(eng) Unemployment Demonstration, Sweden! (fwd)

Chris (red@iww.org)
Mon, 28 Oct 1996 10:23:20 +0100


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=46rom: malecki@algonet.se (Robert Malecki)
Newsgroups: misc.activism.progressive
Subject: Unemployment Demonstration, Sweden!
Date: 18 Oct 1996 18:29:56 GMT

=46orwarding to the lists the action in Sweden the last couple of days.
And article by the Swedish Usec. My comments to the article and an
article written recently on the situation for the unemployed!

Bob Malecki

)Unemployd march in Stockholm!
)
)More than 4.000 people, mostly unemployd unionists, marched against the
)social
)democratic government and its austerity program, here in Stockholm last
)thursday.
)Initiated by a unemployd transportationworker, mother of four children,
)the protest gained
)nationwide attention and support. Among the speakers at the
)demonstration where the
)chairman of the Transport workers union, Hans Wahlstr=F6m, and the Hans
)Karlsson from
)the union federation LO. Notably was the absens of the LO-chair, Bertil
)Johnsson, known
)to all for his steadfast support of the ruling social demokratic party.
)
)The swedish primeminister G=F6ran Persson and his minister of work,
)Margaretha Winberg, has toured Europe with their message of "severe
)cuts without unrest". Their masage was eaven used by the German
)kapital as a tool against unions and the SPD in the struggle against
)workers right to full pay for sickleave.
)
)However, the marchers in Stockholm showed another side of the coin, a
)growing sense of enough is enough among tousands of swedish
)workers, employd or unemployd. The cuts made in the one-time famous
)swedish well-fare systems have
)made workers in Sweden in a situation not known for generations in this
)country. More than 700.000 swedes are out of the normal job-market
)and the figure is rising (about 14 %). At the same time severe cuts are
)made in the unemployment system, as well as in the social secutity net,
)leaving tens of thousands on the brink of disaster!
)
)No one could miss the anger and the frustration among the marchers
)and the open distrust of the social democratic party in government.
)They listen to big buissiness and show us aside, was one of many
)comments. Im a social democrat without a party of my one said one
)sign of a worker, capturing the sentiments among many.
)
)Notably was also the awareness of the danger that EU and the
)projected single currency represent to workers. A mode for generalised
)attacks against workers rights all over Europe.
)
) At the same time the growing need for coordinated actions all over
)Europe come to life, as this manifestation where held the same day as
)the first black thursday day of action in France. As one worker said on
)national radionews: If this doesent help us to get a change, then we
)will
)opt for a solution a la France`!
)
)Goran Karrman
)
)Internationalen
)
)Stockholm

Hi Internationalen,

Thanks for the article! But pictures are unnecessary. I am unemployed
and can not afford the time for downloading pictures.

I think that you should mention that a BIG demonstration along the
same lines took place in Skellete=C2! On tuesday night 1500 people went
after Goran Perssons ass. This also was and entirely new segment of
"grass roots" rebellion to the right turn of the Social Democracy into
the camp of the bougeoisie! !500 at a demonstration in Skelleftea says
a lot about what is going on up here.

Enclosed is and article i wrote recently about a meeting on
unemployment here in Robertsfors. It is incredible the radicalization
that is taking place!

Warm Regards
Bob Malecki

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Robertsfors,Sweden

The Ticking Bomb!
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In a large sal with every seat filled, a Social Democratc
Representative of parliment met with the unemployed in this Commune in
northern Sweden.
The meeting, and atomsphere of rage and indignation by the very heart
of the Social Democratic base in the workers movement against its own
leaders...

A broad range of young and old, women and men, the grey mass of now
over 1 million (!) people in a population of 8 and a half million who
for years have supported the Social Democrats are now beginning to
move.

