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South Wales job losses

Twenty shop stewards and activists recently attended a joint Welsh Shop Stewards Network and Swansea trades council meeting to discuss the avalanche of job cuts in south west Wales.

Rob Williams, the Unite convenor at Linamar (formerly Visteon) introduced the discussion: "What's left of manufacturing is on the edge. Billions have been spent 'saving' the financial system but vital parts of industry and services could go to the wall. If companies threaten redundancies they should be nationalised and made to operate in the interests of the whole of society."

During a lively discussion, the Unite branch secretary at Ford Bridgend highlighted the crisis facing the car industry. He argued for a fighting militant response to save jobs.

Unfortunately his prediction of further cuts in the car industry was hammered home the following day by the Linamar announcement.

Alec Thraves

In this issue

Stop job cuts

Socialist Party NHS campaign

Save our NHS

International socialist news and analysis

Greece in widespread revolt

Queen's rep suspends Canada's parliament

Chicago workers occupy factory

Socialist Party editorial

Welfare 'reform' - fight these attacks

Crisis loans

Socialist Party campaigns

Usdaw presidential election - support Robbie!

DNA evidence - Labour's draconian laws...

Jean Charles de Menezes Coroner restricts inquest verdict

Lewisham's Greens and the BNP 'supporters list'

Education fightback

Student struggle in Spain - time of revolt

60,000 march against education cuts in Dublin

Wales - the true extent of student debt exposed

Workplace news and analysis

PCS gains steps towards settlement

Militant response needed at ex-Visteon plant to save jobs

South Wales job losses

The National Shop Stewards Network is organising a meeting for car workers and those in ancillary industries:

Unite against university attacks

Hospital trust offers pay cuts for Christmas

In brief

Environment and socialism

Water - essential of life or blue gold?

Socialist Party review

Socialism and left unity - a critique of the Socialist Workers Party


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10 December 2008