The All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks (AUCPB), inheriting Bolshevik principles of the R.S.D.W.P. -R.S.D.W.P.(b) - A.U.C.P.(b) - of Lenin's policiy in the CPSU, is the highest form of proletarian class organisation, advanced detachment of the working class, acting in unity with the peasantry and labour intelligentsia, standing on the Party's positions for: the gain of political power - overthrowing the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie and establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, the destruction of private ownership over the instuments and means of production, the revival of the USSR, the further strenghtening of the proletarian interests for the complete victory of socialism and gradual transition to communism. The ideological and theoretical basis of the AUCPB is formed by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, is their doctrine in its creative application and development in modern conditions. The AUCPB is a component of the global communist movement with the aim of communism triumphing over the whole planet.

Friday, 1 February 2013





Monthly AUCPB bulletin on workers’ movement in ex-USSR with additional reports specific to Britain’s hardest hit

No 2 (119) FEBRUARY 2013
Clashes with police, strikes, million-strong demonstrations, burning cars and shops. Rocks and Molotov cocktails hurled at police. This has all been happening in Spain, Italy and Greece. In the U.S., the "Occupy Wall Street" movement rose up.
People are ready to revolt against the governments who wish to ride the global economic crisis on the backs of working people. And such governments are being mercilessly thrown off the peoples’ necks.
Religious Muslims can be added to the class hatred in Europe, burning European cities and American embassies, made indignant by a film insulting Islam produced in the U.S., and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published in Parisian satirical magazines.
Perhaps the first class hatred towards global capitalism has merged with religious hatred also towards that very same globalism. After all, the reason for these two forms of hatred is the same – humiliation, robbery and exploitation of countries of the global Periphery by the predatory, ruthless global capitalist Centre!
And what about the humiliated, crushed and exploited Ukrainians for example? They are silent. They tolerate. They are unable to organize themselves. The spirit is missing. They need a leader who is able to lead and strike the first blow against the system. The people hope that the first blow will be dealt by a leader, and then there will simply be no second blow. It will all then just blow over.
People do not want to suffer for the sake of their own well-being and revival of their human dignity now trampled on. And they do not care about the well-being and dignity of their own children either. People fear losing their phony comfort on their sofa in front of their plasma TV. They cherish their stupid beer calmness inside their own musty little world. And there are no leaders in sight who are willing to sacrifice themselves! Some people are simply afraid. Others, such as Ukrainian labour leaders have long sold out to the ruling regime. That is why it is all so “thankfully” quiet across the entire country. And that liar - Premier Azarov of Ukraine- can now speak safely about stability and economic growth in the country. Only he does not say that this stability is stability for the rich and wealthy. Although the mass of ordinary working people also have stability! Stability of poverty and lack of rights along with lawlessness.
The boiler of popular anger is seething and ready to explode. But meanwhile there is still no full exit for this anger. Through the sprawling boiler casing there are hot droplets of hatred breaking out, and in the news with eerie regularity we hear about brutal murders, attacks on banks and jewelry stores, and cruel
senseless acts of terrorism.
The day September 26, 2012 shook the whole of Ukraine. In the supermarket "Karavan" in
a Kiev suburb, a nicely dressed young lad entered. He bought a loaf of bread. He then looked straight into the shop CCTV security camera and defiantly stole a mobile phone charger. It seemed like he did this deliberately, most likely to get the attention of the security guards. And this is what happened. The security guards apprehended him and after a little quarrel, he was taken to an office and searched. After having returned the mobile phone charger, the lad just wanted to leave, but the guards rudely slammed the door in his face. Probably scaring the young man with threatening to call the police, they decided to get money out of the fella instead! The young fella was caught hook, line and sinker – and had to pay up! (you would think). But the lad with the loaf of bread calmly took out a gun and shot those trade lackeys-lovers of bribes. Three were killed and one was seriously wounded. By the way, other visitors at “Karavan”, hiding their faces from media cameras said that the security guards at this supermarket- come-trade-entertainment centre always behaved like racketeers-thugs: accusing visitors of theft and getting money out of them. Well, it obviously caught up with them in the end
And the young guy with the loaf of bread cannot be found by the police. And the motive for his action on that day is unclear. Maybe it was just sheer hatred. And nothing more than that. The people do not know where their true enemies lie. They are confused and deceived. And hatred looks for ways out...
Our task as Bolsheviks is to point out the enemies to the people, so that people know them in person.
To explain why they are enemies! To demonstrate that they are the cause of all our hardships, poverty and misery. And then this senseless hatred will then gain clear class contours.
P.S. Ukraine is a typical banana police republic, almost ripe for a popular uprising. The main feature of this republic is the mockery of the people by anyone who wears a uniform. In any uniform! Even if it is uniform worn by security guards in supermarkets. The shooting at "Karavan" exposed the rudeness, lawlessness, bullying
and insults that security guards bear down on shoppers in all supermarkets across the country.
And here, as confirmation of the correctness of the shooting of the arrogant security guards in "Karavan", there was a crazy incident in the town of Luhansk – the security guards at one of the supermarkets there, beat to death a 40-year-old homeless man whose only desire was to survive on something tasty from the supermarket waste food skip around the back...
Cleaners strike at Pervouralsk (Russia)
On November 14 in Pervouralsk, dozens of workers at the largest town management company went on strike. For several months, they had not been paid wages. Outside the company building “Nash Gorod” (Our Town) they held a spontaneous rally demanding their wages.

