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We Stand With Catalonia

Articles from The Socialist and from Izquierda Revolucionaria For a socialist republic of Catalonia! The workers can finish what Puigdemont won’t!   As this article is being written, a session of the Catalan parliament is underway in which, while thousands of ordinary people amassed outside, Catalan president Puigdemont asked politicians to agree ‘suspending’ a declaration of independence for Catalonia for ...

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We’re Still Here

A Production by National Theatre Wales and Common Wealth The future of Port Talbot steelworks, the last big steel making plant in Wales is hanging by a hair.  A year ago owners Tata Steel  threatened to close the plant, throw six thousand workers out of work and destroy the only large employer in Port Talbot. Their main complaint was the ...

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Savage police violence met with resistance from Catalan people

Statement by Izquierda Revolucionària [Revolutionary Left], CWI in Spain, 2/10/2017 For a general strike on 3 October against repression and for the right to decide! Thousands of police and civil guards carried out savage repression in Catalonia to try to prevent the right to vote in the referendum on 1 October. The state forces smashed glass doors of schools used ...

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Cardiff Socialist Students confront ‘Parasite’ Jacob Rees-Mogg

By Richard Edwards, Cardiff West Socialist Party Jacob Rees-Mogg, aristocratic, misogynistic, homophobic, billionaire landlord and current pin-up boy of the Tory right, was invited to speak at a venue in Cardiff on 29 September. Young Socialists and Socialist Students made sure there was a crowd of working-class activists and campaigners there to give him a raucous reception and confront him ...

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Labour Party conference – Action against capitalist establishment sabotage still needed

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party deputy general secretary The mood of confidence and unity at the 2017 Labour Party conference has been widely reported. It is estimated that around 8,000 people attended either the conference or the parallel Momentum event ‘The World Transformed’, the biggest Labour Party conference in many years. Jeremy Corbyn’s speech covered much of the same positive ground ...

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ThyssenKrupp / Tata Steel Merger

Pensions, jobs and conditions cut but no guarantees for the future!  By Alec Thraves Whilst the signing of a ‘memorandum of understanding’ between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp was given a ‘cautious’ welcome by steel union leaders, there is still massive uncertainty over the future of the Port Talbot plant and others across the UK and Europe who will make up the ...

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Fight expansion of disastrous ‘Universal Credit’ welfare system

Nearly half of current claimants are in rent arrears New areas are due to launch the system in October By Laurel Fogarty, Bangor ‘Universal Credit’, the Tories’ disastrous flagship welfare ‘reform’, is due to be rolled out to 50 new areas next month. This is despite new figures showing the system’s harsh benefit cuts and long waiting times are driving ...

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Carmarthenshire union leader slams Welsh Labour and Plaid cuts

The secretary of Carmarthenshire Unison has hit out at cuts being carried out by Labour and Plaid politicians while claiming to be anti-austerity. In a letter to the Western Mail Mark Evans takes up the claims of politicians from both parties referred to in an article by Martin Shipton. We republish the full article below. The abridged letter published in ...

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Tories start to retreat on pay cap

By Steve Score The government has caved in. It has agreed to lift the 1% public sector pay cap from next year, reflecting the pressure the Tories are under and their real weakness. Police and prison officers, the last groups to have pay decided this year, will have the cap lifted immediately – although their raises are still below inflation. ...

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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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