Here's a short political biography each from Pauline and April.
PAULINE - I am a retired teacher – I taught for 35 years in Special and Comprehensive schools in London and Birmingham. I was elected Union rep in several schools, onto NUT Associations' Committees, and also as delegate to Trades Councils and NUT National Conference.
Over the years I have been active in many campaigns including those to preserve Trade Union rights, against public spending cuts, and to stop the Vietnam and Iraq wars.
I have been enormously enthused by the creation of TUSC as a major campaigning organisation against the vicious cuts perpetrated by the current (and previous) corrupt and self-serving governments.
I am currently campaigning against the introduction of TTIP and to save the NHS and our local Hospital – St Helier.
I am a life-long socialist and believe that democratic ownership of the means of production is the only way to ensure equality for all and to preserve human life on the planet.
APRIL - I am an assistant branch secretary for Southwark UNISON, local government union, and have been a trade union activist for over 20 years. I have organised numerous local campaigns against job cuts and attacks on terms and conditions, as well as national campaigns on pensions and pay.
I am also a member of UNISON's NEC representing black workers throughout the union.
I am also involved in many community campaigns against cuts to local services, against the bedroom tax and welfare benefit cuts and sanctions. We are currently campaigning on the housing crisis in London for mass council house building and a rent cap on private tenancies.
I am involved in the fight against racism and Islamophobia against the likes of the UKIP millionaires who scapegoat immigrants for the economic recession and austerity but who attack trade union rights and public services.