THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 6th October 2017


National News

RCN report on the sad state of the NHS

THE ROYAL College of Nursing (RCN) last week published the results of a survey of nurses that revealed a sad and shocking picture of life in NHS hospitals.

The survey questioned nurses throughout the whole of Britain, and asked about staffing levels on their most recent shift and the quality of care provided.

More than a third reported having to leave elements of patient care undone because of a lack of time, and two-thirds work an unpaid extra hour on average.

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Strikes for rail safety solid

RAIL workers took strike action on Monday in four separate disputes in the battle for rail safety and to keep the role of guards on trains.

The rail companies affected were Northern, Southern, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia — and in each case the action was “rock solid” according to the RMT transport union.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members are standing absolutely rock solid and united this morning in these four separate disputes as they make the case for safe, secure and accessible rail service for all.

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Bromley council facing tribunal for victimisation

THE TORY-dominated London Borough of Bromley is currently facing a three-week long tribunal after being accused by the general union Unite of victimising a long-standing union activist.

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Union blames Ryanair for pilot shortage

THE BRITISH Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last week offered to help the airline Ryanair solve its shortage of pilots at the height of the holiday season, which led to the sudden cancellation of thousands of scheduled flights and chaos for holidaymakers.

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Ministers treat care workers with contempt

THE GENERAL union GMB has attacked the Government’s announcement that the national minimum wage for care workers will be suspended for a further month.

Sharon Wilde, GMB national officer for care, said: “This disgraceful announcement shows that the Government is washing its hands of a care sector in crisis.

“Care workers perform extremely difficult jobs for very low pay, and Ministers are treating with contempt by not enforcing the national minimum wage.

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More suspected neo-Nazis arrested

POLICE in England and Wales last week arrested 11 suspected members of a banned neo-Nazi terror group on suspicion of terror offences.

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Private ambulance service wound up

ONE OF THE largest providers o

Private Ambulance Service Ltd, who were awarded the contract to run the patient transport service in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire only seven months ago, notified all staff by email on Friday that an insolvency practitioner Greenfield Recovery Ltd had been instructed by the Inland Revenue to place the company into administration.

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HOME Secretary Amber Rudd last week announced her intention to change the law on convictions for people who view websites deemed to be “terrorist”.

People who repeatedly view terrorist content online will face up to 15 years in prison, she told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

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Standing strong for Scotland?

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

KATIE HOPKINS, the Daily Mail ranter who resigned from LBC radio after making Islamophobic remarks in the wake of the Manchester bombing, has attracted the ire of our teaching profession. The former TV ‘reality’ show contestant has apparently secured bookings from schools north of the Border, for a speaking tour she’s called “Stand Strong”.

But the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s biggest teaching union, has other ideas. “We were unaware of this proposed tour, and have not heard of any state school in Scotland taking up this offer,” an EIS spokesperson said.

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Cops and Robbers

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Anyone thinking of embarking on a career in the criminal industry would be advised to move to Scotland. The latest statistics show that Police Scotland solved only 50 per cent of reported crimes 2015/16, the lowest figure since 2011/12, compared with 51.6 per cent in 2015 — so only half the reported crimes are solved. In particular, clear-up rate for crimes of violence fell by 4.9 per cent last year to 77.1 per cent and the sexual crime clear-up rate was down 11.8 per cent to 62.3 per cent.

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Taxis and bin liners

Not one of Scotland’s 129 MSPs was imaginative enough to claim for a duck house or for the cleaning of their moat, but the publication of expenses claims nevertheless makes interesting reading. In the year 2016/17 they claimed in £15,832,096 in expenses, a rise of 23.97 per cent over the 2015/16 figure of £12,770,924.

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US Out of Korea!

by New Worker correspondent

NCP leader Andy Brooks joined other Korean solidarity activists protesting outside the centre of US imperialism in London last weekend. London comrades and members of the British section of the Italian Communist Party gave out leaflets calling for solidarity with Democratic Korea (DPRK) outside the American embassy in Grosvenor Square.

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No Nuclear War over Korea!

by New Worker correspondent

LONDON comrades joined anti-war campaigners in Whitehall calling for peace on the Korean peninsula last week. Around 200 protesters gathered opposite Downing Street to hear speakers from the Stop the War Coalition and other peace campaigners call for negotiations to end the tension over the nuclear issue in Korea that could easily trigger a nuclear war.

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International News

Celebrities call Las Vegas massacre ‘terrorism’

Sputnik

ARIANA Grande has called for gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre and also called it “terrorism”. Many celebrities joined the singer, whose concert in Manchester was bombed earlier this year, in paying tribute to the victims.

Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester was bombed in May, has called the Las Vegas massacre “terrorism”, a word US President Donald Trump has assiduously steered clear of using for the murder of 58 people. Grande, who has 53 million followers on Twitter, also gave her support to gun control. Many other celebrities also tweeted in a similar vein, with Lady Gaga saying it was “terrorism plain and simple”.

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Putin beats Trump in Turkey

by Aydin Mehtiyev

THE TURKISH media is still trying to guess the reasons behind Vladimir Putin’s visit to Ankara on 28th September. Turkish analysts assume that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who took umbrage at his arrogant US counterpart Donald Trump, decided to spite Washington by strengthening relations with Russia.

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Syria calls on UN to end US war crimes

by Ed Newman

SYRIA has written to the United Nations (UN) again, urging the world body to take immediate action against a US-led bombing campaign that is taking a heavy toll on civilians and devastating the country’s infrastructure.

In two letters addressed to the UN chief and the Security Council chairman, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry denounced repeated US attacks on civilians and the country’s infrastructure.

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Catalonian Independence and the Ghosts of the Spanish Civil War

by John Wight

ARRIVING in Barcelona in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, Ernst Toller wrote: “The most striking experience a foreigner has in Barcelona is that of the functioning of democracy.” In 2017 something akin to history repeating is unfolding in the Catalonian capital, where democracy has again been raised aloft as a cause worth fighting for.

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Young artists go graphic in new show in Hanoi

A SPECIAL exhibition of works by four young graphic designers, new graduates from the London College for Design and Fashion (Hanoi), was held in the Vietnamese capital last weekend. Established in 2004, the London College for Design & Fashion — Hanoi (LCDF-Hanoi) has become a leading British design educator in Vietnam.

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Features

Roots of the Communist Party of China - Anatomy of grass-roots CPC cells

by Zhou Xin

MANY PEOPLE visit Shanghai Tower to admire what is the tallest building in China but few people know that it is home to one of the smallest cells of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the country.

Lu Jiawei, 24, is the head of the cell. The joint Party branch in the landmark building he overseas is only six-months old.

It had five CPC members from five different companies when it was launched in February. Now its membership has grown to 10, including two from mobile and online payment service Alipay.

Under CPC regulations, such a joint branch can be set up for companies with less than three Party members because they are not qualified to form an independent branch.

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US footballers fight racism - NFL players unite in protest after racist White House yells “Fire them”

by Monica Moorehead

IN AN unprecedented display of solidarity, over 200 National Football League (NFL) players from the vast majority of its 32 teams knelt, sat, raised fists and/or locked arms, along with their coaches and staff members, during the US national anthem at NFL games on 24th September. They were protesting — from a range of perspectives — Donald Trump’s divisive, inflammatory, racist, anti-woman and anti-worker Twitter remarks made on 22nd September.

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