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Workers miss out on paid holiday leave

by Mu Xuequan

UP TO TWO MILLION workers in Britain are not getting their legal holiday entitlement, a study by the TUC revealed on Monday.

Analysis by the TUC said workers are missing out on £3.1 billion pounds-worth of paid leave each year, with over a million workers getting no paid leave at all.

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Iranian envoy rejects Government claims

THE British government has accused Iran of violating international norms by sending an oil tanker to Syria, which is under sanctions from the European Union.

Iran’s envoy to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, has dismissed the concerns expressed by the Foreign Office over the final destination of Iranian supertanker the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1.

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Liberal Democrats in talks with Tory rebels

Sputnik

THE TIMES says that senior Liberal Democrats are in talks with Rory Stewart and several other former Conservative MPs, expelled from the party ranks by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with an eye to potentially forming a ‘non-aggression’ pact in an ensuing General Election.

While Stewart supports departing from the European Union under the terms of the deal secured by Theresa May, Liberal Democrats, who want to block a no-deal Brexit are considering pacts with MPs that don’t share their ultra-pro EU stance.

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Law and Order

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

WHAT do you do with a senior policeman whose career came to an end over his underlings’ illegal activities? The answer is obvious. first you put him in charge of a government controlled “charity” on a £100,000 salary then three years later give him another government job to “promote the highest standards of corporate governance”.

Such has been the career of Neil Richardson who stood down as Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland in May 2016 in a row over officers illegally spying on journalists’ sources.

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corruption

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

A former undercover policeman has warned that Police Scotland will be guaranteed to have a corruption problem as a result of being infiltrated by organised crime gangs Neil Woods, who is now involved with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (Leap), which campaigns for the legalisation of drugs as that would remove the market from organised crime.

Woods cited meeting a police officer on undercover duties who was employed by a Nottingham gangster to join the police where he worked for seven years on a basic £2,000 a month on top of his policy salary, with bonuses for providing good information.

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A working class hero?

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

An inspiring campaigner for the rights of the working class to have their leisure hours respected has sadly passed away to his eternal rest at the age of ninety.

He is the Reverend Angus Smith, whose claim to fame came in June 1965 when he and his fellow militants lay down in front of traffic in a well-publicised protest at Kyleakin pier to stop the first Sunday (or as he would put it, the Sabbath) ferry sailings to the Isle of Skye from the mainland.

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Democratic Korea’s day in London

by New Worker correspondent

NCP leader Andy Brooks and London secretary Theo Russell joined other communists, diplomats and friendship activists in celebrating the foundation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at a lunch-time reception at the DPRK embassy in London last week.

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Anti-EU Protest in Southampton

by New Worker correspondent

LAST Saturday Lexit campaigners took to the streets of Southampton calling for Britain to leave the European Union. Passing motorists showed their support by sounding their horns and leaflets were warmly received by passers-by. One member of the public bought cups of coffee for the campaigners.

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Celebrating People’s China at the Guildhall

Xinhua

CHINESE ambassador Liu Xiaoming says that mutual respect is the “anchor” of the China-UK “Golden Era” relationship and a key principle to ensure the steady and sustained development of the bilateral relations.

Liu was speaking at a reception on Monday, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, at the Guildhall in the City of London,

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An English Uprising

REVIEW

by Ben Soton

Peterloo by Robert Poole, Hbk, 480pp, illus., Oxford University Press 2019, £25.00 I WAS ONCE told to read the book then see the film. In this case I would be forgiven as the film Peterloo was released in 2018. The book is a study of the period and gives an insight into the events resulting in the Peterloo Massacre.

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Looking for America

REVIEW

by Ray Jones

Interstate, hitchhiking through the state of a nation, Julian Sayarer, Arcadia Books 2016, ISBN 978-1-910050-93-4, pbk 314 pages, £8.99.

JULIAN Sayarer might be called by some a modern day adventurer having cycled across quite a lot of the world. In this book he writes about a hitchhiking trip across the USA from New York to San Francisco.

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International News

Iranian tanker sells oil in defiance of US threats

Radio Havana Cuba

IRAN’S Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said on Sunday that the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 has finally docked at a Mediterranean port and discharged its oil cargo, despite all the attempts of interference from the United States.

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Communists win big in Moscow

Telesur

THE Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) has made significant gains in Moscow. The communists saw its numbers rise in the Moscow Duma after Sunday’s nationwide local elections in Russia.

Last weekend Russians voted for a new Moscow Duma and members of 12 legislative assemblies, governors of 16 regions and other local areas across the Russian Federation.

Winning 13 seats in the Moscow Duma — eight more than they had after the last poll in 2014 — has more than doubled the Communist Party’s electoral power in the Moscow legislative assembly.

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Returning to fidel as the Amazon burns

by Elson Concepción PÉrez

THE Amazon fires have made headlines internationally, since this rainforest is one of the world’s most important natural preserves, producing 20 per cent of the oxygen we breathe.

But 27 years ago fidel Castro warned the world of the ecological dangers humans now faced. On 12th June 1992, in Río de Janeiro, fidel Castro presented a brief but masterful speech during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Those present applauded, including a few heads of state who weren’t too happy with what he had to say, but recognised the validity of his words.

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Features

Memories of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

by Neil Clark

ROBERT MUGABE, the man who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years following its independence from Britain — independence which he himself fought for as a guerrilla leader — has died in a Singapore hospital at the age of 95.

Hailed by many as a great liberator, and an outspoken and fearless advocate of African rights against the predations of western imperialism, he was also reviled by others as a corrupt dictator who presided over the economic collapse of his once prosperous nation.

Where does the truth lie?

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Will Germany direct European imperialism?

by Alessio Arena

GERMAN Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s election as head of the European Commission has historic importance. She is the epitome of the German ruling class that has imposed itself today at the head of the new phase of so-called “European construction,” which promises to be decisive for the evolution of the world balance of power in the near future.

Von der Leyen is the first German to hold such a high position in a European organization since Walter Hallstein, who was appointed president of the European Commission in January 1958. Hallstein was very close to Washington and was a founder of the European Union, as well as the author of the “Hallstein Doctrine,” which prevented countries from recognising the German Democratic Republic.

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