In Khabarovsk Krai, sailors take strike action
In the port of Okhotsk, Khabarovsk Territory (Russian Far East) on November 16, the crew of the Sakhalin based ship "Uspekh” (Success) went on strike due to non-payment of wages for over three months. The crew consists of nine members - all residents of the coastal Primorye Territory.
They said they would not sail out of Okhotsk until their wages, a debt which is about 1 million rubles, are paid in full. The owner of the ship, the company "Istina"(Truth) ordered the crew to sail "Uspekh" to Vladivostok. But the crew do not want a repeat of the fate of the cargo ship "Amurskaya" which recently sank in the Okhotsk Sea.

Strike action in Transnistria (Moldova)
On November 16, workers at the electrical engineering company JSC "Electromash" in Tiraspol ended their strike action, which lasted for three days. Strikers received their wages for September.
But, apart from being paid their salaries, the workers demanded the resignation of the company CEO, the reinstatement of dismissed specialists working at the plant and the plant’s nationalization. The authorities have pledged to fulfil the latter demand.

In Georgia - a series of strikes.
Approximately 1,200 employees of Poti Sea Port in Georgia on the morning of November 1 gathered at the entrance to the port and announced they would not come to work for as long as the administration did not meet their demands for higher wages and the creating of normal working conditions.
"After two warning strikes, we were promised that wages would be increased and working conditions improved including a new labour contract, but none of these demands were met" - say the strikers - "Therefore, today we are announcing an indefinite strike which will continue until our demands are met."
Around 1,600 coal mine workers in Tkibuli (Imereti, western Georgia) went on strike because of the confrontation with the administration of the company. According to preliminary data, the administration plans to reduce salaries and personnel.

In Europe, workers in 23 countries went on strike
The "European day of action and solidarity" united millions of workers, who on November 14 took to the streets to say "no" to the policy of their governments.
Protest marches in Portugal began early in the morning; demonstrators came out with slogans against the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.
Millions of workers took strike action in Spain, paralyzing key industries. Car factories in many cities came to a complete standstill, 90% of employees of post offices did not come to work, the courts stopped working, along with transport, some hospitals and schools.
The strike in Greece, along with the workers involved school teachers, teachers and journalists. The action was also supported by rail staff. In Greece, it was the third large-scale strike in two months.
Strikes, rallies and demonstrations were held in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Eastern Europe.

Bangladeshi textile workers protest
In the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, thousands of textile industry workers began a protest due to recent large fires in garment factories, reports Reuters. Protesters barricaded roads and insisted on closing the factories in the industrial area Ashulia, where on the night of November 25 a fire in one of the clothing companies took the lives of 120 people. The number of wounded in the fire amounted to more than 150 people.
Another fire served as an additional reason for the outcry, which earlier broke out at another garment factory in the capital of Bangladesh. Data on the numbers victims in the incident were still unknown at the time, but it is well-known that in the twelve-storey factory building at the time of fire, there were hundreds of people.
Protesters tried to draw public attention to the low level of safety in garment factories and demand accountability for the culprits of the fires.
According to the head of the National Federation of Bangladesh Garment Industry Amirula Haq Amin, the cause of these fires boils down to disregard by the owners for the safety and welfare of the workers, and the settlement of the consequences of the fire through bribes.
In recent years, fires have become a frequent occurrence in the garment industry in Bangladesh, because of the low standards of safety, poor wiring and overcrowded plants. According to representatives of the Fire Safety, at least 500 people have died in fires in the garment industries of Bangladesh since 2006.
In Bangladesh, there are about 4500 garment factories, which employ more than 2 million people. Clothing exports make up 80% of the total annual exports amounting to 24 billion US dollars

In the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, plasterers barricaded themselves inside an apartment, in demand for their wages
On the evening of 28 December, five plasterers and decorators barricaded themselves inside one of the apartments in a block of flats under construction in Ust-Katav (Chelyabinsk region). They took this action in demand of their wage arrears.
The police were called to the striking workers after they had written a statement against their employer.

