THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 17th August 2018


National News

Deadly blast in military plant

Sputnik

A WORKER was killed and another taken to hospital after an explosion rocked the Chemring Countermeasures explosives factory in Salisbury last week. The plant, which produces hardware meant to protect naval ships and aircraft from enemy fire, is just three miles from the secretive chemical research lab operated by the Ministry of Defence in Porton Down. But the police say the explosion is not related to the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury.

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New Brexit talks on Irish border issue

Xinhua

A CRUCIAL round of negotiations to try to resolve the issue of a post-Brexit border between northern Ireland and the Irish Republic begins in Brussels this week. The future of the 500 km border between the two is one of the biggest unresolved issues as Theresa May’s government seeks to find a way of ensuring a frictionless border on the island of Ireland. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will not be taking part in the new round of discussions. Instead, high ranking negotiators from both sides will seek a way through the current deadlock.

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Civil unrest in the civil service

by New Worker correspondent

THE THREE main civil service trade unions have united in taking legal action against the Government after the Government Legal Department revealed that the Cabinet Office never intended to consult the unions over its pay remit guidance, which limited departments to offering pay increases to 1—1.5 per cent this year, far below that offered to other public sector workers. When the guidance was issued the unions considered legal action in the form of judicial review because they had not been consulted.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Exam Results

THERE IS an age old tradition that when news is hard to come by during the summer holidays journalists devote vast amount of space to reporting school examination results. This tradition come in three parts. first the press print photographs of scantily clad girls jumping for joy at the results. Secondly comes the post mortem. If the results are good the teaching unions say it is due to the hard work of teachers and they should get a pay rise, and if they are bad it is the fault of the government for underfunding education.

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Named Person Revisited

ACCORDING to political theory, parliaments are supposed to make laws and control the executive. That generally means that when parliamentarians decline to approve something that something does not happen. With the minority SNP Government things are a bit different. When their favoured policies are rejected by Holyrood it just goes ahead with them anyway.

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Referendumitis

The top ranks of the Scottish National Party are in a tizzy about a referendum. They like talking about wanting to re-run the 2014 independence poll to keep their supporters happy whilst not doing anything to bring it about. But they are increasingly split about wanting a second referendum on Brexit

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A trades council in the shadow of Grenfell Tower

by Theo Russell

LOCAL trade unionists in West London are mobilising to build support for the first AGM of a new trades union council that kicked off with a meeting in June. Local union and community activists came together on 27th June at the Maxilla Social Club, in the shadow of Grenfell Tower, to mobilise support for the relaunch of the Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea Trades Council.

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Welsh Orchestra China bound!

Xinhua

THE BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) will tour China in December, with five concerts in four cities aimed at fostering creative collaborations between China and Wales.

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Cleaners strike for living wage!

by New Worker correspondent

CLEANERS at Kensington & Chelsea Council, HealthCare America and the Ministry of Justice, at five different sites, started three days of strike action on 7th August to demand the London living wage, currently set at £10.20 per hour, and decent sick pay.

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Brexit:the view from the left REVIEW

by Ben Soton

The EU, Brexit and Class Politics, Robert Griffiths (2018), LEXIT: the Leave Campaign. £2.00 COMMUNISTS have been the only political grouping in Britain consistently to oppose both the European Union (EU) and its forerunner, the European Economic Community (EEC). The old Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) as well as the New Communist Party took a principled stand against this neo-liberal, pro-capitalist entity from the start. The same can be said of the CPGB’s successor, the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) of which the author of this pamphlet is General Secretary.

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International News

New anti-racist law protests rock Israel

CP Israel

TENS OF thousands of Israeli Arabs and Jews gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday for the second large-scale protest in eight days against the recently passed racist Nation-State Law. The crowd marched from Rabin Square to the Tel Aviv Museum, carrying signs in Hebrew and Arabic calling for equality, democracy and the annulment of the law. The crowd chanted slogans calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and unity between Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities.

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Anti-fascists swamp racists in Washington

Radio Havana Cuba

Washington DC a white supremacist rally outside the White House over the weekend was vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. Only 30 people showed up for the ‘Unite the Right’ protest whilst nearly 30,000 came out for the counter-demonstration.

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Kremlin warns America over sanctions

Sputnik

RUSSIA’S Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned the USA that the sanctions it plans to impose over the Skripal poisoning might be treated as a declaration of economic war.

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Zimbabwe opposition challenges presidential vote

Xinhua

THE ZIMBABWE opposition MDC Alliance has gone to the Constitutional Court to seek the nullification of the victory of incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the 30th July polls.

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Features

France:From state repression to state scandal

Workers World (US)

CRACKDOWNS on social movements in France have jumped several notches in recent months. The state of emergency, replaced in November 2017 by the Anti-Terrorism Act, has played a major role. But it is above all the multiplication of workers’ struggles, in many sectors of society, that underlies the expansion of police and military operations. Until very recently, visible opposition to President Emmanuel Macron came from the streets, the unions and the mobilised public, much more so than from the politicians and the media. Everything changed on 18th July with the eruption of the ‘Benalla affair’. Three days were enough to take the French presidential palace from the euphoria of the French team’s victory at the World Cup to a political earthquake of unimaginable magnitude

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Trump the traitor?

Guardian Australian communist weekly

YOU HAVE to feel sorry for Donald Trump, don’t you? There he is, a maverick property developer with enough power to make himself a billionaire who decides that he could make himself even more high-profile than he was already by running for President of the USA. Politically he’s a fascist, so he sought the Republican nomination where his racism, misogyny and hostility towards climate science would be right at home. Capitalism’s leading role in the USA is not under any real threat at present, although China (in association with Russia) is steadily working to make US global economic dominance a thing of the past. Which is why China’s mammoth ‘Belt and Road’ initiative has chilled Wall Street and the Pentagon equally

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African revolutionaries turn to China

Pravda.ru

AT TIMES, the situation in Africa may appear desperate. The plunder and genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) goes on, the French neo-colonialist policies in Central and West Africa are throwing entire nations into turmoil and despair. Mostly implanted (often by Western allies) jihadi cadres are active in dozens of countries, including Nigeria, Kenya and Mali. Western imperialism has been destroying the continent for centuries. The merciless, brutal ransacking has never really stopped, to this day. There is no other continent on our planet that has been so thoroughly brutalised, humiliated and tortured. But is everything really lost?

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