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Don’t put your daughter (or son) on the Stage

by New Worker correspondent

THIS correspondent has the secret vice of watching Rumpole of the Bailey, a TV series about a claret-drinking defence barrister written by John Mortimer, which originally ran for seven series between 1978–1992. It often reappears on the ‘Talking Pictures’ TV channel, which seems to earn its revenue from advertising mobility aids and other products normally used by those in the sunset of their lives.

The title character of the series was played by Australian-born actor Leo McKeon, who had a lengthy career that included playing Iago in Othello, however there are many others in that series for whom having a minor part in a single episode seems to have been the pinnacle of their career if their brief biographies on Wikipedia are anything to go by.

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Outsourcing wars

by New Worker correspondent

THE DISPUTE over outsourced security staff being forced to reapply for their jobs at BT’s new London HQ reported a fortnight ago has had a partial happy ending.

The move of one mile from the City of London to the East End was bad news for the guards when it was revealed that their employer ISS had lost out in the parts of the tendering exercise This was despite the fact that ISS had actually won that part of the contract. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has extracted from ISS an admission that that was an ‘error’ and the security guards’ jobs are secure if they want to make the move.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SUSAN Aitken, the SNP leader of Glasgow City Council, has finally admitted after weeks of denial that the city over which she has presided for four years has a rat problem. The admission came when she was being grilled by the Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee about the city’s preparations for the COP26 summit.

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Labour Losses

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

Labour has lost yet another councillor. This time it was not in a by-election but by marriage.

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Putin and Xi give Boris’ summit a miss

by Finian Cunningham

VLADIMIR Putin and Xi Jinping are among several world leaders who will not be attending the big climate summit scheduled to begin next week in Britain. And the absence of the Russian and Chinese presidents is being seen as a blow to the confab’s ambitions and in particular Britain’s international prestige.

Boris Johnson was hoping that holding the United Nations COP26 conference in Glasgow would give “Global Britain” a huge public relations boost.

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International News

South Korean workers walk out

by G Dunkel

THE KOREAN Confederation of Trade Unions, (KCTU), which has 1.1 million members, staged a one-day general strike on 20th October. Over a half a million workers stayed home, and tens of thousands took part in demonstrations. About 1,000 delivery workers turned off their apps and joined the strike.

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A dangerous profession

by Guillermo Alvarado

THE COVID‑19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted on most of the world’s population, to the extent that there are very few who do not have a friend, acquaintance or relative who has fallen ill with the new coronavirus disease or who has lost the fight for life.

No-one apart from the medical teams – the doctors, nurses and ancillary workers – routinely comes face-to-face with the damage caused by this disease that has altered what we once considered normal life.

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Solidarity against imperialism

by Wang Zefei

FIFTY YEARS AGO, on 25th October 1971, the lawful rights of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were officially restored in the United Nations (UN), breaking through the West’s diplomatic isolation. Amongst the 76 votes in favour of China, 26 were cast by African countries and 11 of the 23 sponsors of the draft resolution were from Africa.

Many newly independent African countries stood firmly on the side of the one-China principle despite the obstruction from the USA and other Western countries. Their courage stems from China–Africa friendship that has developed during the joint struggle against imperialism and colonialism.

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Nicaragua challenges US domination

by Sara Flounders

The writer was a member of a US delegation that visited Nicaragua in October

THE REASON Nicaragua is labelled an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the US” – a military corporate superpower – became abundantly clear to a delegation visiting the country from the 3rd to 10th October organised by the Alliance for Global Justice/Nica Network (AFGJ).

Nicaragua, a small developing country of 6.6 million people, lives in sharp contrast to its neighbouring countries: Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. US power dominates them, and over half a million people have fled the extreme violence, chaos and desperate economic conditions of these homelands. At the American border, those migrants meet racist raids, round-ups and deportation, although it is US policies that forced them to flee.

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Remembering Maurice Bishop and the Grenadian revolution

by Owen Schalk

THE 16th October marked 38 years since the death of Maurice Bishop, leader of the tragically short-lived People’s Revolutionary Government of Grenada (PRG). The PRG was formed when the New Jewel Movement (New Joint Endeavour for Welfare, Education and Liberation or NJM), led by the widely popular Bishop, seized control of the country from the US-backed dictator Eric Gairy.

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