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Coining it in

by New Worker correspondent

READERS will be delighted to learn that in these troubled times one important branch of commerce continues unabated.

Dix Noonan Webb (DNW), an upmarket London coin dealer invited this New Worker correspondent to take part in an online auction for some nice long- and short-cross pennies from the reign of Henry II. DNW helpfully pointed that bidding was sensible thing to do because buyers would be at home with plenty of time to follow their hobbies. As long as they have not suffered a 20 per cent pay cut on a minimum-wage job.

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Shutting the sites

by New Worker correspondent

LAST FRIDAY saw campaigners demand that Labour-run Hackney Council cease work at construction sites in the north London borough. Organised by ShutTheSites, protesters picketed the Parkhaus development on Downs Road to demand developers close the site for the safety of workers and the wider community.

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Never miss an opportunity

by New Worker correspondent

IT WOULD BE foolish to allow a good crisis to go to waste. In that spirit, many employers are taking advantage of the present situation to both sack workers or demand heavy pay cuts for those being kept on.

One of these is Southampton-based Carnival UK, the world’s biggest cruising company which operates both P&O Cruises and Cunard. Over a quarter, 450 out of 1600 jobs, are being cut at its HQ. Staff who are allowed to keep their jobs are being asked to accept a 20 per cent pay cut until November.

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The spirit of co-operation

by New Worker correspondent

THE Co-operative movement was created for the benefit of the working classes – the Lincolnshire Co-operative does not seem to have got the message however.

Shopworkers’ union USDAW is demanding the Society ends the recent removal of the staff discount from employees who are furloughed, and fully pays vulnerable staff off work and those who are self-isolating, so they don’t have to survive the measly Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) of £95.85 per week.

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Returning to work amid renewed virus fears

BORIS JOHNSON said in his address to the nation on Sunday that those unable to work from home should start returning to work from Wednesday, but urged people to avoid public transport and drive, cycle or walk.

A number of people in England who cannot work from home returned to their workplaces on Wednesday, as the government has begun to ease lockdown restrictions.

Although people have been urged to avoid using public transport if possible, some commuters have said buses and trains are too busy to observe social distancing rules. One commuter said most people were not wearing masks, leaving him fearing “a second wave of infection”.

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Workers sue Government over ‘discriminatory’ COVID-19

by Mohamed Elmaazi

THE GOVERNMENT has been accused by critics of failing to take into account properly the millions of self-employed and precarious workers whilst arranging for financial support measures for men and women who can’t work thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown.

A joint lawsuit has been launched in the High Court against the British government by Uber drivers and the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), over what they describe as discrimination from the Treasury in its implementation of COVID-19 financial assistance programmes.

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Style Over Substance

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

IT IS RARE to feel sorry for Boris Johnson but last Sunday was one of those occasions. He was, once again, attacked by Nicola Sturgeon for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. But this time his crime was simply to announce the loosening of restrictions that Sturgeon herself had been demanding only days earlier.

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Phoney War

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Within the SNP the phony civil war is simmering away. Alex Salmond has not said a word against his successor but this is because he is busily typing up his ‘volcanic’ book and gleefully awaiting an official inquiry into the SNP government’s handling of the affair that saw him in court. Further down the political food chain however, the back-stabbing has begun.

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Trouble at t’ Castle

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), like its southern counterpart, is a conservation charity that looks after historic sites and houses. It plays a vital role in providing free accommodation for hard-up gentry who get top-floor apartments in their ancestral houses, which are subsidised by charging members and visitors to look around the rest of the house.

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Beyond the Fringe

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

A new party has emerged on the Scottish political scene with plans to stand in the list section at next year’s Holyrood elections. It is the Independence for Scotland Party (ISP), which was founded in the modern manner by an announcement on Twitter. It was formed on a very important point of principle, namely that the new party’s leader Colette Walker lost last year’s election for the post of SNP women’s convenor, possibly because she was opposed to plans to amend the Gender Recognition Act.