In Georgia, steelworkers go on strike
On December 24, three hundred workers at a metallurgical plant in Rustavi went on strike to demand better working conditions. The workers called a strike due to low wages, poor social conditions as well as the poor health and hygiene situation at the plant.
The plant's management issued an order to dismiss the strikers, but the strike action did not stop.
On the contrary, from December 25, all the shifts staffed by Georgian workers joined the strike. Another 3,000 foreign workers did not take part in the strike.

In Kramatorsk, electric buses and trams stopped running: no money for wages
In Kramatorsk, Donetsk in Ukraine, due to problems with the non-payment of wages, on December 27, electric buses and trams stopped running on all routes of the city, and the drivers went on unpaid leave.
The head of transport, said the money from the local budget is not being paid out, because there was no order for this coming out of Donetsk. "We hope that as soon as we have the money transferred to us, the trams and buses will get back to running as normal again. Although much depends on how much money they actually transfer "- said S.Shatsky. Irregularities with wage payments for the tram and trolleybus company have occurred throughout the year, and the debt has accumulated over the past three months, starting in October.

Ukrainian foundry workers block a highway
Nearly fifty workers at the Rivne foundry on December 25 stopped traffic on the highway in the area of Rovno-Lutsk, demanding payment of wages owed to them. Participants in the action for almost an hour kept constantly moving across the highway so law enforcement agencies had no formal grounds to accuse them of blocking and closing the road. Participants of the rally demanded payment of over 3.2 million UAN owed to more than 400 employees of the company.
After police intervention, traffic on the highway was unblocked. Participants of the rally told reporters that their appeals to the government and law enforcement agencies on this issue have failed.
A few days ago, representatives of the personnel of the plant picketed a meeting session of the regional council. Then the members of the legislature promised the protesters that their concerns would be discussed with the regional council chairman Yuri Kichati on December 25 at the meeting of the Presidential Council of the regions of Ukraine. Also, representatives of the work collective stated their intention to picket the regional state administration on 26 December.

Transport workers in Greece and Portugal celebrate New Year with strikes
Public transport workers went on strike on January 1, 2013 in Greece and Portugal, according to the media in these countries.
In Portugal, protesters demanded a reversal in plans to cut their salaries. Because of the strike, in particular, there was difficulty in moving trains, buses and ferries in Lisbon. In addition, the strike was joined by many Portuguese working in transportation.
In the Greek capital, workers on the underground went on strike. They also demanded a reversal in plans to revise their salaries. "Working in the public transport system is more complex than that of civil servants. Therefore, we should get more money than they are,"- said the strikers.

Overview prepared by the department of the CC AUCPB on cooperation with the workers’ and the trade union movement.

On October 17, 2012, the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) adopted in the first reading a government bill on the commercialization of the education sector.
The ruling United Russia Party and representatives of the LDPR (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) voted in favour of the bill.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the LDPR led the discussion on the draft law "On Education" and called for restraint on the development of education in Russia. On his own initiative,
he proposed to accept himself as a member of the Academy of Sciences. He says: "In any law on education, a revolution is laid. The higher that young people are educated, the more dangerous that is for us. They will overthrow the power
every 10 years. It is necessary to restrain education if we want stability. Tsar Nicholai I did everything right – he sent the Decembrists to prison. The Russian officers were too educated”, he said, commenting on the draft bill.
Comment from the Editor: Zhirinovsky’s habit of playing the fool on any occasion and fully supporting the interests of the bourgeoisie, has long been known. But this time, he quite openly formulated the objective of the reform - to end the
education system in the country. When the bourgeoisie tremble - then revolution
is close!
What effect will the implementation of this phase of education reform have? (The reform is has been underway since 2005) and can be observed in Chile. There, 90% of the educational institutions are in private hands and have high tuition fees. Chilean students, fighting for
free and accessible higher education, regularly hold mass protests. This is the future destiny of the Russian youth: either they will finally turn into an ignorant submissive flock, or will raise the banner of struggle against capitalism, whilst it is not yet too late. The choice is yours, our young reader!

