National News

Sainsbury’s workers face “sign or be sacked” contracts amidst Asda merger talks

THE GIANT union Unite last Monday accused the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s of trying to impose a “rob Peter to pay Paul” pay offer and “sign or be sacked” new contracts whilst the company announced talks on merger talks with Asda. The union said attempts to impose the new offer should be withdrawn.

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Voter ID plans “deeply flawed”

THE ELECTORAL Reform Society (ERS) last week warned that Government plans to make people prove their identity before voting are “deeply flawed”.

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Bristol workers on the march

by Alex Kempshall

IN BRISTOL on 28th March trade unionists commemorated International Memorial Workers Day by marching from the Unite regional office, Tony Benn House, to a rally in an area of Castle Park that commemorates the deaths of those workers killed at work, those who died fighting fascism in Spain, and those who died in the nuclear attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Prior to the wreath laying ceremony Simon Crew, President of Bristol Trades Union Council, opened the commemorative rally by reporting that in Britain during the last year 31 workers in the construction industry had been killed, with another 64,000 injured and another 27 killed in agriculture.

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by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

RECENT proceedings in the Court of Session have given us a useful insight into the internal workings of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in local government. Our old friends in the North Lanarkshire branches are continuing their battles in Edinburgh. Last week four days of evidence was heard at the £100,000 defamation case involving the Monklands McMafia and its rivals.

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Police in the Dock

Wrong doing of a slightly older vintage and higher up the food chain came under the spotlight when BBC Scotland’s Investigations team examined who Police Scotland keeps the lid on over its own misdeeds.

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London rallies for May Day

by New Worker correspondent

NCP leader Andy Brooks and other London comrades joined thousands of militant workers outside the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell Green for the annual May Day march to Trafalgar Square in central London. The NCP Central Committee banner was there, amongst hundreds of other red banners and flags held aloft by supporters of the unions, left, socialist and communist parties that took part in the traditional parade, along with with the colourful turnout from the capital’s Turkish and

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Victory over fascism in Italy remembered

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES from Greece, Italy, Spain and Britain came together at a meeting organised by the Communist Party of Italy last Saturday to remember the victory over fascism in Italy on 25th April 1945, at London’s historic Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell Green.

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One world, one breath World Tai Chi Day

by New Worker correspondent

FOR NEARLY two decades, a quiet, subtle phenomenon has grown across the planet. Each year, on the last Saturday of April, in hundreds of cities in over 80 nations, spanning six continents, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events have been held.

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International News

New hope for permanent peace on Korean peninsula


ON Friday 27th April the Peace House at the truce village of Panmunjom witnessed an historic ice-breaking summit where the top leaders of the two Koreas endeavoured to nurture a bud of peace from the pain of division.

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On the March’ towards a new May ‘68?

Workers World (US)

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron is right: “France is back!” But not postcard France — angry France! Its anger broods at the foundation of French society and has its reasons, plenty of them. There is no need to review them all; one article would not be enough.

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Lula and the ‘crime’ of the left


On 5th April the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil rejected the habeas corpus presented by the lawyers of the country’s former President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two days later, Lula turned himself in to begin serving a 12-year sentence, bringing an end to his two-year case against corruption charges, which he has always denied.

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Yet more deaths in Gaza

Radio Havana Cuba

ISRAELI troops have shot and killed three Palestinians in two separate incidents in the besieged Gaza Strip. On Sunday evening, two Palestinians were killed as Tel Aviv regime troops opened fire on them in the coastal sliver’s eastern regions. Another Palestinian was also injured in the incident in which another Palestinian was also detained.

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Netanyahu ‘a liar or an idiot’


ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that his country has a trove of secret documents detailing Iran’s continued expansion of the range of its nuclear-capable missiles — a display insulting to the international inspectors who have consistently

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Mass challenge to the Military and Taliban alliance in Pakistan Part one

by Shafiq Ahmad

A NEW Pashtun movement has erupted in Pakistan, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people across the country, with tens of thousands attending its public meetings. The state apparatus and the entire ruling class, including all establishment political parties, are trembling at the sight of this huge movement, which originated from the most backward areas of the country — where it was least expected. The Pashtuns were once known as Pathans or Afghans during the British Raj. Over 30 million live in Pakistan and another 14 million over the border in Afghanistan

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