, who be relied on foe Solidarity and adherence to principle.

    18 September 2015 at 9:10pm
  24. Ingrid Green said:

    Jeremy represents me and was democratically elected with a huge majority. This is democracy!

    19 September 2015 at 6:53am
  25. Patricia Melia said:

    JC is what has been needed in the Labour Party for years.Back him all the way.

    19 September 2015 at 7:04am
  26. Sean Harrison said:

    We need to fight austerity now and build a better socialist world now. We need united action from all unions and workers in UK and across the world. We have a world to win and save from the evils of capitalism

    19 September 2015 at 7:41am
  27. Trudy Helen Szczypka said:

    Jeremy Corbyn is a man of conviction and morals. This country needs a drastic change and a powerful voice, one of reason and integrity. I love his choice of John McDonnell too, a man not too proud or egotistical, another who speaks simply and will apologise sincerely when it is right and proper and not afraid to give honest reasons as to why he did what he did!

    19 September 2015 at 10:10am
  28. Ian David Burrell said:

    The right-wing media’s attacks on Jeremy and his policies are shameful. At long last there is a voice for the 76% of the electorate that didn’t vote for the right-wing agenda of the current so-called government.

    19 September 2015 at 5:13pm
  29. Suzy Franklin said:

    Time to fight austerity and the misery it causes, Jeremy Corbyns election tells us ordinary people have had enough of Tory lite Labour. Our local government services are being smashed & our NHS destroyed all in the name of the austerity lie. We have seen our pension contributions rise & our pay will be frozen for yet more years to come. If we wait another five years for “Labour to get in” there will be nothing left to fight for……fightback now! Stop the cuts! Stop the scapegoating #refugeeswelcome here!
    Suzy Franklin UNISON NEC (pc)

    19 September 2015 at 7:43pm
  30. Lorraine Baxter said:

    I fully support the new labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and I wish him all the best for the future.

    19 September 2015 at 7:49pm
  31. Lorraine Baxter said:

    I fully support the new labour leader and wish him all the best for the future.

    19 September 2015 at 7:51pm
  32. H Quinn/'Atos Miracles' said:

    Our fb support page doe sick, disabled and dying people reaches u0 to 5.4 million people a week. People unjustly denied basic monies to live on and without food, heating, about to lose their homes. CAB full, legal aid stopped. We have to talk many suicidal people into staying alive. There has previously been little opposition from the Labour Party to the cuts. We NEED a voice NOW to save lives NOW, IMMEDIATELY. There is nowhere else to go but hope Jeremy helps us.

    19 September 2015 at 10:11pm
  33. Linda Ellis said:

    We need change and Jeremy is the one to do it .

    19 September 2015 at 10:26pm
  34. Sarah Johnson said:

    It was bound to be difficult. We must hold firm in the face of such hostile resistance to change.
    Keep the faith!
    Whatever we can do to make Society more equal can only bring good – for us all.

    19 September 2015 at 10:52pm
  35. Ayse Asim said:

    JC has got a legitimate political agenda and democratically elected to represent the majority. Stop the right wing media demonising him. At last we have a genuine leader.

    19 September 2015 at 11:09pm
  36. denis perrins said:

    lt’s worse than Orwellian! stop the crude propaganda attacks on Corbyn

    20 September 2015 at 8:56am
  37. Anandi Meili Sharan said:

    Yorkshire, Bangalore, Winterthur, England India Switzerland, migrants everywhere, multicultural world citizens support Jeremy Corbyn in this time of attacks on the entire world by the US Empire and its allies in the elites in Europe first and foremost in England. Unite with refugees! Unite with trade unionists!

    20 September 2015 at 11:34am
  38. Terry Mandrell said:

    We Corbynistas need to get organised in our local branch and constituency parties and nationally. Supporters need to become full members and full members need to become activists. At the very least, having voted for him, we now need to give active and organised support.

    20 September 2015 at 12:04pm
  39. Nigel May said:

    We have a proper Labour Party back – rather than a pale blue version of the Tories. The hysterical and ludicrous media attacks just show how scared those with the power are of him.

