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The Dragon battles the plague

THE Wales Trade Union Congress (WTUC) has discovered that only a quarter of workers in the principality have bosses who have been following the COVID-19 safety rules. At the same time official figures also show that tens of thousands of Welsh workers are being illegally underpaid with virtually no chance of employers being punished.

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“High” wages for the low paid

by New Worker correspondent

ON TUESDAY the business pages of the top people’s newspaper, the Times, expressed horror that kitchen porters were getting paid an outrageous £10.00 an hour, chefs were getting a £1,000 signing on fee and existing staff in the hospitality sector were getting £2,000 in referral. The same trends have also been seen in the building industry.

For once workers in that notoriously low paid sector are getting decent wages as pubs, restaurants and hotels are having to increase wages in attempt to lure back staff shed or furloughed during lockdown. They were. of course. the first to be laid off when the virus spread.

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Beckett stands down

by New Worker correspondent

A SMALL PORTION of last week’s New Worker was rendered obsolete just as it hit the doormats with the news last Friday that one of the left candidates for the General Secretary of Unite had stood down. Howard Beckett, who narrowly lost the United Left faction nomination, but who battled on regardless, has finally announced that he was endorsing his rival Steve Turner.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

AUDIT Scotland (AS), the official bean counting watchdog, which sometimes seems to be the official opposition in Scotland, has produced a report showing that stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers came within eight hours of running out in April last year. This was an even worse shambles than that presided over by Boris Johnson. As might be expected the SNP Government, which had been running the NHS since 2007, has denied that there was ever such a serious problem, a claim speedily rejected by the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA).

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Battle of the Glens

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

1,600 of Scotland’s most important workers have voted to accept a 2.5 per cent rise from their multinational employer after they had voted for strike action in May.

Chivas, part of the multinational Diageo spirits empire, finally conceded a basic pay rise of 2.5 per cent this year and at least two per cent next year. This brings to a close Management attempts to impose an effective pay freeze.

Chivas employs about 1,600 workers in Scotland at the Kilmalid bottling hall, the Strathclyde Grain Distillery, the Glenlivet Distillery and maturation sites in Speyside, Clydebank and Ayrshire.

GMB Scotland Organiser Keir Greenaway said: “Chivas have listened to the workers’ voice and our members have now voted to accept an improved offer on their pay and conditions for the next year”. He warned that while “this will provide some stability in these uncertain times for our members, but rest assured we will continue to campaign and organise to make work better for them”.

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BoJo “Can’t wait to go”

by Svetlana Ekimenko

BORIS JOHNSON’S former top aide Dominic Cummings has been levelling fresh accusations about Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the Government’s pandemic response in his new blogpost, whilst also suggesting Boris Johnson does not intend to serve a full term in Downing Street if he wins the next general election.

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International News

Brazilians rally against Bolsonaro over COVID

Radio Havana Cuba

TENS OF thousands of people have taken to the streets across Brazil to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response as the country’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 500,000.

Protesters across the country blasted the administration for the high death toll and called for the removal of the president.

Brazil has registered 500,800 deaths from 17,883,750 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to health ministry data on Saturday, the worst official death toll outside the USA. Over the last week, Brazil has averaged 2,000 deaths per day. Only 11 per cent of Brazilians are fully vaccinated and 29 per cent have received a first dose, health ministry data shows.

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US unions opposing Israeli apartheid

Radio Havana Cuba

A TRADE UNION in the US state of Vermont has declared its decision to join the Labor for Palestine alliance, a group which opposes “Israeli apartheid”, bringing to 15 the number of American unions joining the alliance.

The American unions and bodies who have joined the pro-Palestine labour alliance include: the UMN Clerical Workers Union, Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, Attorneys of Color of Legal Aid, Labor Against Racist Terror, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), NYC DSA Labor Branch, and others.

“Our affiliate Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO joins its counterpart at the Connecticut Labor Council in standing against Israeli apartheid,” said the Vermont State Labor Council. “This should come as no surprise,” the union added, given its leadership’s “reputation of standing on the right side of history and embracing rank-and-file unionism”.

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Raeisi wins presidential race in Iran

Radio Havana Cuba

SEYYED Ebrahim Raeisi has won Iran’s 2021 presidential election by a wide margin.

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Russia remembers the fallen

Sputnik

THE DAY when war broke out still echoes with sorrow in Russians’ hearts, President Putin said in Moscow this week.

The Russian leader was speaking after a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany. The Great Patriotic War claimed the lives of nearly 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians and ended in May 1945 when Nazi Germany capitulated.

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Castillo wins in Peru

by WT Whitney

IN VOTING on 6th June, Pedro Castillo, candidate of the Perú Libre (Free Peru) party, defeated three-time presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. Five days later, with all votes counted, Castillo claimed a victory margin of 69,546 votes or 50.2 per cent of the votes cast. Keiko, who won 49.8 per cent, is claiming fraud and demanding that 200,000 votes from rural areas be re-counted.

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Africa salutes Kenneth Kaunda

Xinhua

MANY AFRICAN countries have declared days of national mourning in honour of Kenneth Kaunda, the founder of modern Zambia, who passed away on Thursday 17th June at the age of 97. A 21-day mourning period has been declared by the Zambian government for Kenneth Kaunda,

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Features

Kremlin upbeat on Putin-Biden Summit

by Aleksandra Serebriakova

ON 16th June, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden met in Geneva to discuss several bilateral issues, including cyber-security, Ukraine and arms control. The two evaluated the meeting as being “good”.

Russia and the USA “naturally” have different positions when it comes to Belarus, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Russian media last week. “It was stated that this is an issue where, probably, it is not very necessary to bring these positions closer together – this is impossible,” he said.

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End the Korean War – Make Peace with DPR Korea!

by Philip Fernandez

NCP leader Andy Brooks joined 38 other participants in a Friends of Korea video conference on 21st May. Speakers included Michael Chant of the RCPB (ML) along with others representing the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and members and the national chair of the Socialist Labour Party. This is the contribution from the Canadian Chapter of the Korea Truth Commission.

THE Biden administration announced on 30th April that it had completed its review of US policy towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Whilst providing no details, the White House spokesperson stated: “Our goal remains the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. With a clear understanding that the efforts of the past four administrations have not achieved this objective…our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK…”

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Palestinian youth defy Israeli terror

by Ted Kelly

HUNDREDS of Palestinians have been arrested in retaliation for the May 2021 uprising across Palestine, including prominent twin activists Muna and Muhammed al-Kurd. Now 23, they have documented Zionist aggression in Palestine since childhood.

The two activists again showed the world the true face of the occupation with their viral videos of the struggle against Israeli occupation in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The video caught Jacob Fauci – a Long Island, New York, resident and Trump supporter – saying of the al-Kurd family house where he’s been squatting since 2009: “If I don’t take it, somebody else will.”

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