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Tis the Season…

by New Worker correspondent

THIS IS the time of year when a large portion of the nation goes mad as a hatter. Not only do we have Black Friday, when online and high-street shops successfully succeed in persuading millions of people to part with their hard earned money for unnecessary goods at what are dubiously claimed to be bargain prices, later we also have Black Eye Friday, the last working week before Christmas when office parties first provide valuable income for the hospitality trade, and later in the evening, a steady stream of clients for the NHS’s Accident & Emergency units, as if they needed them.

It’s the workers, however, who bear the brunt of the festive season. Working in the retail trade is never cushy number at the best of times, but despite the temporary increase in jobs for most workers it is a tale of increased pressure and longer hours. These problems affect not just the workers in shops and warehouses, but also the drivers who keep them filled. Whilst at present drivers in the distribution sector are being lured from the buses by offers of improved pay, this will certainly not last without sustained trade union action.

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Do it yourself

by New Worker correspondent

A SIMILAR dispute involving Wincanton is underway at the B&Q distribution centre in the east Midlands town of Worksop, where 400 Unite members voted by a 95.9 per cent majority in favour of strike action.

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In the Amazon Jungle

by New Worker correspondent

IT SEEMS that nobody can beat online retailer Amazon for maintaining the traditional Christmas spirit in its warehouses – and by that we mean the tight-fisted miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, before the three spirits paid him a visit.

GMB have acquired figures from four ambulance trusts that cover major Amazon sites and report that Black Friday is by far the worst period for workers at their huge warehouses.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SCOTTISH nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the Scottish child payment will increase to £20 per week from April while GPs will be given £30 million more to spend on primary care.

The First Minister told SNP members at their online national conference last weekend that more than 100,000 children under the age of six would benefit from the payments.

The Scottish government is aiming to expand the payment to all under-16s by the end of 2022, with more than 400,000 children and their families eligible. Ms Sturgeon said this was “the boldest and most ambitious anti-poverty measure anywhere in the UK”.

It is certainly long overdue. A recent survey showed that most Scots support it, reflecting the growing concern over the increasing level of child poverty in Scotland.

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British forces out of Ukraine and the Black Sea!

by New Worker correspondent

ANTI-FASCIST campaigners were back in Whitehall last weekend, defying sub-zero temperatures to stand by the Donbas people’s republics and protest against the British government’s support for the puppet regime in Ukraine. British military advisers are training Ukrainian army units and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has recently given the go-ahead to an arms deal to boost Ukraine’s naval capabilities in the Black Sea.

NCP leader Andy Brooks joined other anti-fascist activists on Saturday demanding Britain pull its military and naval forces out of Ukraine and the Black Sea after evidence emerged that Canadian, and possibly also British, forces are training members of Ukrainian Nazi battalions.

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BoJo on thin ice

by Ekaterina Blinova

THE TORIES easily beat off a no confidence motion moved by the Scottish nationalists in the House of Commons. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford claimed Johnson had lied repeatedly and said it was now time for him to go. He urged Conservative MPs on Tuesday to start calling out Johnson, warning otherwise it would show there was “one rule for them and one rule for everybody else”.

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International News

Solidarity with the Palestinian People

by Inas Abdulkaree

THE PALESTINIANS and the world commemorated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Monday. The 29th November was approved by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 1977 in affirmation of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

This day is an opportunity to recall the tragedy of the Palestinian people and the injustice they were subjected to as a result of Resolution 181 issued by the General Assembly on 29th November 1947, known as the Partition Resolution, which resulted in the establishment of the usurping Israeli entity on the land of Palestine after the displacement of more than 700,000 Palestinians. The Palestinian people are still suffering from Al-Nakba [The Catastrophe] amidst the international community’s silence towards the occupiers’ crimes.

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Palestinian hunger-strikers win battle for freedom

Radio Havana Cuba

TWO Palestinian prisoners, who had embarked on open-ended hunger strikes to protest against their detention without charge by the Israeli regime, have suspended their strikes after securing their release from Israeli jails.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, an independent and non-governmental Palestinian organisation which represents former and current prisoners, says that 34-year-old Kayed Fasfous and Ayyad al-Harimi, 28, were suspending their months-long strikes after Israeli authorities agreed to set them free.

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Anything but democratic

Xinhua

EITHER play by my rules or get out – the USA has delivered this crystal-clear message by hand-picking guests for the upcoming so-called “summit for democracy” according to its own definition and standards of democracy.

The US-sponsored convention’s stated goal is to “set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal”, yet it is far from being democratic. Under the guise of democracy, the USA is essentially promoting anti-democracy.

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Features

The ugly truth about the beautiful game

by Peter Craig

NEWCASTLE United Football Club (NUFC) has become the richest club in world football. Like many storied sporting enterprises before it, the 192-year-old club now finds itself the plaything of a cashed-up regime with a public image problem. Whilst there is an audible gnashing of teeth from the football media as yet another club is snapped up by this or that autocratic Gulf state, most fail to confront one very basic fact – under capitalism the commodification of the beautiful game will lead inevitably to such outcomes.

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The real Charlie Chaplin

by Ed Rampell

MY FAVOURITE film at the American Film Institute (AFI) film fest this year was The Real Charlie Chaplin, co-directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney, who co-wrote the almost two-hour biopic with Oliver Kindeberg. The highest compliment I can pay this documentary that traces the rise and fall and rise of the eponymous screen comic is that it is worthy of its subject who, of course, was one of motion pictures’ great pioneers.

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