    20 September 2015 at 12:33pm
  40. Billy Moncrieff said:

    So refreshing to see a man leading the Labour Party who is on the left and who will put people before profit and greed ! ! . We need an alternative in Westminster to Cameron and his Tory fascists ! I hope Corbyn does not change direction ! !

    20 September 2015 at 4:14pm
  41. Michael O'Keeffe said:

    It is time to Stop the Free Market Neoliberal policies. Look what it has done to the ordinary man and woman. Austrity for us, but nothing happening to the fraudsters in the banks. Nothing.

    It is time for change. And the time is now.

    20 September 2015 at 5:56pm
  42. karen edwards said:

    Corbyn is the best thing to happen to the Labour party for a very long time I support him fully

    20 September 2015 at 6:02pm
  43. Louise O'Hare said:

    Jeremy Corbyn isn’t just the best thing to happen to the Labour Party, he’s the best thing to happen in politics. If he can cause such a huge surge in Labour Party members in one week then there must be something about him that people like.

    20 September 2015 at 8:34pm
  44. Mark McIvor said:

    At last, a Labour leader willing to fight the Tories attacks on workers

    20 September 2015 at 9:57pm
  45. Clare Rudge said:

    Jeremy carry my voice. I’m so happy we showed the world we want jeremy to lead our labour group.

    21 September 2015 at 6:33am
  46. Kelvin Nicholls said:

    At last a Labour party leader who will fight for the people he represents rather than pander to the right wing press.

    21 September 2015 at 9:18am
  47. Nick Catlin said:

    The attacks on Jeremy Corbyn are coming thick and fast including a warmongering General willing to effectively organise a coup if he becomes PM!!
    We have to join hand in hand to defend his fight against war, racism and austerity.

    21 September 2015 at 10:30am
  48. Richard said:

    Stop transfering wealth to the elite scum

    21 September 2015 at 11:07am
  49. Cllr Alex Davidson said:

    Austerity is Capitilism

    21 September 2015 at 11:30am
  50. Brenda Duffy said:

    Jeremy Corbyn represents what Labour used to be and should be again, he has my full support for all his policies and he should never sing the national anthem

    22 September 2015 at 7:54pm
  51. Leo Horsfield said:

    The largest mandate ever won by a party leader in UK history, and a party leader who opposes austerity, racism and war. We’ve had enough of neo-liberal imperialism. We demand change.

    22 September 2015 at 8:49pm
  52. Thomas Sutcliffe said:

    The Labour right need to listen to their own party and stop seeking to undermine Corbyn – none of their candidates got as many as a third of the number of votes that he did.

    23 September 2015 at 7:51am
  53. Samantha Tsujino said:

    I support Jeremy Corbyn 100%.

    23 September 2015 at 4:25pm
  54. Mario Nain said:

    This is the moment to build a mass movement against austerity, war and racism.
    Revolutionary solidarity
    Chilean refuge

    23 September 2015 at 8:05pm
  55. Nita Sanghera said:

    The people now have a voice; make sure we let it be heard loud and clear!

    23 September 2015 at 8:37pm
  56. Douglas Johnstone said:

    People voted for Jeremy Corbyn because they wanted a new kind of Labour Party that fought not for the halves but the halve nots. A party that doesn’t attack people on benefits with benefit caps, or put benefit claimants on trial using firms like ATOS, forcing many to commit suicide. (I will tell you that no one is getting rich on benefits.) A party that builds council homes that can house the homeless. That will take the NHS back from the for profit healthcare merchants. Many of these that are carving up our NHS are the same ones that spent a million dollars a day lobbying against Obama’s health reforms in the US. That can take the Utilities back into public ownership, thereby ending the low investment that has marked the era of privatised utilities. Within a publically controlled electricity system we can move to green energy. That has a human foreign policy, and not one based upon military intervention. To promote equality, not one that promotes a feeling that someday you might be rich!! To create a better fairer Britain and so a fairer World!!!

