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£70 for 35 hrs

(November 1978)

From Militant, No. 431, 10 November 1978.
Transcribed by Iain Dalton.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

September unemployment figures showed 6.2% officially unemployed in Britain as a whole. In Cardiff 8.9% are unemployed; 14% in the Ebbw Vale area.

Faced with this situation, the local labour movement has come out with a fighting lead. Cardiff Trades Council’s campaign against unemployment has involved mass distribution of an excellent leaflet calling for:

  • A 35-hour week without loss of pay;
  • £70 minimum wage;
  • a programme of public works;
  • a planned publicly-owned economy under workers’ control and management.

A very good working relationship has been established between the Trades Council and the local YCAU. The Trades Council has agreed to send seven delegates to the YCAU industrial conference in Bridgend on November 25th.

Support has also come from NUPE, EETPU, Bakers’ Union, AUEW, POEU, ASLEF branches, Rover shop stewards and numerous Labour Parties and LPYS branches so far. There is still a lot of potential support to be tapped.

The South East Wales YCAU urges all sections of the local Labour movement to support the Trades Council Conference.

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