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Posted on 24 June 2015 at 11:56 GMT

Anti-cuts demo in Swansea, 13.6.15, photo by Les Woodward

Anti-cuts demo in Swansea, 13.6.15, photo by Les Woodward   (Click to enlarge)

Swansea anti-austerity march

Around 500 people took the streets of Swansea on 13 June to march against austerity. The pouring rain did nothing to dampen the spirit or anger of the marchers fed up with shouldering the burden of a Tory government hell bent on driving the working class into the ground.

The cuts passed on to the working class from Westminster and the Welsh Labour Government are crippling. If allowed to continue, not only people's health and wellbeing will be threatened but also the sustainability of local government, further education and the NHS.

Protests and rallies are an important ingredient of the fightback, but we also need to escalate our action with a call to the TUC for a one-day general strike! It's the working class that keeps Britain functioning but despite this the rich keep getting richer and we keep getting poorer. We need to show the Tories who really have the power and bring this weak government down.

Claire Job

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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