When West Wales Rose in Revolt Against the Employers

19th February 2013

When a whole region of Wales rises up in revolt against the employers then it deserves a place in history, according to a new pamphlet written by Robert Owen, an aptly named Socialist Party activist from Tumble in South West Wales. His pamphlet aims to reinstate two especially important local industrial disputes – in Llanelli and the mining valleys of the Amman and Gwendraeth Fawr – back to their rightful historical place.

To launch the pamphlet West Wales in Revolt: When the miners and railwaymen took on the bosses, its author Robert Owen will be speaking at a meeting at Ammanford Miners Welfare Institute, Wind Street, on Tuesday 26 February at 7.30pm.

He will be joined on the platform by Carmarthenshire UNISON branch secretary Mark Evans, speaking in a personal capacity.

The pamphlet, produced by Socialist Party Wales and retailing at £2, chronicles the major industrial disputes of the Llanelli rail workers’ strike of 1911 and the Amman and Gwendraeth anthracite strike of 1925.

Mr Owen draws out the historic significance of both strikes, but in particular highlights how the anthracite strike of 1925, has become a forgotten strike in Welsh working-class history, despite it being a hugely successful action.

He argues that the strike, although overshadowed by the huge defeat of the 1926 general strike the following year, should be remembered and celebrated by local people, not least because it gives optimism that employers can be stood up to and defeated in their bid to drive down wages and worsen working conditions.

The booklet also draws out what lessons can be drawn by trade unionists today facing a government hell-bent on making working people pay for the crisis of the capitalist system.

All welcome at the meeting.

Robert Owen is available for interview. Please phone 07541 145108 to arrange
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