Editors

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Nationalise Kautex Textron to save jobs!

Labour, Plaid and the other parties have no idea how to save these jobs.

Only TUSC candidates are calling for Kautex Textron and any other factories threatening job losses to be nationalised to save jobs.

The steel and automative industries will go the way of coal, with a similar devastating effect on our communities, unless Wales takes the socialist road.

https://caerphilly.observer/news/1000551/calls-to-save-220-jobs-at-kautex-textron-but-can-anything-actually-be-done/

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

End Racist Policing

Two young men have died at the hands of police in South Wales since 1st January. The killings of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan in Cardiff and Mouayed Bashir in Newport have brought out big crowds to demand justice.

Despite Covid restrictions, hundreds of brave, mainly young people have closed the streets in front of police stations, and led marches through the city centre determined to make their voices heard. They rightly say these terrible injustices deserve as much attention as deaths across the Atlantic. 

Fifteen Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have taken place in South East Wales so far this year. In Cardiff and Newport, the local community is demanding answers.

From the start, the Socialist Party has demanded the immediate suspension of all the officers involved in the deaths. We call for independent inquiries to include representatives of the families, the local community and the trade unions, whose only interest is to secure justice. But we also call for democratic community control of the police, to stop these terrible miscarriages of justice happening in the first place.

In April, the Young Socialists organised a protest in Cardiff to build support for Siyanda Mngaza, jailed for trying to defend herself from a brutal, racist attack. There is also the case of 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa whose death in the River Cynon in 2019 was never properly investigated.

The Socialist Party has played a prominent role speaking at BLM protests and in securing support for Siyanda, Mohamud, Mouayied, and the wider BLM movement from trades councils, trade unions and the Wales Trades Union Congress.

The trade unions are where millions of workers are organised. We call on the trade unions to make their opposition to institutional racism visible by bringing trade union banners out on BLM protests. But also to play their part in fighting to create a new party for workers that has a political programme to end racism and inequality. Socialist Party members are standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) as part of that process.

If you have been fighting for justice in the BLM protests, vote for TUSC on 6 May

Mariam Kamish

TUSC Candidate in the Senedd elections

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

A political alternative for black and Asian people

The Socialist Party, as part of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), recognises the disproportionate way black and Asian people are affected by the pandemic, and within the capitalist system itself.

In recent anti-racist protests, we have seen black and Asian youth fighting the inequality within the system. In workplaces, we are seeing workers coming out to fight for better pay and conditions.

We are now seeing more black and Asian people looking for a real alternative, including in the ballot box, that will improve their lives and livelihoods.

Voting for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the upcoming election is an opportunity to vote against cuts, to send a message that we want an alternative to the current miserable conditions facing ordinary people.

Traditionally, black and Asian people have seen Labour as the party for them. But the Labour Party under Keir Starmer is not a party that represents our interests. It is turning more and more towards big business and the capitalists. One in five Labour MPs are now black or minority ethnic. But that’s not enough. It is the policies that they stand on that matter.

TUSC stands for a decent future for all: an end to low pay and insecure jobs and for more funding for youth services, NHS and schools.

TUSC is based on the working class and it is therefore not surprising that there are a number of black and Asian workers and young people standing as candidates. It is an example of how a real fighting socialist programme can encourage black and Asian people to be involved in the fightback.

Cammilla Mngaza

TUSC candidate for South Wales East

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Fight for the Care Services We Need

 

The failure to protect the elderly and vulnerable during the COVID pandemic has highlighted systemic flaws in the social care system. Social care provision is fragmented, with the vast majority of care homes in the UK operated by private companies for profit or charities.

During the second wave of the pandemic, care homes were the largest source of multi – infection incidents according to official data, with ‘acute respiratory infection incidents’ in care homes more than doubling from 364 to 749 across the UK in the fortnight to 3rd January.

The Welsh Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands for a publicly operated and fully funded national care service for residential, nursing and home care. 

We also promote the health and safety, well - being and financial remuneration of all staff, who should be directly employed by the public sector service. NHS workers have marched to demand a 15% pay rise in the wake of the pandemic. Workers in social care should receive a similar double digit pay rise. TUSC will fully support trade union action to achieve this.

We value the selfless work of unpaid carers and recognise that an improvement in the integration and funding of professional care as suggested above would alleviate the burden on them and provide the support they need. We believe that if carers are unable to work due to their caring responsibilities, they ought to receive benefits equivalent to the national living wage. As an immediate measure, we support a substantial increase in the level of benefits available to them.


A manifesto for socialist change in Wales

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in all five regions in the 2021 Senedd elections, allowing every voter in Wales to vote for a real socialist alternative.

The manifesto below is the minimum basis on which TUSC candidates stand, and our minimum offer to every voter in Wales.

But it is a minimum, not a limit to the issues that candidates will raise and pledge to fight on. Every trade unionist, anti-cuts campaigner, community activist and all those who want to see an alternative to austerity politicians can become a TUSC candidate. But voters should know that any Member of the Senedd elected under the TUSC banner will fight for these manifesto demands.

(If you are using a mobile device, you may find it more convenient to click here to read in fullscreen)


Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Monday, 26 April 2021

Wales Needs Rent Control and Council Housing


John Williams

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in all five regions in Wales, meaning that every voter will have the chance to back anti-austerity socialist campaigning candidates.

Across Britain there are over 300 TUSC candidates standing in the local elections in England and parliamentary elections in Scotland and Wales in this first year that TUSC has resumed activity since Jeremy Corbyn was removed as Labour leader.

Candidates in Wales include Black Lives Matter activists like Cammilla Mngaza and Melanie Benedict, leading Welsh trade unionists like Mark Evans and Mariam Kamish and leaders of student rent strike campaigns like Oisín Mulholland and Michelle Francis.

TUSC supporters welcome the development of community organisations, such as Acorn, that fight for tenants' and workers' rights. Describing itself as a 'community-based union', Acorn's demands include a 'renter's manifesto' that TUSC members fully endorse.

TUSC Wales agreed on the 14th February this year its core policies for the Senedd elections. These include calling on the Welsh government to introduce:

  • A complete ban on no-fault evictions
  • Rent control to cut rents, overseen by tribunals of tenants’ representatives and trade unionists.
  • A mass building programme of eco-friendly affordable council homes to tackle the housing crisis, controlled by working-class communities to prevent overcrowding and ensure the provision of all necessary services including green spaces.

