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Victory by Swansea postal workers against management victimisation

By Alec Thraves Swansea postal workers have won a big victory forcing Royal Mail management to re-instate postman Martin Henwood, after the threat of strike action at Swansea Delivery Office by Communication Workers Union (CWU) members. Martin ‘Rodders ‘ Henwood has worked for Royal Mail for 32 years and has no previous disciplinary record. His sacking has caused uproar among ...

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Socialist Party demands: Swansea Labour council must fight the cuts!

By Alec Thraves Swansea’s Labour controlled council have passed a £28 million cuts budget for 2018/19 as well as voting through projected cuts of a further £70 million over the next three years. During the 10 minute session allowed for public questions Socialist Party members highlighted that these medium term financial plans included some departments having their budgets cut by ...

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Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

By Sasha O’Neil, Caerphilly Socialist Party Campaigners in Pontllanfraith have forced Caerphilly Council to back down on plans to close Pontllanfraith leisure centre. Their victory shows that if you fight the cuts you can win. This is the second successful blow against the cuts in the Blackwood area. Two years ago, in a hard-fought campaign, the same campaigners stopped the ...

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Socialist Party Wales Annual Conference

By Joao, Beth, Alex and Meg (Cardiff West Socialist Party) Saturday’s earthquake pales in comparison with the shifts in the political landscape described at this weekend’s Welsh Conference. Up to 40 Comrades from across Wales gathered in Cardiff to discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, whilst simultaneously planning a programme for the future. Deputy General Secretary Hannah ...

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Swansea Labour cabinet approves £22m cuts

By Alec Thraves Swansea Socialist Party represented what the council leader called the ‘unofficial opposition’ in challenging another £22m cuts proposal for the 2018/19 budget at the council’s cabinet meeting last week. With no opposition councillors or trade union representatives present at the cabinet meeting it fell yet again on our shoulders to highlight the fact that there has already ...

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Tories on the brink – kick them out!

By Clare Laker-Mansfield Division, scandal and crisis: these are the most striking features of Theresa May’s government today. If faced with mass protest by workers and youth – this shambolic Tory regime could be forced from power. Indeed, they could be pressed into calling a general election at any moment. Our movement must therefore go on the offensive. On 15 ...

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Robber barons own $6trn

Take the wealth off the 1% Come to Socialism 2017! By Andrew Carss, The Socialist November 2 2017 The combined wealth of the world’s billionaires has now reached an eye-watering $6 trillion. Up by nearly a fifth from last year, vast profits wringed from the workers of the world are concentrated in ever fewer hands. The most powerful force in ...

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Socialists must back Catalan struggle for self-determination

Editorial from The Socialist by Tony Saunois (Committee For A Workers International – CWI) The dramatic events that have shaken Catalonia and the Spanish state have national and international implications. The decision of the Spanish government – led by the right-wing PP government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy – to implement Article 155 of the constitution and end the autonomy ...

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