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MATT WRACK, the FBU general secretary, said yesterday in response to the Grenfell Tower inquiry phase one report: ‘The Inquiry’s interim report must finally be a turning point for fire safety in the UK.’ He continued: ‘Warning after warning from previous fires were ignored; central government must now take responsibility...
THE GMB union has slammed the failure of the Grenfell Report to tell the full story. The roots of this disaster lay not with the events of that night but on the years of savage cuts leading up to it, the union says GMB, the union for emergency service staff, reacted...
TUESDAY night’s vote in parliament calling a general election on December 12 revealed that the Labour Party is split from top to bottom. In the vote, passed by 438 to 20, 104 Labour MPs defied the Labour whip and abstained while 127 voted for. On top of this, a further 11...
YESTERDAY in Parliament Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke in favour of a general election and said this is now Labour’s position. He said: ‘Labour backs a general election, because we want this country to be rid of a reckless and destructive Conservative government. A government that has caused more of...
THE SIX-WEEK national strike by more than 48,000 United Auto Workers members against General Motors Co. has ended in victory. Thousands of UAW-GM employees nationally were returning to work for the first time on Monday after the union ratified a tentative agreement with the Detroit automaker last Friday, ending the longest national...
A LEAKED report by the chairman of the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, Martin Moore-Bick, has found a scapegoat for the fire – they are now blaming the London Fire Brigade (LFB) itself! The fire, which claimed the lives of 72 men, women and children, rapidly spread because of flammable cladding,...
PM JOHNSON’S ‘do or die’ pledge is truly dead, as the EU has insisted as a condition of their ‘flextension’ that the UK will have to appoint a new European Commissioner for the entire duration, until they leave on January 31. Under the conditions of the ‘flextension’ – the UK...
Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian family with stones as they were picking olives on their own land near the village of Rujib, to the east of Nablus City in the occupied West Bank on Sunday. Witnesses said that settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Itamar hurled a barrage of...
THE INTERNATIONAL management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company has published a global banking review which found that the majority of banks worldwide ‘may not be economically viable’. Their review found that over half the world’s banks do not produce enough profit to cover the cost of their lending and that...
LABOUR, the LibDems, the SNP and pro-Remain Tories are set to vote against the government holding a 12th December General Election in the House of Commons today. Tory prime minister Boris Johnson is to table a motion calling for an election on that date this afternoon, and then tomorrow the...
AT THE end of last week, members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) staged a mass picket at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). ‘This is because the University of management is treating workers like slaves!’ NUMSA’s statement warned. ‘They refuse to pay security staff for working...
THE EU is definitely still in charge of Brexit and the ‘Brexit debate’. MPs await its decision today after Tory leader Johnson dumped the ‘no deal outcome’ when he anonymously informed the EU executive of the Benn ‘Surrender Act’ decision. This was that the ‘Remain’ parliament requested from the EU...
EU ambassadors yesterday agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next Monday, just three days before the UK leaving date on October 31. The EU is to give the UK an offer that its ruling parties will not be able to...
News Line is pleased to reproduce the following account, by Craig Murray, former Brtish ambassador to Uzbekistan, of the court appearance of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ‘I WAS deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections...
THE FINAL report into the Boeing 737 Max air crash in October last year, in which 189 people lost their lives, was published yesterday by Indonesian investigators. It is a damning report which exposes a series of failures which led to the crash. The investigators released the report at a...
PM Boris Johnson pulled out of a scheduled appearance before a panel of senior MPs yesterday morning, saying he has to ‘focus on delivering Brexit’. His refusal came after the failure of his attempts to make a deal with Labour leader Corbyn, to hold a snap general election once the...
EUROPEAN corporations are two-faced when it comes to respecting working people’s freedom of association and workers’ rights, argues a new report by the AFL-CIO and supported by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The report, ‘The Double Standard at Work: European Corporate Investment and Workers’ Rights in the American South,’...
LAST week it was the turn of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to issue its latest warning that world capitalism is on the point of crashing under the weight of a global $19 trillion debt ‘time bomb’ and that 40% of corporations in eight major economies faced bankruptcy as...
STAFF from top science museums around the country launched strike action yesterday to demand the Living Wage. The dispute involves tourist attractions, including London’s Science Museum and York’s National Railway Museum. A group of Prospect union workers gathered outside the Science Museum, waving flags, brandishing banners and chanting for ‘fair pay’. Industrial...
President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has described the defeat of the Takfiri terrorists holed up in Idlib as the key to ending the eight-year war gripping the country as he visited frontline troops deployed in the northwestern province. Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian army personnel on...
ON TUESDAY night, MPs voted by 329 to 299 to pass a motion in principle to back Boris Johnson’s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Almost immediately, they went on to reject the timetable for discussion of this deal on the grounds that the three days allocated by the Tories for any...
THE DEBATE on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement Bill began yesterday with Tory PM Johnson confirming that if it is not voted through, the UK will leave the EU on October 31 without a deal. Johnson said: ‘I regret that after Saturday’s vote the government has been forced to act...
THE EXTRADITION hearing of Julian Assange at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday morning brought a crowd of over a hundred demonstrators which was doubled by the arrival of 120 Yellow Vests protesters who had travelled overnight from France. Assange is in court fighting extradition to the US where he faces...