Solutions for the housing crisis


TUSC is standing because none of the mainstream parties are willing to even scratch the surface of what’s needed to solve the housing crisis or the other problems ordinary people are facing. There needs to be a radical shift in the balance of power from those who are exploiting housing as a means of making profits to those who use housing as somewhere to live. We need rent control now, for the public and private sector - for too long rents have skyrocketed for working class people and students.

Rent tribunals need to be brought back, where a tenant could bring their landlord to account if their rent is too high, and they should be run not by the establishment but by people who understand the struggles of ordinary people.

We need real security of tenancy, starting with a ban on no-fault evictions. Welsh Labour’s pre-election promise to extend the tenancy period is not enough - it will mean at most a delay in revenge eviction by landlords who want to punish tenants who stand up for their rights. Revenge eviction should be abolished: no one should have the power to make you homeless.

Even before the economic damage of the pandemic, it’s estimated that 4000 people were homeless in Cardiff. Many more are vulnerably housed and the majority face unaffordable housing and living costs. Action during the pandemic wiped out homelessness for a period - demonstrating that it is possible to do so. But in normal times thousands of homes lie empty - landbank by speculators - and powers to compulsorily purchase homes lie unused by bodies like Cardiff Council because the mainstream parties which have run the city have not been willing to stand with tenants against the landlords and letting agents.

We need to increase the supply of housing in cities like Cardiff and we need a regional plan drawn up for homes, jobs and transport to distribute resources in the most efficient way. A mass programme of council-house building, reversing the changes brought in by Margaret Thatcher which have boosted landlordism not private ownership.

We welcome creative proposals like those advanced by Acorn to give public bodies “first refusal” on sales of homes as a means of increasing public housing. We have similar demands ourselves, including shortly after the crash of 2007/8 when we managed to get an independent socialist Assembly Member to raise a proposal in the Senedd to permit struggling homeowners to exchange unaffordable mortgage payments for affordable council rents, transferring the asset.

Failed by the other parties


The failure of Labour, Plaid Cymru, Liberal and Green-run councils to fight the cuts demanded by the Tories in Westminster has also assisted unscrupulous landlords to shirk their responsibilities to tenants. The law protected tenants’right is inadequate, but even if it were perfect the inadequacy of the current resources devoted to its enforcement would mean that tenants would be left unprotected. In Cardiff, a city of a third of a million people, Cardiff Council has just 6 enforcement officers to respond to reports of health and safety breaches in housing, and are discussing further “efficiencies” which could made to this team by sharing services across other authorities.

TUSC says no more cuts. We need representatives who will fight to save jobs and for the funding necessary for the services we need.

Domestic abuse deaths doubled during pandemic, after demand for services doubled over the decade but funding for refuges has been cut in real terms in Cardiff when they should have been expanded to meet the needs of all, including the LGBTQ+ community, some of whom are fleeing homophobic and transphobic homes, or have been forced to go into the closet since the pandemic. TUSC candidates are unique in having pledged to defy demands for cuts and to support legal needs-based budgets to provide the services for all who need them.

Similarly, the Welsh Labour government has proven conclusively that it will not act decisively to tackle the housing crisis. Just as they have done this year, before the last Senedd elections Welsh promised to solve the housing crisis with new laws like the Renting Homes (Wales) Act and Housing (Wales) Act.

At the time, TUSC supporters organised a March for Homes and set up Housing Action Committees to organise and demand the bold measures necessary to meet this basic need. We won a pledge to scrap upfront agency fees but the key demands for rent control and to increase the housing supply through an expansion of council housing was ignored.

Even the positive (although inadequate) measures like landlord registration and training were chronically delayed once the election was over. In the meantime the most unscrupulous landlords and letting agents have tightened their grip on the rental market. The scrapping of upfront agency fees have proved worthless because Welsh Labour was not willing to bolster it with rent control, so landlords merely tacked the extra charges onto rent.

TUSC is different


TUSC was founded by campaigners who concluded that anyone who has had the experience of campaigning against cuts to services, to save jobs, to fight for housing right or for justice for ordinary people would do a better jobs than the representatives of parties who are entirely in hock to big business or won’t stand up to them. We need a new party, controlled and run democratically by ordinary working-class and committed to fighting for a socialist society run by the millions not the millionaires.

My own testimony


“I’ve had too much experience of the housing experience in cardiff, since I moved here in 2014 for university. I’ve had to move house at least every 9 months- I’ve rented with every housing agency that’s going, and I can tell you most of them are cowboys, vultures and bullies.

“On the day we were meant to move into a house in Grangetown, to our surprise the previous tenants were still living there. With no sign at all that they were planning on moving out. We rang up the agency to find out what was going on who told us that it was our responsibility to kick out the previous people living there! 

“After much arguing, the agency then conceded, and soon after a white van came along, which the previous tenants quickly gathering essentials and all 10 of them left. The house was exactly as they left it. It was only the morning after that the agency got cleaners around to make the house liveable. It became clear to us that the agency was illegally allowing 10 migrant workers live in a house meant for 4. Who knows what was really going on. What would have happened if the police got involved?

“I moved into the house I’m living at now last September- but it was only 2 months or so that the house met legal requirements. We had an open man hole, a leaking downstairs toilet, the upstairs shower leaked into downstairs, a part of the ceiling collapsed, none of the doors met health and safety fire requirements, and a whole lot more. What was staggering is that every time we made a fuss to get it sorted, they made us feel like we were being picky and annoying, and that we had ‘to work with them’ to find a compromise. Most housing agencies feel like they can get away with anything.”

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Vote Gareth Bromhall - a Socialist Voice for Swansea's Castle Ward


Gareth Bromhall is standing as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Castle ward in order to challenge the savage cuts to the city budget that have been carried out by the Labour administration at Swansea council.

About Gareth

Gareth says: "the residents of Castle ward need a socialist voice that will fight for them in the council chamber and fight alongside them in our community".

Gareth Bromhall is a Sandfields resident, a committed trade unionist and community activist.

As a longstanding member of Swansea Socialist Party he has been involved in and led campaigns to defend the NHS and fought against council cuts over the past decade. As a Unite branch officer and secretary of Swansea Trades Union Council he has organised support and solidarity for workers on picket lines across the city.

A graduate of Swansea University Medical School, Gareth is now a key worker supporting vulnerable young people in Swansea.

