Call: Global May Day 2020

Worldwide we, the wage-related workers, are set in competition to support the additional value production. Regardless where we live, our gender / sex, nationality, we are interwoven in the same fight, if we want to or not. Budget cuts in social services, outsourcing, depressing wages, privatization, increasing costs of living as well as tuition fees and the destruction of natural recourses are just a few of the symptoms of the global economic system. A system that is based on exploitation and competition leads to commercialization of all aspects of our lives. We suffer from growing pressure to perform, separation, as well as the alienation of our needs and people, which we are working and living with. Be it at the workplace, university or increasingly even during childhood and youth. The logic of the market economy and the corresponding nation-state structures require that adaption to the dictate of competitiveness and the value-added production take priority over the development of emancipatory capabilities.

We do not intend to simply disrupt; we seek to overcome.

Given the transnational nature of the capitalist system, it is necessary for workers to connect on the global level.

By networking across borders, the global interconnections that shape our local conditions can be made visible. Furthermore it opens up new potentialities and scopes of action within the struggle against exploitation as well as precarious working and living conditions. The bargaining power of workers would increase tremendously, if we were to unite within the same value-added chain.

Especially in times of nationalism and racism, we seek the common struggle and resist being played off against each other.

For a better life for all – across all borders!


Note on Coronavirus epidemic

The world has been going through a serious epidemy of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and, as guided by the World Health Organization, the best ways to minimize the effects of the epidemy are social distancing and quarantine. Like all crises, the poorest workers are the most affected. Many companies force workers to keep working, consequently, prohibit the workers’ right of quarantine. Many workers are being laid off, self-employed workers, street vendors and other workers are without income. People in refugee camps and homeless people have no access to minimum sanitary conditions to help prevent a virus infection.

Faced with this scenario of several attacks on the working class, the syndicates and unions listed below and associated with the Global May Day network position themselves on these new developments and call on syndicates to take action and carry out a worldwide campaign on the following issues: 

1) For the right to quarantine for all workers who are not in essential services.  

2) Decent sanitary working conditions for all workers. 

3) For the right of basic needs to be met for all.

4) For the immediate suspension of water, electricity, cooking gas, telephone and internet bills.  

5) For the immediate suspension of rents. 

Make the rich pay for the crisis!