Swansea Trades Council: May Day Anti-Cuts March and Rally
1st May 2011The Swansea March and Rally had around 300 demonstrating against the ConDem cuts with all the main unions represented. SP members, Katrine Williams (PCS Wales Chair), Les Woodward (GMB Remploy Convener) and Ronnie Job (Trades Council Secretary & TUSC candidate) undoubtedly had the best response at the rally with Kartrine receiving a big applause for her call for the unions who marched together on March 26th to now strike together on June 30th.
Les, when commenting on the disgraceful trade union ‘memorandum of understanding’ in Wales which gives concessions to local government employers, responded by saying the only memorandum of understanding his members wanted was that if the employer attacks us we should stand up and fight back!
Ronnie summed up the rally with an inspiring speech calling on all trade unionists to pressurise their leaders to take coordinated strike action as the only way to stop the cuts. This call was met with rapturous applause from the audience but the expression on the faces of some of the trade union leaders present just highlights that this will have to be fought for vigorously.
Meanwhile in Llanelli over 40 trade unionists and political activists attended the Llanelli against the Cuts May Day Rally, organised by Llanelli Trades Council.
Despite the attempts of New Labour and Plaid Cymru to try and use the event as a Welsh Assembly Election platform, the rally in the town centre heard local trade unionists from PCS, Unison, Unite, NUJ and NUT calling on the Welsh Assembly Government and local councils to oppose ALL cuts. Socialist Party members Mark Evans, branch sec of Carmarthenshire Unison and Dave Warren, branch organiser for PCS in the DVLA stressed the demand for a ‘needs budget’ to be set in Wales and also pointed to the £123bn of uncollected taxes of the super rich which could pay off the national debt!