What We Stand For

2196The Socialist Party fights for socialism – a democratic society run for the needs of all and not the profits of a few. We also oppose every cut, fighting in our day-to-day campaigning for every possible improvement for working class people.

The organised working class has the potential power to stop the cuts and transform society.

As capitalism dominates the globe, the struggle for genuine socialism must be international.

The Socialist Party is part of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), a socialist international that organises in over 40 countries.

A strategy to fight the cuts

  • No to ALL cuts in jobs, public services and benefits. Defend our pensions.
  • For a union leadership that will fight the cuts.
  • End the 1% pay cap! National co-ordinated industrial action to break the cap.
  • For the Welsh government and councils to refuse to carry out the cuts demanded by the Tory UK government and mobilise a mass campaign of defiance including strike action and civil disobedience to the UK government to defend public services.
  • Demand the return of the money cut from public funding in Wales + £300 million under-funding of Wales.
  • Tax the super-rich. Claw back the £123 billion a year lost through tax evasion and avoidance.
  • Stop subsidising the banks and bankers’ bonuses. Nationalise the banks and finance houses.
Work & Income
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  • Trade union struggle to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour without exemptions. For an annual increase in the minimum wage linked to average earnings.
  • All workers, including part-timers, temps, casual and migrant workers to have trade union rates of pay, employment protection, and sickness and holiday rights from day one of employment. No age or gender discrimination: equal pay for work of equal value.
  • An immediate 50% increase in the state retirement pension, as a step towards a living pension. Reinstate the link with average earnings or inflation whichever is higher.
  • Oppose benefit cuts. Abolish the bedroom tax and ensure fair and independent assessments of disability benefit entitlements. An end to the aggressive sanctioning regime at the DWP.
  • For the right to decent benefits, education, training, or a job, without compulsion.
  • Scrap the anti-trade union laws. For fighting trade unions, democratically controlled by their members. Full-time union officials to be regularly elected and receive no more than a worker’s wage.
  • Support the National Shop Stewards Network.
  • For the Welsh assembly to have the power to nationalise firms threatening redundancies with no compensation except for proven need.
  • A maximum 35-hour week with no loss of pay.
  • Nationalise the giant agribusinesses and large landowners. For tenant farmers to be given long term security. Nationalisation of retail giants to ensure farmers receive a fair price for their produce and interest-free loans.
Public services
  • No to privatisation and the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Renationalise all privatised utilities and services, with compensation paid only on the basis of proven need.
  • Fully fund all services and run them under accountable, democratic committees that include representatives of service workers and users.
NHS
  • A socialist NHS to provide for everyone’s health needs – free at the point of use and under democratic control.
  • An end to cuts in the Welsh NHS – reverse the cuts to A&E provision
  • Bring all health services in-house. Cancel all private contracts and PFI deals
  • For a huge expansion in free training of doctors, nurses and health professionals in Wales. For the launch of a ‘Bevan scheme – free education with a grant for medical and nursing students in exchange for a commitment to practice in Wales.
Education
  • Free, publicly-run, good quality education, available to all at any age.
  • Abolish university tuition fees now and introduce a living grant. Cancel student debt.
  • For the disincorporation (renationalisation) of Further Education in Wales. Bring FE colleges back under local authority control.
  • The right of all pupils to be able to opt for Welsh or English medium education at an accessible school with class sizes of no more than 20.
  • Abolish Welsh National Tests – allow teachers to teach and assess.
  • Oppose the Welsh government’s school closures programme and job losses – use lower pupil numbers to reduce class sizes. Invest in new schools where numbers rise.
  • Build new Welsh-medium schools when needed, no closure of community schools. For local, community-based schools run by elected school boards.
  • For the expansion of Flying Start for all under 4 year olds and a guaranteed all-day nursery place for all 3 -5 year olds.
Housing
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  • Keep council housing publicly-owned. For a massive building programme of publicly-owned housing, on an environmentally sustainable basis, to provide good quality homes with affordable rents.
  • For a charter for private tenants:
  • Rent control and a cap on rents to affordable levels
  • Abolish letting agents fees
  • The register of private landlords to be used to ensure good maintenance of accommodation, the completion of repairs in good time and the end of bond theft.
Environment
  • Major research and investment into replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy and into ending the problems of early obsolescence and unrecycled waste.
  • Public ownership of the energy generating industries. No to nuclear power. For immediate public investment into the Swansea Tidal Lagoon project and other Welsh tidal energy projects in North and South Wales.
  • Major investment in a cheap, accessible, integrated and environmentally-friendly publicly owned transport system.
  • Re-nationalise rail. For the implementation of the South and North Wales Metros and electrification of the Cardiff-Swansea and Valley lines.
Rights
  • Oppose discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, disability, sexuality, age, and all other forms of prejudice.
  • Repeal all laws that trample over civil liberties. For the right to protest. End police harassment.
  • Defend abortion rights. For a woman’s right to choose when and whether to have children.
  • For the right to asylum. No to racist immigration laws.
Language
  • The Welsh and English languages to have equal legal rights. All major companies which provide services to the public to provide choice of use of Welsh language.
  • No discrimination against workers who initially can only speak English. Learning to speak the basic Welsh needed in relation to their job should be seen as part of their training and paid for in company time.
  • Defend majority Welsh-speaking communities in rural areas through a council house building programme and job creation to allow people to remain living in their local communities if they wish.

Brexit

  • Not a penny to be paid in a ‘divorce bill’ to subsidise the capitalist elites of Europe
  • Abolition of all anti-trade union legislation. For the right of all workers to freely organise and when necessary strike, in defence of their and other workers’ interests
  • No ‘race to the bottom’! The ‘rate for the job’ for all workers. For democratic trade union control over hiring new workers
  • For the right of all EU citizens currently in Britain to remain with full rights, and to demand the same for UK workers in other EU countries
  • Immediate scrapping of all rules demanding ‘competitive tendering’, limiting state aid and opposing nationalisation. This would remove the legal obstacles to councils bringing all local services back ‘in house’. It would enable the immediate renationalisation of all privatised public services such as rail, energy and water. It would remove the obstacles to renationalising the NHS, throwing out the private multinational companies that are bleeding it dry

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Towards a Socialist Wales

  • For a new mass party of the working class.
  • The Welsh Assembly to be given full legislative and financial powers, including powers to take over firms threatening redundancy.
  • Take into public ownership the top companies that control the Welsh economy, under democratic workers control and management. Compensation only on the basis of proven need.
  • Tax the super-rich. For a socialist government to take into public ownership the top 150 companies and banks that dominate the British economy, and run them under democratic working-class control and management. Compensation to be paid only on the basis of proven need.
  • For a socialist Wales as part of a voluntary socialist federation with England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • No to imperialist wars and occupations.
  • A democratic socialist plan of production based on the interests of the overwhelming majority of people, and in a way that safeguards the environment.
  • No to the bosses’ neo-liberal European Union. For a socialist Europe and a socialist world.