Issue 8 of Red Alert - Rhybudd Coch, bulletin of the Welsh Communist Party - an anti cuts special - is now available.

Red Alert - Rhybudd Coch ISSUE 8 

  1. SWANSEA LABOUR MOVEMENT RALLIES AGAINST THE CUTS
  2. CARDIFF AND WREXHAM RALLIES AGAINST THE CUTS
  3. TRIPLE BLOW FOR WALES
  4. PROMOTE THE PEOPLES CHARTER AND OPPOSE THE CUTS
  5. 38 DEGREES INTERNET CAMPAIGN GROUP TARGETS OSBOURNE'S TAX AVOIDANCE
  6. MONMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS
  7. COMMUNIST UNIVERSITY OF WALES 2010
  8. CARDIFF COMRADES TAKE LEADING ROLE IN ANTI INCINERATOR CAMPAIGN
  9. DIARY OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

1. SWANSEA LABOUR MOVEMENT RALLIES AGAINST THE CUTS

 

 

HUNDREDS of protesters descended on Swansea's Brangwyn Hall last night to voice their opposition to what they labelled the Coalition Government's "savage" spending cuts.

Among those addressing the rally were Mark Sewotka (PCS General secretary), Dominic MacAskill (UNISON Wales Head of Local Government), Labour MPs Sian James, Martin Caton, Nia Griffiths and Geraint Davies and ex adviser to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan, Professor Mark Drakeford.

The Government announced on Wednesday the findings of its comprehensive spending review, which will see £81 billion slashed from public spending over the next four years.

David Phillips, leader of the Swansea Council Labour Group, said: "The cuts are going to have a dramatic effect on Swansea's economy.

"It is not just about cutting services — it is about the effect of taking all this money out of the local economy.

UNISON's Dominic MacAskill stated that, "the trade unions and the wider labour movement will be taking the lead in building a broad based mass movement, rooted in local communities, to force a change of government policy in favour of an alternative economic and political strategy in the interest of ordinary workers and not the bankers"

Public and Commercial Services Union Swansea branch organiser, Roger Langley, said: "38 per cent of the Swansea workforce is made up of public sector workers, and we want to ensure our voice is heard.

"My members are worried and fearful about their futures. People think civil servants are highly paid staff, but the majority of my members earn less than £15,000 a year.

"They do a fantastic job, but their working conditions are putting them under pressure and they face the pressure of earning under £15,000 a year.

"The Coalition Government has cut too deeply and too quickly, and they have not addressed the main problems in the country — there is an alternative to these savage cuts."

 

2. CARDIFF AND WREXHAM RALLIES AGAINST THE CUTS

 

 

Hundreds of union members have joined protests in Cardiff and Wrexham against the UK government's cuts to the public sector.

Demonstrators braved the elements lining up behind a colourful array of banners from trade unions, trades councils, Labour Party, Communist Party and many others; and in Cardiff with musical support from the City's Red Choir.

The Treasury has admitted that the savings of more than £80bn could cost nearly half a million jobs.

The Welsh Assembly Government said the Spending Review meant it would lose £1.8bn from its budget over the next four years.

Rallies have also been taking place in other cities across the UK.

Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has said the review was fair, and the assembly government was facing "smaller cuts than most UK government departments".

The public sector employs around a quarter of the workforce in Wales.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has about 22,000 members in Wales.

Chair Katrine Williams said: "Our demonstration is intended to show that workers in Wales will not sit idly by and allow our public services to be decimated and the Welsh economy to be wrecked by these vicious cuts.

"Public sector workers face thousands of job losses across Wales, and a huge increase in workloads plus attacks on wages and pensions.

"The jobs of private sector workers will also be hit as the economy shrinks. And we all face the destruction of vital public services.

"Now is the time to stand up and take action against these threats."

 

3. TRIPLE BLOW FOR WALES

 

 

Rick Newnham, Welsh Communist Party secretary, analyses the Comprehensive Spending Review and how it will affect Wales. (Article first published in the Morning Star 26.10.10)

True, Wales has a large public services sector, employing 33 per cent of the country's workforce compared with 27 per cent in Britain overall. And this is where we will be hit by the first whammy.

But the Welsh economy is also "over-dependent" on employment in the production and construction industries. These account for 19 per cent of the Welsh workforce, compared with 16 per cent in the British economy as a whole. Wales also has a slightly larger agricultural sector.

