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Aberystwyth University workers strike over planned changes to pensions

University staff will be on strike for the next four days. Credit: ITV News / Kevin Ashford

Workers at Aberystwyth University are protesting this morning over planned changes which unions claim will mean losses to pensions of up to 50 per cent.

The University is extremely disappointed that a small number of staff have said they intend to take industrial action. Whilst fully respecting an individual's right to strike, to target the weekend that the University welcomes its newest students goes against all the hard work undertaken by colleagues during the past year to build relationships and attract students to Aberystwyth.

After a successful Clearing campaign, and news that Aberystwyth is within the top Universities for "the best first impression", this action attempts to hit the core business of the University. This is a potential threat to the University's future sustainability, and aims create concern for new students, who may be away from home for the first time, and their families.

– Aberystwyth University spokesperson

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Remembrance event for airmen killed 70 years ago

A group from west Wales will be taking part in a memorial walk and an act of remembrance for airmen killed in a crash exactly seventy years ago today.

The crew training in the Bahamas.

In the penultimate year of World War Two, an RAF Liberator bomber en route to an exercise off Anglesey came down in the Preseli Hills, killing six of its nine strong crew.

There were only three survivors of the crash.

Now, members of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group, which includes relatives of a crew member involved in the crash, will mark the anniversary with a walk up to the crash site near Carn Bica this morning.

Robert Evans died in the crash. His relatives will be attending the remembrance event.

Aberystwyth University staff begin four days of strike action

Four consecutive days of strike action by Aberystwyth University staff over pensions gets underway today.

Staff will strike for four days over pension cuts. Credit: ITV Wales News

Workers from UNISON Cymru/Wales, Unite, UCU and Prospect will be taking part in industrial action, with a march and rally taking place on Saturday.

Union members say strike action has been timed to coincide with the start of the new academic year and the arrival of new students to the University.

It is a crucial time of year for the University, who will be hoping to make a good impression on new students as they arrive to begin their academic career.

All the unions thought long and hard before deciding to take strike action at the beginning of the new term. The University relies on student fees to fund its activity. If Aberystwyth gets a bad reputation, it will damage the University.

Our members want to see the University thrive, to be a fantastic place to study, but we cannot accept that this should be done on the back of massive cuts to our members pensions.

– Simon Dunn, UNISON regional organiser

Disciplinary proceedings against Pembrokeshire Council Chief Executive begin

The first meeting of the committee set up on Friday to begin disciplinary proceedings against Pembrokeshire Council Chief Executive Bryn Parry-Jones will begin today.

Pembrokeshire Council passed a vote of no confidence against Bryn Parry-Jones last week. Credit: ITV Wales News

A vote of no confidence was passed against Mr Parry-Jones last week after a police investigation began into salary supplement payments of around £45,000 which were paid to him and other senior council members.

The 15-man committee has the power to suspend Mr Parry-Jones - with the Labour Group on the Council under Paul Miller calling for immediate suspension.

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A40 closed near Brecon after three injured in accident

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The A40 between Brecon and Bwlch is closed after three people were injured in a road accident.

Police are currently investigating the incident, which took place at around 3pm this afternoon.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision. Three casualties have been taken to hospital for treatment.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place on the A40 at Bwlch and at Brynich roundabout junction with the A470.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take alternative routes.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Mid Wales Roads Policing unit on 101.

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