Category: WFTU
A song for the Workers by Keyanna Celina
| November 15, 2017 | 8:07 pm | WFTU | No comments

Solidarity with the striking workers at FIAT factory in Serbia

Friday, July 14, 2017

Solidarity with the striking workers at FIAT factory in Serbia

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/solidarity-with-striking-workers-at.html
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, stands firmly by the side of the 2.000 workers of the factory of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, automobile assembly plant in Kragujevac, Serbia, who are on strike since Tuesday 27 June 2017.
The workers have taken strike action against the intensification of work, which increased after numerous workers were dismissed from the factory, while the factory tries to produce a high number of cars per day. Their main demands also include wage increase and transport allowance.
WFTU, on behalf of the world class-oriented trade union movement, calls the working class of Serbia and internationally to support the struggle of the workers of the factory of FIAT in Kragujevac. This factory has great profits from cars production and exportation that are gained through the exploitation of its workers and through the intensification of work, with dramatic results on their health and safety.
International solidarity with FIAT workers in Serbia to continue their struggle until the satisfaction of their just demands!
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NEW COMMUNIST PARTY OF YUGOSLAVIA (NCPJ).
Dear Comrades, we wish to bring the following important matters to your attention:
Workers at the factory of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Serbian subsidiary FCA Srbija in Kragujevac are on strike over excessive workload and low wages.
The strike began on Tuesday 27 June after two days of warning protests. Two thousand blue collar workers, representing 90 per cent of the workforce, have taken strike action to demand a small wage increase, paid overtime, an end to layoffs, a reorganization of work to cut workload, and compensation for transport costs for shifts that start or finish when there in no public transport.
The core issue is the intensification of work, and low wages. Last summer, a whole shift was laid off, but the volume of work stayed the same.
Workers took strike action after management refused to negotiate.
The strike is seen as a highly significant test of Serbian workers’ ability to resist the intensification of work, and win a decent living wage. Many European auto manufacturers have shifted production to Eastern Europe, where wages are low. FCA Srbija production workers earn about 400 Euros per month. Recently, Slovakian VW workers won a significant wage increase after taking strike action.
The strike committee’s demands are as follows:
1.  Increase the minimum wage per hour from 2 to 2,40 Euros (290 dinars);
2. Improve production organization, and replace workers who are absent for maternity and paternity leave, or for long periods of illness;
3. Recognize bonuses linked both to the achievement of efficiency goals and to the recognition of bronze and silver in World Class Manufacturing principles;
4. Apply the collective bargaining agreement to both the transport allowance when working outside the standard working hours and no public transport is available (at night from 22.00 to 05.00).
The way foreign “investment” works in Serbia and neighbouring countries goes well beyond standard bourgeois exploitation. The term “investment” here has truly turned into its opposite. Most of the expenses are paid out of the state budget, leaving the private owners to accumulate more and more super-profits without any serious risk to their businesses.
The workers in Kragujevac aren’t the only ones who decided to intensify the class struggle. More and more strikes are being reported throughout Serbia and other former-Yugoslav lands. “Falk East” in Knjaževac, “Goša” in Smederevo, the Railways of the Serb Republic (Serb part of Bosnia and Herzegovina), and the list goes on… As the economic crisis deepens and the cost of living grows, the purchasing power and working conditions are deteriorating at a rapid pace. The intensification and expansion of class struggle is becoming the only way to survive.
On behalf of the rights of workers factory of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Serbian to fight for their legitimate demands, we call for international solidarity.
Please, send message of solidarity to our email.
With comradely greetings,
International Relations Section of the CC of the NKPJ.
Microsoft accumulates immense profits, starts layoff of thousands of employees worldwide

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Microsoft accumulates immense profits, starts layoff of thousands of employees worldwide

https://communismgr.blogspot.com/2017/07/microsoft-accumulates-immense-profits.html
The multinational giant Microsoft– despite its immense profits- is laying off more than 3,000 employees, with the cuts falling largely on the company’s sales force. The vast majority of layoffs will hit employees located outside the United States, although some will also be in Redmond. Greek Telecommunication & IT Workers Unions has condemned the lay offs:
The Telecommunications & Information Technology Unions of Athens, Thessaloniki, Forthnet and 360 Connect (Vodafone) members of PAME (All-Workers Militant Front) and WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions) condemn the multinational Microsoft, which announced that it will lay-off 3000-4000 from its sales departments.

