Thursday, 29 April 2010
Photo from yesterday's Visteon pensioners protest outside the Welsh Assembly in support of Bethan Jenkins AM's sponsored debate on the issue. It comes days after Unite committed to take Ford on legally to get justice for pensioners in Swansea, Belfast, Basildon & Swansea.
Photos from Mike Gard
'The three Party leaders in tonight's television debate all agree that whoever gets elected there will be massive cuts in public sector jobs and services. I would urge public sector workers, private sector workers, service users and community campaigners to join us on the May Day march so we can send out a message to these 'out of touch' politicians that if they come for our public services after the election they will have a fight on their hands'!
If they want to now what to expect if they attack our public services then watch the TV reports coming from Greece where millions have taken to the streets to protest against the savage cuts. That's what will happen here if these politicians try and make ordinary people pay the price for the bankers' crisis. If they bring Greece to Britain then we will respond with the same determination as the Greek workers'.
South West Wales May Day March & Rally
(Organised by Swansea Trades Council)
Saturday, May 1st,
Assemble 11/00am, Guildhall Green. Swansea
March down Oxford St. for 12/00pm rally at Castle Square.
Speakers from UNISON, PCS, UNITE, UCU and other unions, campaign groups & anti racists.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Called by Swansea Trades Council
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Assemble Swansea Guildhall - 11am
Rally at Castle Square 12pm
- Protect Public Services!
- Stop the cuts!
- Defend Jobs & Services
- End Privatisation
- No to racism and facism
May 1st is international workers day, chosen over 100 years ago to commemorate the struggles and gains of workers and the trade union movement.
Today there is the threat of severe post election cuts in the public sector, and the recession hitting public and private sector workers alike. All workers and the public as a whole need to demonstrate the same determination and solidarity that won us gains in the past to defend public services and workers rights today.
We need money for jobs and services, not to bail out the banks. We call on everyone to join the trade unions of Swansea to celebrate May Day and fight for a decent future.
Bring your banners!
UNISON, GMB, PCS, UNITE, UCATT
Monday, 26 April 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The Socialist Party has campaigned against the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since they began. I didn't see the BNP in 2001 after 9/11 when you had to have real political courage to oppose the invasion in the face of the media onslaught. In fact, it's the BNP's anti-Muslim agenda that helps to legitimise the Afghanistan war and occupation. Racist division makes it much harder for working-class people to fight for a better life. Only through socialist unity can ordinary people stop the slaughter in foreign wars as well as achieve real jobs and decent housing.
But it is New Labour who opened the door to the far-right, racist British National Party’s success. The people who have benefited most under Labour are big business and the super-rich. The rest of us have seen skilled jobs replaced with part-time, low paid exploitation; privatisation destroying the NHS, Royal Mail and other public services; council housing sold off so virtually no one has access to it and private rents going through the roof.
The BNP claim they support “British workers” – nothing could be further from the
truth. They just want to exploit people’s anger. They want to slash public services just like the Tories, New Labour and Liberals. In Huddersfield BNP councillor Roger Roberts has called for 1 in 4 council jobs to be cut: “I’ve always advocated that you could get rid of 25% of council staff and no-one would notice.”! Huddersfield examiner 17/9/09
The BNP claim they are not racist. But allowing non-white people to join is not because the BNP have changed their ideas. In fact the leaders and the organisers of the BNP are worse than racists, they are white supremacists and neo-Nazis who will use racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of prejudice to divide working people and make it harder for us to resist attacks from the bosses.
But instead of answering the BNP’s divisive lies, Labour and the other main parties
have made them look more respectable by whipping up racism and scapegoating migrants for the crisis in jobs and housing caused by their pro-big business policies. Like Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking who tries to blame migrants for the shortage in housing instead of building new council homes.
We need to build a mass movement to unite people to fight for a better future for all. Mass expansion of public housing, the right to work at a living wage, free education and defend public services from the slash and burn policies of New Labour, Tories, Liberals – and the BNP.
New workers’ party needed
Calling for people to vote for the main three parties to stop the BNP is not enough to stop them getting elected. The reason the BNP won two seats in the European elections is because the Labour vote collapsed. Working people need a real alternative to both the BNP and the three main parties.
Youth Fight for Jobs
One in five young people are unemployed. Whilst the politicians look after the richest, young people and workers will have to organise together to protect ours. Youth Fight for Jobs is backed by three national trade unions and has organised demonstrations, nationally and locally, to fight for our right to a future.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Todays' students are being financially burdened with massive debts of around £20,000 when they graduate. All the main candidates in Swansea West benefited from free education when they attended university in the past. None of them were forced to pay tuition fees and they all received generous student grants.
Now all the main parties have pulled the ladder up on this generation of students who face poverty in university and a lifetime of debt when they leave!
I am absolutely opposed to all top up and tuition fees which will make it even more difficult for working class and middle class students to be able to afford to go to university. Loans should be abolished and a living grant restored for all students, as was the case when our prospective parliamentary candidates attend university. I am a firm believer that education should be free to everyone from nursery to university. We will be campaigning at both Swansea universities to stop any proposed higher education cuts and to end student poverty by restoring free education'.
That's the programme to inspire young people to go out and vote and Rob Williams, Swansea West TUSC, is the only candidate genuinely defending students and young people.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Vote this coming May for a real change. Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition are fielding over 40 candidates all across the United Kingdom. Ross Saunders is standing as a candidate in Cardiff Central and Rob Williams is standing in Swansea West. Show them your support and say no to the status quo presented by Labour, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. For more information on the coalitions policies be sure to check out www.tusc.org.uk and follow Ross' blog at jobsbeforebankers.blogspot.com
The spike in support for the Lib Dems show that people are crying out for a real alternative. Imagine if the unions were spending the millions we now give to New Labour on a party that stood on a radical socialist programme which was advertised on thousands of billboards?
