THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 18th January 2019


National News

Why Britain confronts Russia

by finian Cunningham Sputnik

WHY IS Britain spending billions on two new super aircraft carriers? That’s the question the BBC asks. Don’t, however, expect the British Bullshit Corporation to provide any insightful answers.

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Business as usual after Carillion

by New Worker correspondent

THIS WEEK saw the first anniversary of the liquidation of the Wolverhampton-based construction company Carillion. It had a mere £29 million in the bank to offset £7 billion of liabilities and just £29 million left in the bank when it finally gave up the ghost after years of trading whilst insolvent.

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No Pay No Way

by New Worker correspondent

ELECTRICIANS employed by sub-contractor JW Morris at an East London site run by contractor Acom on behalf of their client, IG1 Global Real Estate Development, got a shock after Christmas.

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Sub-contracting woes

by New Worker correspondent

CONTRACT workers based at Edinburgh’s Waverley station are holding a one-day strike on the last Sunday of this month. Employed by ISS Labour the workers, who are responsible for track maintenance, have been involved in a long-running dispute over sub-standard facilities and workplace conditions. They have recently been angered by the company reneging on promises to improve staff accommodation facilities and install air conditioning.

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Shipping News

by New Worker correspondent

LAST Saturday the RMT union held a protest at Portsmouth demanding that Condor Ferries, who have been running routes to the Channel Islands for 70 years, stop paying poverty wages on their ships.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SNP at War

ON MONDAY morning former Scottish National Party (SNP) Health Minister Alex Neil told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the SNP is “certainly a totally united party” despite the fact that the former leader and his successor “have had their differences”.

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Korean solidarity in Derby

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES and friends met in Derby last week for a Korean solidarity meeting at the Alexandra Hotel, a pub in a city steeped in railway history and the home of Rolls Royce’s civil nuclear and aerospace plants. There was a very good attendance for the meeting, called by the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) to report-back on the last KFA delegation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2018. UK KFA Chair Dermot Hudson, who opened the event, said: “Today the DPRK is the most demonised and abused country on earth

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Norwich and Kett’s Rebellion

by Carole Barclay

NORWICH, the county town of Norfolk, lies in the heart of East Anglia. The city is the home of two universities and a famous football club whose major share-holder is celebrity chef Delia Smith

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Campaigning against corruption in India

by Theo Russell

MEMBERS of the UK Chapter of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) met at the Indian YMCA in London on 22nd December to hear Satyendar Jain, the health minister in the Delhi state government, talk about the remarkable achievements of the AAP (Common Man Party) in recent years, particularly in health and education.

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International News

Global campaign against Bolsonaro

by Pavel Jacomino Radio Havana Cuba

THE Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) have launched a world campaign of solidarity against the ‘ethnocidal’ policy of President Jair Bolsonaro, which is threatening their territories and lifestyles.

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Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout

by Yu Fei, Gu Xun and Gao Shan

ONE OF the cotton seeds carried to the moon by China’s Chang’e-4 probe is the first ever to sprout on the Moon. After making the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon, China’s Chang’e-4 mission pioneered the first mini-biosphere experiment on the lunar surface.

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New Israeli raid in Syria

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SYRIA has condemned an Israeli strike on Damascus airport and urged the United Nations to take steps to prevent further Israeli air raids. Syrian air defences downed most of the missiles.

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Features

Where are leaders of the left in the current struggles in France?

by RÉmy Herrera Workers World (US)

MANY Yellow Vests say it over and over again: They have no leaders, and they don’t want them. Spontaneity has its virtues and its charms, certainly, but also its limits and its illusions — carrying the most terrible dangers. Contemporary history has shown this time and again, from the German Spartakist Revolution of 1918—19 to the uprisings of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011. If any popular uprising is to lead to concrete social progress, what it needs — in addition to the energy, determination and courage of the people — is unity, co-ordinated by a partisan fighting organisation with a political programme.

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