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Victory Day in London

by New Worker correspondent

VICTORY DAY is a public holiday in Russia and most of the former Soviet republics, and in the past members of the Russian ex-pat community have traditionally joined the ceremony that’s held every year at the Soviet War Memorial in the shadow of the Imperial War Museum in south London.

This year the Soviet War Memorial Trust had been planning a large-scale event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory over Nazi Germany but that was called off because of the coronavirus crisis. It was replaced with a solemn diplomatic ceremony that was held last Saturday to honour all those who fell in the struggle to defeat Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

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Jumanji returns!

FILM REVIEW

by Ben Soton

Jumanji The Next Level (2019). Dir: Jake Kasdan. Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan. 123 mins, 12A, General Release.

ONE of the effects of this lockdown, along with reductions in shoplifting, football hooliganism, school bullying, bar brawls and road rage, is the closure of cinemas making the job of an entertainment correspondent more difficult. But we will survive as long as there are DVDs and streaming!

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International News

US unemployment rate soars

by Ed Newman

The US Treasury secretary says the unemployment rate reported by the government is likely to get worse amidst lockdown measures put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Steven Mnuchin made the comments on Sunday after the US Labour Department announced last week that the unemployment rate had surged to nearly 18 per cent in April, shattering the post-Second World War record of 10.8 per cent in November 1982.

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Kim Jong Un receives award from Putin

CGTN

KIM JONG UN, the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), received a commemorative medal from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the Second World War. The DPRK and Russia have maintained close relations since the late 1940s when Pyongyang and Moscow established diplomatic ties.

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Silenced truths and mercenary campaigns

by Raúl Antonio Capote

WHILST the US government has yet to say a word about the attack on Cuba’s embassy in Washington, more funds to attack Cuban medical aid have been approved.

Since 1st January 1959 countless terrorist actions have been planned, financed and executed against Cuba by US special services and their mercenaries, who, on orders from the White House, have left a trail of horror and blood in their wake.

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Victory Day in Israel’s Red Army Forest

CPI

EVERY year on 9th May, the anniversary of the Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945, the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) marks the defeat of the Nazi forces at the hands of the Red Army.

Last weekend communists and Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) delegations held the annual commemoration of this historic event in the Red Army Forest near Jerusalem. Israeli communists have for many years stood at the forefront of the commemoration of Victory Day – even during times in which the Israeli establishment chose to completely ignore this decisive event in human history.

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Pandemic brings out far-right responses

by Kimball Cariou

WHEN IS science not actually scientific? One answer is that research which cherry-picks and manipulates facts to support a preconceived hypothesis is not truly scientific.

Long after Galileo and Copernicus demolished the Ptolemaic theory, some highly educated scientists kept creating astronomical models showing that the sun, planets and stars revolve around Earth. The sheer weight of evidence finally put an end to such exercises, and even the Catholic Church was at last compelled to admit that Galileo was right.

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China culture weeks launched online in UK

Xinhua

A COMPREHENSIVE Chinese culture and tourism promotion programme, China Weeks: When Culture and Tourism Blend, has been launched online in Britain, offering Britons under the coronavirus lockdown a closer look at the Chinese culture at home.

To support the British government’s social distancing measures, the two-month programme showcases a selection of high-quality literature, music and photography specially designed for those who stay at home and work from home.

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Features

A British paper in Moscow killed by the Cold War

by Nikolai Gorshkov

“NOTHING could give me greater pleasure than to have this opportunity of addressing myself to the Soviet people on the occasion of the victory of the United Nations over the Hitlerite aggressor,” wrote British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden on 9th May 1945 in an article for the newspaper Britansky Soyuznik (British Ally).

Printed in Russian every Sunday from 1942 to 1949, Britansky Soyuznik was the only Western newspaper available in the Soviet Union throughout the war. Moscow reciprocated with Soviet War News published in Britain by Sovinformburo – the forerunner of Sputnik News.

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