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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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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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Welsh NHS Crisis – We Cannot Go On Like This

By Dave Reid We cannot go on like this. That is the substance of the letter from A&E consultants to the Welsh government. A&E consultants in Wales have written to First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to draw attention to the huge crisis in Welsh hospitals this winter. This letter follows on from a similar letter that A&E consultants in England have ...

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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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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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Tories raise rail fares again – while Welsh Labour privatises

Member of rail union RMT, supported by Cardiff Trades Council, were campaigning outside Cardiff Central station today against fare increases and staff cuts. The union pointed out that while fares are going up services and safety are being cut. The UK government has sanctioned fare rises of 3.3% to train fares in Wales which will hit travellers and further add ...

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