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30 May 2018

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

Fiction: Black River: Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives.

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18 October 2017

Powerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Theatre: We're Still Here: Under the threat of closure, the steel workers - but not the pensioners - were forced to vote for one of two options, either of which meant a cut in pensions. 'We're Still Here' dramatises the effect of this threat on the workers.

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14 June 2017

Wales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers

There were a lot of red faces among the political establishment in Wales on 9 June, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

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19 October 2016

Aberfan: a disaster that should never have happened

50th anniversary: It's a name as resonant with tragedy for working class people in South Wales as Hillsborough is for Liverpool.

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21 September 2016

Uncovering the class struggle behind the Rebecca Riots

Non-fiction - 'Petticoat Heroes': This is not only a modern, class analysis of the 19th century 'Rebecca riots' - but also looks at the subjects of gender and culture in relation to the riots for the first time, providing fascinating interpretations alongside meticulous research.

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11 March 2015

TV review: Valleys Rebellion

Actor and activist Michael Sheen returned to his home town Newport in South Wales for a recent TV programme, 'Valleys Rebellion', commemorating the 175th anniversary of the 'Newport Rising'.

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6 February 2013

Them & Us

Spending power: In the last decade spending on cinema and theatre tickets has dropped by a third and spending on foreign holidays by 16 to 34 year olds has fallen by 922 million...

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9 November 2011

1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

On 4 February 1935, Ceridwen Brown of Aberdare led an army of women, some carrying babies, to Merthyr Tydfil Unemployed Assistance Board (UAB) offices, writes Geoff Jones.

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7 September 2011

NEET figures still rising

The number of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) youth in the UK has risen to 18.4%. One year ago NEET figures were at 16.3%. It is no coincidence that the figure has risen sharply and steeply...

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17 August 2011

Youth march in Wales to demand jobs

17 young people marched from Merthyr to Cardiff to protest against the scandal of youth unemployment. The three-day march of Youth Fight for Jobs, Wales, ended on 6 August to a terrific reception...

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3 August 2011

MARCH FOR JOBS!

Merthyr to Cardiff 4-6 August: Tory work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, singled out Merthyr Tydfil when he implied that the main barrier to jobseekers finding work was their own apathy - 'why don't they just get on a bus to Cardiff?' he asked

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13 July 2011

Jobs not Cuts

Con-Dems have no solution to unemployment: Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has the fourth highest level of youth unemployment in Britain with more than a third of 16-24 year olds unable to find work, writes Katie Simpson, Cardiff Youth Fight for Jobs.

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27 October 2010

On your bus, IDS!

WORK AND Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) wants to blame the "feckless" unemployed for mass unemployment in the south Wales valleys, writes Dave Reid, Cardiff.

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3 November 2009

Reports from the postal workers' picket lines

Postal workers reported solid support for the strike across Southampton. At Bitterne the mood was particularly determined in the face of an ongoing dispute over drivers' hours that management want to reduce:...

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21 January 2009

Hoover workers march in protest at job losses

People on the streets of Merthyr applauded as over 200 Hoover workers marched from the factory to the town centre to protest at the threat to 337 jobs by Candy, the parent company, writes Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales.

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3 December 2008

Fighting the threatened closure of Hoover factory

South Wales: Over 300 jobs are at risk in South Wales, as management at the Hoover washing machine and tumble dryer factory in Merthyr Tydfil warned it could no longer produce "competitively priced" products, writes Vic Jenkins.

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19 March 2008

Anger and strength in the DWP workplaces

DWP members strike on 17 - 18 march 2008

DWP members strike on 17 - 18 march 2008

ON 17 and 18 March, members of the civil service union PCS in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were on strike for the second time against the imposition of a three year pay offer. Regional reports.

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31 May 2007

The Merthyr Rising 1831

The Merthyr Ruising of 1831

The Merthyr Ruising of 1831

Pages from working-class history: Insurrection of the men of iron A PROTEST march attacked by the military turns into a generalised insurrection. Armed workers take over the town, and besiege the authorities in their headquarters. Barricades are set up on the roads into town and a military 'relief force' is surrounded and disarmed.

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10 May 2007

Wales: Labour's worst result

THE WELSH Assembly election on 3 May produced Labour's worst-ever result in Wales...

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8 March 2007

No divide and rule - save these hospitals

SOCIALIST PARTY members have been campaigning in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr against hospital cuts...

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