As a disabled activist, Gareth has been involved in advocacy and support for disabled people, supporting campaigns and giving advice and support on benefits and access to services.

Fighting to Stop Council Cuts

Despite all the allegedly glowing achievements coming out from the Swansea Labour council's propaganda machine, residents in Castle ward and across the city witness on a daily basis the reality of years of cuts, cuts and more cuts.

Over the past five years Labour has obediently implemented over £70 million of Tory cuts, affecting every area of council services, from social services, education, street cleaning, leisure - you name it and its been cut! At the same time council tax payments go up at twice the rate of inflation or more every year.

Action on Fly-Tipping and Litter

Castle ward is unfortunately referred to as the "city centre rubbish tip" where fly-tipping scars the landscape. Accumulated street filth constantly litter our residential streets in the Sanfields, Waun Wen, North Hill and Mount Pleasant.

This is a direct consequence of Swansea Labour councils not being prepared to fight the Tory government for the resources needed to employ more council workers and instead, unbelievable, Labour councillors actually appeal to residents to voluntarily clean up their own streets!

Continuing council cuts mean that our young, elderly, and most vulnerable residents are increasingly neglected and all of us see our quality of life deteriorate as council venues, sports facilities, and leisure servies face regular price increases, back-door privatisation, or closure.

With another £55 million of cuts projected over the next four years, the excuses from Labour councillors that "there is nothing we can do" is not acceptable.

If they won't stand up to Tory cuts then they should step aside so that socialist councillors can organise with the trade unions and community campaigners to set a "no-cuts budget" and mobilise to fight the Tory government for the resources we need to run our services.

A working class voice at the ballot box

Labour councillors, MPs and MSs have offered no opposition to the Tories. We need a mass party of our own to put forward a real anti-austerity alternative, and give a voice to workers who have risked their lives, and lost their jobs, homes and loved ones during the pandemic.

Gareth is a Socialist Party member. The Socialist Party is standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. TUSC was set up to enable trade unionists, community campaigners, and socialists to stand together against the pro-austerity establishment parties. It is a beginning - a step towards the kind of party we need to deliver a socialist alternative to austerity.

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Fighting for wages, conditions, and safety in the Welsh construction industry


"We gotta fight for the right To Sparkie!" This was the chant that rang out as even more sparks turned up this week at the Bouygues site at Cardiff University where HSO-using NG Baileys are working. Support is growing for decisive action to force Balfour Beatty and NG Baileys to back down with HSO, an attempt to force down wages and skill levels using Electrical Support Operative (ESO) grades instead of fully-trained electricians.

R&F organiser Andrew Wilkes sent a message to likes of Baileys: “Your latest offer from the ESO to the HSO, you just changed a letter! You just want to put labourers on a week’s health safety course and a 6-9 week course to teach them to put containment in. The Cardiff Sparks say No to ESO!”

Andrew also questioned how a site sponsored by the Welsh government was using companies that are so anti-union that they forced workers to remove Unite face masks.

Andrew is standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the Welsh Senedd elections.

The Welsh government claims to be operating an ethical employment policy with contractors, but NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Still construction contracts are being signed with companies that are:

  • black-listing union activists
  • constantly attempting to de-skill the industry
  • driving down wages
  • using umbrella companies

We need workers’ representatives elected to the Senedd who stand up for workers to pressurise the government to implement its policy.

For too long our unions have handed money and support over to Welsh Labour and received very little in return.

Every public sector contract signed in Wales must only be made to an approved contractor who respects national agreements and does not seek to undermine them with ‘training’ schemes like ESO and HSO.

The contractor must also be held responsible for the practices of the sub-contractors who work for them.

And we need socialists in the Senedd who will fight for nationalisation of the big construction giants and a national construction plan that guarantees wage structures and conditions - vote TUSC on 6 May.

For previous and ongoing coverage of this campaign across Wales, see https://www.socialistpartywales.org.uk/

Monday, 19 April 2021

Stonewall Cymru LGBT Hustings: What I Wish We Could Have Said

The Stonewall Cymru hustings was unfortunately a missed opportunity for LGBT+ people to really hold candidates to account. It was very stage managed with no questions taken and all chat functions on Zoom disabled. Stonewall Cymru also refused the appeal by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Wales to include a candidate in the panel, despite TUSC standing in every region in Wales and supporting the demands of the Stonewall Cymru LGBT manifesto.

Stonewall Cymru’s manifesto contained good and important demands that TUSC Wales would fight for. We would have liked the opportunity to explain how we would achieve it and to put to the other candidates, how do they propose to get the funding to meet Stonewall Cymru’s demands and improve society for LGBT+ people? Will they lead a fight in the Welsh Parliament to demand extra funding from Westminster, like TUSC Wales are calling for? Or would they pay for LGBT+ services by making budget cuts elsewhere -  in which case aren’t they just “robbing Peter to pay RuPaul”?

The Tory candidate in his opening remarks claimed that trans rights competed and conflicted with other people’s rights. Unfortunately this was not challenged by the other candidates. TUSC regrets that we were not given the opportunity, which we would have confidently taken, to explain that trans rights do not fundamentally conflict with anyone else’s, that any conflict can be democratically resolved and overcome with a united fight for services. The capitalist class would like nothing less than for us to be divided and argue there is a limited pool of rights or services for us to ration out. TUSC stands for a united working class struggle against all forms of oppression, for LGBT+ liberation, and a socialist world.

The question about what candidates were doing to address discrimination in their own parties had the potential to be interesting. But without accountability from the floor, it was an exercise in self-congratulation removed from the reality of LGBT+ people leaving these parties in protest at the mishandling and tolerance of homophobia and transphobia from senior figures.

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Every Voter in Wales to Get a Chance to vote TUSC

 


TUSC Wales announces that it will contest all five regional lists in the Senedd elections, allowing all voters in Wales to vote for a real socialist alternative.

The response to our call for campaigners to come forward and use the elections to continue their fight against exploitation and injustice has been overwhelming.

As well as the three South Wales regions, supporters in Mid and West Wales and North Wales have also come forward to stand and the financial appeal has exceeded expectations.

TUSC is standing to provide a real alternative for working people, including traditional Labour voters, who have been abandoned by the main parties.

