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(en) Australia, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group - May Day Statement

Date Mon, 01 May 2006 11:04:14 +0300

On May Day, 1 May, the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group held a picnic and
distributed leaflets to > passers-by at the 8 Hour Monument near the Victorian
Trades Hall building in Melbourne, Australia.
The leaflets were well received. The text is reproduced below.
In Solidarity, -- A. for MACG.
May Day 1886
In the US city of Chicago, the union movement is boisterous and militant. Its
political leanings are mostly Anarchist. As part of their campaign for an 8
hour working day, the unions call for a strike on 1 May. At a workers’ rally
soon after, a bomb is thrown at police. Four Anarchist trade union organisers are
framed for the crime and hanged; another spends 6
years in prison. In memory of their sacrifice, and to
further the struggle for workers’ rights and the 8
hour day, May Day becomes an international workers’

May Day 2006

In Melbourne, we face an Australian government which
is bent on crushing the union movement and putting end
to workers’ struggles. Weakened by decades of
bureaucratic control and opportunist sell-outs, the
labour movement is smaller and weaker than it has been
for decades. Now the Government thinks it can move in
for the kill, but the savage new “WorkChoices”
legislation has begun to shake the working class out
of its paralysis. We may yet show Howard that he has
bitten off more than he can chew.

We are strong, not weak

In their arrogance, the capitalists are blind to the
fact that they are creating their own gravediggers -
the international working class. With the rapid
spread of industrialisation across Asia, and
particularly China, there are now more wage workers
than at any time in history and more members of
independent trade unions than ever before. With
communications technology integrating the economy of
the whole world, production now requires the
international co-ordination of labour. The world is
in our hands; we only need to grasp it.

Workers of the world, unite!

The hired mouthpieces of capitalism say “communism” is
dead, but they are wrong. Communism did not die with
the fall of the USSR; all that perished was that gang
of thugs who used the name to disguise their
bureaucratic tyranny. The open road to communism
beckons us on to a society grounded on the principle
“from each according to their ability, to each
according to their need”, a society where there is no
State and no capitalism. Today in Australia,
Anarchist workers join in struggle with workers around
the world to defend what we still have and to pursue
our vision of a world where poverty and oppression are
nightmares of the past.

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
PO Box 2120 Lygon St North
East Brunswick 3057
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