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(en) AGAINST THE CLASS -INJUSTICE: DIRECT ACTIONS AND SOLIDARITY!

Date Mon, 01 May 2006 00:46:50 +0300


When approaching the First of May 2006, we see that the
capitalist powers are hunting every part of the globe for
increased profits and market control. The capitalists want
to “liberate” themselves from obligations towards decent
work conditions, payment and social “wages” as
pensions. But in 2006, 120 years after the fight for the 8th
hour day in Chicago, we must not forget that capitalist
development not only creates oppression, but also revolt!
At the First of May 1886 workers were striking for the
8th hour day, and the 4th of May a bomb was thrown as a
provocation. The blame was put on the anarchists.
Parsons, Fischer, Engel, Spies, Lingg Schwab, Neebe
and Fielden were arrested. Of them Parsons, Fischer,
Engel and Spies were hanged. Lingg died in prison.
These Haymarket Martyrs have since belonged to the
international proletariat, and the universal celebration of
May Day commemorates these crimes perpetrated by
defenders of "free enterprise" in the United States.

In Europe there is going on a campaign that has a
character of coordinated attacks against workers rights:
In France students and workers have been protesting the
Contrat Premiére Embauche (CPE), which during a two-
year trial period intended to fire workers under age 26
without cause. In Britain it has been a general strike
against cuts of the pensions, and in Spain there are
protests against a new Labour Law, to mention some
countries where the many attacks are going on.

A main global trend is that permanent jobs are made to
temporary ones, and that the permanent ones are less
protected. The OECD uses as many as 22 indicators to
compare the level of employment protection in different
countries. So the attacks come from the difficulty of
dismissal, procedures, and pay for no-fault individual
dismissals in regular contracts, to all the variety of
temporary work the employers can impose in the work
place.

One untold indicator of employment protection of the
OECD, is the ability of the workers to fight back. It is
not a coincidence that so many disputes are about union
busting and sacking of union activists. In Barcelona there
is for example going on a CNT-AIT strike against the
firm Mercadona, and the workers need all the solidarity
they can get: Three union delegates’ readmission, for the
improvement of the work conditions, and against
pursuits are the reasons of the strike!

Union busting is a part of today`s “race to the bottom”,
which means cutting of wages and social welfare, and
attacks on work conditions and rights. If we look at
China, which is considered to be the bottom of the race,
the minimum wages are very low. China has a
decentralized wage system where the “free zones” are
competing to attract investments. These zones are using
migrant workers from the countryside with a pass-system
of temporary work permits.

This pass-system regulates the flow of workers, letting in
more when needed and driving them out when they are
too many. When workers have accidents, get ill and/or
become too old by age, they are sent back to the
countryside. Almost all of the Chinese female migrant
workers are in their late teens or early twenties, and they
are not allowed to bring their families with them. They
are by this no “obstacles” of having extremely long
working days and weeks. Union organizing is strictly
forbidden.

The Chinese example shows that there is no end of the
“race to the bottom” and Chinese cheap labour is also an
”export product” abroad through Temporary Work
Agencies. Besides the agencies function of dividing the
work forces, they have increasingly an international and
political impact and Israel, for example, uses labour from
the Philippines, Eastern-Europe and China instead of
Palestinians because of “security” reasons. Israeli
employers confiscate the passports of for example the
Chinese workers, to avoid any organizing and protests.

Multinational corporations have spread their factories
around the world, constantly shifting them to low cost
producers in Asia or Latin-America. New technology has
facilitated faceless, speculative stock, bond and currency
traders sitting behind computer screens moving money
and investments to all parts and fields of the globe. Raw
materials, production and markets are often situated at
different places, and the system is by this sensitive for
workers actions and unstable political conditions.

Increased competition and rivalries between capitalist
powers make it necessary to control all the production
and transport chains of vital importance. This was shown
clearly on January 1st 2006, when the Russian state
company Gazprom stopped gas supplies to Ukraine after
the latter refused to pay the price demanded. The
Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict affected gas supplies to
the countries of the European Union, which receive a
total of 66 percent of their imports from Russian gas
fields.