Mark Evans, lead TUSC candidate in South Wales West said: “We must build a real alternative for working people to all the main parties bringing together all those who are suffering the effects of the Covid crisis which Welsh Labour has failed to protect us from: workers, service users, black lives matter activists, young job seekers, students and many others”

TUSC will be standing for:
  • Universal free school meals for all pupils
  • Opposition to all cuts and closures to public services, jobs, pay and conditions.
  • For an immediate investment in the NHS to reverse previous cutbacks and a 15% pay rise for all NHS and care workers
  • A united working-class struggle against racism
  • Renationalisation of rail and public transport to electrify Wales railways
  • For rent controls, secure tenancies and end to evictions.
  • Nationalise energy utilities to create a publicly-owned energy company to build tidal lagoons on the Swansea, Cardiff and North Wales coasts and to make Wales 100% green energy self-sufficient
  • For a multi-option referendum on independence
  • Full law-making and tax raising powers for the Welsh Parliament including the power to nationalise companies threatening closure

Candidates will include a council workers’ leader, NHS nurses and workers fighting for a decent pay rise in the pandemic, a leader of the rent strike at Swansea University, a prominent community anti-cuts campaigner, a Black Lives’ Matter activist and an 18-year-old college student.

TUSC lead candidates: 


South Wales West

Mark Evans – Carmarthenshire council workers’ leader

Karen Gerrahty – Maesteg NHS occupational therapist

Gareth Bromhall – Secretary of Swansea Trades Union Council and care worker

Oision Mullholland – organiser of the rent strike at Swansea University

Charlie Wells – Swansea University organiser of Free Education campaign
 

South Wales Central

Ross Saunders – organiser of Cardiff Against The Cuts and secretary of Socialist Party Wales

Beth Webster – nurse at UHW hospital

Mia Hollsing – Cynon Valley campaigner against domestic violence

Andrew Wilkes – Construction electrician and Unite the Union activist

Kevin Gillen – Barry community activist


South Wales East

Mariam Kamish – Campaigner for A&E at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr

Cammilla Mngaza – Campaigning for justice for her daughter Siyanda Mngaza

Melanie Benedict – 18 year old campaigner for youth rights

Dave Reid – Trade union and community


Mid and West Wales

Carys Phillips – President of the Social Workers’ Union


North Wales

Michelle Francis – Organiser of the rent strike at Bangor University

Monday, 5 April 2021

Get Socialists into the Senedd: TUSC Wales Election Campaign Launch


Workers, socialists, and trade unionists are standing together in the Welsh parliament elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

TUSC is seeking to stand candidates in every region of Wales to give everyone in the country a chance to vote for a socialist alternative in the Senedd elections this year.

Come and hear directly from the candidates, ask your questions and take part in the discussion about how to build a socialist recovery from Covid that makes the rich pay while workers' living standards are protected.

Come to the launch of the TUSC Wales election campaign

An opportunity to hear from the candidates, ask questions, or get involved.

Thursday April 8th at 7.30pm
Remotely via Zoom - meeting ID: 839 9844 5107

Remind me: Facebook event, Google Calendar


Our policies

TUSC candidates believe that the Welsh Parliament should be leading a fight today for the resources we need in society, for universal free school meals, a mass council house building programme, rent controls, pay rises, LGBT+ rights, pension justice, support for domestic abuse services, a multi-option referendum on independence, and more.

Our Candidates

Candidates include a leading Trade Unionist from the Unison union in Wales, the President of the Social Workers' Union and other trade-union activists; an 18-year old Black Lives Matter campaigner, student rent strikers and Socialist Students organisers; NHS workers who have had to march for a pay rise and more.

Come to the TUSC Wales election campaign launch meeting on Thursday to find out more about the campaign!

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

TUSC Wales candidates pledge action for LGBT+ rights

 

Photo: Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

TUSC Wales candidates applaud the Stonewall Cymru LGBT manifesto launched 29th March. Everyone should support, at a minimum, these important demands.

But achieving these policies requires a fight for the resources we need in society. We need an end to austerity budgets carried out at the behest of big business. TUSC candidates reject the idea that Senedd members and councillors have got no choice but to pass on cuts demanded by the Tory government in Westminster.

Workers, socialists, and trade unionists are standing together in the Welsh Parliament elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). We would lead a fight for the Welsh government to demand the funding needed for services, including LGBT+ services.

Our candidates stand for a mass council house building program, rent controls, and an end to evictions. In addition to targeted measures, this would help address LGBT+ homelessness and make it easier for people to leave homophobic and transphobic homes and locations.

We will reverse cuts to public transport and take public transport into public ownership, so that LGBT+ people aren't isolated, particularly in rural communities.

Rising LGBT+ hate crime in Wales must be combated with a united working class struggle against all forms of oppression, for LGBT+ liberation, and a socialist world.

Socialist Party Wales candidates standing for TUSC say "yes" to self-ID for trans people.

TUSC would reverse cuts to the NHS and increase funding and staffing with a 15% pay rise for all NHS staff. We need NHS investment in general but also specifically in order to offer trans and non-binary people additional gender affirming services not currently available in Wales, such as facial feminisation surgery and permanent facial hair removal options for those who want it.

The belated Welsh Gender Identity Clinic is doing great work, but needs urgent support to bring down the 30 month waiting time. We also need a Welsh NHS gender service for people under the age of 18, in line with international standards, for which no provision currently exists.

LGBT+ workers still face horrendous discrimination and harassment in the workplace, made worse by job insecurity. TUSC Senedd members would fight to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts and back the work of fighting trade unions to challenge discrimination of all kinds in the workplace.

Gareth Bromhall, TUSC candidate for South Wales West region and in the Swansea Castle Ward by-election, said: "TUSC pledges to tackle barriers and support LGBT+ rights and services, including supporting the demands rightfully raised by the Stonewall Cymru LGBT manifesto, and to go further, to demand the resources and socialist changes desperately needed in Welsh society, even when other parties will say 'it can't be done'."

Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist on May 6th and support working class fighters for LGBT+ rights.

Come to the launch of the TUSC Wales election campaign:

Thursday April 8th at 7.30pm
Zoom ID: 839 9844 5107

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Friday, 2 April 2021

The Welsh Parliament Should Fight for Pension Justice

 

TUSC is committed to pension justice and dignity in retirement. In 2015 TUSC all TUSC candidates agreed to fight to: 

  • Restore the pre-Thatcher real value of pensions. 
and to:
  • Reverse the increases imposed on the state retirement age, creating jobs for younger people.
We reaffirm our support for those policies.