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) would have been celebrating its 90th anniversary. It was "legally formed" in December 1922. And lasted exactly 69 years, until December 1991, when Boris Yeltsin "and co." from Belarus (Shushkevich) and Ukraine (Kravchuk) decided that "it is high time to put an end to this country - the USSR."
The Union of brotherly Soviet republics, of people of different nationalities and religions living as one big happy family, was split into various individual self-reliant countries.
With some of them (Belarus, Kazakhstan) in recent years, attempts have been made to form a new union – the Customs Union. In particular, on an economic basis. Although commodity exchange in this Union, according to the records of officials, "has been steadily growing," the borders are transparent and customs control, in particular, on the Belarusian side, abolished, not everything, it turns out, is "is quite so rosy".
What is the reason behind this? We have drifted so far apart from our nearest neighbouring Soviet republics, or moreover from our brotherly Soviet relatives, that after the collapse of that vast country we called the USSR, why is it that we are unable to "make friends with entire households," just as we used to make friends in the Soviet Union?
And for example do Russians pine for the Soviet Union itself? If "yes" (as, indeed, "no"), then why?
These and other questions by Free Press ("Svobodnaya Pressa”) were put to some well known people in Russia. Among them were sociologists, publicists, political party and public figures including Nina Alexandrovna Andreeva.
Nina Andreeva, PhD, General Secretary of the CC AUCPB (gained nation-wide fame in the late 1980s with her article published in the newspaper "Sovyetskaya Rossiya" (Soviet Russia) on 13 March 1988 entitled, "I cannot give up principles").
N.A. - What does the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) mean to me? First of all, it was the world's first socialist state. The country managed to create an economic system under which every person, and I repeat, every person had the opportunity to realize themselves, their abilities, and to accrue reasonable needs for themselves. The USSR had free education, both secondary as well as higher education, free health care, and sport, music and art available to every person... Prices on utility bills and housing rent, electricity and gas were very low and did not exceed 1-2% of the family income. That was then, under Soviet power. But what about these days under capitalism? (In short…the complete opposite - FB) … During Soviet times, all those who needed it, had the opportunity to get free housing from the government. I myself, grew up, in material terms, in a very humble family, however, I graduated school with a gold medal. I had no one dragging me "by the ears," and nobody demanded from me any kind of payment or valuable gifts in return, as is so often the case nowadays. Afterwards, I received an honours degree in higher education, became a scientist, and then began teaching at one of the most prestigious universities in the USSR. The state provided me with a free of charge cosy 2-bedroomed apartment (a "Khrushchevka", (apartments built during the Khrushchev period 1950-s 60-s- Fb) and was very convenient).
Such was the destiny of thousands and thousands of Soviet people. But what about nowadays under capitalism? These days, for example, the state offers a loan (mortgage) to our fellow citizens for buying a home, thus luring them into debt bondage. Because of the fact that these loans need paying back, the people spend almost half their lives doing just that. Other people, by investing in housing construction, for years can not settle in there because the developer has changed, and the former developer has disappeared into an unknown direction with the peoples’ investments ... And how many of these cases are there now in the country, especially in big cities? !....
And the situation with higher education is equally as bad. Ninety percent of higher education is now fee-paying and very expensive. Tuition fees are increasing and the quality of education is falling sharply. Our reformers rejected the Soviet education system, the best in the world, and in return we get an ignorant younger generation - our future, not knowing any of the classical literature, classical paintings or classical music or their own history, apart from a cynical and cruel re-written interpretation of it. Someone rightly said that by degenerating the youth, a nation will be destroyed. And this is exactly what is happening.
And the kind of attitudes that were held between people in the Soviet Union!.. The entire world marvelled and envied. People helped each other out and gave support. Complete strangers would come to the rescue, and did not have to be called. No one was interested in the nationality of another. Everyone was equal. Is this possible in today's Russia, where robbery, adultery, robbery and murder have become almost commonplace? This “dark” information is continually shown on TV screens and websites. Young people and teenagers watch and learn the "science" of robbing, killing and raping ... Not surprisingly, juvenile crime has increased in the country over time, "after the dissolution of the Soviet Union" many times over. The government meanwhile, pretends that nothing is wrong and that everything is just fine.

