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No confidence in Welsh Labour to fight for the working class

By Gareth Bromhall (Secretary Swansea Trades Council and socialist parliamentary candidate for Swansea West) Welsh Labour leader Vaughan Gething, who took up the position just three months ago, lost a vote of no confidence after two Labour Members of the Senedd (the Welsh Parliament), both critics of his leadership, were absent. At the centre of the controversy is a £200,000 ...

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Arrest and escalation by police against Cardiff Gaza protesters

Ele Jane, Cardiff East Socialist Party Between 3 and 4 June, 19 protesters were arrested in Cardiff and Swansea in a brutal escalation of police response to the Palestine movement. A video shows eight police officers surrounding a disabled activist, and forcing his head down, before escorting him away. An emergency demonstration was called in response outside Cardiff Bay police ...

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TUC Cymru/Wales TUC Congress: Young workers ready to fight under a new Labour government

By Alec Thraves, delegate from Swansea Trades Council With a rebranding its name, on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Wales TradesUnion Congress (TUC), the 2024 biennial congress of ‘TUC Cymru’ in Llandudno was arefreshing and largely combative event, which took up the key issues facing the trade unionmovement in Wales.A big factor in this changed mood, compared ...

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Wales TUC – prepare union action to save jobs & services

By Alec Thraves Wales TUC Congress delegate The 2024 biennial Wales TUC Congress, meeting in Llandudno on its 50th anniversary, will yet again be debating the continuing attacks on the wages, jobs and conditions of trade unionists across Wales, and the devastating impact these are having on working-class families and communities. The crisis in the public sector will be highlighted, ...

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Swansea May Day rally in support of steelworkers

By Gareth Bromhall, Swansea and West Wales Socialist Party and Swansea Trades Council secretary Trade unionists and supporters gathered to celebrate international workers’ day at Swansea Trades Council’s annual May Day rally. The rally was called in support of steelworkers at Tata Steel at Port Talbot and Llanwern in Newport, and was headed by main speaker Jason Wyatt, a Unite rep ...

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South Wales community stops far right

100 counter-protesters gathered in the village of St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan, in opposition to a planned demonstration by far-right group ‘Patriotic Alternative’. Patriotic Alternative are opposed to housing refugees from Afghanistan in the village. In fact, the refugees are being ‘housed’ in accommodation inside the RAF St Athan base – hardly suitable for families and young children! ...

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TATA confirms death blow at Port Talbot

Strike to fight the jobs massacre – Nationalisation not devastation By Alec Thraves (Vice President, Swansea Trades Council) Seven months of fruitless ‘negotiations’ between the steel unions and Tata’s deaf, brutal and intransigent bosses have resulted in the widely expected rejection of both the Unite and the Community/GMB alternative proposals to retain primary steel making at Port Talbot. With a ...

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Unite steel ballot victory

By Alec Thraves Unite has announced a significant ‘Yes’ vote result in their ballot for industrial actionat Port Talbot and Llanwern.All four bargaining units, across the two sites, returned a ‘Yes’ vote showing thedetermination of the majority of the1,500 Unite members to defend their jobs andsave the industry and protect the local communities.With the average age of a Unite Port ...

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Meet Tata bribes with strike action and steel nationalisation

By Alec Thraves (Swansea Socialist Party and Swansea Trades Union Council) Tata Steel bosses are now stepping up their ‘non-negotiable’ plan to shut the two remaining blast furnaces at its Port Talbot site, something the Socialist Party has consistently raised is on the cards. This means the loss of almost 2,000 steel jobs and a knock-on affect to thousands more ...

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