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Cardiff Council plan huge cuts to schools

By Ross Saunders, Secretary Cardiff Against The Cuts This year, Cardiff’s Labour-run Council plans to short-change Cardiff schools by another £3.5 million in real terms, as well as slash £19.4million of funding from services. This includes £1 million worth of “reduced levels of community support” for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Council tax is to rise by ...

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Welsh ‘Uber Eats’ Workers Fight Back

By Ross Saunders Uber Eats riders staged their second action in Cardiff on Monday against low pay and insecure work. Protestors gathered outside the company’s Cardiff office on the appropriately named Vanguard Way to boycott the latest meeting managers had organised under pressure from their angry workforce. To date no progress has been made on the demands of the riders, ...

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Bron Afon victory

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have ended their strike after accepting a much-improved offer from management. The Unison members were set to lose an average of £3000 a year but after 9 days of strike action, forced management to agree to hand over an extra £1500 a year per worker, consolidated, as well one-off cash payments. ...

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Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action

Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks, as the Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and ...

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Labour right rattled by anti-cuts TUSC in Cardiff

The 100% anti-cuts, socialist alternative presented by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has been welcomed on the doorstep by people who are desperate to see an end to austerity. But some figures on the Labour right are less enthusiastic that we’re standing in the Welsh council elections. We’ve been accused of splitting the ‘left-wing’ vote; even of sexism ...

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Support floods in for the Cardiff No-Cuts Three

A flood of support from Labour Party members and trade unionists has greeted the appeal of the Cardiff No-Cuts Three against their expulsion from the Labour Party. John Williams, Joao Felix and Rich Edwards were expelled at the end of January shortly after proposing a motion calling on councillors to refuse to make more cuts to jobs and services. Judith ...

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What does the Diamond Review mean for Welsh Students?

Ben Golightly, Swansea University Socialist Students The Welsh Government commissioned the Diamond Review in 2013 to look at higher education funding and student finance for Welsh students (a student ordinarily resident in Wales). The recommendations will mean Welsh students being charged full £9,000 tuition fees for the first time, receiving less funding overall, and paying more for their education. The ...

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