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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2014

May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich


Swansea Socialist Party members (resplendent in new Socialist Party t-shirts) joined other trade unionists for Swansea Trades Council's May Day rally. Together we honoured the memory of Tony Benn and Bob Crow by committing ourselves to continue their fight for socialism.

Tyrone O'Sullivan, South Wales NUM during the miners' strike and leader of the workers' co-operative at Tower Colliery, was the first guest speaker.

Despite being, in his words, "a Labour man all my life", Tyrone reserved his bitterest words for the Blair/Brown government: "Labour had three terms in office, three terms in office and did bugger all!".

Swansea West Labour MP, Geraint Davies, spoke out against those that have attempted to bring racist division to the city recently - the National Front and Nigel Farage and Ukip.

Continuing the theme of opposing racism was Swansea Socialist Party branch secretary, Claire Job, representing No2EU - Yes to Workers' Rights.

Claire linked the fight against racist division with the need for a united campaign to end the poverty and misery from which racism breeds as she called for a united campaign for 'jobs and services not racism'.

Unison members in Gwalia Housing Association have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over Gwalia's drive to cut jobs and attack terms and conditions.

Their representative, Allan Thompson, explained that strike action had been postponed in order to reach agreement on how to protect some of their most vulnerable clients but that this is a postponement only and that workers are determined and angry.

Three people gave their details to find out more about the Socialist Party and how we fight for socialism.

Ronnie Job


Ipswich May Day festival included great speeches from Claire Laker-Mansfield from Youth Fight For Jobs and Megan Dobney from the TUC and Ipswich FBU.

John McInally, vice president of the civil servants' union PCS, called for a programme of joint coordinated industrial action across the public sector around common demands to defeat the pay freeze.

He said: "Capitalism has nothing to offer workers but racism, division, austerity and war. Build a mass movement to defeat austerity and fight for an effective political voice for the working class. Fight for a society that puts people before profit - a socialist society."

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Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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No support for zero-hour contracts

RMT turns out in strength for May Day march

May Day rallies in Swansea and Ipswich

Battling the cuts: when push comes to shove

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Leeds protest against privatisation of student loans


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