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NHS pay

by New Worker correspondent

MONDAY saw 14 health unions representing 1.2 million NHS employees fire the opening salvos of the next round of their struggle for decent pay. The large general unions and the smaller specialist unions united to claim that a large inflation-busting rise is essential to stop large numbers of overworked staff leaving the NHS.

Their combined evidence to the independent NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) calls upon ministers come up with a decent offer of a “a significant wage boost” that would “both cushion health workers from soaring living costs and enables the NHS to hold on to, and attract, the staff so essential for its post-Covid recovery”.

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Not so ivory towers

by New Worker correspondent

IN THE further and higher education sectors, it is to be hoped that recent gains secured by the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison staff at West London College will set the pace for wider battles.

Here the two unions have secured a deal that includes a promise to become a London Living Wage employer, improved pay, a pay rise, a shorter working week, an additional day holiday, hybrid working, and a commitment to deal with excessive workloads and work-related stress.

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Postal battles

by New Worker correspondent

TROUBLES lie ahead at both the Post Office and the Royal Mail.

On Monday the Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced it was going to ballot for national industrial action in protest against the imposition of a pay freeze.

A furious Andy Furey, CWU assistant general secretary, thundered that: “Perhaps if the senior bosses had not squandered over a billion pounds on wrongly prosecuting postmasters, or perhaps if they had not given away lucrative Crown Office operations to private retailers, or maybe even if they did not continually lavish enormous sums on themselves – maybe the finances would be in better shape.”

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

LAST Saturday three demonstrations took place in Glasgow. One was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry, another was a noisy but equally uneventful gathering of anti-vaxx protesters in the main central Glasgow shopping mall, who presumably choose the venue to keep dry.

The third was an “emergency demonstration” organised the nationalist All Under One Banner (AUOB), which is the most interesting. The “emergency” in question was a demand that Boris Johnson should resign, presumably so that we can have a more effective Tory leader and Prime Minister. The organisers told the police they expected 5,000; in 2019 they persuaded tens of thousands to follow them.

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Round and About

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

If only because this is a political column, it is perhaps worth placing on record that a minor cabinet reshuffle took place after SNP’s Transport Secretary, the largely unknown Graham Dey, announced his resignation on Monday. He cited ill health that prevented him from “focusing 100 per cent” on the job. It is likely that this is indeed the case, rather than further evidence of splits within SNP ranks, as he was not noted for a high level of activity despite his brief reign being marked by major issues on land, sea and air relating to his brief.

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No cover-up over ‘Partygate’ warns Labour

by Oleg Burunov

LABOUR and the Liberal Democrats have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure all evidence regarding No 10 COVID‑19 rule-breaking parties is published with the Sue Gray investigation, amidst reports that the senior civil servant’s probe may amount to a concise summary of findings.

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International News

A prosperous future for Vietnam’s workers

Xinhua

IN A bustling Hanoi flower market, factory worker Hoang Thi Lan is looking for a kumquat tree as decoration for the Lunar New Year celebrations. In recent months, she has been forced to cut her spending. Covid disruptions mean even less money than usual. Festivities were not a priority.

But last week the National Assembly of Vietnam, the country’s top legislature, passed a package worth nearly 350 trillion Vietnamese dong (about $15 billion) to support those affected by the pandemic and revive the economy.

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This is America

by Guillermo Alvarado

THE MAYOR of New York, Eric Adams, has asked the US federal government for help to hold the traffic of firearms in that city, after several incidents occurred in the last few days that left a number of dead and wounded.

He recalled that there is no firearms factory in the city and that very strict controls have been established for their sale and carrying, but thousands of them flow from the rest of the country by surreptitious means.

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Russian planes bring aid to Cuba

by Roberto Morejón

SIX MONTHS after the arrival in Havana of one of the initial shipments of humanitarian aid from Russia to Cuba because of COVID‑19, a new flight arrived, this time with about 20 tons of medical supplies and drugs.

Since that date, it has been a regular occurrence to see Russian planes on the Havana runway with useful supplies, in tune with the excellent relations between the Slavic and Antillean countries.

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Are the Russians really coming?

by Guillermo Alvarado

US PRESIDENT Joseph Biden and some of his top officials are doing everything possible to heat up the latest episode of the new Cold War, which targets the government and people of Russia and could lead humanity to a catastrophe.

The current situation is reminiscent of the whole set-up that took place in 2002 and the first months of 2003 to justify the aggression against Iraq, in particular the blatant lies told by then President George W Bush and his hawks, including General Collin Powell.

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The USA: A City of Thieves

by Xin Ping

FORMER US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once boasted: “We lied, we cheated, we stole.” Although widely dubbed as “Mr Liar”, Pompeo couldn’t have been more honest. His infamous statement is a reminder that ‘the glory of the American experiment’ is one based on a history of pillage and theft.

Since the founding of the country, the USA has frequently tried to steal from other countries to sustain its own survival and development.

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Features

Liberal fantasies flounder

TML Monthly (Canada)

IT IS interesting to note how the ruling class, through the promotion of cultural icons, promotes false notions of what it takes to sort out the problems humanity faces.

On the eve of the 2016 US election, media and liberal leaders were celebrating “hard work” and representation as the key characteristics of a leader and everyone else that mattered. Acquiring these qualities would set everything right.

Hillary Clinton was their poster child to promote a narrative which claimed that recognition of diversity and difference are decisive.

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Nicaraguan people see a bright future

by Carlos Marcos

THOUSANDS gathered in Managua’s Revolution Square on 10th January to witness the inauguration of Daniel Ortega and Rosario María Murillo as Nicaragua’s president and vice president, respectively. In attendance were officials and representatives from nearly 50 countries and organisations. Most notably in attendance were Presidents Miguel Díaz-Canel of Cuba and Nicolás Maduro Moros of Venezuela, as well as the President of China’s National Assembly, Cao Jianming.

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Strangers on the line

by Guillermo Alvarado

SINCE the creation and use of the Pegasus spy programme, developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, became known, there have been numerous denunciations about the invasion of the privacy of politicians, businessmen and human rights defenders around the world.

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The plight of Muslims in India

Global Times

HINDU extremism targeting Muslims, Christians and other religious believers has been growing in India, but does the West care?

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