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(en) IWA Circular

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 6 Dec 2003 12:25:00 +0100 (CET)

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A year ago we saw the buildup to the Iraq war and the wrangling in the
UN Security Council about the weapons inspections. These
agreements between the US and Russia, France and Germany, were
only the cover of the underlying roots of the conflict: The imperialist
battle of present and future oil resources, the control of competitors,
the price mechanism, and the currencies of oil transactions and

Today, the US is stuck in Iraq, “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
are not found, and the occupation forces are facing rising casualties. A
recent CIA report to the White House warns “that a growing
number of Iraqis are losing faith in the US-led coalition”. The US
plans to use the UN as an “escape route”, but this “escape
route” will not be efficient, as long as the main controversies
between the imperialist powers about the Iraqi oil and oil reserves are

This Circular is written during the visit of President Bush to Great
Britain. The Sunday Times of the November 7th described one main
issue to be discussed: ”Stung by French and German opposition to
America`s conduct in the Iraq war, the president is worried that the EU
has embarked on a path that will create a superstate, challenging
US-authority”. The proposed draft of a new EU constitution is
considered by the US as a step in the this direction. The draft gives
greater powers to the executive branches of the EU and national
governments in the areas of foreign, defence and security policy.

A 21st Century styled Cold War is going on between the capitalist
powers. The US is facing possible record steel sanctions from the EU,
Japan, China, South Korea, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and
Brazil. Next year the EU implements the 10 new member states, and
the EU population becomes 500 million. The US policy is to expand
their interests through the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), in
order to have 24 countries with 800 million people under Uncle Sam`s
thumb. These negotiations are soon to be in Miami, and ironically it was
de Lozada`s Bolivia that formerly was chosen to chair the FTAA`s
working group on “civil society” to gather input from labour and
social movements organizations.

We enclose in this Circular information about the important events in
Bolivia last month. A mass uprising and general strike drove President
de Lozado to resign (and to Miami) over his efforts of continuing the
plundering of the Bolivian people by exporting natural gas to the U.S.A.
During the uprising and killings we asked the FORA-AIT to pass
information about the situation in Bolivia, and material was sent to the
Sections and Friends by e-mail.

And concerning Latin America, study the material from Mexico,
Venezuela, Cuba and Guatemala and from IWA comrades in Chile,
Colombia (brief notice) and Brazil. Note that there is a group in
Guatemala that wants to receive information and material about the
IWA. Is is extremely important to strengthen the IWA in Latin America
by supporting the Sections and Friends in their intentions of
re-organizing the ACAT.

The attacks against the working class and its rights are going on in a
large scale. Workers have to react on all attacks, and in this
perspective (and others), the general strike in Italy on the November
7th convoked by the USI-AIT and the CUB, was a great success. The
USI-AIT statement “Pensions, war and rights: it is time for a
general strike and time for a union riot” has been spread and put at
the IWA web-site. An information from the USI-AIT says that some
estimates speak about as many as 1.5 million participants of the
general strike.

We ask you to pay maximal attention to the “Thessaloniki 7”.
They and many others were arrested the 21st of June during the EU
Summit in Thessaloniki (Greece). These seven are still held in prison,
and five of them, including Carlos (a Spanish CNT member), are on a
hunger strike in protest against the false allegations and bad treatment.
The prisoners in Thessaloniki are in a very critical state, and we
strongly repeat the appeal from the Spanish CNT-AIT of sending
protests and taking actions.

The increased repression in the EU against protestors, squatters and
anarchists, must be seen in the view of the plans made to counter
protests. The reaction of the EU to the protests in Gothenburg and
Genova are, according to Statewatch (http://www.statewatch.org),
contained in the “Conclusions” of a specially called meeting of
the “EU Justice and Home Affair Council” from 13th of July
2001. This was followed by a process of redefinition of
“terrorism”, and a proposal to bring together national
para-military police units to deal with future EU Summits and other
international meetings held in the EU.

Of other issues, we have enclosed the material from the All Pakistan
Federation of United Trade Unions (APFUTU). They ask for
information about the IWA and say that they are “very interested in
affiliation with your union on the international level”. Some months
ago the Spanish CNT-AIT passed us an invitation they had got from the
APFUTU to a conference against child labour in Pakistan. We were
unfortunately not able to travel, but now the APFUTU maintain contact.
The Secretariat and the CNTE have received an invitation to a women
conference in Gujrat (Punjab) from the 7th to 8th of March 2004.

In Bangladesh there have been killings and injuring of garments
workers, support for the NGWF campaign against the extremely poor
working conditions at the Karnaphuli fabrics LTD, and a campaign for
the garments workers festival bonus. (…) We also got a request from
the NSEF, but have not received the reply of further information.

Of other material, see that the FAU has success with the web-site
(http://www.fau.org) and the mobilizations to the Red and Black block
in the demonstration that was in Berlin against “Agenda 2010”.
Note also the e-mail from the Local Federation of Tarragona of the
Spanish CNT-AIT. They say that the reply from the EU to the IWA is
really interesting in the present situation of the campaign against the
Spanish Water Plan.

Additionally there is now an unofficial IWA web -site in Poland.
(http://www.iwa-msr.prv.pl), and notice our reply to the request from
the Poznan group of the Workers Initiative of the Polish Anarchist
Federation. The IWA-Secretariat has also sent a support by e-mail to
the striking workers at the University of Duluth, Minnesota. The
appeal, and information about the strike, was passed to us by the
“Action IWA”, a group which we understand consists of former
members of the IWA.

As you know, the IWA-Section in the U.S.A was the Workers
Solidarity Alliance (WSA), and then the “US Section of the
IWA” after its name change. The “US Section of the IWA”
had hard clashes with the “WSA- New York”, and disaffiliated
from the IWA with effect from the 1st of February 2002, because they
felt they did not have enough support in the IWA against the
“parallelist activities of the WSA-New York”. (See former
Circulars and the protocol from the Manchester IWA- Plenary in
January 2002)

If you read Circular 1- January-2003 and the enclosed e-mail you see
that the “WSA” claims to be perceived as an IWA member, but
the conclusion is clear: The IWA does not have a Section (or Friend
group) in the U.S.A. Neither the “Action IWA” nor the
“WSA” are IWA members. If an organization wants to be a
member of the IWA, it must apply for membership in order to have the
application treated by the next IWA Congress. The next IWA Congress
will be in Granada (probably late 2004), and when we receive the exact
dates, we will communicate the necessary information to the Sections
and Friends.

At last, but not less important, we want you to study the material from
Chile and COB- Brazil and the hard criticism of the activities of the
“platformist” organizations working through so-called
“anarchist federations” in Latin America. Many of them are also
members of the “Solidaridad Internacional Libertaria” (SIL) set
up by CGT, SAC, Vignoles etc. in Madrid 2001.

The CGT, SAC, Vignoles, SUD and various Italian unions have also
had the “3rd Encounter of Alternative Syndicalism” in
Barcelona from the 3rd to 5th of October 2003. Before the conference
the CGT, SAC and the Vignoles had a special “Red-Black”
meeting discussing future co-operation. The Vignoles said they had
contacts in Belgium and Greece. In Belgium there is now an
organization called CNT, and it presents itself in the Vignoles paper
(copy enclosed) by saying that they ”are working for the coming
future international organisation”!

So finally in this Circular the only logical appeal to pass is that we must
speed up defending and strengthening the International Workers
Association (IWA) and anarchosyndicalism in all fields!

Oslo the 19th of November 2003

With anarchosyndicalist greetings on behalf of the IWA-Secretariat

General Secretary


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