Global May Day 2023
Week of Action: April 26th – May 3rd
Call to Action
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Working class communities worldwide face a continuing negative spiral of poverty and crippling debt. In some regions growing anger and rage fuel strikes, protests, and industrial actions at the workplace. Workers are challenging the false narrative that we are powerless to determine our future.
Increasing energy and food prices hit many homes hard, particularly of low waged workers. People who already live on or below the poverty line. For many the only choice is between heating and eating as the economic hardship intensifies.
Successive governments throughout the world continue to work against the interests of our class. Business people, landlords, factory owners and investors – as part of the ruling class – ensure their own power and wealth is protected at the expense of people of the working class and the environment.
The ideology of continuous economic growth dictates everything.
The crumbs they throw at us when their backs are against the wall due to organised counter-pressure, are given in order to silence and distract us from the real enemy: The capitalist system. It makes us sick and keeps many in poverty, while prisons swell and we are expected to pay and fight for imperialist wars.
The introduction of laws to restrict protest and reduce workers’ rights that were fought hard for through countless workplace struggles, is designed to derail any effective working class fight.
Our anger must not be diverted down dead ends which seek to replace one set of puppets with another, nor with any system reforms that seek to rehash the same failed methods as before. For ourselves, there can be no ceasefire in class war.
Our objective is the abolition of the wage system and of capitalism itself. We struggle for the creation of a world organised by and for our class, one that works in harmony with the earth.
We do not intend to simply disrupt; we seek to overcome.
We are convinced that what is required now is the creation of organised workplace and community resistance, increasing solidarity locally and globally to effectively achieve our goals both in the short and longer term.
Actively building grassroots resistance in our unions, in the workplace, on picket lines and on the streets; on the front lines where workers are mobilising.
All over the world, we revolutionaries, syndicalists and workers should organize the struggle within respective unions in solidarity, using proven tactics like those of mutual aid, direct action and self-organization.
Together we have a world to win! Unionise the fight!
#globalmayday2023 #unionisethefight #1world1struggle
To print you can also download the call here.
For an overview of activities last year go here.
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CALL: Globalise the fight – Solidarity with Garment Workers in Bangladesh
Together with 11 other labour federations the Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center (GWTUC) is calling for international support in their fight for an increase of the minimum wage from currently 8 000 BDT to 25 000 BDT – an increase of more than 200%. This would be a mile stone for more than 4 million workers in garment factories across Bangladesh. We can support this struggle by expressing our solidarity and pressuring brands in our malls and shopping streets, which source exactly from those factories exploiting the workers.
Go here for more info.
Online film event – May 3rd (6pm UTC)
More on this to be published soon –
Watch this space for details!