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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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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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Unison vows to fight £31m cuts by Carmarthenshire Plaid council

Carmarthenshire Unison branch has attacked the decision of Plaid-led Carmarthenshire County Council to impose £31 million cuts on the county. Mark Evans, secretary of the Carmarthenshire Unison, also slammed the sham consultation that Carmarthenshire and other councils are employing. Speaking to the Western Mail Evans said: “This is a sham consultation where most of the decisions have already been made ...

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Brum bin workers great victory against Blairite Labour council

By Ian Leech and Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party The Socialist Party salutes the marvellous campaign of Birmingham’s bin workers. Birmingham council have backed down in their battle with the city’s bin workers on the eve of a High Court hearing to determine whether their 106 threatened redundancies were lawful. The council have agreed to withdraw the redundancies and give the ...

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