WSSN sets up Wales Anti-Cuts Committee
17th April 2011A Swansea Trade Unionist reports:
A meeting of trade unionists and campaigners fighting the cuts has agreed to set up a Wales Anti Cuts Committee.
More than 70 representatives gathered at the Wales Shop Stewards Network conference in Cardiff to discuss the next steps in the fightback against cuts in jobs and services.
Speakers emphasised the need for opposition to all the cuts and to organise co-ordinated resistance including a 24 hour public sector general strike.
PCS national vice president John McInally said the turnout of up to 700,000 people on the March 26 TUC demo had frightened the Government, TUC and Labour. If the movement allowed the cuts to happen and waited for the return of a Labour Government there would be nothing left.
He said: “We must ballot for widespread co-ordinated industrial action and not just in the public sector. The left in the unions must articulate a clear ‘no cuts’ strategy based on an alternative and must organise within our unions.”
Representatives spoke of the need to fight against attacks wherever they came from, including the threat by Rhondda Cynon Taff and Neath Port Talbot to sack all their workers if they did not accept dramatic cuts in their pay and conditions.
There was a warm welcome for representatives of the Prison Officers Association who spoke of their fight against privatisation and for a publicly owned and run prison system which could rehabilitate prisoners.
The WSSN conference elected a steering committee of six to set up the Wales Anti Cuts Committee and also agreed to build support for the May Day march against cuts organised by Swansea Trades Council on April 30 and the Aberystwyth anti cuts demonstration organised by Ceredigion Against the Cuts on May 7.