Socialist Party Wales conference report

17th February 2014

Around fifty Socialist Party Wales members from as far apart as Milford Haven in West Wales, Rhyl in North Wales, Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales and Newport in East Wales held a very successful annual conference in Cardiff last weekend.

After an inspirational opening speech by our Deputy General Secretary, Hannah Sell who outlined the impact of the economic crisis in Britain and the inevitability of a fightback by the working class, the discussion then highlighted the key role our members are playing in the trade union movement in Wales. Comrades from Unison are battling against the vicious cuts being implemented by Labour led councils across Wales with Carmarthenshire Unison branch pointing the way forward by fighting for a 'no cuts budget'. Our members in PCS continue to fly the flag of resistance despite fighting on their own in many instances because of the failure of the TUC to initiate the popular demand for a one day general strike.

Steven Skelly, RMT Executive member for Wales and the South West brought greetings to the conference and re-emphasised  the importance of industrial action against class enemies such as Tory London Mayor, Boris Johnston who is licking his wounds after being forced to step back from his attacks on London underground workers. Further action by RMT members may to necessary but it is a lesson and inspiration to millions of workers that militant action can stop these attacks.

Ross Saunders introduced the Party Building session by recording our successes in Wales over the past year and also explaining the methods and determination necessary to recruit more new members to our Party. Our young student members reported their initiatives in building Socialist Students across the colleges and universities in Wales and our finance organisers are launching the 2014 subs campaign to increase our Party resources to help us intervene in the anti-cuts campaigns and our youth and trade union activities.

Our 2014 Socialist Party Wales conference was enthusiastic and brimming with confidence for the coming year. This was reflected in the excellent fighting fund appeal which raised £811 as well as one visitor signing up to join at the end of conference.

Alec Thraves.
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