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(en) Anarkismo.net: Statement by the Mediterranean Union Coordination by Equipo de Trabajo para el Norte de África - CGT (ca)

Date Fri, 22 Mar 2013 22:43:17 +0200

Union organizations from Africa, America, Asia and Europe meet in Paris ---- The Confederación General del Trabajo (Spain), the Union Syndicale Solidaires (France) and the Central Sindical e Popular Conlutas (Brazil) have extended an international invitation to all organizations that consider themselves part of the combative trade union movement and see the need for social transformation to an international trade union meeting to be held in Paris from 22 to 24 March in order to work towards the coordination of alternative trade-unionism on an international level. ---- The convening organizations believe that the crisis of the capitalist system has consequences across the globe. The economic, financial, environmental and social crises are mixed and mutually reinforce each other. This global capitalist crisis shows the impasse of a form of development based on the increasingly unequal distribution of the wealth produced, on financial deregulation, on widespread free trade and on disregard for ecological imperatives.

To save the profits of shareholders and bosses and to ensure the future of the banks, global institutions (the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, etc.), governments and employers are attacking the rights of workers with increasing force.

The type of trade-unionism that our organizations support have an impact because it does not endorse pacts with the powers that be which only validate anti-social measures. The trade-union organizations have a responsibility to organize the resistance on an international level in order to build, in the struggles, the necessary social transformation of society. To build a system based on the commons, on the re-distribution of wealth among all who contribute to its creation, on the rights of working people and on ecologically sustainable development.

The international meeting has set the following objectives:

To implement, over time, union solidarity actions focused on one or two countries.

To participate in a unified and coordinated manner in order to support existing international struggles and campaigns: support for the Palestinian people, recognition of independent trade unionism in North Africa and the Middle East, against the military occupation of Haiti, against the European treaties that impose austerity, for the right of all peoples to decide their future, etc.

To strengthen and expand international work in the various labour sectors (transportation, education, call centres, industry, commerce, healthcare, etc.) and inter-professional issues (women's rights, immigration, housing, ecology, health and work, etc.).

Decide together the materials necessary for the success of our joint projects.
The organizers declare that by holding this meeting they do not intend to declare the establishment of a new international organization. Rather, it seeks to strengthen, expand and streamline a network of combative, democratic, independent, alternative and internationalist trade-unionism.
Confederal Press Office of the CGT



We previously mentioned the meeting of the Mediterranean Union Coordination which took place in Tangier on 23 February 2013, with the participation of the Moroccan National Federation of Workers and Officials of Local Collectives (FNFOCL-UMT), National Federation of Education Workers (FNE-UMT) and National Federation of Agricultural Workers (FNSA-UMT), the Spanish CGT, the French CNT, the Association of Unemployed Graduates of Morocco (ANDCM) and the Union of Unemployed Graduates of Tunisia (UDC). Solidaires (France), the Algerian unions SNAPAP (National union of public service personnel) and CLA (Council of High-School Students of Algeria) and USI (Italy) sent messages apologizing for their absence.

Here is the text of the final statement issued by the meeting.

Statement from the meeting of the Mediterranean Union Coordination

Tangier, 23 February 2013

The network of Mediterranean trade unions meeting in Tangier on 23 February 2013, takes note of the fact that the capitalist crisis is being used everywhere as a pretext to carry out wild dismissals in every country, for violent repression of the trade union and social movement and for the privatization of public services. With the exploitation of the working class continuing to increase throughout the world, we can only reaffirm the need to better coordinate the anti-capitalist social forces who are struggling at this time on all fronts.
The combative unions in Morocco continue the struggle against repression by the powers, together with all those who can work within certain trade union organizations to counter the government attack on the social and economic gains and rights of the working class. In this situation, the Coordination asks for support for the national strike and demonstration called for the 28 February by the combative trade union movement in Morocco.

Elsewhere, students, workers and unemployed workers are having to suffer the misery of prison for having participated in demonstrations. All demonstrations and protests in general are violently repressed. One student from Fez fell victim to this repression, murdered by the security forces on 26 January. Trials are held without any guarantee of fairness. The examples of the Sahrawi of Azikim Igdz, students and youth of the 20 February Movement, are a clear illustration.

The Coordination confirms its support for the 20 February Movement which enters its third year of struggle, fighting for a national policy of democratic opening and for dignity and social justice for the Moroccan people.

In Tunisia, we are witnessing an increase in attacks on trade unionists and activists in the social movements which have culminated in the murder of the militant Choukri Belaïd, an act which the Coordination strongly condemns. The members of the network reaffirm their solidarity with the Tunisian people who are struggling in order to achieve the objectives of their revolution. We also bring our solidarity to the militants of the UDCT (Union of Unemployed Tunisian Graduates) who carry on a harsh struggle to organize themselves against poverty and unemployment.

The network strongly condemns the improper expulsion and inhuman treatment reserved for militants of the unemployed workers' organizations in Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania by the Algerian regime, who were invited by the SNAPAP to a preparatory meeting for the creation of the North African Union of Unemployed Workers.

In Europe, the situation in Spain, Italy and Greece demonstrates all the violence that can be ranged by the capitalist system in order to provide for itself at thecost of the workers. The struggles of the working class in Europe show the desire not to remain passive and to build an adequate response.

Translation by FdCA - International Relations Office.
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