Communists played an important role in ensuring that the Cameron Clegg show, which rolled into Cardiff at the weekend would be met by forceful union and community opposition, led by the Wales TUC. Read here, John Haylett's account of the protest action carried in the Morning Star.

Thousands of trade unionists marched through the Cardiff sunshine at the weekend, telling Con-Dem coalition leaders Nick Clegg and David Cameron to end their cuts programme.

The marchers paused outside the Angel Hotel, where the Liberal Democrat leader was addressing his party's spring conference, chanting "Barnsley" and promising him a similar result in the Welsh Assembly elections in May.

The lively and colourful protest, organised by Wales TUC, crossed the Taff into Sophia Gardens for a Protest in the Park rally close to the Tory conference at Glamorgan Cricket Club's stadium.

First Minister Carwyn Jones celebrated the country's referendum victory announced on Friday, saying that the people of Wales had united in saying Yes to taking responsibility for their own future.

"We are also united in saying No to the savage cuts imposed by the Tories and Liberal Democrats," he added.

Mr Jones insisted there was a different and better way to the coalition's slash-and-burn approach.

He pointed out that the Welsh Assembly government had signed a memorandum with the Wales TUC to avoid compulsory redundancies at all costs.

Civil Service union PCS leader Mark Serwotka recalled attending a TUC discussion with coalition ministers and noticing one common denominator - each was a multimillionaire.

"They live in a bubble of privilege. They don't use our services. They don't live in our communities and they don't give a shit about the worries we have," he declared.

He insisted on the need for resistance and for "mass industrial action to defend our jobs, our pensions, our services."

Wales TUC president Sian Wiblin greeted her fellow PCS members from Companies House, DVLA, Remploy and the Passport Agency, who face redundancies.

She attacked bankers "who are taking seven-figure bonuses and telling the rest of us to get over it."

Unison assistant general secretary Bronwyn McKenna said Irish voters had shown "how to deal with a government that danced to the bankers' tune."

She added: "Today is the start. We'll join together in even greater numbers in London on March 26 and show David Cameron what the real Big Society looks like."

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey recalled Aneurin Bevan as a formative influence and as someone "who always stood up against the kind of class warfare that we face today."

He denounced the government as representing spivs and speculators and being intent on "attacking the very fabric of our society. We're not standing for that."

GMB regional president Sheila Bearcroft ridiculed government claims to be family-friendly, asserting: "They are about as family-friendly as Pol Pot."

She asked how elitist old Etonians and multimillionaires could understand the experience of low-paid workers in trying to provide food, clothing and heating for their families.

Wales National Union of Students president Katie Dalton insisted her members would not stand by "while the decisions of a few devastate an entire generation."

Ms Dalton said there was always another option to government policies "and we must continue to fight for an alternative."

Cardiff Trades Council secretary Ramon Corria denounced the injustice of workers being made to pay for a crisis caused by "a failure of business and failure of government to regulate banks."