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(en) Czech, AFED: May Day without celebrations - Due to the situation today, we are not on the streets, but we carry the legacy of the May Day tradition.

Date Wed, 6 May 2020 05:27:20 +0300


It's May Day - Labor Day - a day to commemorate Chicago workers' struggle for eight hours of work. Chicago workers were persecuted by repressive forces for their views and demands, and some were even executed in accordance with the wishes of the then ruling class. No wonder, because they stood up to this class with a demand to alleviate exploitation. And many of them did not even hide their anarchist views, which proclaimed the eventual demise of social injustice and oppression. They have indelibly entered the history of the workers' movement. ---- Today we are in a specific situation of global crisis caused by the spread of coronavirus. Politicians are trying to lie to us that we are all the same. But the reality is different. How can we be in the unimaginable social inequality in society, where the percentage of the richest has twice as much wealth as the rest of humanity combined. If we look at the news from the United States, in five weeks, since the beginning of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, more than 26 million people have lost their jobs there. In the same period, however, the wealth of American billionaires has grown by almost ten percent.

As in the case of the economic crisis of 2008, it can be expected that those who need it again will apply for the rescue again. If the system of capitalist exploitation is to be maintained, the elite must be retained in order to preserve its wealth and, if possible, to value it through the crisis.

This corresponds to the view of many workplaces. Although it is recommended to use protective equipment and to keep a distance, in many operations workers must be in close contact and must provide protective equipment themselves if they wish to do so. It has also shown the impact of the policy of cuts on health, which in many countries is now struggling with the problems that are once again affecting workers.

However, we are not just demanding that the richest give up part of their profits in favor of a society suffering from the crisis or that employers ensure the greatest possible level of safety in the workplaces, or stop production. What we want is the removal of the privileged class. This also means removing the unprivileged class. We don't want crumbs that fall off the richest from the mouth. We do not want a larger part of the cake, which is created by the work of the working people, but almost the whole is screwed up by the economic elites. We want the whole bakery!

The intervention of coronavirus showed the solidarity potential of society. He showed that we can take care of each other without the mediation of political embarrassments. It is now up to us whether we ask for something or start taking what belongs to us. We will not find our dignity in working for capital. On the contrary, the principle of wage labor deprives us of it.

Our alternative is free work, which we decide on in its entirety. Free work based on our real needs and developing our potential. Free work that benefits ourselves, our communities and society as a whole. Free work, which has nothing to do with capitalist booty, which hurts people and nature.

Against the state and capitalism!

We demand freedom, self-government and social justice!

Related links:
Don't pass! (2019)
May Day 2018 (2018)
Good job? (2017)
May Day Bulletin (2017)
May Day (2016)
Walk through Prague (2016)
From Below - May Day Special (2014)
A3: Labor Day: Is What to Celebrate? (2014)
May Day speech C SAF (2013)
May Day Action Days (2012)
Anarchist May Day (2011)
Looking back on Anarchist May Day (2010)
A3: Let's not be "sales whores"! (2010)
May Day speech of the CSAF (2009)
A3: May 1, 2009 (2009)
May Day Manifestations of Anarchist Groups (2008)
Traditions of Anarchist May Days in Bohemia (2008)

https://www.afed.cz/text/7164/prvni-maj-bez-oslav
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