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Strikes Get Results

Coordinate the strikes to defeat the Tories Normally a quiet month for the trade union movement, August has seen a whole number of industrial disputes raging on – and two prominent ones have registered wins. The Birmingham bin workers have forced management to retreat after seven weeks of action while janitors in Glasgow, in a branch of public service union ...

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Glasgow jannies win famous victory against council cuts

Glasgow janitors, after an industrial action campaign lasting almost two years, have won an inspiring victory. The Unison members have secured pay rises, a guarantee of one janitor per school and extra jobs have been created. Below we print the statement from Glasgow City Unison on the outcome of the strike, which proves yet again the potential for workers to ...

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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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Labour holds in Wales despite cuts councillors

The council elections in Wales were completely overshadowed by the impending general election which was called two weeks before. The mainstream media confidently predicted Labour losses in the local elections and a victory for the Theresa May in the general election but the Tories have not been forgiven for the damage they have done to Welsh working class communities. So ...

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Labour right rattled by anti-cuts TUSC in Cardiff

The 100% anti-cuts, socialist alternative presented by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has been welcomed on the doorstep by people who are desperate to see an end to austerity. But some figures on the Labour right are less enthusiastic that we’re standing in the Welsh council elections. We’ve been accused of splitting the ‘left-wing’ vote; even of sexism ...

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Support floods in for the Cardiff No-Cuts Three

A flood of support from Labour Party members and trade unionists has greeted the appeal of the Cardiff No-Cuts Three against their expulsion from the Labour Party. John Williams, Joao Felix and Rich Edwards were expelled at the end of January shortly after proposing a motion calling on councillors to refuse to make more cuts to jobs and services. Judith ...

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Cardiff council plan more cuts while increasing reserves

By Ross Saunders (Cardiff Socialist Party) Cardiff’s Labour-run Council stands at a crossroads this year: it can carry on down the road of slashing jobs and services, or take notice of the growing anti-austerity and anti-establishment mood that pushed Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party and decide to fight Tory cuts instead of helping to make them. Millions ...

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Welsh budget: Labour government implements Tory cuts

By Dave Reid (Secretary, Socialist Party Wales) The Welsh government’s budget continues Welsh Labour’s policy of meekly passing on the Tories’ public service cuts and inflicting them on some of the most deprived communities in western Europe. The Welsh government is slamming another nail into the coffin of council services. There will be a further cut of 3.5% to council ...

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Rhydyfelin library occupied by campaigners

Campaigners slam RCT council for library closure By Dave Reid Community campaigners occupied Rhydyfelin Library near Pontypridd on May 31 in protest at its closure by Rhondda Cynon Taff council. Four of them chained themselves to the bookshelves. The library was due to close that afternoon but 100 local people thronged into it in a community show of support for ...

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