"FP: What do you regret most of all, Nina Andreeva, when thinking about the collapse of the USSR?
N.A. - First and foremost – people’s faith in the future was stolen, their confidence in the future taken away from them, especially from the youth. This confidence is given only by socialism, and it will never be given by capitalism.
- Secondly, I am tired of the impunity, particularly with regard to high-level officials for crimes committed by them, and the lawlessness, chaos and anarchy throughout. Where is there any order in our country in general? ..
Twenty years ago, in an interview with an American journalist of the "New York Times", I said that the state - is order. Now, judging by the mood in society, people are increasingly remembering Stalin. Today, there is no order in the country - and there is no order anywhere in sight. People are treated worse than slaves. Wages are not paid for months on end. Slaves were at least fed... Man has become a commodity, especially in the case of women.
Next, look at what is being done in the small towns across central Russia. Enterprises are being sold off to some dubious private institutions, then they go quickly bankrupt, and as a result, workers are left without any means of subsistence. Entire families pack up and leave their small towns in order to survive in the capital Moscow, or in St. Petersburg. And as a consequence, their small towns are left empty, and then the blight sets in. In this way, the bulk of the population is forced into destitution, and fall to the lower depths of life.
The government makes announcements about "high" salaries of working people. Then names a sum at the same time to the amount of 10-15 thousand rubles, exceeding the "living wage" and therefore, supposedly have enough to live on. There is a feeling that the government itself is in some other world and that the "celestials" have no idea about the high price of food and basic goods in Russia. True, many current workers also sometimes receive an extra amount of money in a brown envelope from their employer. A bit like a merciful handout from the master's table, a fraction of the surplus product gained by exploitation. A "gift" in the envelope also means that the government has once again received less tax on a certain sum of money, which the government in turn, as usual, robs the pension fund, just to make ends meet.
And on the subject of prices and wages, in terms of current wages and prices, the workers in the USSR received an average of 30,000 rubles a month. Prices were stable. Wages were high enough for people to eat and dress decently, and go on holiday to relax by the sea several thousand miles away.
It hurts to see our pensioners today. They rebuilt the country and economy after the war, worked hard, and at the first call, went off to build BAM (the Baikal- Amursk railway line in Siberia), then fulfilled and exceeded five-year plans. Now they are classed as superfluous people, "parasites", who society is trying to get rid of in one way or another. For all that has been created by the older generation and our own generation, we get in our later years only pennies to live on, which is not enough for food, housing, not to mention medicines and treatment. Shame on the ruling power! All that we created during our life in the Soviet Union, was robbed ("privatized") by the present-day thieves in law. The country is fast rolling into an abyss, accompanied with an innocent smile on the faces of our rulers.
How long our government intends to take to get out of this "foul" situation, and whether it or not it really intends to in the first place, and whether it is capable of doing this in principle – this is the main question of the moment.
P.S. We (Bolsheviks) believe that a change in the situation can only be made by a change in the country’s socio-political system.

