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Welsh communists reject 'Anti-Brexit, anti-Labour' pact

Communists are calling for a Labour vote everywhere in Wales as polls show a close contest in many of the country's 40 Westminster constituencies.

At the Communist Party's Welsh congress in Merthyr Tydfil at the weekend, executive committee member Alex Gordon highlighted the 'undeniable gulf' between Labour's left and progressive domestic policies and those of the Tory Party.

'Only a majority Labour government will take key industries and services back into public ownership, invest in a Green New Deal and seek pension justice for women', he pointed out. The former RMT president also highlighted Labour's bold plans to expand trade union and workplace rights.

But he regretted Labour's failure to adopt a bold stance against extra military spending and nuclear rearmament. Mr Gordon also warned that its pledge to hold a second referendum on EU membership so that Labour Cabinet members could campaign against Brexit had spread confusion and disullusionment in many working-class communities.

While welcoming the prospect of a Labour victory, he believed it would mark only the beginning of an intensive new phase in the poilitical class struggle in Britain.

'Whoever wins On December 12, it will be essential that we build mass movements on every front, not least through the trade union movement, to fight for a peaceful, sustainable socialist society. For that, we will also need a bigger, more influential Communist Party', he concluded.

The Welsh Communist Party condemned the formation of a LibDem-Plaid Cymru-Green Party alliance in the current General Election.

'This is an anti-Brexit, anti-Labour pact which could hand Welsh seats to the Tories and the Ten Downing Street keys to Boris Johnson', the party's secretary Trevor Jones declared. Instead, he urged all Communists and socialists to campaign for the election of 'a Labour leader and domestic manifesto that we can support'.

Welsh CP chair Laura Picand described the alliance as 'a betrayal of the people of Wales who have been hit hard by LibDem-Tory austerity cuts and who have voted to leave the neoliberal European Union'.

The Welsh CP congress decided to remit a resolution in favour of a state parental wage to its incoming executive for further consideration. Pontypridd branch delegate Catrin Ashton said the current system of allowances and entitlements 'does not guarantee a living income for all parents of young children up to the age of five, whether or not they choose to continue working or opt for pre-school nursery provision that should be free'.

North Wales delegate Dave Morgan applauded the Welsh Labour government's aim to have a million-strong Welsh-speaking population by the year 2050.

'However, this requires a major programme of investment in the human and material resources necessary for a big expansion of Welsh-medium education at every level, from playgroups and nurseries to colleges and adult classes', he pointed out.

The Welsh Congress drew up plans to celebrate next year's centenary of the Communist Party in Wales and Britain, with events that would attract friends and allies from beyond the ranks of the party itself.

Derby Silk Mill Turn Out Festival 2019

Commemorative march, rally and festival - June 22nd 2019

Silk Mill T shirt blackThis year’s commemorative T-Shirts for the historic Derby Silk Mill Turn Out Festival are now available and selling fast. The shirts show the Silk Mill itself as it was in 1883/84 with its gates firmly shut by the owners, locking out the workers who had threatened to form a Trade Union against the regular practice of “docking” pay. The shirt slogan is “Locked Out But Not Ground Down!

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