As a part of the militarization of the energy policy, we
see that US ships are patrolling the Persian Gulf, the
Arabian Sea, the South China Sea along with other
routes to the US and its allies.US troops are guarding
gas- and oil pipelines which are spread around the globe
from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Georgia, the
training of personnel in Nigeria and Angola, and to the
repressive “Plan Colombia” where protection of oil
interests is central to gain control of a strategic region..

The most dangerous scenario for the USA is a grand
coalition of China, Russia and Iran. Putin has stated
recently that Russia will not endorse UN sanctions
against Iran unless there are proof that the nuclear
technology is used for military purposes. Both Russia an
China have taken measures against US aid to
nongovernmental organizations (NGO`s), having in mind
the recent “colour revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine and
Kyrgyzstan.

And no-one of these countries have forgotten the report
to the US Congress January the 8th 2002 which outlined
that Pentagon needed to be prepared to use new tactical
nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North
Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. Since then, Iraq has been
invaded and occupied, Russia and China have fears of
being encircled by colour revolutions, and Iran is
threatened. Every means available will be used by the
US against Iran, and regime change is on the agenda.

A regime change would secure the US access to the large
oil and gas fields, but just as important, the flow of oil
shipped through the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian
Gulf, and by this the worlds most important transport
route of energy. And a look at the map shows that “a new
Iran” would facilitate to pipe gas and oil from the
Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf and by this avoiding, or
being less dependant on, long and vulnerable routes
through Russia, Caucasus and Afghanistan.

An additionally, Iran has since 2003 been considering of
launching an Oil Stock Exchange trading oil in euros. It
has been postponed several times, but if it is
implemented, it will send chocks into the financial
world. Taking into account the huge US deficits and
weak dollar and the aggravation of costs due to the
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan etc., a successful
Iranian Stock Exchange would be a major threat.

The petrodollar trading is one of the foundations of the
US economical hegemony, and in the battle of energy it
is a question of either to control, or being controlled. The
US has also in a higher degree got serious concerns
about the fact that vital components for technology as
computers, missiles, satellites and airplanes are produced
by countries (as China) that can challenge the United
States.

We live in an increasingly more desperate and militarist
phase of capitalism. The “anti-terrorist laws we see
worldwide are used against demonstrations, strikes, and
generally against everyone that wants to fight against the
social, economical and military wars of the capitalists.
The reformist union concept of “partnership” between
capitalist and workers is not only failing, it is a suicide
for the working class in times when our enemies are
conducting a permanent war against the working class
and its rights.

Rivalries abroad go on with attacks on the “enemy
within”, and the capitalists and the states need
predictable opponents being dependent on the legal
framework, structures, and subsidies. All in order to
direct, control, reduce, split and eventually crush the
organisations. Against the increasingly assimilation of
traditional factors belonging to the opposition such as the
workers movement at a cultural, political, unionist and
social level, the IWA refuses to integrate our free
associations into the capitalist system.

There are no equal parts when the capitalists buy, sell
and cut the prices of labour, while we as workers must
obey. Capitalism makes “divide and conquer” systems in
order to let us fight against ourselves concerning
different races, sex, nationalities etc. But what
governments and employers want is not necessarily what
they get. While capitalism creates the basis for division,
it also creates the conditions for workers direct actions
and solidarity.

Solidarity means mutual aid and has no borders. The
only true “job-security” we can rely on comes from
ourselves, and the solidarity and actions we are able to
make. Direct action at work means strikes, go-slows,
working-to-rule, occupations and boycotts, and the
actions are taken when it is convenient for us as workers,
not when the binding contracts and legislation permits it.

The direct actions, propaganda and solidarity must be
based on our own strength, not on class collaboration, as
e.g. union elections to enterprise committees. Economic
independence can only be secured by members fees, not
on subsidies from the state. Federalism means that we do
not build centralist structures and funds managed by paid
union professionals.

Contrary to the reformist unions, the International
Workers Association (IWA-AIT) is fighting on an
economical, social, cultural, and anti-militarist level.. 70
years after the Spanish Revolution in 1936, we make a
call to speed up the actions against the class-injustice in
order to replace the capitalism and state by the free
federation of workers free associations - libertarian
communism!


Against the class-injustice: Direct actions and solidarity!

Long live the IWA!


Oslo the 24th of April 2006

IWA-Secretariat


http://www.iwa-ait.org
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