12/25/2012 Leningrad
In the Georgian village of Zemo Alvani (in the east of the country) a monument to Joseph Stalin, which had been earlier dismantled, has been restored. The sculpture was dismantled in June 2011. It was then "thrown into bushes on the outskirts of the village." The monument was restored on the initiative of the new administration of the Akhmeta region (territory where the village lies). An official opening took place shortly after. It is noted that previously the monument was part of a memorial in honour of victims of the Great Patriotic War.
Shortly after the recent elections in Georgia, it was reported that a group of citizens were out collecting signatures for the return of a Stalin monument to the centre of the city of Gori. The sculpture of the Soviet leader set up there in the early 1950s was dismantled in 2010. At the time, this decision was publicly supported by president Saakashvili who denounced Stalin in the "occupation" of the country (Saakashvili and his team called the period when Georgia was part of the USSR, as the period of “occupation”). It was assumed that this sculpture would be moved into the house-museum of Stalin in Gori, but this was not done.
On January 8 in the DPRK (North Korea), the birthday of the First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), First Chairman of the National Defence Commission (NDC) of the DPRK, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Marshal Kim Jong-Un is celebrated.
Kim Jong Un has for over a year been running the country, continuing the implementation of plans and objectives inscribed by Great Kim Jong Il. In talks with senior officials of the Party, state and economic bodies and social organizations of workers, held on April 27, 2012, one of the most important tasks of the country was put forward by the young leader - to achieve radical change in land use in accordance with the demands of building a great prosperous and powerful socialist state. He noted that land management is a patriotic cause, aimed at augmenting the wealth and power of the country, its prosperity and creating a happy life for future generations. He outlined the directions and paths of land management, then initiated and vigorously took to directing the movement for a general mobilization for land management, so that the whole Party, the whole country, and all the people performed that work dynamically. Kim Jong Un at the meeting said: "The general objective and the general direction in land use is to implement the precepts of Comrade Kim Jong Il consistently to the end, and radically modernise the appearance of the state territory, to transform the landscape into a corresponding thriving socialist state." Comrade Kim Jong Un noted that under the leadership of Kim Jong-Il, agricultural land throughout the country was laid out as large standard fields, and extensive coastal shallows were turned into fertile land, a solid material base for creating (planting) new forests, across the whole country. The most beautiful natural places were turned into parks and recreation areas for the public, with roads built, together with carefully arranged rivers and streams. Korea, with its unforgettably beautiful landscapes is turning into a fabulous corner of the world.
The challenge now, according to Kim Jong-Un, is the further improvement of the entire territory of the DPRK, an accomplishment of all that Comrade Kim Jong Il did not have time to finish before his untimely death. A significant part of the landscape improvement in the DPRK has been allocated to the capital - Pyongyang - the home of the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and the Great Kim Jong Il. The task is to make Pyongyang not only the most beautiful city in the world, but also the most comfortable one to live in. Special attention is being paid to monumental architecture, extolling the merits of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and Great Kim Jong Il.
On the general landscape of Korea, the aim has been set to cover all the mountains with forests over the next 10 years.
Strict discipline is being introduced on the construction of industrial buildings only on "thin soil." In the case of the need to build on agricultural land – directions have been given that oblige those in charge of construction to make sure that the area of new land where the of building of new projects takes place does not exceed the size of the actual construction project itself. A system of various activities for the preservation of forests from pests, fire, water management and organizing river regimes, has been implemented. Activities have been planned for the dredging of rivers and creation of protection zones along the rivers to prevent discharge of soil and sand into rivers during floods and natural disasters in the rainy season.
As before, there is still a lot of attention being paid to road construction, expansion of major road routes and the construction of new tunnels. Since the DPRK is a peninsula, with abundant rivers, lakes and ponds, the aim is to establish care for coastal areas and areas with territorial water zones. Only in this way, said Kim Jong-Un, can we prevent damage from natural disasters, and preserve and enhance natural stocks of marine resources.
The question on the protection of the environment, control of emissions of harmful gases and dust on terrain, waste water treatment, recycling and pollution prevention is taken very seriously.
Kim Jong Un has warned that in the need for cash resources, the ill-considered development of scarce natural resources of the country (gold, rare earth elements, etc.), can not be allowed and strict control over this must be established.
To implement these goals, a competent plan for land use has been implemented, having the force of state law that no one can break. Land management should be seen as a matter of general party, national and popular character. In the case of land management and environmental protection there is a need to increase the responsibility and role of the Ministry of Land and Environment and other agencies and government. The general plan for land use must, in full, as pointed out by Kim Jong Un, be provided with the necessary equipment, materials and funds, and the need to ensure and enhance the supervision and control of land management and the environmental cause, and connect the relevant research institutes to ensure their work is of a high level. On carrying out the plan, the media is encouraged to publicize the work, to establish good relationships with other countries and institutions and to use the Internet extensively to explore the work being done abroad in this matter, and to send Korean experts abroad to exchange experience and to participate in international seminars and symposia.
Kim Jong Un also pointed to the need to strengthen the Party's leadership of all land use. "The party requires that all of its members, all military personnel, and all people more energetically start deploying towards a general mobilization for land management, and better still arrange well their own land to an image acquiring traits befitting of a powerful and prosperous nation, make a significant contribution to the building of an economic power and improving the welfare of the people, thus giving new dynamism to the process of building a powerful and prosperous nation, working on what President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il fulfilled."
At the VI Session of the DPRK Supreme People Assemby of the 12th Legislature (25 September 2012), held in Mansudanskom Palace of Congresses, the main issue was the question of the introduction of universal 12-year compulsory education. The session was attended by Kim Jong Un. In the main report, it was noted that education was important for the future of the nation, for the sake of posterity, and one of the key issues on which the prosperity of the country depended upon. The Workers' Party of Korea in the whole process of leading the revolution and construction of socialism provides rapid development of education of future generations, and in each period, at each stage of the revolution made great efforts in educational work. In the most difficult times, Kim Il Sung developed the Juche idea about education, successfully realizing it, establishing a popular and revolutionary training system, thus creating a solid foundation for the development of the cadres of the revolution looking towards the future. The session noted that Kim Jong-Il, as a distinguished statesman politician of modern times, held fast to the idea of advancing the development of education and consistently implemented a system of free universal education, even in the most severe adverse years for the country.
Kim Jong Un specifically highlighted the directions and methods of development of the new higher level of education in the country by strengthening the secondary general education, in accordance with the laws of the requirements of the time, in accordance with the laws of the requirements of future generations, with the reality of education in Korea and the world development trend in education.
The DPRK plans to radically improve and strengthen secondary general education, and further enhance and develop the socialist system of education.
The session adopted a law enacted by the Supreme People's Assembly "On the introduction of universal 12-year compulsory education." The Act stipulates that universal 12-year compulsory education is provided free of charge in all areas of the DPRK, for all children, boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17 years of age; 12-year compulsory education consists of a one-year pre-school education, learning at a 5-year primary school, 3-years at junior high schools and 3-years at senior secondary schools. This reform will be implemented in full by 2015. The legislation also provides for issues related to education reform and measures to ensure its implementation, including - increased public spending and creating the conditions and environment for reform.

