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Tory MPs may rebel over benefit cuts

by Oleg Burunov

CONSERVATIVE MPs are plotting to prevent a possible government squeeze on welfare following Downing Street’s decision not to follow through with a plan to scrap a 45 per cent income tax rate for top earners, according to the Guardian this week.

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Second class workers

by New Worker correspondent

ANOTHER dispute where public sector is getting a much poorer deal than in the private sector is in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), where housing workers employed to carry out repairs have already been on strike for four weeks.

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Raise a glass to victory

by New Worker correspondent

SOMETIMES small victories can be just as important as major battles involving hundreds of workers because they can send a warning shot across the bows of other bosses.

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On the Waterfront

by New Worker correspondent

TWO MAJOR disputes in the docks are not merely continuing but deepening.

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Lighting the way to victory

by New Worker correspondent

THE ORIGINS of the modern GMB union go back to the Gas Workers and General Labourers Union, which was founded by Will Thorne and Eleanor Marx. It is no surprise therefore, to learn that GMB is involved in efforts to prevent Westminster City Council converting 275 gas lanterns to the new-fangled electricity stuff that powers LED bulbs.

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Happy endings

by New Worker correspondent

FOLLOWING last week’s news about two London bus drivers’ pay disputes ending in victory, a third dispute ended when 2,000 drivers at Arriva North London voted to accept an 11 per cent pay increase from Saturday 15 October together with 10 per cent in back-pay due from last April.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE SCOTTISH Government is beginning to start work on fulfilling one of its long-standing election promises – this is to establish a National Care Service (NCS). The plan is to consolidate social care services under a single national body divided into regional boards similar to those in the NHS. That sounds good in theory, but even before it actually appears the details of the Bill are enough to ring warning bells.

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Enough Is Enough in Southampton…

by New Worker correspondent

AROUND 500 people gathered in Southampton’s Guildhall Square in support of the Enough Is Enough Campaign.

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…And Weymouth too

by New Worker correspondent

HUNDREDS of Dorset workers said “Enough is Enough” on Saturday when they marched through Weymouth for a rally by the King’s Statue on the Esplanade in the heart of town.

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They did not pass!

by New Worker correspondent

LONDON communists returned to Cable Street last weekend, to remember the epic day in 1936 when the Sir Oswald Mosley’s fascist legions were stopped in their tracks in London on 4th October 1936

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International News

Roger Waters slams US as “most evil of all”

by Oleg Burunov

PINK FLOYD co-founder Roger Waters has told the US monthly Rolling Stone that he believes the USA to be the greatest evil in the world.

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Brazil to go to second round of elections

by María Josefina Arce

THE FORECASTS came true, Brazil will go to a second round of general elections on 30th October because none of the candidates for the presidency obtained more than 50 per cent of the valid votes on Sunday.

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Fierce fighting along the front

by our Eastern European Affairs correspondent

RUSSIAN troops are battling to stave off a Ukrainian offensive that threatens their positions across the 1,000 kilometre frontline. Armed to the teeth with the latest NATO weaponry, the Ukrainians have advanced along the northern and southern fronts of their former provinces that voted last week to join the Russian Federation.

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Mobilising against Ukraine war

by John Catalinotto

WITH AN avalanche of anti-Russian propaganda in NATO-member and other European Union countries – and in the USA – the corporate media has created an obstacle to mobilising anti-war actions. Nevertheless, the high economic cost of the war, including much higher prices for basic goods and shortages of energy sources, have created an opening that anti-imperialist and anti-war activists are starting to widen.

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Features

Mussolini’s heirs take over in Italy

by CJ Atkins

ALMOST EXACTLY 100 years after fascist leader Benito Mussolini made himself dictator of Italy with his notorious October 1922 “March on Rome”, his political heirs are marching back into power. Meloni will be the nation’s first far-right leader since Il Duce was overthrown and executed by Communist partisans in 1945.

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As Western capitalism fails Socialist China achieves!

by Radhika Desai

AFTER THE disintegration of the USSR, the People’s Republic of China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, not only survived but succeeded spectacularly. The party-state holding overall control of the economy composed of a pragmatic mix of state and private enterprise has managed to harness market forces to build socialism and has brought a very poor society to the threshold of moderate prosperity. It has scored many technological achievements along the way.

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Why we don’t need more than one party

Excerpts from speech delivered by Fidel Castro on 26th July 1988

THERE IS one very essential idea and that is never to forget where we are situated, which is not in the Black Sea but in the Caribbean, not 90 miles from Odessa but 90 miles from Miami, with a border on our own land, in an occupied part of our territory, with imperialism. Our people are in charge in our country; and our Party is responsible for its policy, its line, its defence.

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