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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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University lecturers out in force across Wales

University lecturers in Wales started their first of 14 days of action with picket lines at Cardiff, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities on Thursday. They were joining colleagues in 58 other universities in the UK striking against huge cuts to lecturers’ pensions by university bosses. While vice-chancellors have voted themselves increases that will give them higher pay than the prime minister, ...

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Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

By Sasha O’Neil, Caerphilly Socialist Party Campaigners in Pontllanfraith have forced Caerphilly Council to back down on plans to close Pontllanfraith leisure centre. Their victory shows that if you fight the cuts you can win. This is the second successful blow against the cuts in the Blackwood area. Two years ago, in a hard-fought campaign, the same campaigners stopped the ...

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Welsh NHS Crisis – We Cannot Go On Like This

By Dave Reid We cannot go on like this. That is the substance of the letter from A&E consultants to the Welsh government. A&E consultants in Wales have written to First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to draw attention to the huge crisis in Welsh hospitals this winter. This letter follows on from a similar letter that A&E consultants in England have ...

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Crisis nurse: “staff are desperate for change” – unions must build for action

By Andrew Bromhall, NHS mental health nurse and Unison rep (in a personal capacity) I work as a crisis nurse and unscheduled care practitioner, with the aim of giving patients a choice – if safe – between hospital admission and home treatment. This choice, unfortunately, is sometimes made for them. With the shortage of mental health in-patient beds, people are ...

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Unison vows to fight £31m cuts by Carmarthenshire Plaid council

Carmarthenshire Unison branch has attacked the decision of Plaid-led Carmarthenshire County Council to impose £31 million cuts on the county. Mark Evans, secretary of the Carmarthenshire Unison, also slammed the sham consultation that Carmarthenshire and other councils are employing. Speaking to the Western Mail Evans said: “This is a sham consultation where most of the decisions have already been made ...

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Cardiff crack-down on homeless people

By Dave Reid In the last couple of years there has been a marked increase in the number of homeless people living and begging on the streets of Cardiff. Official figures indicate an increase of 7% sleeping rough in one year, but surrounding cities and towns report increases of 60-90% which appear more accurate. The sharp increase is in large ...

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Fighting the great tax robbery: taxes and regulation or socialist nationalisation?

Tax avoidance has been in the headlines lately, provoking renewed calls to tax the rich and big business. The Socialist campaigns for closing loopholes, and increasing wealth and corporation taxes. But you can’t control what you don’t own: only socialist nationalisation can end the great tax robbery. By Paul Hunt, Coventry Socialist Party It is a time of seemingly never-ending ...

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University lecturers two-day strike for fair pay

UCU members were out in force on picket lines at universities across Wales in the first day of UK-wide two-day strike action against a paltry 1.1% pay offer from university employers. “Comrades, this strike is all about respect” declared the branch president at the UCU on the Cardiff University picket line rally. Vice chancellors are receiving four times the wages ...

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