Note from the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks (CC AUCPB):
We fully support and welcome the DPRK domestic policies in the reform of education and land management, carried out by its young leader Kim Jong Un. Questions that are marked by Kim Jong Un as the most important domestic policy, suggest that the DPRK under Kim Jong Un will not slow down the pace of its advance towards the Juche revolution, but is confidently and steadfastly carrying on the cause of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung and Great Kim Jong-Il.
We wish the hard-working people of the DPRK speedy construction of their own wealthy and prosperous state, and the country's respected leader Comrade Kim Jong Un - willpower, fortitude and great success as a worthy successor of his great predecessors.
The CC AUCPB congratulates Kim Jong-Un on his birthday with best wishes, strong health and success in his state and political activities for the benefit of Korean socialist Fatherland.
Activists begin 'bedroom tax' battle
Tenants, unions and campaigners across Britain laid foundations on Saturday for a national fightback against cuts to housing benefits and debunking the "strivers vs skivers" myth.
Defend Council Housing is organising with PCS, Unite, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and other campaign and community groups to co-ordinate action including mass protests up and down the country. The campaign particularly targets benefit caps and the reduction of council tax benefits for millions of tenants under the government's welfare reforms that come into force this year, including the "bedroom tax." From April the under-occupancy tax will penalise anyone living in social housing who has a spare bedroom by cutting 14 to 25 per cent off a claimant's housing benefit. The tax was spearheaded by Tory Lord David Freud, great-grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund, who the Mirror revealed owns an eight-bedroomed country mansion he uses for holidays and weekends as well as a four-bedroomed Highgate town house. And from October Universal Credit will cut benefits further for those with disabilities, households with two earners, mothers and those paying for childcare.
A national link-up of campaigns, a summit and action around budget day in March were all agreed. Paul Burnham of Haringey DCH urged everyone to contact their MPs and to keep campaigning locally to increase awareness. DPAC's Andy Greene stressed the importance of reaching out to the "silent majority" who "aren't necessarily political" but who are still affected by the reforms. "In all our campaigning we need to engage with people, spend time to talk to them and listen carefully to their concerns," he said. "This campaign has to be more than simply preaching to the converted. It's important to make people realise that this is not about politics it's about our lives." Right To Work campaign group's Mark Dunk referred to recent TUC research that showed if more people were aware how benefit money was spent then they would not agree with the welfare reforms. "Dividing us is essential to the government's agenda and for their reforms to work," he added. "We need to fight the 'strikers and skivers' myth at every opportunity."
Will Stone at Unite House
800% more people turn to charity as cuts wreck welfare system
The number of people who have fallen into total dependence on charity services in Swansea has risen by 800 per cent in a year, according to charity workers, who say coalition cuts are to blame. Cyrenians Cymru, which works with homeless and disadvantaged people in the city, says an unprecedented number of people are turning to it for basic support because the state's welfare safety net is no longer functioning. When the Con-Dems took office in 2010 just 2 per cent of its service users received no benefits, but that rose to a shocking 17 per cent in 2012. Cyrenians community centre manager Chris Skelton said: "The demand for services such as the free laundry and shower facilities at the centre are very high. "We are also seeing many new faces coming into the centre asking for housing and benefit advice."
And he warned the charity's staff are bracing themselves for the situation to get worse as cruel new cuts come into effect in April. Swansea West MP Geraint Davies accused coalition MPs of making the poorest pay first for the bankers' crisis. He said: "As cuts in housing and council tax benefits bite in April more people will be cast into poverty. "The Conservatives are creating a weak and divided Britain and the hardship they inflict brings shame to our nation." Warning that the inequality could create social tensions, he added: "In the US the top 2 per cent are being taxed to stimulate growth, yet in Britain the poorest are hit hardest to pay for bankers' greed and millionaires get tax cuts. "This is the cruel reality of Tory Britain today." UK Uncut campaign group spokesman Murray Worthy said the charity's data revealed the "tip of the iceberg in terms of the devastating social impact" that government cuts are having. "No-one should have to rely on charity - the government has a responsibility to provide for people who can't get work at a time when there are not enough jobs," he said.
