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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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Is Welsh Labour Turning Blue?

By Dave Reid In 2003 Rhodri Morgan Welsh Labour First Minister proclaimed that his government was creating “clear red water” between it and Blair’s New Labour government in Westminster. The Welsh Labour brand was launched as a distinct banner from Blairism or ‘British’ Labour. Welsh Labour in government was charting its own course distinct from New Labour. Proponents of the ...

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Fight to Save NHS Wales

By Dave Reid Hundreds will be rallying in Tredegar in South Wales on July 1st to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The march assembles at the house of Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, who based the principles of the NHS on the Tredegar Workmen’s Medical Aid Society. He used his experience in providing cheap ...

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Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Review of Black River by Louise Walsh By Scott Jones Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives. There are parallels, too, between these disasters in how the media portrays victims and survivors. ‘Black River’, a novel by Louise Walsh, is about events after the Aberfan disaster. 116 people, ...

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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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