THE NEW WORKER

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 8th February 2019


National News

Brexit deal stumbles as EU refuses to renegotiate

by Lu Hui Xinhua

MEMBERS of Parliament have signalled their support for Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal but the European Union (EU) said it won’t consider it. The Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and Britain remains the best and only deal possible and will not be renegotiated, said Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, at the European Parliament’s plenary session debate last week.

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Stand by Maduro!

by New Worker correspondent

OVER 200 people joined a rally at the National Education Union (NEU) head office near Kings Cross in London last Thursday to build solidarity with the Bolivarian government of Venezuela against the latest assault by US imperialism and its allies.

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Down with the bourgeois lie-machine!

by New Worker correspondent

ITALIAN COMMUNISTS joined demonstrators outside the BBC HQ to protest against the fake news churned out by the bourgeois media in support of US imperialism’s attempted coup in Venezuela.

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School filth

by New Worker correspondent

THERE SEEMS to be such a severe shortage of brushes and bleach in Edinburgh schools that teachers have to bring in cleaning materials, according to Unite the Union. The union has launched a ‘fight for 5’ campaign to improve cleaning standards in the SNP- and Labour-run local authority.

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Holiday Pay

by New Worker correspondent

THE TORY Government of Neville Chamberlain passed a Holiday Pay Act in 1938. As only 80 years have elapsed some employers have not found time to fully deal with it.

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Airport troubles

by New Worker correspondent

AIR TRAFfiC controllers at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) involved in a pay dispute are balloting on a pay offer. In an indicative ballot in October the workers, represented

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New deal for ‘self-employed’ couriers

by New Worker correspondent

GENERAL union GMB has secured a deal with German owned delivery company Hermes Parcelnet’s ‘self-employed couriers’, who now have the option to take holiday pay and have guaranteed earnings following a new agreement.

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Sea-sickness

by New Worker correspondent

THIS WEEK the RMT transport union held a protest at Holyhead on the north Wales Isle of Anglesey for jobs, pay and trade union rights on the new Irish Ferries’ ship the WB Yeats, which is registered in Cyprus.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Budget Rituals

LAST WEEK saw an ancient ritual that dates all the way back to 2016 take place in the Scottish Parliament. The ritual is called “Passing the Scottish Budget”. All the traditional elements were performed in a precisely choreographed routine

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Natural Cycle or Terminal Decline

The SNP and Tories have been rejoicing that Scottish Labour Party membership has declined from 25,836 in January 2018 to 21,162 in December.

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Revolting Teachers

Scotland’s largest teaching union. the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), is recommending that its members vote to reject the latest pay offer tabled by local authorities through the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).

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The battle that saved the world

by Theo Russell

RUSSIANS and British friends of Russia gathered at Rossotrudnichestvo, the Russian cultural centre in Kensington, London, last week to mark the 76th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad on 2nd February 1943.

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International News

Lebanese resistance warns Israel

Sputnik

HEZBOLLAH, the Lebanese resistance movement, has warned the Israelis that “if they want war, we are ready”. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of being an Iranian “proxy” and claimed that the Shia movement had taken control of the newly formed Lebanese government. The claims were made amidst ongoing tensions over a network of tunnels found on the Lebanese—Israeli border and Israeli fears of Hezbollah’s growing missile capabilities

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Workers on the Rock

by our European affairs correspondent

ON THE Rock of Gibraltar, Unite the union has demanded that the government of the British Overseas Territory act on its promises to tackle the scourge of “insecure work”. Amongst other things, the union is demanding a ban on the use of zero-hours contracts and for temporary workers in the public service to be given permanent positions.

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Now French teachers take to the streets

Sputnik

THE enormous wave of anti-government protests in France is not limited to the Yellow Vests. Now another French movement, known as the ‘Red Pens’, fuelled by ongoing economic injustice towards teachers, is on the rise.

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Features

Davos, ‘social cohesion’ and capitalism

by Deirdre GriswoldWorkers World (US)

EVEN AS the stock markets continue their turbulence, other symptoms of the growing capitalist crisis abound.

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Only Venezuelans can decide who should be president

Sputnik

Several hundred activists and Venezuelan nationals protested outside Downing Street in London last week after European Union (EU)countries told President Nicolas Maduro he has eight days to call new elections — otherwise they will recognise National Assembly head Juan Guaido as the new Venezuelan president. Sputnik has discussed the issue with the Secretary of the ‘Hands Off Venezuela’ campaign, Jorge Martin, who also attended the rally in London. Sputnik: What do you think of the new self-proclaimed Venezuelan president, Juan Guaido? Jorge Martin: first of all, we have to say that Juan Guaido is not the president of Venezuela. He appointed himself at a street rally; and as I said yesterday at the protest in London, I can stand in a street protest and proclaim myself the Queen of England but that doesn’t make me the Queen of England or the head of State of the UK.

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China is setting up a new model for world human rights

by Lin Songtian

FOR THE peoples of the world, human rights, including the rights of the person, and political, economic, social and cultural rights, represent the common aspiration and pursuit for all. Accordingly, governments around the world are duty-bound to guarantee people’s rights to subsistence and development, and to secure people’s fundamental rights to food, to shelter, to work, to school and to hospital, and to ensure people’s happiness as the foremost achievement of human rights. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has always strived to pursue happiness for the people and development for mankind,

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