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CAP REFORM: Country Standard slams lack of rural investment

The EU Common Agricultural Policy was negotiated by conservatives to feathernest their landowning supporters at the expense of rural communities and small farmers. Reform of the CAP this week, did little to change all that, writes Michael Walker co editor of the Country Standard. Go to the CS blogspot to find comment and analysis of the CAP.

MODE 4: EU Pushes bonded labour

A meeting convened by RMT at Tolpuddle, included speakers from the London School of Economics and the Teachers' Federation in Australia, who analysed the threat of EU-sponsored movement of labour directed at conditions, wages and union organisation in Britain. Here, Brian Denny of No2EU-Yes to Democracy campaign analyses 'Mode 4'.

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LAND WARS: Organising to block break up of Agricultural Wages Board

In pursuit of its struggle to deepen poverty and unemployment, the Government has now, in a cowardly quiet manner, set out to break up the Agricultural Wages Board. The rates set by this Board save hundreds of thousands from rural poverty and set the standard for many more workers in related rural employment. Eddy Batchelor of UNITE organising unit, writing in the Country Standard, sets out the need for a campaign to save the Boards in this key sector. You can read national union reaction here.

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