Category: WFTU
Abolish Child Labour!
| June 24, 2017 | 7:43 pm | Canada, Child Labour, Labor, socialism, WFTU | No comments

Abolish Child Labour!

Abolish Child Labour!


June 12th marked the annual World Day Against Child Labour, a phenomenon which most people in Canada usually regard as a rare and anachronistic situation. The reality is that millions of children and youth around the world remain trapped in capitalist chains, performing backbreaking and dangerous jobs for the private profit of their bosses.

Socialists have always fought against every form of exploitation, either “disguised” in the form of legal wage labour, or clearly barbarian. Child labour is in the second category, existing since the very beginning of the inhuman capitalist system. As the World Federation of Trade Unions points out, “the fortunes of bourgeois were created by the hands and blood of children.”

Today, an estimated 168 million children work in various jobs around the world. In the Asia-Pacific region, for example, about 9.3% of the child population is forced to work. Since the outbreak of the latest capitalist crisis a decade ago, and the deepening of intra-imperialist rivalries, the exploitation of children is intensifying, always with a view to maximizing the profits of multinationals. Child workers are mainly employed in the sectors of agriculture, fishing and mining, while other children work even as modern-day slaves. Immigrant children often suffer double exploitation, even in Europe and North America, regions that boasted about having eliminated this scourge. Despite declarations by the United Nations and the ILO, millions of children suffer irreparable psychological, intellectual, social or moral injuries, and often sexual exploitation as well.

The WFTU has raised important demands on this occasion, including public, free and compulsory education for the new generation, and full access to leisure, recreation and health care for children and youth. Child labour must be abolished, along with laws which allow children or their parents to “consent” to such work.

ΠΛΑΝΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΙΜΠΕΡΙΑΛΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΔΗΛΩΣΗ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ

ΠΛΑΝΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΑΝΤΙΙΜΠΕΡΙΑΛΙΣΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΔΗΛΩΣΗ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ
| June 24, 2017 | 2:36 pm | Greece, Imperialism, PAME, political struggle, WFTU | No comments

“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people”: Huge rally against NATO in Thessaloniki

Saturday, June 24, 2017

“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people”: Huge rally against NATO in Thessaloniki

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/06/neither-soil-nor-water-to-murderers-of.html
“Neither soil, nor water to the murderers of the people” and “with the workers of all countries, for a world without exploitation, wars and refugees” were the major slogan of the massive anti-imperialist demonstration organised by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Thessaloniki. Thousands of protesters of all ages, from all over Greece but also from abroad, joined their voices against imperialism, its wars and interventions. 

The demonstration began at Aristotelous Square, with a greeting message by Zeljko Veselinovic, president of the Serbian Trade Union SLOGA, on behalf of all the attending foreign Trade Unions. Veselinovic recalled the solidarity that PAME and Greece’s working class had offered to the people of Yugoslavia during the 1999 NATO bombings: “We, the workers, are brothers regardless race, religion or skin colour and that will be forever. Nobody is going to subdue us. We are stronger and they will never beat us”, he said among other things.
 
Greeting messages were also delivered by the General Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) Giorgos Mavrikos and Nikos Papanastasis, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired). General Secretary Mavrikos pointed out that the WFTU, which represents 92 million members in 126 countries, takes action in every corner of the world towards the support of workers’ rights. Within the framework, Mavrikos refered to a series of initiatives that the WFTU will take in the near future, as well as to the task of strengthening the class-based perception in international trade-union movement. 

 From his side, Lieutenant-Colonel Papanastasis, member of the “Movement for National Defense”, underlined among other things: “We, the military officers, have passed the largest part of our life in the camps and have a first-hand knowledge of what ‘NATO’ means. We know the dimension of the dramatic consequences for the people, resulted by our country’s participation on that. We know what blood-stained operational plans it has. Everyone knows the slaughtering of the people of Yugoslavia, as well as of other people” […] Wherever they go”, Papanastasis said, “NATO, the EU and the imperialists seed wars and misfortunes for the people”.
 
The major speech, on behalf of PAME’s Executive Committee, was delivered by its member Giorgos Perros. Among other things, cde Perros pointed out: “Today’s correspondence to the initiative of the hundreds of Trade Unions, Labour Centers, Workers Federations which rallied in PAME against imperialist war, interventions and incidents which are developing in our neighbourhood and throughout the world, is the road of hope, of perspective, of peaceful co-existence of the people. Our enemies are not the neighboring people, but NATO and the bases”.

