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Construction jobs at risk

by New Worker correspondent

THE Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which does what it says on the tin, has announced that it is cancelling a planned pay rise of 2.54 per cent for its 700 employees that was due in April 2020.

At the same time, it also announced that it will be cutting terms and conditions – so if redundancies are made they will only receive one week’s pay per year of service instead of the present three week’s pay for each year of service.

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Paper Cuts

by New Worker correspondent

ACROSS the country, the local and regional press are in deep trouble. In Wales, the Tindle chain is closing whole series as a result of a slump in sales and advertising revenues.

The Glamorgan Gem series is closing, affecting five editorial jobs and three sales roles. Previously six editions, covering Barry, Bridgend, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Penarth and Porthcawl, were suspended in March, with all staff furloughed under the Government’s job retention scheme.

Additionally, 90 of 140 journalist jobs have been put at risk of redundancy across Reach’s Welsh titles. Whilst no newspapers will be closed, according to Media Wales editor-in-chief Paul Rowland at the Welsh Senedd’s Culture Committee that there will be considerable job losses.

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The cashless society

by New Worker correspondent

MONEY is going out of fashion, or at least the paper and coins aspect, resulting in job losses. The GMB Union issued this warning after 312 redundancies were announced at cash-in-transit security and ATM servicing company Loomis.

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Croydon cuts

by New Worker correspondent

CROYDON council is the focus of a battle to preserve jobs and protect frontline services during the health and economic crisis.

Local government unions including Unite say a total of 450 jobs, or 15 per cent of the workforce, are at risk. The council claims job losses are necessary as a result of a £65 million deficit in its finances, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Clubland blues

by New Worker correspondent

IT IS time to feel sorry for Tory MPs. Their favoured West End club, the Carlton, is not taking part in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme so they will not get £10 off their meals.

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Grade Robbers

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

“LET ME be clear – I want to be judged on this. If you are not, as First Minister, prepared to put your neck on the line on the education of our young people then what are you prepared to. It really matters.” These were the words of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon almost exactly five years ago to a meeting of head honchos of the Scottish education world.

They are now coming back to haunt her. Particularly because her remarks on that occasion related to ending the attainment gap between schools in poor areas.

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The backstabbers’ gazette

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Alyn Smith, the SNP MP for Stirling, has criticised the party’s ruling National Executive Committee as “unwieldy” because it has women, BAME and disabled representatives, a move that he said is an “experiment which has failed” and lamented that: “Too much of the party’s oxygen has been taken up by discussion of peripheral issues like Gender Recognition Act reform.”

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Corbyn slams sabotage of election campaign

Sputnik

EX-LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn and his former team have slammed “hostile” officials within the party for sabotaging the party’s chances in the 2017 election campaign, reports the Guardian. In April, a leaked internal report into Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations concluded that “factional hostility” towards then-leader Jeremy Corbyn might have scuppered the party’s efforts to tackle the problem, which plagued his tenure as leader.

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The Beatles at the Walker

Xinhua AN exhibition featuring more than 250 photos taken by former Beatle Paul McCartney’s late wife Linda McCartney has opened at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition, Linda McCartney Retrospective, includes a selection of never-seen family pictures taken by the photographer in and around Liverpool, where the Beatles were based.

Linda McCartney, who died in 1998, was an exceptional photographer of huge range, with a portfolio that boasted portraits of some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene, alongside intimate family moments

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Second time round

Review

by Ben Soton

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris, Penguin Books (2019). Hardback. Hutchinson. 336pp. ISBN-10: RRP £20. Audio download: RRP £13. Kindle Edition. RRP £8.99, on sale for £3.99.

ROBERT Harris is one of this country’s most successful fiction writers. His politics are very much that of the ‘extreme-centre’, a fusion of neo-liberalism with condescending political correctness; the result of which is an almost uncritical support for the status quo against any form of populism.

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International News

Anti-Netanyahu protests rock Israel

CPI

PROTESTS against Israel’s far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued nationwide on Saturday evening, 8th August, with tens of thousands of people gathering outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem.

In addition, approximately 1,000 demonstrators stationed themselves at a main intersection exiting Caesarea, site of Netanyahu’s private residence, to ensure that he would have to pass them as he was driven back to Jerusalem on Saturday night.

“This is the seventh week in a row that masses of citizens across Israel have joined the protests against Netanyahu, calling on him to pack his bags and resign after his utter failure in handling the health crisis,” the Black Flag movement, founded in March in protest at Netanyahu’s continued stay in office, said.

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When it rains, it pours

Radio Havana Cuba

IN THE USA over the weekend, the number of people with COVID-19 passed the figure of five million, with more than 162,000 deaths – showing clearly that the management policy of the Trump administration has utterly failed.

On Sunday alone, 57,856 new positive cases were confirmed – demonstrating a rapid spread of the coronavirus in an area that covers from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Many experts warned that the situation is so daunting that mass testing, such as real-time PCR, is useless because, in the time taken for a person to take the test and receive the result, if it is positive they have already infected many other people.

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American mercenaries get 20 years in Venezuela

Radio Havana Cuba

AFTER admitting to having committed the crimes of conspiracy, association (to commit a crime), illicit trafficking in weapons of war and terrorism, two US citizens – Luke Alexander Denman and Airan Berry, aged 34 and 41 respectively – were sentenced in Venezuela last week to 20 years in prison.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced the sentence on his Twitter account, referring to the failed armed incursion into the country last May. He also posted photos of the vehicles, weapons and identity documents of the convicted men.

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An elephant in the china shop

by Ed Newman

THERE ARE TWO harmless representatives of the animal kingdom that, without any fault of their own, were adopted as symbols of the two main political parties in the USA – elephants and donkeys for the Republican and Democrat parties, respectively. Two sides of the same coin.

Rumour has it that both figures were created by the same cartoonist, Thomas Nast, who circulated his idea between 1862 and 1885 in Harper’s Weekly as a way of satirising politicians.

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Features

Sexuality in cinema

by Rolando Pérez Betancourt

WHILST sexual diversity is present in contemporary filmmaking without the stigmas that once condemned it, the road to achieving freedom of expression has been long and tortuous.

Cinema itself, conditioned by prejudice, has from the beginning opposed any sexual manifestation that was not considered ‘correct’ and then, when it was convenient to end this censorship, there was a new set of rules to play by, again imposed by others.

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The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by Mohamed Elmaazi

“The Soviet Union has sent its troops, the Red Army has come to help the Chinese people drive out the aggressor; such an event has never happened before in Chinese history. Its influence is immeasurable. The propaganda organs of the United States and Chiang Kai-shek hoped to sweep away the Red Army’s political influence with two atom bombs. But it can’t be swept away; that isn’t so easy. Can atom bombs decide wars? No, they can’t. Atom bombs could not make Japan surrender. Without the struggles waged by the people, atom bombs by themselves would be of no avail. If atom bombs could decide the war, then why was it necessary to ask the Soviet Union to send its troops? Why didn’t Japan surrender when the two atom bombs were dropped on her and why did she surrender as soon as the Soviet Union sent troops? Some of our comrades, too, believe that the atom bomb is all-powerful; that is a big mistake. These comrades show even less judgement than a British peer. There is a certain British peer called Lord Mountbatten. He said the worst possible mistake is to think that the atom bomb can decide the war. These comrades are more backward than Mountbatten.”

Mao Zedong

13th August 1945

THE historical record shows that it was the entry of the Soviets into the Pacific theatre that brought the Second World War to a close, and the idea that it was the use of atomic weapons that ended the war is a “myth” unsupported by the evidence, says academic Peter Kuznick.

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