The “reason” of the layoffs is the company’s decision to proceed with restructuring aiming at the further development of other services eg cloud. The use of the new possibilities offered by science and technology development under the ongoing effort the of monopolies to increase their profitability and competitiveness leads thousands of workers to unemployment, even to giant companies such as Microsoft.

The policy of layoffs in the context of restructuring to boost profitability has been followed by other IT companies around the world. In a sector of tremendous profitability, the extreme competition of business groups requires continuous sacrifices from the workers, deterioration in working conditions, wage cuts and abolition of workers’ rights.
Against the anti-workers’ policies of the business groups, workers have the weapon of organization and solidarity
We express our solidarity to the thousands of Microsoft employees and call them to coordinate our struggle, to protect our jobs and our rights
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union of Athens
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union of Thessaloniki
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union Forthnet
Telecommunications & Information Technology Union 360.
Source: PAME.
Invitation for the 3rd Pan-African Conference of WFTU Affiliates and Friends (for African Organizations only)
| July 4, 2017 | 8:38 pm | Africa, WFTU | No comments

Invitation for the 3rd Pan-African Conference of WFTU Affiliates and Friends (for African Organizations only)

Dear colleagues,

After the great success of the 17th World Trade Union Congress, WFTU is strengthening the efforts of all African trade union organizations to improve the living conditions of the workers and people of Africa. 

The World Federation of Trade Unions and and its affiliates in Nigeria have the honor to invite you to the 3rd Pan-African Conference of the WFTU Affiliates and Friends to be held in Abuja, Nigeria on July 25-27,2017. 

The theme of the Conference is: 

“TOWARDS A DIGNIFIED WORK FOR AFRICAN WORKERS” 

Each participant will have 7 minutes to speak. 

There will be simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Arabic. 

The host organization NUHPSWN will cover accommodation for three (3) nights, meals and local transports. Each participant has to cover his/her international air ticket. The venue of the Meeting is Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. All extra nights will be covered by the participants themselves. All arrivals should be scheduled on July 24th and departures on July 28, 2017. Please keep strictly this schedule.

http://www.wftucentral.org/invitation-for-the-3rd-pan-african-conference-of-wftu-affiliates-and-friends-for-african-organizations-only/

INVITATION pour la 3ème Conférence Panafricaine des affiliés et des amis de la FSM (Pour les syndicats africaines seulement)

Chers collègues,

Après le grand succès du 17ème Congrès Syndical Mondial, la FSM renforce les efforts de toutes les organisations syndicales africaines pour améliorer les conditions de vie des travailleurs d’Afrique. 

La Fédération Syndicale Mondiale et ses affiliés au Nigéria ont l’honneur de vous inviter à la 3ème Conférence panafricaine des affiliés et des amis de la FSM qui se tiendra à Abuja (Nigéria) du 25 au 27 juillet, 2017. 

Le thème de la Conférence est: 

« VERS UN TRAVAIL DIGNE POUR LES TRAVAILLEURS AFRICAINS » 

Chaque participant pourra parler pour 7 minutes. Il y aura interprétation simultanée en anglais, français et arabe. Les affiliés de la FSM au Nigéria couvrira les coûts d’hébergement pour trois (3) nuits, les repas et les transports locaux. Chaque participant doit couvrir le coût de son billet d’avion international. Le lieu de la réunion est Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. Les coûts de toutes les nuits supplémentaires seront couverts par les participants eux-mêmes. 

Toutes les arrivées devraient être programmées le 24 juillet et les départs le 28 juillet 2017. Veuillez respecter strictement ce programme.

http://www.wftucentral.org/invitation-pour-la-3eme-conference-panafricaine-des-affilies-et-des-amis-de-la-fsm/?lang=fr

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