The legacy left by heavy industry in terms of ill-health together with long-term industrial decline, has therefore hit the people of Wales particularly hard, producing higher levels of welfare spending.

So the second whammy is the Con-Dem attack on unemployment and incapacity-related benefits, which again will hit Wales disproportionately hard.

The Welsh economy has a much smaller private-services sector (46 per cent compared with 56 per cent), notably in financial and property services.

These create plenty of debt, credit, fictitious capital, profits and bonuses. But they do not add as much to society's real wealth as energy production, manufacturing, agriculture and such public services as health and education.

Yet it is the financial sector of the British economy which largely dictates the priorities and policies of successive British governments.

This is also the sector bailed out with £1,350 billion in public financial support, while cheering on Labour and Tory cuts that will devastate public services and the welfare state to save £300bn.

These will include cuts in the central government's annual block grant to the National Assembly of Wales and its government.

This third whammy will see that grant slashed by more than 11 per cent in real terms over the next four years, a bigger reduction than those being imposed on the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

A pre-election pledge by David Cameron to review the Barnett formula by which the block grant is calculated - based on population and geography but not on social need - remains unredeemed.

The Welsh Assembly's revenue spending is set to fall by 7.5 per cent and its capital programme by a whopping 41 per cent.

The latter comes on top of the cancellation or cold storage of major central government capital projects in Wales.

The £14bn Severn Barrage scheme has been dropped for cost reasons, although its real flaws relate to questions of political jurisdiction and the environment.

But massive investment in underwater turbines and tidal lagoons could avoid such problems - and would be less costly and dangerous than six new nuclear power stations.

However, dumping the £14bn plan for a privatised military training academy at St Athan is no loss. The bill, to be met by taxpayers, was escalating by the month.

Labour and Plaid Cymru had both supported further integration of the Welsh economy into the British state's military-industrial complex.

More serious is the likely delay in the long-promised electrification of the south Wales-London railway line. While upgrading the east and west coast main lines in England has cut journey times substantially, Wales lags behind to the detriment of jobs and investment prospects.

Finally, the Welsh-language S4C television channel will lose 24 per cent of its budget in real terms over the next four years.

Handing it over to the BBC in 2013 could mean further cuts afterwards.

Yet the continuing increase in Welsh-medium education, which in turn is driving up both the number and proportion of Welsh speakers, underlines the need for a well-funded Welsh broadcasting authority to provide a full home-made service in both main languages.

The Wales TUC and its affiliated unions are organising a special conference on November 26 to co-ordinate a broad-based campaign against the cuts.

They must also play a major role in the battle to win primary law-making powers for the National Assembly in the referendum next March.

The people of Wales urgently need a Welsh Parliament with legislative and financial powers, which could become a rallying point in the struggle for a civilised society against the power of monopoly capital.

People's power can defeat big business and its Con-Dem government.

 

4. PROMOTE THE PEOPLES CHARTER AND OPPOSE THE CUTS

 

North Wales Morning Star Readers and Supporters Group is organising a series of 'Join the resistance - promote the Peoples Charter and fight the ConDem Cuts!' events.

The first in this series of events is a cavalcade this Saturday October 30th with campaigners gathering at shotton Lane Labour Club car park at 10.30 am.  Protesters are urged to bring flags and banners and, of course, a car if they have one.

The next events will be held in Connay's Quay, Mold and then Flint.

For further details contact Glyn on 0798 053 8813 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

5. 38 DEGREES INTERNET CAMPAIGN GROUP TARGETS OSBOURNE'S TAX AVOIDANCE

 

38 Degrees Logo <http://38degrees.bluestatedigital.com/page/-/images/38degrees_logo_email.png
Dear Dominic,

When it comes to cuts, George Osborne likes to say "we're all in this together". But Channel 4 has just revealed that along with two other Cabinet ministers, he's avoiding paying tax. [1] He pays accountants to find loopholes which help him dodge £1.6 million.

"Legal" tax dodges like this cost the rest of us billions. [2] They mean some of the richest people in the UK get away with paying less tax than the poorest. How can we trust George Osborne to be doing all he can to close tax loopholes when he is using them himself?

Together we need to expose George Osborne's hypocrisy. Let's build a huge petition against George Osborne's tax dodges. We'll show that as long as he fails to pay his fair share of tax, the public won't buy his claims that "we're all in this together".

