A UNION leader launched a stinging attack on the Labour Party at a rally held in Wrexham.
RMT railworkers' union leader Bob Crow accused Labour of betraying working people.
More than 100 people attended Wrexham's Centenary Club for the Red October rally, which was sponsored by Forward Wales and the RMT.
Mr Crow was joined as a speaker by civil service union leader Jackie McWilliams and Welsh firefighters' representative John Purser at the rally, which was chaired by Wrexham Assembly Member John Marek.
Mr Crow, who was ironically delayed by a train connection, also accused Labour of imposing more restrictions on workers' rights.
He made clear his support for Forward Wales as a radical alternative to Labour in Wales, along with the Scottish Socialist Party in Scotland, and won a standing ovation for his impassioned call for public ownership of the railways.
Dave Bithell, of Wrexham's RMT branch, which organised the event, said: 'Labour was launched a century ago as the party of the workers. Since then it's changed out of all recognition. Now it's the party of the millionaires not the millions - giving peerages to big party donors while sacking thousands of public servants.
'Ex-Labour ministers are making big money as advisers to private companies, just like the Tories used to do. So who speaks up for ordinary working class people?'
Jackie McWilliams, of the PCS civil service union, explained the need for resistance to plans to axe thousands of jobs among the workers who deliver pensions and other benefits. Her union is planning to strike in protest on November 5.
John Purser, North Wales regional vice-chairman of the Fire Brigades Union, claimed the Labour Government was hell-bent on confrontation with his union. He explained the background to the recent firefighters' strike and handed over a cheque for £200 to the PCS strike fund on behalf of the FBU.