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Chinese and Russian aid to Italy

by New Worker correspondent

CHINESE and Russian medical teams are stepping in to help Italy in the battle to stave off the coronavirus plague that has brought the country in the heart of Europe to a virtual standstill.

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Our finest hour?

by New Worker correspondent

DESPITE all the guff about the Blitz spirit about everyone coming together we might observe that the coronavirus crisis has certainly not ended the class struggle, but merely changed the details in the age old struggle in which “oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried out on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight.”

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Surreal times indeed…

by Oliver New (personal capacity - Secretary Ealing Trades Union Council)

IT’S A VERY surreal time, not just because of the threat of infection. A right-wing Tory Government has finally noticed that big Magic Money Tree growing in the yard and they’ve flipped economic policy over from austerity to desperate spending and borrowing, including paying wages of inactive workers.

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Lock-down Britain

THE PARTIAL LOCK-DOWN announced on Monday will, hopefully, help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Boris Johnson, who is clearly unfit to hold high office, has finally heeded the advice of the medical community to adopt the sort of emergency measures that the rest of Europe implemented weeks ago. But they still fall well short of the action taken by the Chinese government that has successfully halted the spread of the virus in recent weeks.

Meanwhile the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a whole tranche of reforms to maintain social peace, including a wage support programme for those suspended or on short-time, as well restoring direct control over the rail network and preparing to buy controlling shares in British Airways and other airlines to stave off their complete collapse.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This is the package of measures that trade unions like Unite have been pressing for as the most effective way to stave off mass hardship and the conditions for a depression.”

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