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Trump against Corbyn

by New Worker correspondent

DONALD TRUMP and his minions are actively working to block Jeremy Corbyn from ever becoming Prime Minister. That’s what Trump’s foreign minister more or less told Jewish leaders during an off-the-record meeting in New York earlier in the month.

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Two welcome victories

by New Worker correspondent

IT IS all too rare to report that workers have won a double-figure salary increase. Workers at the Argos warehouse in Kettering, Northamptonshire employed by logistics firm Wincanton have done just that and are getting a 19 per cent pay rise.

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“Con”?-struction Charter

by New Worker correspondent

IN DECEMBER 2018 SNP-run Dundee city council and the trade unions signed a ‘Construction Charter’ that pledged to ensure that, through the procurement and delivery of council-backed building projects, there are high standards in relation to employment status, health and safety, training, and nationally agreed terms and conditions. At the time the council boasted: “The charter is there to ensure that our relationships with contractors and their subcontractors is fair and above board.”

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Editorial

Save free TV licences

FREE TV licences were given to the over-75s in 2000 as part of a Labour government programme to reduce pensioner poverty. Now the Tories say they can’t afford it.

Back in 2015 the Tory-Lib-Dem Coalition government made the BBC responsible for financing the pensioners’ concession. But the BBC say that would cost them £745 million, one-fifth of their entire budget, and force them to make “unprecedented closures” to their radio and television services. The BBC has therefore decided to introduce a means-test. Around 1.5 million people who claim pensions’ credit will be exempt from the charges — but a further 3.7 million pensioners will now have to pay the annual licence fee of £154.50 from next year.

The BBC says that the means testing is “fair” and claims that maintaining the old benefit would lead to closures of a string of services, including BBC Two and BBC Four.

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