(Photo: Bridget Green)

We also do not agree with those who say that bodies like the Welsh parliament and local councils have no power to fight the unjust pension cuts. We support the WASPI campaign. The Welsh government should set up a fund to pay groups like the women born in the 1950s and 1960s a non means-tested hardship fund of £137.60 per week until they can access their pension, and launch an energetic campaign for more funding from central government to pay for this and other anti-austerity measures.

South Wales Central TUSC candidates:

Ross Saunders
Beth Webster
Mia Hollsing
Andrew Wilkes
Kevin Gillen

South Wales West TUSC candidates;

Mark Evans
Karen Geraghty
Gareth Bromhall
Oisín Mulholland
Charlie Wells

South Wales East TUSC candidates:

Mariam Kamish
Mia Hollsing
Dave Reid

Mid and West Wales

Carys Phillips

North Wales

Michelle Francis






Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Child poverty in Wales: Labour’s failed strategy



Almost one in three children in Wales live in poverty. Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, the EHRC estimated that UK Government tax and welfare reforms would push a further 50,000 children into poverty.

This has happened on Welsh Labour’s watch. The Welsh Government’s recent Child Poverty Strategy sets out an action plan which boils down to little more than advice, raising awareness of existing inadequate programs, and improving takeup of free school meals for those who are eligible. Keyword: “eligible” - free school meals are mostly restricted to children of parents earning less than £7,400 a year. Shamefully, every Labour Member of the Senedd present voted against widening access.

Advice and awareness is all well and good, but no amount of advice on welfare benefits, the best energy deals, benefits of a smart meter, or begging for a slice of the discretionary assistance fund, will address the root issues: low pay, housing costs, and the shameful way this country treats unemployed people, ill and disabled people, and unpaid carers.

After twenty years of Welsh Labour "managing" capitalism and capitulating to Tory cuts from London, we need a real Socialist strategy for eliminating poverty in Wales.

Workers, socialists, and trade unionists, including Socialist Party Wales, are standing together in the Welsh Parliament elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). TUSC candidates believe that the Welsh Parliament should be leading a fight today for the resources we need in society, for universal free school meals, a mass council house building programme, rent controls, pay rises, and more.

Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Friday, 26 March 2021

Why Wales should vote TUSC



Welsh Labour have spent more than twenty years in power in Wales. Still, one in five adults and almost one in three children are in poverty.

It's clear that twenty years of Welsh Labour "managing" capitalism and capitulating to Tory cuts from London has been a failure and we need an alternative.

Just waiting for a future Labour government in London has never been a good solution. It's unconscionable now that the Labour party is being led by Sir Keir Starmer.

In Wales, England and Scotland, workers, socialists, and trade unionists are standing together in elections as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).



TUSC candidates believe that the Welsh Parliament should be leading a fight today for the resources we need in society. These candidates pledge to vote against all cuts budgets, not pass them on with crocodile tears.

Labour won't commit to this. Plaid won't commit to this. The Green Party won't commit to this. In Brighton last year, the Green Party's answer to Labour's proposed £1.47 million cut to learning disability services was a £1.24 million cut instead - and they said it like it was a good thing.

TUSC candidates reject the idea that we've got no choice. In the Welsh Parliament elections, everyone should vote for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition as the best way to support fighting candidates ready to defend and extend jobs, pay and services, not manage their decline.

TUSC candidates deserve your vote, your campaign donations, and your help getting their message out. If you can help in any way, contact us today.

All candidates have pledged to take only the average worker’s wage in Wales if elected. TUSC will be standing for:
  • Universal free school meals for all pupils
  • Opposition to all cuts and closures to public services, jobs, pay and conditions.
  • For an immediate investment in the NHS to reverse previous cutbacks and a 15% pay rise for all NHS and care workers
  • A united working-class struggle against racism
  • Renationalisation of rail and public transport to electrify Wales railways
  • For rent controls, secure tenancies and end to evictions.
  • Nationalise energy utilities to create a publicly-owned energy company to build tidal lagoons on the Swansea, Cardiff and North Wales coasts and to make Wales 100% green energy self-sufficient
  • For a multi-option referendum on independence
  • Full law-making and tax raising powers for the Welsh Parliament including the power to nationalise companies threatening closure
Promoted by Dave Warren, TUSC Wales secretary, on behalf of TUSC Wales, 29 Tir Y Farchnad, Gowerton SA4 3GS

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Solidarity with CWU strikers at BT!

TUSC Wales sends solidarity to the CWU members who were on strike today at BT.

Ross Saunders, who attended the picketline in Merthyr Tydfil, pictured, reported, "RPE Engineers are striking against changes to grading management are trying to impose. A resounding 86% of members voted in favour of strike action on a colossal 94% turnout which smashed throught the thresholds imposed by the Tory anti-union laws. RPE workers do important work making changes to the network to connect large-scale construction projects like the one at Prince Charles Hospital. Amongst the changes management wants to impose are the replacement of automatic pay progression with bonus payments which could be withdrawn at management's discretion. The changes are part of a general assault on the pay and conditions of the whole BT Openreach workforce. 

The CWU is to ballot all 40,000 Openreach workers for action against office closure plans and cuts to entitlements. A phenomenal 7000 workers attended an online meeting organised by the union on the 10th March.

Ross said, "All ordinary working-class people will back the efforts of these strikers to fight off plans by the bosses to cut their conditions as part of a general attempt to cut the share going to workers. Just like the British Gas workers who have taken action against the company's "fire and rehire" plans, this is a business that has boomed during the pandemic. Bosses are as usual trying to boost profits at workers' expense. Both companies should be nationalised under democratic control of the workers. So should the whole communications sector and the utilities too. Now that Labour has been recaptured by big business, workers will have to build a new party to make that programme a reality."



Monday, 22 March 2021

Welsh Labour Put Profits Before Our Safety in Covid Response


Mark Drakeford delayed the second lockdown by over a month against the advice of even official SAGE. Thousands died as a consequence of that and the slowness of the testing and tracing system - latest evidence. Still no recognition of the role that keeping schools and workplaces open played in transmission. Deaths were almost double in second wave compared to the first. This tragedy was avoidable if we had a government in Wales willing to stand up to the pressure big business was putting on it. Instead Welsh Labour prioritised profits over our safety.