PM JOHNSON urged MPs last night to back his EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill and approve a three-day timetable to consider the legislation and adopt it by Thursday (tomorrow) night. The anti-Brexit coalition of Labour, LibDems and SNP ‘Remainer’ MPs is absolutely determined to defeat the government over this timetable. They...
AS EXPECTED, the Speaker of the House John Bercow yesterday blocked Parliament from voting on the new Brexit deal with the EU. Announcing his judgement the Speaker said: ‘It is clear that the motions are in substance the same, however this matter was decided fewer than 49 hours ago, after...
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange appeared in court in London yesterday looking very unwell after spending months languishing in Belmarsh Prison where he has been incarcerated since April, banned from using the internet and with very little contact with the outside world. Outside the court a coachload of French Yellow Vest...
Film making in Russia – a masterclass by Margy Kinmonth  at Pushkin House   DOCUMENTARY film maker Margy Kinmonth gave a masterclass on the theme of ‘Russia behind the Camera’ at Pushkin House, the Russian arts promotion centre on Bloomsbury Square in London on Saturday. She has completed four arts documentaries and...
CHILE erupted over the weekend, with mass demonstrations and riots spreading from the capital Santiago to other major cities, as workers and youth rose up against massive income inequality which has seen wages driven down while the Chilean ruling class lives in luxury. It started on Friday when a mass...
LABOUR’S Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday to urge the Democratic Unionist Party to join Labour in pushing for a second referendum to overturn Brexit. Starmer said: ‘What we’re trying to achieve is that this deal in particular, but any deal, is put...
TWENTY-SIX thousand Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers and 8,000 support staff workers including custodians, special education assistants and bus aides walked out on strike last Thursday morning and came out again on Friday morning. It is the first CPS teacher strike since 2012. Teachers picketed at CPS schools across the...
ANYTHING and everything is being used to try and prevent the House of Commons voting to give its support to the government’s Brexit deal to quit the EU by October 31st. The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, after the victory of the Letwin delaying amendment on Saturday,...
SCOTLAND’S highest civil court on Friday dismissed a legal bid to stop the UK government from seeking to pass its proposed EU withdrawal agreement at today’s special session of the House of Commons. Anti-Brexit campaigners sought a ruling that the agreement with the EU contravenes legislation preventing Northern Ireland from...
IN THE centenary year of nurse registration, a new exhibition is charting the history of the journey from the Nurses Registration Act in 1919 through to the modern day. Making its point via its title – ‘Wake up Slackers! The great nursing registration controversy’ – the exhibition looks at the...
ON THURSDAY morning, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Tory PM Johnson announced a Brexit deal. After three years, the EU finally conceded a deal that actually breaks the UK from the EU. The deal that Johnson has successfully negotiated is unlike ex-Tory PM May’s deal which...
YESTERDAY morning the President of the European Commission and Tory PM Johnson announced that they had agreed a Brexit deal. That deal now has to pass through Parliament with a special emergency sitting tomorrow, the first time that the House of Commons has sat on a weekend since the...
OVER 300 striking teachers from sixth form colleges around the country demanded the government honour their £700 million funding ‘invoice’ which was signed by strikers after a rally in central London yesterday. ‘Funding for the sixth form college sector has been cut by 26 per cent. That has led to...
RUSSIA says its military police units are patrolling along contact line areas between Turkish and Syrian armies near Syria’s flashpoint northern city of Manbij to help avert a possible confrontation following the withdrawal of American troops and the subsequent launch of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militants in the...
THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) this week produced its latest Global Financial Stability Report, its half-yearly analysis of the state of the world’s banks and financial markets. The week before, the new head of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, had foreshadowed this report in a speech that warned that the world...
IRAN’S Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says the attack on the Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea last Friday was a ‘complicated action’ in which ‘one or more governments’ were involved. ‘According to information received, the attack on the Iranian tanker was carried out by one or more governments,’ Zarif...
ON MONDAY, it was announced that over 97% of Communication Workers Union (CWU) members working in Royal Mail had voted for national strike action in defence of their pay, conditions, pensions and the drive by management to completely break up the postal service. This massive vote, on the back of...
THERE are ‘many issues’ still to be resolved before a Brexit agreement can be reached, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, as talks continued yesterday. He said differences remained over how goods moving between Britain and the island of Ireland would be checked and how to secure political support for any...
OVER 97% of members of the CWU (Communication Workers Union) working for Royal Mail, voted ‘YES’ for strike action, it was announced yesterday. Hundreds of reps waved CWU flags and cheered as the ‘historic’ Royal Mail ballot result was announced after a national reps’ briefing in central London yesterday. Royal Mail...
he National Union for Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected a wage proposal from employers in the motor sector and is set to embark on a massive programme of strike action. A revolutionary strike wave is sweeping South Africa, with education workers also preparing to strike against a ‘reckless...
SENIOR Labour Party leaders are at war with each other over the best way to betray the 2016 referendum result, when PM Boris Johnson presents a Brexit deal to Parliament this coming Saturday. Corbyn supporters and shadow cabinet members Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett want any Johnson-EU deal voted down,...
ECUADOR’S President Lenin Moreno has been forced to back down and cancel the country’s IMF loan after the revolutionary uprising sweeping the country won a historic victory. Massive marches, fierce clashes with the police and action by the working class have taken place for nearly two weeks, paralysing the economy and...