The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 24th November 2017

National News

Police brutality against fracking protesters

A NEW REPORT, A chilling effect on freedom to protest, from Netpol, which is an organisation that monitors public order, protest and community policing, has revealed shocking levels of police brutality being used against anti-fracking protesters at potential fracking sites, especially in Lancashire.

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Union files landmark case

THE INDEPENDENT Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) last Tuesday filed a landmark test case against the University of London that could broaden the trade union rights of outsourced workers, who are amongst some of the most exploited workers in Britain.

The IWGB argues that outsourced workers, including receptionists, security officers and porters, working at the University of London, but technically employed through facilities management company Cordant Security, have the right to collectively bargain over pay and conditions directly with the university.

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Police review 10,000 cases

THE TORY decision to outsource police forensic work had rebounded with a vengeance after data manipulation at a Manchester forensic laboratory came to light, throwing doubt on the outcomes of over 10,000 court cases.

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Free child care scheme chaos closes 1,000 nurseries

A TORY plan to provide 30 hours of free childcare for children aged three and four during term time has led to the closure of 1,000 nurseries because of inadequate funding.

Official Ofsted figures, obtained by Tracy Brabin, the Shadow Minister for Early Years, show that there has been a net loss of 1,146 nurseries and childminders from the Early Years Register since 2015.

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Government care plans set to ignore the views of 1.4m care workers

GOVERNMENT plans to reform social care will fall short and won’t get to grips with the huge problems affecting the sector, if the work to shape next year’s green paper fails to involve the views of the Britain’s million-strong workforce, says UNISON.

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Labour’s Latest Leader

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE LONG drawn out Scottish Labour Party leadership contest came to a halt on Saturday with the announcement of the victory of the Old Pocklingtonian, former GMB official Richard Leonard against his Hutchestown Grammar, right-wing rival Anas Sarwar. Leonard won 12,469 or 56.7 per cent against 9,516 or 43.3 per cent for Anas Sarwar.

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Eating a Kangaroo’s Appendage

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Just before the result was announced departing leader Kezia Dugdale demonstrated exactly why Labour needed a new leader. She acquired a new nickname of Bugdale as a result of announcing that she was taking time off to join the TV ‘reality’ show I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here. Readers of a serious paper such as the New Worker may well be unaware that this is a TV programme, on the vulgar commercial channel, which involves little-known individuals struggling to survive in hostile tropical conditions. They are put to various tests such as eating insects. As this takes place in the Australian bush this will involve a prolonged absence at a time when important issues are facing a finely balanced Scottish Parliament.

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Minimum pricing

Five years after it was first approved by the Scottish Parliament one of the SNP’s policies will soon become law. This is the plan to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcoholic beverages, which will initially be set at 50 pence per unit. It is expected that the price of the cheapest super-strength ciders, of the sort which have never been near an apple, will triple.

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Labour after the Conference

by New Worker correspondent

WHERE IS Labour going was the theme of a New Worker round-table discussion at the Cock Tavern, near Euston station, in central London last week. It was opened by a panel including NCP leader Andy Brooks, Gerry Downing of Socialist Fight and Marie Lynam, a rank-and-file Labour party activist. Marie gave a full report of the ground-breaking Labour conference in Brighton this year, and Gerry and Andy high-lighted campaigning points in the run-up to what will almost certainly be another election in the new year.

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Britain urged to stop arming Saudis

by John Hughes

UNDER the title “WORLD WAR 3 will be fought ‘with British weapons’ as UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia soar”, Simon Osborne wrote an article in the Express on 9th November. He said that “more than £4.6bn of British-made bombs and missiles were sold to the Saudis in the first two years of airstrikes, which amounts to an increase of almost 500 per cent.

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International News

Assad and Putin meet in Sochi

Syria Times

SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday in the presence of a number of senior Russian political and military officials.

President Putin congratulated President al-Assad over the successes achieved in Syria in the fight against terrorism, stressing that the Syrian people are approaching victory over the terrorists.

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Gerry Adams stands down

by John Hedges

GERRY ADAMS announced during his Ard Fheis Presidential address live on RTÉ TV on Saturday night that he is to stand down as leader of Sinn Féin.

The move is his initiative “as part of the process of regeneration and renewal” within Sinn Féin that he had discussed with the late Martin McGuinness to build on the growing strength of the republican party that he has led since 1983.

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Chinese and Democratic Korean communists vow to strengthen ties

by Xiang Bo

THE RULING parties of China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have pledged to strengthen inter-party exchange and coordination, and push forward the development of relations between the two countries.

The pledge was made during a visit to the DPRK from 17—20th November by Song Tao, the special envoy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) General Secretary Xi Jinping.

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Cancer: a disease reflecting the world’s inequalities

by Lena Valverde Jordi

MEXICO City has gathered experts attending the so called World Summit of Leaders against Cancer — a gathering where politicians, researchers and medical experts examined that disease that takes the lives of almost nine million human beings annually, throughout the world.

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Hanoi student artists explore British rivers

SIX WORKS of art by students from Hànoi secondary schools are on display at the Rivers of the World exhibition on Book Street, also known as December 19 Street.

The Rivers of the World project is an 11-year-old British initiative that has asked schools in 28 countries to spend a year researching and creating art about local rivers. The following year, the schools are partnered with peers in Britain to research British rivers. In 2017, 69 artworks have been produced by 69 schools from Ethiopia, Zambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Vi?tnam and Britain.

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Korean Solidarity in Spain

by New Worker correspondent

FOUR British Korean Friendship Association (KFA) activists joined others for a Korean solidarity conference in Tarragona last weekend.

Forty-five delegates, including Dermot Hudson and James Taylor from the UK KFA, took part in the KFA’s 17th International Meeting that was opened by KFA President Alejandro Cao de Benos in Tarragona on Saturday. Other delegates came from Catalonia, the Basque Country and other parts of Spain, as well as Denmark, Estonia and Malta. Solidarity messages were received from KFA branches in Italy, Mexico, Singapore and Switzerland.

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Saudi moves threaten wider war

by Chris Fry

STUNNING events in Saudi Arabia have stepped up the threat of a wider war in the Middle East.

The prime minister of Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri, is being held captive in the Saudi capital of Riyadh after the Crown Prince forced him to announce his resignation. More than 200 leaders, including billionaire media moguls, 11 royal princes and several major investors, have been arrested on corruption charges and confined to a luxury hotel.

The Saudi regime, which has been waging a brutal war against the people of Yemen, declared what amounts to war against both the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon and the government of Iran, after a missile was launched from Yemen towards Riyadh.

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New Orleans, November 1892: One city’s heroic general strike defies racial divisions

by Chris Mahin

“TIE the town up!” was the workers’ battle cry — and for several days, they did.

The strike hit just as the commercial season began. The delivery of food and beverages ceased. Street cars stopped running. Street cleaning and fire-fighting ground to a halt. Electrical and gas workers walked out, plunging the city into darkness at night. Manufacturing stopped.

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Soviets shocked at Kennedy’s assassination

by Dmitriy Sudakov

A NEW portion of documents about the assassination of John F Kennedy, which was published on the website of the National Archives of the United States, sheds light on the USSR’s reaction to the high-profile crime. Originally, the Soviet leadership assumed that the killing was a “conspiracy of ultra-right” forces to seize power in the USA.

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