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Crimea to vote

by our European Affairs correspondent

American imperialism is stepping up its military presence along the Ukrainian frontier in a show of force designed to prop up their puppet regime in Kiev while American, Bulgarian and Romanian warships are sailing across the Black Sea on Nato manoeuvres that Washington claims were planned long before the crisis erupted.

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Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties on the recent developments in Ukraine

THE RECENT dramatic developments in Ukraine do not constitute the “victory of democracy” by the alleged “revolutionaries”, as it is being described by the mass media of the USA and the EU, but are a dangerous development, above all for the people of Ukraine themselves.

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Zero-hours ‘become the norm’

LABOUR’S Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, last week warned that zero-hours contracts “have fast become the norm in some areas and sectors under this government”.

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A big loss to the labour movement

YEARS AGO, when the right-wing ruled the roost throughout the labour movement, complacency, opportunism and class-collaboration were the order of the day. Faction leaders spent their time advancing their own careers, and those of their followers, and did their best to marginalise or isolate any move from the grass-roots that threatened to rock the boat.

The days when it could be said that all full-time officers are useless but some are more useless than others has now long gone. This was largely due to the efforts of rank-andfile movements to build militant unions with fighting leaders at the helm. Arthur Scargill was one of them. Bob Crow was another.

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