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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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Healthcare in West Wales at risk

By a member of Pembrokeshire Socialist Party After a series of “consultation and engagement” events, Hywel Dda University health board has recently announced its plans to transform the way in which people in Carmarthenshire , Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion will receive healthcare provision in the future and its twenty year “vision” to achieve this and to “repurpose” healthcare in West Wales. ...

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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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Cardiff Council plan huge cuts to schools

By Ross Saunders, Secretary Cardiff Against The Cuts This year, Cardiff’s Labour-run Council plans to short-change Cardiff schools by another £3.5 million in real terms, as well as slash £19.4million of funding from services. This includes £1 million worth of “reduced levels of community support” for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Council tax is to rise by ...

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Hundreds protest to keep Pontllanfraith leisure centres open

By Dave Reid Hundreds of people from Blackwood and Pontllanfraith marched to keep open their local leisure centre and swimming pool. Labour-controlled Caerphilly Borough Council want to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre and Cefn Fforest swimming pool to ‘rationalise’ leisure facilities in the borough. Twice attempts to close the centre have been beaten off by a determined campaign. But now the council ...

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