May Day Rally in Swansea

10th May 2013

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By a Swansea Trade Unionist

Some 150 trade unionists gathered for Swansea’s May Day Rally in the city’s Castle Square on Saturday to defend public services and fight for social justice locally, nationally and internationally.

The event organised by Swansea Trades Council had a range of speakers on the issues of defending public services and scrapping the bedroom tax with workers’ representatives taking precedence over politicians.

Recently widowed mum Megan Wheatland spoke about the Bedroom Tax and the nightmare situation she faces with a suddenly increased rent bill at a time when her income has fallen dramatically.

Swansea nurse Claire Job talked about the desperate situation facing the NHS in Swansea and the rest of Wales and Unison convenor David Phillips also spoke about the threat to local health services.

Fire Brigades Union Wales Chair Cerith Griffiths spoke about the fight to defend threatened fire services.

Rob Abrams of Swansea University Students Union spoke on the solidarity campaign for Indonesian workers owed wages by Adidas after their factory was closed and about their recent significant victory gaining compensation.

Swansea West MP Geraint Davies’ speech attacked the bedroom tax as unjust and unrelated to the reality of a lack of social housing and private sector profiteering and he also discussed the exploitation of workers at home and abroad.

AM Bethan Jenkins’ covered the ongoing campaign by former Ford workers at Swansea’s Linamar plant and at Visteon to win back their pensions.

A successful event led by trade unionists defending jobs and public services which left us all re-enthused to continue the struggle.

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