Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 29, 2007 06:39 ET

Amicus campaign for return of Labour Assembly in Wales

WALES, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - Amicus' General Secretary, Derek Simpson will be coming Wales next week to impress on members and activists the need to vote Labour in the May elections.

Amicus will be launching a booklet outlining 100 Labour achievements in Wales and asking it's more than 60,000 members to vote Labour and urging their family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

On Monday and Tuesday (2nd and 3rd April) Derek Simpson will be meeting with hundreds of Amicus shop stewards and members at special meetings and in workplaces. He will also be meeting Welsh First Minister, Rhodri Morgan at the Welsh Assembly and addressing members in two workplaces in Llanelli, Schaeffler, formerly INA Bearings and Calsonic, formerly Llanelli Radiators.

Derek Simpson, Amicus' General Secretary, said: "We hear a lot about the negatives but Labour has achieved so much in Wales.

"Unemployment is lower, the Welsh Assembly has secured more than GBP3 billion of European funding for projects in Wales and a GBP16 billion Defence Academy at DARA St Athan.

"I am the first to say that not everything is perfect and that there is much more that needs to be done but the only alternative to a clear Labour majority is a Tory led rag bag coalition that would be disastrous for Wales."

Cath Speight, Amicus' Regional Secretary for Wales, said: "With Labour in power, Wales has become a stronger fairer society and people should not be under any misapprehension that this will not continue unless Labour is returned on May 3rd.

"We have devolved government thanks to a Labour government and Labour rule in the Welsh Assembly that has worked to reduce unemployment, increase the number of apprentices to the highest level in the whole of the UK and offer free prescriptions. Amicus member in Wales have also benefited from the Union Learning Fund which has given GBP1 million to projects in Wales since it was in 1999.

"We're sending a clear message to all our members in Wales that we must not go back."

Interview and photo opportunities
If you would like to interview or photograph Derek Simpson, the General Secretary of Amicus, on his Wales visit or Cath Speight, Amicus' Regional Welsh Secretary please contact Catherine Bithell on 020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224.