National News

Massive support for Remploy strike

REMPLOY workers throughout the country took strike action last Thursday in protest at being thrown on to the dole queue. The action was is solid, with massive public support, according the giant union Unite.

Unite’s national officer for the not-for-profit sector Sally Kosky said: “We have received reports from across the country that the strike is solid and is receiving massive support from the public, as well as from disability groups and other trade unions.

“This sends the strongest possible message to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that the Government needs to have a drastic re-think on its policy of closing down and selling off the Remploy factories.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Shortage of primary school places

HUNDREDS of five-year-old children still do not have a school place for September as primary school struggle to cope with the overcrowding crisis.

Shock figures show that more than 400 children have not secured a place and do not know which school they will be starting at because London’s primary schools are full to bursting.

Councils could resort to teaching children in shifts, setting up emergency reception centres, breaking the limit on pupil numbers in classrooms or teaching in office blocks to cope with the crisis.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

PCS success in fighting job cuts

THE CIVIL service union PCS last Wednesday succeeded in preventing over 1,000 jobs cuts in the Home Office after threatening strike action to begin this Thursday.

The union suspended its planned strike after officials told PCS late on Wednesday that there will be significant investment in the border force and passport service and confirmed this would mean more than 1,000 new jobs.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Osborne ‘wrecking green policies’

SENIOR Tory former minister Tim Yeo last week accused the Chancellor, George Osborne, of blocking measures to introduce clean energy production.

Yeo claimed that Osborne is responding to pressures from Conservative backbenchers, who are campaigning against wind farms and new pylons in their constituencies.

He accuses the Treasury of undermining Government attempts to secure the future energy requirements for the country and improve the green electricity supply, by meddling in its energy bill, which MPs now say is "unworkable".

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Liverpool’s Larkin march defies fascist threats

THE JAMES LARKIN Society of Liverpool last Sunday staged its regular march through the city for working class unity and against racism and fascism. It went ahead despite threats and claims by the fascist thugs of the English Defence League and some of its even more violent splinters.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Payday loan dangers

GROWING numbers of unemployed people are falling foul of payday loans, according to a report issued last week by the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS).

The charity has called on the industry to offer more protection to the jobless in a new code of conduct due later this week.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Sheffield NHS charging patients

SHEFFIELD Save Our NHS Campaign last Tuesday mounted a protest against NHS privatisation and charges for treatment at the Walk-In Centre in Rockingham Road, Sheffield.

SSONHS believes all health services should be free at the point of use. The campaign believes that the Government’s health policies, including the budget squeeze and growing private provision, increase the likelihood of charging patients for treatment.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

LGBTQ people decide future for Pride

by Anton Johnson

Left Front Art

THE TUC LGBT Committee, supported by the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils hosted a successful public meeting (16th July) on where next, after the debacle of this year's World Pride, in a packed room of over 90 representatives of Labour Movement bodies and LGBTQ community organisations.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Brent school sacks dinner ladies

THE GMB general union is fighting to save the jobs of seven catering staff at Our Lady of Grace RC Junior School Dollis Hill Lane, London where jobs are under threat as a result of the school’s decision to move from a full school meals service to a sandwiches only service, which will be available only to pupils entitled to free school meals. The school will provide nothing at all for other pupils.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Party Day in London

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends joined New Communist Party leader Andy Brooks and Party Chair Alex Kempshall in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the NCP last Saturday at the Party Centre in London.

The New Communist Party of Britain was established in July 1977 and since then the Party has worked to build the communist movement and working class unity while upholding the tenets of Marxism-Leninism. Over the decades the Party and the New Worker have survived through thick and thin and this was because we have something to say that comrades are ready to support with effort and cash to keep us going.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

International News

French car workers fight lay-offs

by Kathy Durkin

CAR WORKERS are fighting mad over Peugeot’s plan to lay off 8,000 employees and permanently close a key plant in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Knowing even before Peugeot made the announcement that it plans to shut the facility in two years, the workers have been demonstrating. When the company confirmed its plans on 12th July, the enraged workforce walked out.

Peugeot, which is part of PSA Peugeot Citroen, the second-largest carmaker in Europe, had already announced job cuts for 6,000 employees last year, bringing layoffs to 14,000. The Aulnay plant would be the first car factory in France to be shuttered in 20 years.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Why shoot at a fishing boat?

Workers World (US)

SOMETIMES a small tragedy can shed light on big events and draw a clear picture of the forces involved. This was the case in mid-July when the USNS Rappahannock, an American refuelling ship deployed in the Gulf near Iran, opened fire on an Indian fishing boat.

You may ask why a US warship would find it necessary to spray a fishing boat with machine-gun shells, killing one and wounding three of the fishermen on board. That’s certainly what the Indians on the fishing boat asked. They told the media that they were doing their best to avoid the warship and that the gunfire hit them without warning.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Solidarity with Cuba in July

Radio Havana Cuba

IN THE MONTH of July, which has a special meaning in the Cuban people's struggle for their independence by commemorating the anniversary of the Moncada Garrison Attack, solidarity with the Cuban Revolution comes from all over the world.

Africa, the continent that Cubans are inextricably linked to by their roots and their support for the African people’s struggle for sovereignty, has reiterated its call for the US government to put an immediate end to the criminal and inhuman economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Caribbean island.

The Heads of States of the African Union unanimously approved in Addis Ababa a resolution condemning this illegal blockade that has caused pain and suffering for Cuban families and economic losses of more than 975 billion dollars over these 50 years.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Greek recession worse than expected

by Leandro

THE GREEK Prime Minister, Antonis Samara, has warned that the country’s recession this year could be much worse than expected, saying the economy could shrink by "more than seven per cent".

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Batman massacre: time for the USA to take stock

by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

TURN ON on a television set these days, and the chances are that within a short space of time you will see images of terrified Americans fleeing in panic from a building where some lunatic has run amok with a weapon, massacring people at random in a mindless act of mass murder. Isn't it time the Americans took a good look at themselves?

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Features

Setback for US war plans in Asia

by Deirdre Griswold

WASHINGTON’S strategy to cement a military alliance of the US, Japan and south Korea came unglued on 29th June at the last minute as popular pressure forced the Seoul regime to back out of signing a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo.

The Pentagon had relied on right-wing south Korean President Lee Myung Bak to deliver the southern half of Korea into an alliance aimed against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north and its gigantic neighbour, the People’s Republic of China.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

US Special Forces in Korea

by Neil Harris

AT THE BEGINNING of June, CBS news agancy reported that Brigadier-General Neil H Tolley, had been replaced as commander of Special Operations Command, Korea (SOCKOR). Tolley, who took up his post in October 2010, had, according to an official spokesman for US Forces Korea, been moved as a result of a routine re-posting, at the end of his normal term.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]

Ireland 1972: British Army licensed to kill

An Phoblacht

A SECRET British government security summit gave troops immunity for killings after truce with the IRA broke down. In the minutes of the meeting, the British Army’s most senior officer praises the vigilante efforts of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Loyalists killed 27 Catholics in July 1972; the UDA were responsible for at least 16 of these killings.

Official British Government documents marked “Secret” from July 1972 uncovered by the campaign group Relatives for Justice reveal evidence of the British government and the British army’s high command effectively giving their soldiers a licence to kill without fear of prosecution in operations aimed at crushing republican resistance.

They also show that the British military and political machine saw the loyalist UDA sectarian death squads as allies in their war against the IRA.

[Read the complete story in the print edition]