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(en) The IWW and the World Bank

From Chuck Munson <chuck@tao.ca>
Date Wed, 15 Aug 2001 04:42:20 -0400 (EDT)


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The IWW and the World Bank

WHEREAS, the World Bank controls more investment capital, and together
with the International Monetary Fund, has more policy influence in the
world economy than any other institution; and

WHEREAS, the World Bank and IMF attempt to restructure economies for
the benefit of the employing class, and to produce for export, rather
than producing for the needs of the of the local working class; and

WHEREAS, workers throught out world resist the implementation of the
policies of the World Bank and IMF through general strikes; and

WHEREAS, the World Bank does not respect the rights of workers to
organize, and refuses to respect freedom of association; and

WHEREAS, the World Bank promotes policies that lower wages,
proliferate sweatshops, and enact repressive labor laws; and

WHEREAS, the development projects of the World Bank are
environmentally destructive and in discord with the Earth; and

WHEREAS, the policies of the World Bank aggressively promote
privatization of basic public services such as education, health care
and water; and

WHEREAS, 80% of the resources controlled by the World Bank come from
the sale of World Bank bonds to instiutional investors, such as unions
and univerisities, and these resources are used to carry out the
aforementioned destructive policies;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Industrial Workers of the World
call for abolition of the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IWW will not purchase bonds issued by
the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World
Bank). In addition, we call on workers and unions throughout the world
to do the same.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IWW calls for an immediate
cancellation of all debts owed to the World Bank

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IWW will join protests against the
World Bank, and stands in solidarity with the Anti-Capitalist
Convergence for protests in Washington, DC.  this September and
October, 2001.

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