"The government should cut down on tax avoidance which could raise billions and fund vital services which are being cut."
by Luke James
Union leaders plan mass strike
Sunday 20 January 2013
Leaders of the Unite, PCS, POA and UCU unions will meet in Liverpool this Saturday to take steps towards a general strike against austerity.
The Merseyside TUC conference will look at the practicalities of a regional strike after the issue was agreed at TUC Congress.
Unite leader Len McCluskey said: "Any form of resistance that makes this government take a step back is positive."
Morning Star
Maintenance staff to take action against bullying bosses
Maintenance workers at a Shell fuels research centre in Cheshire are to escalate industrial action over pay and bosses' "bullying tactics." Unite members at contract maintenance firm Eurest Support Services (ESS) in Ince say the company tore up an agreed pay settlement of inflation at 3.5 per cent and insisted on a 2 per cent increase instead. The 20-strong union branch also accuses ESS of a catalogue of anti-union behaviour including a refusal to respond to grievances, bullying, ignoring its legal obligation to recognise Unite at the site, and putting workers under so much stress that some have had to take sick leave. The dispute came to a head in December and the workers staged a two-hour stoppage at the research centre on December 17. The company, part of the international Compass group, has maintained an anti-union stance and the workforce will stage another two-hour stoppage on Monday, including a picket at the centre in Poole Lane. The research centre is to close next year as Shell continues a process of shifting work from Britain to overseas centres. There are suspicions ESS wants to engineer a situation where it can sack the maintenance workers to avoid its legal responsibilities under Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (Tupe) legislation which guarantees workers' pay and conditions with new employers for a limited period. Unite is demanding negotiations. Unite regional officer Graham Daley said: "I am appalled at Compass management's attitude towards the union and its attacks on their loyal workforce.
"Our members have had enough of the threats and bullying tactics and feel the only response to such intimidation is to escalate strike action. "They will stand shoulder-to-shoulder on Monday to voice their anger and determination to fight these attacks. "Unite is calling for the ESS management to engage in urgent talks with its workers and stop all the harassment of its members." Unite says it is not in dispute with Shell. The union believes the sale of the Ince site has already been agreed and says ESS's "total lack of communication" with employees is "totally unacceptable."
by Peter Lazenby
Post workers walk out over cuts in Whitstable
Striking Post workers held a lively and determined picket line in Whitstable, Kent, last Saturday. Royal Mail was forced to engage the services of 69 managers from across Kent to get mail out. Protesters tried to stop a Royal Mail lorry from entering the delivery office, and only stopped when management called the police. Around 300 people marched to defend the striking CWU union members. Strikers are fighting the planned closure of the Whitstable delivery office.If the closure goes through, workers will have to travel to Canterbury to pick up their loads and then travel back to Whitstable to deliver them. People will also be forced collect their parcels five miles away in Canterbury. For those without a car it will mean return journey of an hour and a half, and cost £6. Jean Roberts, CWU area rep, said, “We had no consultation—all we are saying is come and talk.” Naomi Jones joined the march to back the strikers. She said, “It is wrong that their conditions are under attack, and that ordinary people should travel further just to save money for some boss.” Supporters collected £275 for the workers, who have vowed to escalate the strikes if management refuses to consult with them.
Five days of unofficial action at power station site gets result
Workers walked out over “disgusting” welfare conditions on the construction site of a massive new power station last week. Some 600 workers struck unofficially for five days at the site in Runcorn. They returned to work after winning improvements to facilities, regular inspections and consultation with their unions. They also won £250 for the time they walked out. The new power station, the largest of its type in Europe, is set to be finished this month.
Workers held mass meetings each day of the action. One worker said, “It is absolutely disgusting. “There is a maximum of 12 toilets for 600 workers, while management have their own to use which are kept under lock and key. “There is no hot water and they won’t even provide paper towels. I wouldn’t expect a dog to put up with the conditions at the site.
“Every day the vote to strike has been pretty much unanimous. We are standing together on this one.” Staff involved include electricians, steel fabricators and insulation workers.
Another worker said, “Promises have been made, but nothing is ever done. “We came back in on Monday to find there was no electricity and all the toilets were locked up. “It was the last straw and we felt we had to take action.”

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