A huge “river” of protesters marched through Thessaloniki’s seafront avenue and gathered outside the NATO “Rapid Deployable Corps” headquarters. In front of riot police forces, which had blocked the main entrance, thousands of demonstrators shouted anti-imperialist slogans and denounced the murderous policy of the USA, EU and NATO. “Murderers, thiefs and hypocrites are the European imperialists” and “Crisis, wars, uprooting, this is Capitalism” were some of the slogans shouted by the protesters.
 
The Two-Day Anti-imperialist activities of PAME in Thessaloniki ends tomorrow, Sunday 25/6, with an international meeting of Trade Unions. Yesterday, the representatives of foreign Trade Unions- among others from Syria, Turkey, Italy, Palestine, Egypt, Serbia– had the opportunity to visit and learn the historical background of two significant places of the city; the Yedi Kule prison where numerous communists were incarcerated as political prisoners during the 20th century and the memorial of the victims of the 1944 Chortiatis massacre, one of the most heinous atrocities committed by the Nazis in Greece during WWII occupation. 
 
Nikos Mottas, with info from 902.gr. 
24/6/2017.
Statements by the WFTU and PAME: Solidarity with the bus drivers’ strike in Sydney

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Statements by the WFTU and PAME: Solidarity with the bus drivers’ strike in Sydney

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/statements-by-wftu-and-pame-solidarity.html
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, expresses its solidarity with Sydney bus drivers who are on strike as a response to the government’s announcement for a privatization program of bus services in the city’s south and inner west.
The privatization plan was announced, despite the fact that the government assured the bus drivers in writing that the bus route will not be privatized. According to the strikers, the privatization will cost the job of 1,200 drivers, will reduce the bus routes and stops and will adversely affect the quality of service and the maintenance of the buses.
The WFTU stands by the side of the strikers and calls the people of Australia to support them in this struggle. We condemn the Industrial Relations Commission which announced the strike illegal, ordering the drivers to work normally. The right for strike is an non-negotiable workers’ right and the bourgeoisie cannot disarm the trade union movement from this.


The Urban Transport Secretariat of PAME (All Workers Militant Front) that represents the class trade union movement of Greece, and the bus drivers of Athens, expresses its support to the bus drivers of Sydney, Australia, who are on strike against Privatizations.
The attack of the Capital against the workers escalates on global level. Transport sector is on the front line of this attack.
Our struggles and solidarity among the workers is necessary for the counterattack of the working class against the offensive of the Governments and the Capitalists.
The Urban Transport Secretariat of PAME expresses its solidarity with the workers in buses of Sydney​.
WFTU condemns Pizza Hut’s vulgar advertisement referring to Palestinian hunger strikers

Friday, May 12, 2017

WFTU condemns Pizza Hut’s vulgar advertisement referring to Palestinian hunger strikers

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/05/wftu-condemns-pizza-huts-vulgar.html
In a statement the World Federation of Trade Unions condemns the vulgar and unethical advertisement of Pizza Hut referring to the Palestinian hunger strikers.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, expresses its indignation for the vulgar, unethical campaign of “Pizza Hut” against the Palestinian Hunger Strikers.
The new advertising slogan of the Pizza Hut is “Barghouti, if you break the hunger strike, why not pizza?” addressing to the Marwan Barghouti who started hunger strike with others 1600 prisoners more that 3 weeks ago. The strikers demand the respect for the humans’ rights of the prisoners and the whole Palestinian people.
The inhuman advertising campaign is indicative of the morals of the bourgeoisie and the predatory nature of monopolies that violate every human value and right to maximize their profits. The mocking of the strikers for advertising reasons is absolutely unacceptable. This is not an isolate incident. During the 3 weeks of the strike a lot of immoral incidents took place, such as roasting meat outside the prison by far right groups.
The apology of the company spokesman is just a hypocritical statement which only shows that the marketing department of the company considers the campaign as failed and with negative impact on their profit goals.
The World Federation of Trade Unions and the international class oriented trade union movement stand on the side of the heroic Palestinian people and prisoners, express their solidarity and support to their fair struggle.
The USA role and the bombings in Syria

 

It is known all over the world that the USA, the European Union, Turkey and the Gulf monarchies have founded, financed and armed the ISIS. Their goal was dismembering Syria and founding new puppet states in order to steal the region’s wealth.

Today, with the USA bombings against Syria, the government of Trump continues the policy of the previous Presidents. Through these bombings, it supports the ISIS. It makes the situation even more dangerous for a generalized war.

The class-oriented trade union movement demands:

– The foreign troops to leave the Region

– To stop the imperialist intervention against Syria and the whole Middle East

– The wealth-producing resources of Syria belong to its people.

– The peoples of the Region are the only ones who have the right to decide freely and democratically on their present and future.

– to stop chemical weapons use by everybody

The Secretariat