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Fight closures of West Wales hospitals

By Beth Webster, Welsh nurse Three major hospitals in West Wales could close under proposals by Hywel Dda University Health Board. Until now, Welsh Labour has denied there is a crisis in the Welsh NHS – despite reports similar to those in England of waits of over 12 hours for ambulances and patients dying in corridors. Management is considering various ...

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University lecturers out in force across Wales

University lecturers in Wales started their first of 14 days of action with picket lines at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities on Thursday. They were joining colleagues in 58 other universities in the UK striking against huge cuts to lecturers’ pensions by university bosses. While vice-chancellors have voted themselves increases that will give them higher pay than the prime minister, ...

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Zuma ousted as president of South Africa – Does Ramaphosa offer hope to the working class?

By Weizmann Hamilton, Workers And Socialist Party, Johannesburg Inside two months following his election as ANC president at the party’s December 2017 national conference, Cyril Ramaphosa has realised the ambition he reportedly set himself whilst still at high school according to a close childhood friend – to become the country’s president. If his victory in the ANC presidential succession race ...

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100 years since women won the vote

By Eleanor Donne It is 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It took years of struggle and the largest mobilisation of women in Britain’s history to achieve this partial victory (see below for limitations). Today women worldwide are taking to the streets, as well as social media, demanding an ...

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Crisis nurse: “staff are desperate for change” – unions must build for action

By Andrew Bromhall, NHS mental health nurse and Unison rep (in a personal capacity) I work as a crisis nurse and unscheduled care practitioner, with the aim of giving patients a choice – if safe – between hospital admission and home treatment. This choice, unfortunately, is sometimes made for them. With the shortage of mental health in-patient beds, people are ...

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Cyfarfod yn Nhre-Gwyr yn erbyn y toriadau i addysg

Cafodd aelodau Plaid Sosialaidd Abertawe ymateb brwdfrydig pan cymeron ni rhan mewn cyfarfod o 200 i wrthwynebu toriadai i addysg. Trefnwyd y cyfarfod yn Ysgol Tre-Gwyr nos Iau gan undeb y prifathrawon yr NAHT i ymgyrchu dros ariannu teg ar gyfer addysg yng Nghymru. Wrth mynd i mewn i’r cyfarfod roedd athrawon a rhieni yn awyddus i gymryd un o’n ...

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Swansea teachers and parents support socialist no education cuts demand

Swansea Socialist Party members had an enthusiastic response when we took part in a 200-strong meeting in Gowerton to oppose education cuts. The meeting at Gowerton Comprehensive on Thursday night was organised by the National Association of Head Teachers to campaign for fair funding for education in Wales. The Socialist Party leaflet calling on Swansea Labour Council to fight against ...

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Movement of workers and youth challenges Iranian regime

By P. Daryaban, CWI Sudden large-scale nationwide protests have shaken Iran. Sections of the masses have shown utter defiance of the regime. Youth, facing unemployment estimated to be between 25% and 40%, have particularly been to the fore. The protests, initially against the rise in prices and corruption, almost immediately developed into fighting and clashes with security forces with a mounting ...

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US: #Metoo shakes the system

By Kelly Bellin, Socialist Alternative (USA) Just a few months ago, detailed allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment first broke into the mainstream media. Courageous actresses took a stand against a powerful figure within a multi-billion dollar industry that normalizes sexism. This has sparked a new phase of a growing women’s movement which began with the explosive reaction to Trump’s ...

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