    23 September 2015 at 10:15pm
  57. Robert For Social Justice said:

    Better Jeremy Corbyn than Nasty
    Austerity Slavery

    Labour Needs to be a Force for
    Social Justice Not another Branch
    of the Tory Party as Rightists
    seem to want Labour to be in Effect

    24 September 2015 at 11:12am
  58. Martin Franklin said:

    Islington NUT

    24 September 2015 at 5:55pm
  59. David Rose said:

    Islington NUT

    24 September 2015 at 5:56pm
  60. Mike Govender said:

    International Solidarity Officer
    Islington NUT

    24 September 2015 at 5:57pm
  61. Ceinwen Hilton said:

    Islington NUT Branch Committee

    24 September 2015 at 5:58pm
  62. Dominic Byrne said:

    Divisional Secretary
    Dagenham NUT

    24 September 2015 at 5:59pm
  63. Steve White said:

    Divisional Secretary
    Waltham Forest NUT

    24 September 2015 at 6:00pm
  64. Patricia Sear said:

    I am delighted to support Jeremy Corbyn, a man of integrity and a true Socialist.

    25 September 2015 at 6:43pm
  65. Eamonn Kelly, Branch Officer, UCU said:

    Picket Tory Party Conference, October 4th.

    26 September 2015 at 10:46am
  66. Agunn@hotmail.co.uk said:

    I support Corbyns policies.

    26 September 2015 at 9:22pm
  67. Lorna Solomon said:

    Homerton Hospital UNISON branch chair (PC)

    27 September 2015 at 5:39pm
  68. Phil Wade said:

    I’ve rejoined Labour after 38 years. The “S” word is allowed again!

    27 September 2015 at 7:43pm
  69. Tim Knight-Hughes said:

    Its great we have a real alternative.

    Anti austerity politics must be defended against the right.

    27 September 2015 at 10:43pm
  70. Marven Scott, Unite Community said:

    I’m proud to defend fellow socialist Corbyn and his fight against Tory Austerity.

    29 September 2015 at 1:48pm
  71. John Brown said:

    Just listened to Jeremy Corbyns address to the Labour Conf.
    I love the way he speaks his truth quietly unlike previous leaders who rant or falsely state their views which we find out to be self seeking lies.
    The media scrum will keep asking their questions about ” what is your policy ” etc just as Bart Simpson asks of Homer driving hte car ” are we there yet ? are we there yet ? ”
    I want Jeremy to know – we have only just got into the car ! but at least I now have faith that we’re in the proper car going in the proper direction with a common destination in mind !! Jeremy – your strength is the people with you and there are more than the pundits who comment and opinionate – stick with us !!

    29 September 2015 at 4:42pm
  72. Geoff Lange (PCS/Portsmouth Trades Council Vice Chair) said:

    Portsmouth Trades Council

    9 October 2015 at 6:25pm
  73. Dan Sartin (West Sussex Unison Branch Sec) said:

    Back Corbyn!

    9 October 2015 at 6:28pm
  74. Mark Chiverton (Isle of Wight Unison Branch sec) said:

    Back Corbyn!

    9 October 2015 at 6:30pm
  75. Diana Leach (Unison NEC) said:

    Back Corbyn!

    9 October 2015 at 6:31pm
  76. Cal Corkery (Unite) said:

    No to austerity! support Jeremy Corbyn!

    15 October 2015 at 9:24pm
  77. Mick Skiggs said:

    No to austerity! support Jeremy Corbyn!

    15 October 2015 at 9:25pm
  78. Jackie Lederer (PCS retired) said:

    No to austerity! support Jeremy Corbyn!

    15 October 2015 at 9:26pm
  79. Lisa Fletcher (Unite) said:

    No to austerity! support Jeremy Corbyn!

    15 October 2015 at 9:27pm
  80. John Perry (GMB X21 Branch Sec) said:

    No to austerity! support Jeremy Corbyn!

    15 October 2015 at 9:29pm
  81. Steve Hill said:

    At last a politician who speaks for, and listens to the people who put him in office, a politician with integrity. Jeremy is giving hope to millions of people.
    All you labour MPs who attack him go and listen to your constituents, cos your out of touch and do a little research on Socialism, or just clear off and continuee your 3rd way with Blair.

    20 October 2015 at 5:05pm
  82. Elizabeth Blyth said:

    I fully support his standpoint on every issue

    3 November 2015 at 9:18am

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