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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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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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UCU Wales Congress prepares for action

By Clare Gibbs, Coleg y Cymoedd delegate (in a personal capacity) The annual Congress of the University and College Union (UCU) Wales took place on Saturday 21st April in Cardiff. Whilst attendance in general was slightly down in comparison with other years it was great to see a very large delegation from Cardiff University UCU following their inspirational 14 days ...

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Socialist Party demands: Swansea Labour council must fight the cuts!

By Alec Thraves Swansea’s Labour controlled council have passed a £28 million cuts budget for 2018/19 as well as voting through projected cuts of a further £70 million over the next three years. During the 10 minute session allowed for public questions Socialist Party members highlighted that these medium term financial plans included some departments having their budgets cut by ...

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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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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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