Immediately after the parlimentry member made her presentation
defending the present policies of the Social Democratic government,
the fireworks started. In a statement made by the author of this
article who said that the present policies of the Social Democratic
goverment are directed against the workers movement, and against the
trade unions and are policies, that they have worked out together with
the bosses has put the Social Democratc leadership on the other side
of the barricades with their guns pointed at the head of the working
class. There policies of attacking the trade union laws of "first in
last out", there cuts in unemployment, everything they have done is in
principle a direct declaration of war againt the workers movement.

Against this policy we purpose a 6 hour working day, a mobilisation of

the working class to combat unemployment. We purpose that trade union
candidates be purposed in the coming elections on a program to stop
the dismantling of the welfare state. We purpose a broad educational
program to combat the passivity of sitting home on the dole. And these
purposals are in direct contradiction to the present policies of the
Social Democratic government. Only a government with these goals in
mind will do.....

This barrage against the leadership was met by stormy applause in the
whole room!

Speaker after speaker attacked the leadership for selling out the
workers movement. For selling out the youth. For throwing women out on
unemployment. For cutting health care. For cutting in the schools.
Speaker after speaker in a growing sense of rage attacking the people
that they have voted for for years!

The Social Democratic leadership tried to counter with that she
understood all of this ,but that we have to understand that the Social
Democrats inherited the situation from the previous government.

Speaker after speaker stood up and said it is you who are passing the
anti-worker and anti-trade union legislation with your partners in the

bougeois Center Party. (A party which represents the farmers in Sweden
and who have made billions off the entry into the common market
through common market subventions to farmers in Europe).

The gap between the Social Democratic top and its working class base
as never been as large as it is today. Although the conciousness of
these social democratic workers is on the level of seeing all of the
reforms being wripped down around them and a million people out of a
job. This conciousness is economic thinking at this point. There anger
is directed at the party which they have voted for for years, as being
responsible. And rightly so!

Although these workers do not understand at present that the
leadership of there party has deserted them. They do understand what
mass unemployment and the cuts mean in everyday life for themselves
and there families.

These workers do not understand that their leaders have joined the
German push for a monetary union and a united imperialist bougeoisie
led by the Germans in europe is the goal. They do not realise that the
Social Democratic leadership of professional bureaucrats and people
who came straight out of a college somewhere have taken over the reins
of leadership. That this leadership in a few short years has taken
Sweden to the brink of a gigantic disaster of poverty and
unemployment.

But they do know that something has gone wrong. Very seriously wrong
with the politics and the leadership they have voted for. What we have

here is a broad mass of anger and frustration against the treacherous
leaders of Social Democray that has betrayed them. They demand answers

and a new political line which favors the working class.

=46or the first time in years militants who before would be laughed at
are being applauded and clapped on the back. Statements of we should
march on Stockholm and throw the whole bunch of them out and other
wise remarks were very common at this meeting.

The Social Democratic leadership no longer has a monopoly on the
workers movement. Workers are moving to the left as the situation
everyday worsens for them and the party leadership is moving to the
right. The trade union leadership feeling the pressure is somewhere in
the middle. Afraid to slap the hand that has fed them all these years
while having to face the growing rage of the working class who is
suffering the largest cuts since the depression!

The left party which is the former Euro-communist party but now say
that they are no longer communist, but "feminist" and envionmentalist
have also missed the growing rage of the swedish working class. This
turn by the former Euro- commmunist was an appeal to the present petty
bougois feminist movent and bougeois enviornmental movement. But they
have no clear answer to the millon workers who are growing angry..
Very angry. In fact the workers movement at this point is much futher
to the left then both its Social Democratic and former Euro-communist
leadership.

Only a new leadership forged in struggle with this growing army of
enraged working class people can forge the way forward. On a program
to fight for the preservation of the welfare state but also a workers
government that will go forward and crush the Swedish capitalists
dreams of a united european bourgeoisie.

=46or a workers government in Sweden as elsewhere is the only garantee
of keeping the reforms and defeating those that will take us down the
road of unemployment and starvation..

Warm Regards

Robert Malecki
Member of the Communal Workers Union in Sweden

We organise the most people in Scandinavia!

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