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'Nuclear weapons are incompatible with action on climate,' report warns

CAMPAIGNERS called for a “vigorous and united” movement to abolish nuclear weapons today, as a new report warned of the bomb’s role in climate catastrophe.

Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks later this week, Don’t Bank on the Bomb’s ...

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Outsourced cleaners at Luton and Dunstable hospitals win equal pay to their NHS colleagues

OUTSOURCED cleaners at Luton & Dunstable Hospitals have won the same pay as their NHS colleagues after a months-long fight for justice, unions Unison and GMB announced today. 

When a new cleaning, catering and housekeeping contract begins in November, the workers, many currently on ...

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Student-led Palestinian rights group forces universities to break ties with illegal settlement

STUDENT campaigners claimed victory today after two universities pulled out of an exchange programme with a university on illegally occupied Palestinian land.

Soas and the University of West London (UWL) have both ended agreements with Israel’s Hebrew University of Jerusalem ...

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British Airways accused of 'industrial thuggery' for planned fire-and-rehire attack on workforce

LEN McCLUSKEY accused British Airways of “industrial thuggery” today over its plans to fire and rehire 30,000 staff and sack a further 12,000.

BA’s owner IAG announced in April that it would cut the jobs due to the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis on air ...

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Manchester declares 'major incident' over rising Covid-19 infections

GREATER MANCHESTER declared a “major incident” today following a rise in coronavirus infections across the area.

The classification, usually invoked after terrorist attacks or natural disasters, enables local councils to claim extra resources from the government.

Police and ...

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Scottish patients 'forced to go private or get treatment in England' for chronic pain

The Scottish government faced pressure to reimburse chronic pain patients today after it was revealed that many have been forced to turn to private treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Scottish Labour said it is a scandal that those using chronic pain services have been forced to ...

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Government decisions on coronavirus 'shrouded with secrecy' top scientist warns as public ordered to go back to work

MAJOR decisions about coronavirus have been “shrouded with secrecy,” a leading scientist warned today as he called for more transparency over policies concerning the pandemic. 

Francis Crick Institute director Sir Paul Nurse said that the government should “treat the public as ...

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Editorial: Fire-and-rehire is a symptom of a sick and unsustainable system

IF BRITISH AIRWAYS is planning to fire and rehire 30,000 employees on worse contracts, it is indeed guilty of “industrial thuggery” — but it is not alone. 

The Unite union has called out similar plans at British Gas owner Centrica. The tactic is not confined to the private sector: ...

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NHS workers to ballot on industrial action over fair pay

WORKERS who help people with drug and alcohol addictions in Wigan and Leigh in Greater Manchester are balloting on resuming strike action over fair pay.

The workers, employed by the National Health Service, were contracted out to London-based charity “We Are With You” on the ...

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Third man arrested over racially motivated car attack on NHS worker

A THIRD man has been arrested in connection with a racially motivated attack on an NHS worker outside a hospital in Bristol, police revealed today. 

The 21-year-old musician, who wishes only to be referred to as K, was mowed down after finishing work at Southmead Hospital on July ...

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Report details scores of women missing in northern Syria after kidnap by Turkish-backed jihadists

MORE than 160 women and girls have been kidnapped by Turkish-backed jihadists since the invasion of Afrin, northern Syria, in 2018, according to a report released by the Missing Afrin Women Project today.

According to the report, which draws on reports from media and human rights ...

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Questions raised over suspicious death of Kurdish conscript in Turkish army

CONCERNS have been raised by the family of a Kurdish soldier conscripted into the Turkish army, who was alleged to have died of a heart attack while on duty in a prison in the coastal city of Izmir on Saturday.

According to a report from the Izmir Forensic Department, Osman Ozcalimli fell ...

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Nigerian army accused of sabotaging fight against Boko Haram

SECURITY forces in Nigeria were accused of deliberately sabotaging the battle to defeat Boko Haram by the governor of Borno State in the country’s north-east today.

Babagana Zulum was speaking days after an assassination attempt was made against him near Lake Chad, when his convoy was ...

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Better Than Zero campaign stress the importance of resisting bad bosses

WORKERS could be “trampled on” by bad bosses if they do not organise ahead of the end of the government’s furlough scheme, campaigners in Scotland have warned.

The Scottish TUC’s (STUC) Better Than Zero campaign group, which fights bosses who use zero-hour contracts and impose ...

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Iran Thousands of Iranian oil workers strike over pay

MARKING a serious development in the country’s current economic and social instability, fixed-term project workers in the massive oilfields, petrochemical companies and gas fields in Khuzestan and oilfields of southern Iran went on strike on Saturday and prepared to return to the towns and ...

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Communists celebrate 100 years of fighting for socialism

IF YOU took up to 1,000 socialists and gave them the chance to debate, challenge and grapple with the tough issues of the day, you’d get a stimulating and inspiring time of it.   Add top international speakers, heroes of the movement, young activists, new books and films and then some music ...

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‘Yet another attack on our planning system’

THE government’s plans to scrap planning permission for houses and hospitals will “slow down” the construction of affordable homes, Shelter warned today. 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick proposed a complete overhaul of the system today, which would allow homes, hospitals and ...

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Editorial Labour’s lurched right – but the left should remember its strengths as well as its weaknesses

UNITE leader Len McCluskey’s intervention over the rightward lurch of the Labour Party raises important strategic and tactical questions.

He is far from alone in worrying that the Labour leadership has been too timid in its criticisms of the Conservative government. 

Britain is ...

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South African Communist Party remains rooted in anti-imperialism as it celebrates 99th anniversary

SOUTH AFRICAN Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande said it was critical to recall its “anti-imperialist foundations” in a televised address today as the party celebrated its 99th anniversary.

He said that the end of apartheid did not mean the end of imperialism, which he said ...

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Iran announces arrest of US-based terror group leader

IRAN announced the arrest of a US-based terror-group leader on Saturday, accusing him of plotting to overthrow the government and planning a string of terrorist attacks.

The Ministry of Intelligence said they had detained Jamshid Sharmadh, the alleged head of the little-known Tondar ...

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BLM protesters blocked from Trump Tower

US PROTESTERS were blocked as they marched towards Trump Tower in New York City on Friday demanding an end to police brutality.

The Take Your Knee Off Our Necks demonstration was halted by police barricades as marchers reached Fifth Avenue, where speeches took place.

The families ...

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