(Image: Chris Fairweather/Huw Evans Agency, via Walesonline)


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Justice for Mohamud Hassan!

Even now, after four police officers who dealt with Mohamud Hassan before his death have been served misconduct notices, not a single one has been suspended. Those officers are on still on the streets.

They should be suspended, and a full inquiry headed by workers should be called to uncover the truth.

The family have, quite rightly, demanded the resignation of Jeremy Vaughan, the Chief Constable of South Wales police.

There should be fundamental change as well to prevent these outrageous injustices from being repeated. No force claiming to exist in order to keep ordinary people safe should be so unaccountable to ordinary people. Democratic control of the police by working-class communities and organisations needed.

Monday, 15 March 2021

"No woman should have to be afraid to walk home at night."

End violence against women!

TUSC supporters joined the vigil outside the Senedd on Saturday to remember the life of Sarah Everard and demand an end to violence against women.

Mia Hollsing, TUSC candidate for South Wales Central, spoke to the gathering:

"Sarah Everard left a friend’s house at 9pm on the 3rd of March. She was never seen again. Her body was found in Kent woodland on the 12th of March. A serving police officer in the Met has been arrested suspected of her kidnapping and murder. This shocking crime has rightly left people outraged across the country. No woman should have to fear this kind of violence. No woman should have to be afraid to walk home at night.

"Unfortunately Sarah is not the only woman who has been a victim of male violence. On average two women a week are killed in the UK by a partner or ex-partner. Approximately one in every three women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. It is also estimated a further three women a week kill themselves as a result of experiencing domestic abuse. Despite this there are more animal shelters in Britain than refuges for women and children. Every week women are dying as a result of male violence, with the chronic underfunding of domestic abuse services making the situation worse. Already before Covid-19, in the year 2018-2019, 512 women were turned away from refuges in Wales due to lack of space, capacity or resources (Welsh Women's Aid).

"The pandemic has only made the situation worse. Lockdown, furlough and widespread working from home has meant women having to spend more time at home alone with their abusers, and homeschooling has meant children having to spend more time at home in families where abuse is present. At least 90% of VAWDASV (Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence) services in Wales have reported increased costs related to Covid -19. At the same time the number of survivors on waiting lists for support in the community has gone up by 143% (Welsh Women's Aid).

"What happened to Sarah is not an isolated incidence. It could happen to any woman and it needs to be stopped."

TUSC Wales demands:

* Long-term sustainable funding for all VAWDASV services in Wales to meet the needs of survivors of domestic abuse and to stop women being murdered.

* Democratic control of VAWDASV services.

* Refuge spaces for all who need them.

* A council house building building programme to make sure everyone has a safe home of their own, including women who need to move for their safety and to move on from refuge accommodation.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Security at Work For All


Insecure employment is one of the biggest issues facing ordinary people in Wales. Living on a zero-hour contract feels like living under a cloud. You can’t be certain, from one week to the next, that you’ll have enough hours to ensure that your wage packet can cover your rent or mortgage, your bills and your food costs. A sudden drop in hours leaves workers having to make the decision to buy food for the week and risk rent arrears or falling behind on mortgage payments or keep on top of their housing costs.  It can leave workers at risk of eviction or homelessness. 

This means that the bosses have a weapon to wield in any kind of dispute. Workers who are known to be outspoken about their conditions or pay can have their hours reduced. This makes attempts to organise workers into trade unions more difficult. Workers who experience bullying or harassment will avoid speaking out or raising grievances because they know that this carries the risk of being labelled a troublemaker and having hours taken off them. One worker reports incidence of racially aggravated bullying and sexual harassment going unreported and then festering and escalating into increasingly unacceptable behaviour. 

Precarious employment doesn’t just mean the week-to-week stress of a zero-hour contract, it can also mean the long-term insecurity of a temporary short-term contract. You could be employed on a temporary contract of a year or two years and that means you are always aware that the employer could decide not to renew your contract at the end of t he period. Again, this makes workers wary of getting involved with trade unions, joining other workers in demanding improvements to their pay or conditions, or making complaints about unfair treatment. 

The Wales TUC reported a 35% increase in the numbers of employees on zero-hours contracts between 2018 and 2019. In the UK as a whole, 3.6 million people were in insecure employment before the pandemic hit, and that the prevalence of insecure work is particularly bad in Wales and affects black and ethnic minority workers to a greater extent. This perhaps goes some way towards explaining why poorer part of Wales, and BAME workers saw higher instances of Covid-19 as they felt increasing pressure to return to unsafe working conditions in order not to be penalised when contract renewal time roles around. 

Part of the precarious work culture is down to organisations and institutions, including the Welsh government itself, who like to cut their payroll costs by outsourcing aspects of the supply chain to private contractor companies. Instead of employing their own security guards or cleaners and having to cover their holiday, sick pay and pension costs, it’s cheaper to pay a contractor like G4S or Mitie. This leave the workers vulnerable and disposable. If a client to the contractor takes a dislike to you or your face doesn’t fit, they can ask for you to be replaced and because the contractors must keep shareholders happy and profits rolling in. They will bend over backwards to keep the client happy whilst hanging their workers out to dry. 

This is why we need all public sector jobs to be brought back in house and an end to penny pinching contracting. This would mean that workers at all levels within the organisation would have their conditions and pay protected and they would have access to a HR department in order to raise grievances and stamp out bullying and harassment. We must also demand an end to zero-hours contracts, with the work being organised fairly amongst workers to end the absurd situation where some workers are overworked and some workers do not have enough hours to make ends meet. 

TUSC calls on the Welsh government to:-

•  Bring security and all other outsourced services back in house.

• Ban exploitative zero hour contracts in all public services. Workers who require flexibility should be given it on their terms - through enhanced rights to access unpaid leave or similar.

• Exclude companies who use zero hours from winning contracts with public bodies.

PCS Members in DVLA Swansea Vote to Strike: TUSC Backs You 100%

We send solidarity and good luck to PCS members in the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency in Swansea after acheiving a decisive vote in favour of strike action against the lack of safety in this dangerous period.

Forcing 2000 workers to attend the office unnecessary risks increasing the spreading the virus, threatening another lockdown.

