Author Archives: Dave Reid

Cardiff crack-down on homeless people

By Dave Reid In the last couple of years there has been a marked increase in the number of homeless people living and begging on the streets of Cardiff. Official figures indicate an increase of 7% sleeping rough in one year, but surrounding cities and towns report increases of 60-90% which appear more accurate. The sharp increase is in large ...

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Review: Labour – The Summer That Changed Everything

By Dave Reid Today it all appears to be sweetness and light in the Parliamentary Labour Party. The daily Blairite attacks on Corbyn appear to have receded and Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell seem to be believe that the PLP is behind them. But David Modell’s fly-on-the wall documentary that followed four candidates through the general election campaign earlier this ...

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Bron Afon support workers to step up action

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have just completed their fourth day of strike action with growing support from the trade union movement. They are taking action against a £3000 a year pay cut and an end to collective bargaining with the introduction of spot wages (see earlier article). But still the housing association board, which is ...

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UHW hospital bosses back the prosecution of their own workers

Welsh government must cancel all fines and PFI deal Seventy-five health workers at University Hospital of Wales hospital in Cardiff are facing fines totalling £65,000 after the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre ruled in favour of parking corporation Indigo collecting the fines. Indigo claims there are £12.8 million in unpaid fines due from April 2016. Workers have incurred the fines parking ...

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Bron Afon workers fight £3000 pay cut

Support workers hit by austerity and outsourcing Unison members working for Bron Afon housing association in Torfaen have taken the first of three days strike action after annual wages for the overwhelming majority of staff in the Supported Living Team was cut by over £3000. Support workers at Bron Afon, provide assistance to vulnerable people over the age of 50 ...

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DWP announces office closures and job losses

Civil service union PCS has reacted with anger to the announcement that the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) has announced that it intends to close four sites in Wales by March 2018. The Llanelli Service Centre will close causing the loss of 146 jobs in the town and the real threat of compulsory redundancies. Mark Evans, president of Llanelli ...

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Rhodri Morgan dies aged 77

The death of Rhodri Morgan, the ex-First Minister of Wales, has been met with shock and not a little sadness amongst working people in Wales. ‘Rhodri’ was known affectionately simply by his first name as the affable and eccentric First Minister who led the development of the Welsh Assembly and effectively the first Welsh government. More significantly he was the ...

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Labour holds in Wales despite cuts councillors

The council elections in Wales were completely overshadowed by the impending general election which was called two weeks before. The mainstream media confidently predicted Labour losses in the local elections and a victory for the Theresa May in the general election but the Tories have not been forgiven for the damage they have done to Welsh working class communities. So ...

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Welsh budget: Labour government implements Tory cuts

By Dave Reid (Secretary, Socialist Party Wales) The Welsh government’s budget continues Welsh Labour’s policy of meekly passing on the Tories’ public service cuts and inflicting them on some of the most deprived communities in western Europe. The Welsh government is slamming another nail into the coffin of council services. There will be a further cut of 3.5% to council ...

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