Monday, 11 August 2008

Georgia on my mind

Neither Russia nor Georgia seem to have their hands clean over the war over South Ossetia. The Georgian army invaded the area, breaking an uneasy ceasefire with local rebels who have been covertly supported by Russia.

 Russia has responded with a massive show of military might and could go so far as to overthrow the Georgian president, who is seen as pro-US and therefore a threat on Russia's southern border.

 The US has responded to this by accusing Moscow of "resisting peace and wanting regime change."

 Ponder those words by a George Bush-led administration.

 This bitter little war is one of the unforeseen consequences of the Iraqi invasion back in 2003, which became an explicit "regime change" war after the lie over Weapons of Mass Destruction was exposed. Powerful states around the world now see they have the explicit right to invade and "regime change" any neighbour without the threat or sanction of international retaliation.

 

Monday, 4 August 2008

Is your boss a minimum wage cheat?

Nearly 800 firms in Wales have failed to pay workers the minimum wage - yet not one has been prosecuted for breaking the law.

 These shocking figures were unearthed by a Plaid Cymru AM's Freedom of Information request, which also revealed that none of the eight minimum wage inspectors covering Wales are based in the North.

 It's more than likely that this figure represents the tip of an iceberg, especially in areas like Wrecsam.

 So is your boss or ex-boss a minimum wage cheat? Are they failing to pay workers the minimum legal rate and therefore breaking the law?

 If so, Plaid Cymru in Wrecsam wants to hear from you. Contact us in complete confidence with details of the companies breaking this law.

 Anyone paying less than these rates is breaking the law:

16-17 yr olds: £3.40 (rising to £3.53 in October)
18-21 yr olds: £4.60 (£4.77)
22 and over: £5.52 (£5.73)

Contact plaidwrecsam [at] gmail.com or text 07747 792441 with your information.