Maximum pressure must be brought to bear on DVLA management to act now to protect the safety of their workforce. We cannot rely on the toothless Health and Safety Executive, which hasn't shut a single workplace in the whole of the pandemic despite 3500 outbreaks in work, or the Welsh government, which has failed to intervene. The union branch has been steadfast in its campaign to keep workers out of the workplace and safely at home. They are fighting to keep us all safe.

(Photo: Dave Warren, TUSC Wales Secretary and former PCS DVLA branch secretary)






Thursday, 11 March 2021

Don't Mourn, Organise! RIP Bob Crow.


Bob Crow RMT general Secretary died 7 years ago leaving a record of industrial struggle, of solidarity and socialism. By example the RMT showed how effective militant trade unionism could protect and improve the lives of its members. He was central to the launch of the National Shop Stewards Network and TUSC - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition which remain important bodies today. 

He will be remembered for the solidarity he and the RMT gave to the Vestas workers and their occupation on the Isle of Wight when other unions walked away from the fight.

Don’t mourn, organise ✊✊✊

By Nick Chaffey




The number is 15%, Angela


MPs like Angela Rayner got a £10,000 bonus at the start of the pandemic. Nurses, who on average earn less than half MPs, got nothing but danger as they fought in the front line against the virus.

It's disgraceful, when NHS workers have demonstrated up and down the country for a 15% pay rise to begin to recover the 20% they've lost in the last decade, that politicians like Rayner refuse to get behind that campaign, repeating instead the 2.1% figure that other leading Labour MPs like John Ashworth have been touting.

UK billionaires gave increased their wealth by a third during the pandemic, yet Labour won't even back a modest increase to the tax on profits.

Labour are a party of big business. Support TUSC candidates standing in elections this year as a step towards building a new party.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

NHS Workers - "Disgusted but unsurprised" at real pay cut offer


Beth Webster, nurse at UHW hospital in Cardiff and TUSC candidate on the South Wales Central list, says, "Disgusted but unsurprised is how NHS workers feel about the 1% pay deal.

"Everyone's heard about the diabolical treatment of NHS workers during the pandemic, but we're not demanding a 15% pay rise because we think we need a reward or a pat on the back.

"We actually need a pay rise. Our wages have fallen by up to 20% in a decade.

"We shouldn't have to work extra agency or bank shifts, take second jobs, on top of full time hours, on top of all the unpaid overtime we do. We cannot provide good, safe patient care when we're exhausted.

"The pandemic shows however bad things get in the NHS, Westminster and the Assembly are never going to give us proper pay or funding off their own backs.

"We have to fight for it. Get involved in your union, in your local 'NHS Workers Say No' group. Talk to your colleagues, get them involved. Prepare to be balloted and vote for industrial action."

National Shop Stewards Network groups are hosting an online meeting TOMORROW (Thursday 11th March) at 6pm to assist NHS workers to organise and fight back.

TUSC Wales to Stand Leading Trade Unionist to Head SWW List

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Wales (TUSC Wales) to stand trade union leader to head South Wales West list.

Workers should not pay for the Covid-19 recovery.

TUSC Wales today announced that Mark Evans, a leading trade unionist in Wales, is to head their list of candidates for South Wales West.

Mark represents Wales on Council workers' union Unison's Local Government Executive and has been the branch secretary of Carmarthenshire County Unison branch for over a decade. 

He has led Carmarthenshire branch to fight cuts to jobs and services proposed by Labour, Plaid and Independent-led councils and calls for councils to implement a needs-led legal no-cuts budget. 

(Photo credit: Walesonline)

The branch has been to the fore in holding the local authority to account on Health and Safety during COVID-19 and has successfully stopped cuts to services and jobs on many occasions.
 
Mark has been a socialist, trade union activist, community campaigner and opponent of racism and the far right all his adult life.

Mark, speaking in his capacity as a candidate for the Senedd elections, said "I have seen the consequence of ten years of Tory austerity on council staff and our working-class communities. Carmarthenshire council, for example, has had £120m stolen from it in central funding since 2010 with disastrous consequences. One in five Local Government jobs has been cut in Wales, damaging services and the local economy and putting huge pressure on the workers who are left having had to work harder for less.

"I have seen the failure of the WelshLabour Government to mount even a token resistance to the Tories. It is working class people in Wales working in the public and private sector who have kept this county and vital services running. They should not pay for the COVID-19 -19 crisis.

"It is an honour to be selected to stand as a TUSC candidate for South West Wales. We need real socialists in the Senedd who will represent the interests of working-class people. We need to show trade unionists, young people and the rest of our class who are suffering poverty, inequality, insecure employment, and low wages that there is a socialist alternate to the pro-big business policies of all the main parties.

"The Welsh Government should organise a mass campaign involving the trade unions, campaigners, local authorities, and working-class communities, demanding the return of the money stolen by the Tories through cuts to out budget since 2010. I will campaign for the building of a new mass workers party based on the trade unions and young people to offer this socialist alternative."

Mark follows the example of Militant (now Socialist Party) MPs like Dave Nellist and has pledged to receive only the wage of an average skilled worker if elected as an MS, donating the rest back to the trade union and socialist movement.

Contact TUSC Wales on 07772215281 
email: tuscwales@gmail.com
Facebook: TUSC Wales - CULS Cymru 
website: tusc.org.uk

A selection of press coverage of campaigning work in which Mark has been involved:

1) Demanding a legal no-cuts budget:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/31m-budget-cuts-devastate-services-13969107

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/19098129.unison-wants-carmarthenshire-implement-no-cuts-budget/

2) Supporting Black Lives Matter and the fight against racism:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/picton-carmarthen-black-lives-matter-18657135

3) Opposing the privatisation of services by Plaid Cymru:

 https://www.llanellionline.news/unison-statement-councils-plan-outsource-trade-waste/

4) Fighting cuts to services and victimisation by Labour:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ashfFQ5szo

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Welsh voters given real alternative to mainstream parties in Senedd elections


The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has announced it is standing in the Welsh Parliament elections on 6 May.

It has decided to contest the South Wales West, South Wales East and South Wales Central regional lists.

TUSC is standing to provide a real alternative for working people, including traditional Labour voters, who have been abandoned by the main parties.

Mark Evans, lead TUSC candidate in South Wales West said
: “Under Keir Starmer Labour has abandoned working people. Its defence of big business in opposing the raising of Corporation Tax is just the latest in a series of sharp moves to the right, which will see Labour support in Wales ebbing away.”

