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Solidarity with McDonalds strikers

Cardiff Trades Union Council hosted a very successful rally today in solidarity with McDonalds workers striking for decent pay and against job insecurity and bullying management. Workers have taken strike action at McDonalds restaurants in London and Cambridge, but as Dave Reid from the Cardiff Trades Council pointed out the campaign for £10 an hour minimum wage is for all low ...

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Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action

Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks, as the Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and ...

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Bridgend Ford workers vote for action – the fight is on

Rob Williams, Socialist Party national industrial organiser and former Visteon (ex-Ford) Unite convenor Bridgend Ford workers have sent a clear message to the company: “Talk about sourcing that will save the plant or we’ll fight.” Nearly three-quarters of the shop floor voted in the industrial action ballot, showing that Bridgend workers are absolutely committed to fighting to save the plant ...

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Cultural Vandalism in Swansea University

Artists and activists campaign to save a much loved gallery from closure Ceri Richards, who died in 1971, was one of Wales’ greatest, internationally renowned artists. His works are to be seen in Tate Britain, and the National Museum in Cardiff. In 1984, as part of its new Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University opened an art gallery dedicated to him, ...

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RMT slams rail privatisation by Welsh Labour

The rail union RMT has condemned the plans of the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network. Private train operating companies currently operates the trains in Wales on tracks owned and maintained by the publicly-owned Network Rail. The franchise for operating the South Wales valley lines is coming to an end and is currently held by Arriva ...

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Bron Afon support workers to step up action

Support workers at Bron Afon Housing Association in Cwmbran have just completed their fourth day of strike action with growing support from the trade union movement. They are taking action against a £3000 a year pay cut and an end to collective bargaining with the introduction of spot wages (see earlier article). But still the housing association board, which is ...

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UHW hospital bosses back the prosecution of their own workers

Welsh government must cancel all fines and PFI deal Seventy-five health workers at University Hospital of Wales hospital in Cardiff are facing fines totalling £65,000 after the Cardiff Civil Justice Centre ruled in favour of parking corporation Indigo collecting the fines. Indigo claims there are £12.8 million in unpaid fines due from April 2016. Workers have incurred the fines parking ...

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Bron Afon workers fight £3000 pay cut

Support workers hit by austerity and outsourcing Unison members working for Bron Afon housing association in Torfaen have taken the first of three days strike action after annual wages for the overwhelming majority of staff in the Supported Living Team was cut by over £3000. Support workers at Bron Afon, provide assistance to vulnerable people over the age of 50 ...

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Corbyn swings Wales to Labour

There were a lot of red faces among the political establishment in Wales on 9 June. Before the election there was a universal prediction that Jeremy Corbyn would deliver a win for the Tories in Wales – from pundits, journalists, pollsters and even the chair of Welsh Labour. But they were all confounded by an even bigger swing to Labour ...

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