In an open letter to the working people of Wales, CP Wales industrial organiser and secretary of Cardiff TUC calls for solidarity and a big turn out on demonstrations planned for six key centres of Cardiff, Camarthen, Swansea, Wrexham, Bangor and Merthyr Tydfil.

On Thursday 10th July a million plus workers will be taking strike action over pay, pensions workload and a range over other issues, Civil and Public sector workers, including teachers and fire –fighters will show their anger as they have finally run out of patience with a ConDem Government who have miserably failed to appreciate the cost of living crisis they are facing.

Rising prices, attacks on pay, on welfare and on terms and conditions have all taken their toll and workers are clearly saying enough is enough!

The 1% pay offer from employers is insulting and has become a catalyst for workers to take action!

Action is needed now to protest at low wage levels. Public Sector Workers have endured four years of pay cuts in real terms and they have now voted overwhelmingly to strike to drive home the message to ministers that poverty pay in local government must end.

Poverty pay is widespread across local councils – household bills continue to soar, but workers buying power is constantly being eroded. The national minimum wage will soon overtake local government pay scales – members are choosing between heating and eating.

The aim of the unions is to get the employers back around the table to negotiate a fair deal for those who deliver vital local government services, from social care to refuse collection, on a daily basis.

There are also issues with the ConDems attempting to steal the decent pensions of FBU members and others and the time has come to fightback.

The Welsh Communists fully support the action and we expect there to be further strikes unless the demands of the unions are met fully.

Working and non working families understand it is the political and banking elites who are responsible for the economic mess they created. The so called austerity agenda of the ruling millionaires is based on an ideological attack on our class and the time has come when the labour and trade union movement begins the long fightback for fairness, equality and justice for all.

I know all comrades will support the various picket lines, show solidarity with the unions involved and where possible attend the various rallies and demonstrations which are taking place in Wales on the strike day.

At the time of writing the list of rallies and demos are as follows:

Cardiff Trades Council will be holding a raising awareness event which involves leafleting and explaining to shoppers and workers in the City Centre why the unions are taking the action. Meet at the Nye Bevan statue, Queen Street Cardiff at 10.30am (contact cardiffctuc@gmail com) prior to marching onto the Temple of Peace, Edward VII Avenue in Cardiff (opposite Welsh Government offices in Cathays) for the rally between 12 and 1 pm

Rally in Castle Square from 12.30 pm

March through town, assemble 11 .30 am with rally at Queen’s Square at 12.00 pm

March through town assemble 11.30am in Farrar Road to march along the High Street to the clock tower opposite the shopping mall. Rally to commence at 12.00 pm.

Rally in Notts Square, Carmarthen from 12.00 pm

Merthyr Tydfil
Rally outside the Civic Centre, assemble time tbc

I urge all comrades and friends to join the fight back!

Ramon Corria
Industrial Organiser
Welsh Communist Party