Mariam Kamish, TUSC lead candidate in South Wales East added: “Welsh Labour’s voting down of a proposal to allow all children of Universal Credit claimants to receive free school meals shows that Welsh Labour is also not prepared to stand up for the lowest-paid workers in Wales”.

TUSC will be standing for:
  • Universal free school meals for all pupils
  • Opposition to all cuts and closures to public services, jobs, pay and conditions.
  • For an immediate investment in the NHS to reverse previous cutbacks and a 15% pay rise for all NHS and care workers
  • A united working-class struggle against racism
  • Renationalisation of rail and public transport to electrify Wales railways
  • For rent controls, secure tenancies and end to evictions.
  • Nationalise energy utilities to create a publicly-owned energy company to build tidal lagoons on the Swansea, Cardiff and North Wales coasts and to make Wales 100% green energy self-sufficient
  • For a multi-option referendum on independence
  • Full law-making and tax raising powers for the Welsh Parliament including the power to nationalise companies threatening closure

Candidates will include a council workers’ leader, NHS nurses and workers fighting for a decent pay rise in the pandemic, a leader of the rent strike at Swansea University, a prominent community anti-cuts campaigner, a Black Lives’ Matter activist and an 18-year-old college student.

All candidates have pledged to take only the average worker’s wage in Wales if elected.


TUSC list candidates
 

South Wales West

Mark Evans – Carmarthenshire council workers’ leader

Karen Gerrahty – Maesteg NHS occupational therapist

Gareth Bromhall – Secretary of Swansea Trades Union Council and care worker

Oision Mullholland – organiser of the rent strike at Swansea University

Charlie Wells – Swansea University organiser of Free Education campaign



South Wales Central

Ross Saunders – organiser of Cardiff Against The Cuts and secretary of Socialist Party Wales

Beth Webster – nurse at UHW hospital

Mia Hollsing – Cynon Valley campaigner against domestic violence

Kevin Gillen – Barry community activist



South Wales East


Mariam Kamish – Campaigner for A&E at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr

Cammilla Mngaza – Campaigning for justice for her daughter Siyanda Mngaza

Melanie Benedict – 18 year old campaigner for youth rights

Dave Reid – Trade union activist

Monday, 8 March 2021

Stop Women Dying!

Approximately one in every three women in Wales will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. On average two women a week are killed in the UK by a partner or ex-partner. A further three women a week are estimated to kill themselves as a result of domestic abuse. 

Despite this there are more animal shelters in Britain than refuges for women and children. Every week women are dying as a result of the chronic underfunding of domestic abuse services. Already before Covid-19, in the year 2018-2019, 512 women were turned away from refuges in Wales due to lack of space, capacity or resources (Welsh Women's Aid).

The pandemic has only made the situation worse. Lockdown, furlough and widespread working from home has meant women having to spend more time at home alone with their abusers, and homeschooling has meant children having to spend more time at home in families where abuse is present. At least 90% of VAWDASV (Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence) services in Wales have reported increased costs related to Covid -19. At the same time the number of survivors on waiting lists for support in the community has gone up by 143% (Welsh Women's Aid).

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) believes this is completely unacceptable. We demand:

* Long-term sustainable public funding for all VAWDASV services in Wales to meet the needs of survivors of domestic abuse and to stop women being murdered.

* Democratic control of VAWDASV services.

* Refuge spaces for all who need them.

* A council house building building programme to make sure everyone has a safe home of their own, including women who need to move for their safety and to move on from refuge accommodation.

Mia Hollsing

TUSC candidate for South Wales Central

Friday, 5 March 2021

Bakers' Union Members are Right: Starmer's Labour Party Doesn't Serve Their Interests

Only 9% of BFAWU members think Labour under Starmer will fight for them. That's why support for building a new workers' party and TUSC is growing. 

As reported in The Socialist:

"Former Labour MP Chris Williamson, representing ‘Resist: the Movement for a People’s Party’ on the TUSC steering committee, said: “Amy’s decision to join TUSC’s national steering committee is a further indication that a political alternative is needed. “Usdaw has always been very loyal to the Labour Party, so it is very significant that one of the union’s most senior figures has thrown her weight behind TUSC. “We are building a strong coalition of trade unionists and socialists to give people hope that an alternative to the neoliberal nightmare is possible. People are understandably dissatisfied with the existing political status quo and I’m sure that Amy’s decision will encourage others to follow her example”."

Thursday, 4 March 2021

A Pay Cut for the NHS in Real Terms?


If reports are accurate, and NHS workers are facing a pay cut in real terms after sacrificing so much (after sacrficing everything, for some), then there isn't a person in the country who wouldn't blame them if they went on strike to force the government into awarding a decent pay rise.

NHS workers have lost 20% of their pay over the last decade. They can't afford to lose any more.

We can't afford them to either, because if pay worsens further then the already acute recruitment crisis will sharpen to the point where it could collapse the system.

If elected, TUSC members of the Welsh Parliament would call for the Welsh NHS to pay a decent pay rise, regardless of what was happening in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We'd set a budget that would start to rebuild pay in the NHS and pay for the health and other services we all need and we'd call for a mass campaign demanding the funding we need from Westminster. 

A Third Wave of Covid-19 is NOT inevitable


Contrary to Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford's claims, a third wave of Covid-19 infections is NOT inevitable.

In fact, there was nothing inevitable about a second wave.

If decisive action were taken to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus from the beginning, we could have defeated it by now, our schools would be back to normal and we would be repairing the economic damage rather than sustaining yet more of it.

But for that to happen we needed a testing and tracing system that worked effectively from the beginning. Rather than handing out contracts to the rich mates of the Tories, that would have meant nationalising the productive capacity we needed to make and process tests in a public sector that we controlled democratically.

And we needed the lockdown plan to be under the control of ordinary workers, not big business and the political parties they control. Because the bosses ran the show, we had big companies like EE calling in high street retail workers during the first lockdown, claiming they were "key workers". No wonder there have been 3500 outbreaks of infection in workplaces, with the toothless Health and Safety Executive not closing a single one during the pandemic.

120,000 died with Covid-19 last year, at the best estimate. Almost every one of them is an unnecessary tragedy. The death toll isn't a natural disaster: it happened because politicians like the Welsh Labour Government were not prepared to stand up to the pressure of big business when they demanded profits are prioritised over our safety. We are building the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to put a stop to that criminal behaviour.