By the way if you want to know how radical the Lib Dems are, ask all those who are facing cuts from Swansea Council which is under their control. Its the same programme of cuts put forward by all the other councils. But you can do something about this one - come on the Swansea Trade Union Council May Day demo on Saturday May 1st. Starting at 11am from the Guildhall to Castle Square.
Friday, 16 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
The Labour and Lib Dem candidates for Swansea West blame each other for the vicious education cuts in Swansea.
Rob Williams, TUSC candidate for Swansea West said: -
All the main parties have a responsibility for the vicious cuts in education across Swansea. The Lib Dem led coalition on the council has implemented these cuts because the Labour/Plaid coalition in the Welsh Assembly has cut funding to local authorities because the Westminster Labour Government has slashed public spending to pay for the bankers economic crisis. Talk about passing the buck, it makes you feel dizzy!!
At least the Tories are a bit more open as they have confirmed that if elected they will have an emergency budget within 50 days to map out their proposals for massive cuts in public services.
None of the main parties have the will, determination or principles to say we will not pay the price for the billionaire bankers and stand up and fight for our public services. These meekly mouthed, spineless politicians only desreve voters contempt not their support'!
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
If all this hypocrisy makes you angry - don't get mad get even - vote TUSC in the election and join our campaign
Defend jobs & services - Fight for workers' alternative!
As the main Parties launch their Election Manifestos the majority of electors will treat their promises with a mixture of cynicism and disinterest.
Rob Williams, Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition candidate for Swansea West said: -
'All the media attention will surround the empty promises put forward by the main Parties when they launch their election manifestos. In complete contrast to the cuts agenda put forward by all the establishment parties TUSC has a programme that can enthuse and inspire ordinary people to come out and vote for a socialist alternative. Our key demands include: -
* Public Ownership, not privatised profit.
* Jobs, not handouts to bankers & billionaires.
* No cuts - quality public services.
* Decent pensions and benefits.
* Solidarity not war.
* Protect our environment - stop global warming.
* Repeal the anti-trade union laws.
* For a democratic socialist society.
'Now that would be 'real change' and a 'real choice' instead of of the 'same manifesto' in a different coloured package that the main parties are offering! People are sick of sleaze, sick of empty promises and sick of politicians who look the same, sound the same and do nothing for us! Why are all the main parties saying that we have to pay for the economic crisis with massive cuts? We didn't cause the crisis, it was billionaire bankers, rich speculators and incompetent politicians. Make the bankers pay not us is my message and top of our manifesto'!
For a full version of the TUSC election manifesto visit www.tusc.org.uk
Sunday, 11 April 2010
The Evening Post has asked in an editorial on Friday, 9th April that local candidates respond by making their views public on their position towards the on going war in Afghanistan.
Rob Williams, Socialist Party member, standing as a candidate in Swansea West under the banner of the ‘Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’ said: -
‘It’s horrific that another young life has been lost and I send my condolences to his family and friends.
My position and that of the Socialist Party has been unequivocal since the occupation in 2001.
Afghanistan was invaded after 9/11 to boost the power and prestige of George Bush and US Imperialism.
Like Iraq, Afghanistan had no direct part in the terrorist attack that destroyed the twin towers.
Like Saddam Hussein, the Taliban were also originally financed and armed by the US and Britain!
It was the wrong political decision By Blair to send British Troops into Afghanistan and Iraq in the first place! This war is NOT being fought in the interest of ordinary people here or in Afghanistan.
There should be an immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops and the Afghan people must be allowed to determine their own future.
The best way to support our troops is to bring them home now!
This war, in which Blair and the Labour Government backed fully in order to appease Bush and US Imperialism, has been a total disaster.
As well as 281 UK personnel losing their lives it is estimated that 30,000 Afghans have been killed and 3.7 million refugees forced to flee to Pakistan and Iran. Last year the head of British forces in Afghanistan gloomily talked of another 40 years of occupation before there will be stability!
We need to support Afghan workers and poor peasants away from the reactionary Taliban and help them develop their own independent political voice. Under a socialist plan of production the country’s raw materials and key industries could be nationalised and investment used to develop the economy away from the production of opium.
United by their common interests, workers and peasants across Afghanistan could defeat the Taliban by creating a multi ethnic defence force that would undermine sectarianism.
A democratic socialist government of Afghanistan as part of a socialist confederation of the region offers the only solution to the horror of endless war.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
'I fully agree with the 75% of the electorate who do not support cuts in public services to pay for the bankers crisis. Unfortunately all the main parties support a public sector pay freeze, attacks on our pensions and a machete to be taken to public services. Why should ordinary people be forced to pay for a crisis that was caused by billionaire bankers, speculators and a big business friendly Labour government? All the main parties agree that whoever forms the next government public sector cuts will be deeper and broader than the Thatcher government made!
As a start, instead of throwing billions of pounds at the bankers and rich speculators I would demand a massive programme of public works to get our young people working, keep our civil servants in jobs to collect the £100 million in unpaid tax from the big multi-nationals, cancel the PFI debt and end the war in Afghanistan.
Not many voters would disagree with those demands, only the main political parties, who are completely out of touch with ordinary people'.