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UCU Wales suspends FE strike action after management concessions – but must be ready to fight again

UCU members have recently won some important concessions from management and the WelshGovernment by balloting with a big majority for strike action. If accepted by members via e-ballot lecturers pay will rise by 2 – 3.5% and management has agreed to discuss workload. Clare Gibbs (UCU Coleg y Cymoedd) explains what has been won and the need to keep the ...

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Islwyn Labour Party calls for no-cuts council budget

By Dave Reid Islwyn Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has passed a motion calling on Labour-led Caerphilly Borough Council to pass a no-cuts budget. The motion from Maesycymmer ward calls for “all its serving Caerphilly Councillors to plan for a 2019/20 Council budget that will protect services and employment, not cut them.” The motion was passed shortly after a march of ...

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Further Education workers to strike for decent pay and workload

By Clare Gibbs, Coleg Y Cymoedd UCU (in a personal capacity) Lecturers across Wales will be taking strike action over pay and workload on Tuesday 4th December, Thursday 13th December and Friday 14th December.  This has been decided following the fantastic ballot result of University and College Union members who voted overwhelmingly to support. On pay the result was 90.5% ...

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Swansea takes on Amazon

By Gareth Bromhall (Swansea Trades Council) Representatives from the GMB Union, along with Swansea Trades Council and members of Swansea Socialist Party Branch gathered at the entrance of the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Swansea, bright and early at 7am to catch the morning shift on Black Friday, Amazon’s biggest day of the year. 20 of us, with flags, banners and ...

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Welsh College staff set to strike on pay

College lecturers in Wales have voted by an overwhelming majority, busting the undemocratic Tory strike threshold, to strike for an improved pay offer and against increasing workloads. The employers organisation, Colegau Cymru, have refused to recognise the all Wales ballot demanding that the union divides up the dispute college by college, even though Colegau Cymru negotiates for all the colleges ...

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Welsh ‘Uber Eats’ Workers Fight Back

By Ross Saunders Uber Eats riders staged their second action in Cardiff on Monday against low pay and insecure work. Protestors gathered outside the company’s Cardiff office on the appropriately named Vanguard Way to boycott the latest meeting managers had organised under pressure from their angry workforce. To date no progress has been made on the demands of the riders, ...

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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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