National News

Academies policy ‘rejected’

ONLY 32 schools have responded to Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove’s offer to apply for academy status, according to Government figures released last week.

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Class unity at Burston Rally!

from New Worker Correspondent

THOUSANDS of trade union activists and other labour movement campaigners gathered in the Norfolk town of Burston for the annual rally to mark the historic Burston school strike.

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Housing firm victim of Con-Dem cuts

THE SOCIAL housing repair and maintenance company Connaught went into administration last Tuesday, putting 10,000 jobs at risk.

The Exeter-based company’s revenues have been in turmoil since June at the prospect of Government spending cuts, which could create a £2 million hole in its revenues over this year and 2011.

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Step forward for Gay rights in Wales

by Wendy Lewis

WHEN WELSH Rugby International player Graham Thomas openly declared he was gay, it was a huge step towards gaining acceptance in the wider Welsh community for gay, lesbian and bisexual rights.

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UCATT: Pickles’ ‘poisonous policies’

THE CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt last Friday reacted with extreme dismay to news that the Con-Dem housing polices have already led to the scrapping of 100,000 proposed new homes.

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Coca-Cola pay strike

WORKERS at the Coca-Cola factory in Edmonton, north London, last week voted for strike action after rejected a “derisory” two per cent pay offer, in a ballot organised by the union Unite.

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Quds Day Rally for Palestine

by New Worker Correspondent

THOUSANDS of people joined the annual Quds Day Rally and march in London last Saturday, organised by the UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC).

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Sandwell Tory defects to Labour

ELAINE Costigan, a Conservative councillor in Sandwell in the West Midlands, has defected to Labour because of the Con-Dem coalition’s decision to cut the schools rebuilding programme.

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Lobby your MP

THE LABOUR Representation Committee is calling on all socialists and progressives to lobby their MPs to support Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill sponsored by John McDonnell MP.

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International News

France downs tools over retirement age

Radio Havana Cuba

FRENCH trade unions are flexing their muscles with widespread strikes to protest against government plans to make people work longer before they can retire.

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New Kashmir clampdown following police violence

Xinhua news agency

A CURFEW has been imposed throughout most of Indian-controlled Kashmir, including Srinagar, after four demonstrators were killed by police gunfire on Monday.

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Lebanese leader: ‘Syria not behind Hariri killing’

by Ruaa al-Jazaeri in Beirut

LEBANESE leader Saad al Hariri has retracted claims that Syria was behind the 2005 assassination of his father, Rafik, in an interview with Asharq al-Awsat [Middle East] published on Monday. He told the Arab daily that the claims were mistaken and politically motivated and re-affirmed Lebanon’s friendship with its Arab neighbour.

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China remembers Soviet aid in Second World War

Xinhua news agency

A ONCE war-ravaged Chinese county in northeast China will build a memorial park on facilities left behind by the Japanese invaders during the Second World War to commemorate the invasion and Russian assistance.

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Palestine: The Zionist murder of Count Bernadotte

by Steven Katsineris

COUNT BERNADOTTE was a Swedish noble and diplomat, nephew of the Swedish king, fluent in six languages; he was an outstanding humanitarian and very well respected for his integrity. He gained international recognition through his work as head of the Swedish Red Cross during the Second World War, organising exchanges of disabled prisoners.

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Features

South African teachers, health workers on strike

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Editor, Pan-African News Wire

SOME 1.3 million workers in the Republic of South Africa walked off the job on 18th August after talks with the government collapsed. The government failed to meet their demands for an 8.6 percent increase in wages and a housing allowance of $170 per month.

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Food Doomsday Scenario?

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

THE WORST weather on record, coupled with the practice of speculation in the commodities markets, are set to send food prices skyrocketing, bringing misery and starvation to large swathes of the world’s population. Are we set to see food riots this winter?

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Dog-eat-dog chaos

by Robert Gowland

IT IS SURELY ironic that when Australian television programmes want to show viewers the impact of the outbreak of the Second World War on this country they usually start with people listening to the radio while the then Prime Minister Robert Menzies hypocritically intones: “It is my melancholy duty to inform you that Britain has declared war on Germany and that consequently this country is also at war.”

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