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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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Tories in crisis – Act now to get them out!

Editorial in The Socialist 11/07/2018 For mass trade union-led struggle against the weak and divided government Demand an immediate general election For a Corbyn-led government with socialist policies Theresa May is clinging to power by a thread. For the first time since 1982 two cabinet ministers have resigned within 24 hours, as the Brexit civil war has ignited into a ...

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Walk Out Against Trump

Donald Trump – the racist, sexist billionaire who currently occupies the White House – will be in the UK on Friday 13 July. He is not welcome. He must be met with protest on an unprecedented scale. Trump’s visit comes not long after the mass mobilisation of young people and workers following the Parkland school shooting in February. Clearly National ...

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Is Welsh Labour Turning Blue?

By Dave Reid In 2003 Rhodri Morgan Welsh Labour First Minister proclaimed that his government was creating “clear red water” between it and Blair’s New Labour government in Westminster. The Welsh Labour brand was launched as a distinct banner from Blairism or ‘British’ Labour. Welsh Labour in government was charting its own course distinct from New Labour. Proponents of the ...

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Fight to Save NHS Wales

By Dave Reid Hundreds will be rallying in Tredegar in South Wales on July 1st to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The march assembles at the house of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, who based the principles of the NHS on the Tredegar Workmen’s Medical Aid Society. He used his experience in providing cheap ...

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Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Review of Black River by Louise Walsh By Scott Jones Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives. There are parallels, too, between these disasters in how the media portrays victims and survivors. ‘Black River’, a novel by Louise Walsh, is about events after the Aberfan disaster. 116 people, ...

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Eyewitness account from Gaza socialist

By Rana Shubair, Gaza City teacher, and author of the book ‘In Gaza I Dare To Dream’ The following piece is an eyewitness report written by Gazan activist and author Rana Shubair, at the request of ‘Socialist Struggle Movement’ (SSM), the CWI section in Israel-Palestine. Bloody Monday May 14 was the first day of summer holiday for school kids here. ...

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Wales TUC Congress: socialist opposition challenges conservative leaders

By Roger Butler, Swansea Trade Union Council delegate In probably one of the most passive and smallest attended Wales TUC Congress, it was Socialist Party members who brought some life to the Congress last week by intervening in numerous debates and  appealing for basic democratic rights that went down well with delegates. Nine Socialist Party Wales members attended the biennial ...

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Gyngres TUC Cymru: mae sosialaidd yn herio arweinwyr ceidwadol

Gan Roger Butler Aelodau o’r Blaid Sosialaidd ddaeth a rywfaint o fywyd i beth mae’n debyg oedd un o’r lleiaf a mwyaf di-ysbryd o gyngresau TUC Cymru yr wythnos diwethaf. A hynny trwy cymryd rhan yn nifer o’r dadlau a thrwy apelio am hawliau democrataidd sylfaenol – rhywbeth a gafodd croeso gan y dirprwyon. Mynychodd naw aelod o Blaid Sosialaidd ...

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Welsh Labour government re-privatises rail

By Dave Reid The Welsh government has announced, with great fanfare, handing the new £5 billion Wales and Borders rail franchise to multinational corporation KeolisAmey. Not only has it re-privatised the operating franchise – it has handed over the tracks and stations too Under the current franchise, Arriva Trains has been running the Welsh rail system into the ground. With ...

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