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Issue No. 2401

British planes add to Ukraine sabre rattling

Tensions continue in Ukraine after the US and the European Union imposed further sanctions against Russia. British warplanes are flying over the Balkans in symbolic sabre rattling.

It follows a week that saw the arrest of observers who had been working for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe—they were held as Nato spies.

Also the mayor of one pro-Russian Ukrainian town was shot in another sign of the rising tensions.

The imperial power play over Ukraine is doing nothing for the people of the region.

Shoe strike hits China’s bosses

The biggest strike in China in recent years was continuing as Socialist Worker went to press. 

The action at the Yue Yuen shoe factory in Dongguan over social insurance payments began on 14 April.

Some workers returned to work after bosses made concessions. But several thousand are still out.

One female striker said, “Many of my co-workers are women. They thought we would be easy to pick on, we are here to prove them wrong.”

Peasants blockade Colombian roads

Peasants and farm workers in Colombia were set to strike, protest and blockade major roads from Thursday of this week.

More than 4,000 attended a conference that called the action, which follows peasant strikes last year.

They are angry at the effect of Colombia’s free trade agreement with the US in 2011. It boosted industrial farms of cash crops and weakened food production and small farmers.

The action comes just three weeks before a highly contested presidential election.

May Day general strike in Greece

Workers were set to strike across Greece on Thursday of this week, shutting workplaces not already closed for a public holiday.

The general strike was called to mark International Workers’ Day and to defend jobs.

The government has announced more job cuts in return for the latest instalment of its bailout money.

Private sector unions also pointed to the problem of unpaid wages. More than 600,000 workers have not been paid for three months.

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