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National News

Future battles

by New Worker correspondent

RUMOURS are abounding that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will shortly introduce long-promised, new anti-trade union legislation that will enforce minimum “service levels” in a number of sectors in revenge for recent strike action.

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A new boss

by New Worker correspondent

IN HIS inaugural address to the nation, Paul Nowak, the TUC’s new General Secretary made much of the fact that he started stacking shelves in Asda at the age of 17 and had been a hotel porter and worked in a call centre – but he failed to mention he has been a Congress House bureaucrat since 2000, ie for most of his working life.

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Counting the pennies

by New Worker correspondent

IN THE present wave of strike action several trade union leaders have condemned the Tory Government for its hands-off attitude. Transport union leaders have pointed out that while Government Ministers and their Civil servants micromanage railway companies, the NHS unions complain that the Government also washes its hands and said that pay negotiations have nothing to do with them, beyond of course saying that demands for higher wages in the public sector are inflationary. This is nonsense of course, as it is plain as a pikestaff that inflation is caused by profiteering.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

THE END of a parliamentary session is normally the occasion for governments rushing out unflattering statistics, making announcements about dodgy appointments and offering insincere platitudes in seasonal greetings. It was slightly different at Holyrood ...

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Low pay fuels industrial strife

Xinhua

THE WINTER of strikes in the UK is the result of immediate pressure from high inflation and a longer-term decline in pay and working conditions, says Deborah Dean, the co-director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the Warwick Business School.

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International News

America First means everyone else last

by James Smith

THE USA is pursuing a global campaign to try and contain the rise of China. To do so, the Biden administration has sought to enlist allies and has significantly pushed for transatlantic co-operation. Because of the war in Ukraine, Washington has been able to place growing pressure on European countries to enlist in anti-China goals, particularly through institutions such as NATO.

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Putting people first

People’s Daily (Beijing)

PEOPLE’S China always puts people first and that’s what the Zheng Zeguang, the Chinese ambassador in London told the readers of the Guardian last week in an article outlining his country’s response to the continuing COVID 19 crisis.

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Anti-war campaigner targeted in Germany

by Phil Wilayto

ON 22nd June 2022, the 81st anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, a prominent German anti-war activist took the occasion publicly to question why the German government is now supporting neo-Nazi organisations in Ukraine. As a result, that activist is now facing the possibility of up to three years in jail.

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The tragedy of Palestinian children

by María Josefina Arce

THERE IS a tragedy that many prefer to remain silent, the one experienced by the children trapped in the midst of Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. They are victims of Zionist repression and every day they see their right to life and physical integrity violated.

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Solidarity with Palestine marks World Cup

by Kathy Durkin

IF THERE was a clear victor at the World Cup in Qatar, it was the Palestinian people. Even though they were not competing, solidarity with their struggle was front and centre in the stadiums, markets and streets of Doha, the country’s capital, the site of the first such competition ever held in the Middle East.

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New hope for Brazil

by María Josefina Arce

THE YEAR 2023 has brought hope for Brazil. For the third time, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva has assumed the presidency of the South American giant. He has promised to work to rebuild a country with increasing levels of poverty, inequality, armed violence and deforestation of the Amazon.

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Israelis hit Damascus

by Ed Newman

ISRAEL HAS launched a new missile attack on the Syrian capital Damascus in continuation of the regime’s acts of aggression against the Arab country. According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, citing a military source, the early Monday attack targeted positions south of the capital.

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Features

Winter has come - heat or eat?

Global Times

Britain, which used to have an empire on which the sun never sets, is experiencing a cost-of-living crisis and it is the people who are bearing the brunt of it. Some use candles instead of lamps. Some just spend the minimum. Global Times reporter Wang Wenwen interviews James Anderson, founder of Depher – which stands for Disability and Elderly Plumbing and Heating Emergency Repair – that provides free heating services to the elderly and the disabled, and Michael Burke, a London-based economist, on their experiences of living under the cost-of-living crisis.

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People’s Korea’s Defence guaranteeing the socialist system

by Dermot Hudson

A Friends of Korea committee seminar was held at the NCP Centre in London to commemorate on the anniversary of the passing of dear leader Kim Jong Il, who died on 17 December 2011. Chaired by Andy Brooks, the symposium heard papers from Dermot Hudson and Michael Chant and video link contributions from supporters in London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland. This is the contribution from Dermot Hudson, the chair of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA).

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