Click here to sign the petition to George Osborne - "pay your fair share of taxes, George":
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/osborne-pay-your-taxes<http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/m/74c05d2d/2d44fde3/589ad37c/4674f5e7/563302084/VEsH/>

At the moment too many politicians think it's fine to dodge tax. They do it, and their friends do too. George Osborne seems to think it's OK to have one rule for him and his friends and another rule for everybody else.

We need to combat this relaxed attitude to tax dodging, and that means starting with the Chancellor. If thousands of us sign the petition against our tax-dodging Chancellor, we can shame him into paying his taxes. That would be a real breakthrough in our campaign to stop the UK's richest people dodging their fair share of tax.

38 Degrees members voted to campaign against tax dodging. We don't think it's fair for the UK's richest to be dodging their fair share of tax whilst the rest of us face cuts and tax rises. We've sent our MPs thousands of e-mails and hundreds of 38 Degrees members have helped design adverts for our national ad campaign against tax cheats. Now, let's turn up the heat on our tax dodging chancellor.

Tell George Osborne to drop his double standards and pay his fair share of taxes - sign the petition now:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/osborne-pay-your-taxes<http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/m/74c05d2d/2d44fde3/589ad37c/4674f5e7/563302084/VEsE/>

NOTES
[1] http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-72/episode-1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/8069854/Cabinet-minister-has-investments-in-offshore-tax-haven.html
[2] http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/22/vodafone-tax-case-leaves-sour-taste

 

6. MONMOUTH AGAINST THE CUTS

 

Meeting earlier this month the Monmouth and Forest of Dean Morning Star Supporters Group discussed the impending public sector cuts and co-ordinate the resistance locally.

The meeting agreed to make contact with the branches of local trade unions in particular UNISON with a view to putting on a public meeting in Monmouth, conduct street leafleting sessions and build towards the TUC demonstration in March 2011 with the aim of putting on a bus to this event. 

In the meantime supporters would write to the local media outlining the alternative to cuts and advocating resistance to this ConDem government.

Check out this website to see a letter in the Forest Review: http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=dc43da64-0fec-4776-a517-22780c4ae1fd and you'll find it on page 8. A very similar letter also appears in the Forester.

 

7. COMMUNIST UNIVERSITY OF WALES

 

The bi-ennial Communist University of Wales is to be held in the YMCA in Pontypridd on the 26th and 27th November, commencing with the Gwyn Alf williams Memorial Lecture on the Friday evening and followed on the Saturday with main body of the University.

 

The sessions have yet to be finalised but the details, as they stand, are listed below:

 

Friday 26th November - Gwyn Alf Williams lecture - 'The European Union: For the Monopolies, Against the People' with John Foster delivering a lecture based on his new pamphlet of the same title

Saturday 27th November - CUW sessions include: MARX & RELIGION; CYMDAITHAS NICLAS; RESISTING THE CONDEM CUTS (Panel discussion); NATION & CLASS AND THE WELSH REFERENDUM; 'THE MIRACLE OF FLEET STREET' DAILY WORKER/MORNING STAR 80TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO SHOWING  

Tickets for the whole university are £5 waged and £3 unwaged

You can register for this year's university by e-mailing your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

8. CARDIFF COMRADES TAKE LEADING ROLE IN ANTI INCINERATOR CAMPAIGN

 

 

Cardiff communists have taken a leading role in campaigning against the proposal to site an incinerator close to the Splott community.

Cardiff against the Incinerator campaigners have put their case to the Assembly, the Environmental Agency and Project Gwerdd.  Their campaign has caused the Environmental Agency to hold up the decision on allowing the incinerator to be built.  The campaign has pointed out that the company, Viridor, has a dreadful environmental and health and safety record and that their incinerator will cause harmful dioxins to be emitted into the locality. 

The campaign is urging people to sign the on-line NAW petition before the 17th of November to help make the case: http://www.assemblywales.org/gethome/e-petitions/sign-petition.htm


 

9. DIARY OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

October

 30th – 31st

51st Congress Communist Party of Britain

 

November

 Red November Dinner - date and venue yet to be confirmed

Friday 26th at 7.30 pm in YMCA, Pontypridd

Gwyn Alf Williams’ Memorial Lecture

 27th – 28th  in YMCA, Pontypridd

Communist University of Wales

 

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