To Build a Fighting Coordination of the International Alternative Trade Unionism
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Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:20

The International Meeting, held in May after the Congress of the CSP-Conlutas in Brazil, approved the unified statement transcribed below. The present organizations are going to convene a new International Meeting in March 2013 in Paris, France.

We want to strengthen and develop with all workers including all those who are exploited or oppressed across the world. That means building a structure that can unify all unions, communities or youth sectors, that is, a worldwide independent alternative to confront all means of capitalist attacks and that does not accept the conciliatory logic of the traditional bureaucratic organizations. We call on all who struggle and resist, so that we can get together to build international unity and solidarity, based upon proletarian internationalism.  

Unity to face the crisis

We understand that it is essential, facing the economic crisis, to build our international unity in order to coordinate and unify our fights. Whether or not affiliated to a central union or an international organization, we call on all who are struggling to build this international unity, so necessary to fight back the imperialist plans.

We should deepen our sharing of experiences, and also debate freely and democratically our conceptions and points of view in order to push forward a Coordination of independent and alternative sectors. We want to build a network to develop solidarity and unity actions and organise united campaigns and initiatives, as well as sharing our fights, actions and experiences as a step towards strengthening international unity.

International Meeting

We call for an international meeting of union and community groups, independent and alternative organizations, to take place in March 2013, in Paris, France in order to advance our debate and understanding of the reality and the unity of our struggle.

Confront the attacks

The imperialist economic crisis repeats and increases because of a deepening of the contradictions of the production system, of exploitation and oppression.

The biggest crisis since 1929 is deep and it touches all aspects of peoples’ lives globally. For the employers and their governments, is necessary a real social war: brutal attacks against our rights and social services; appropriation of natural resources with catastrophic environmental consequences; robbery of public funding; the destruction and privatization of public services; unemployment for generations of youth and the loss of social care, pensions and other conquests. All of this is to guarantee money to the multinational banks and companies.

To impose their plans they are using all means necessary to guarantee their project, that is, all means of repression that the relationship of forces allows them: criminalization by suing, imprisoning and the permanent repression against all who fight and confront their plans; military occupations and interventions to guarantee their project; by using all oppressions and prejudices to divide us, such as xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, racism and so on.

There are all kind of concrete consequences: cuts to education and health care budgets across the world; military occupation of Haiti and Afghanistan; attempts to intervene in the Arab Spring process with troops and occupation; the food crisis as a result of monopolising rural production; the increasing appropriation of natural resources and environmental degradation; a brutal regression of universal social policies such as education, health care, pensions and other public services; the imposition of all kinds of prejudice and oppression, like racism, sexism and xenophobia, which gains fascist contours in relation to immigrants due to the deepening crisis.

The effects of the crisis are not felt in the same way all around the world. Economic growth continues in Latin America, China and other countries, but we must not perceive this as something in contradiction to the imperialist economic crisis. It must be understood as a product of different rhythms inside the same imperialist economic crisis. Those regions still offer better conditions for investment, such as low wages, new markets, etc. allowing a bigger extraction of surplus value at this moment.

It is important for those who want to fight and resist to understand these peculiarities, so as not to put an equal sign between different situations. On the other hand, it is important at the same time to understand that reality is a totality in which exploitation and appropriation of both public and natural resources are increasing. This allows us to maintain our class and international policy to fight against the international imperialist order.

Fighting back

Our class is also trying to fight and resist across the world: from the general strikes of the Greek people to the mobilizations of the Chilean students; from the strikes in China to the square occupations of the Arab people to end the dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and so on; from the heroic struggle of the Palestinians to the mobilizations of the indigenous peoples of Latin American in defence of water and natural resources; from the youth demonstrations in the Spanish State to the Occupy movements of the United States; from the general strikes in Spain, Portugal and France to the community movement in Mozambique against the effects of the multinational mining companies and to the immigrant struggles across the world.                           

The Arab Spring defeated and ended decades of dictatorships through mass action and has refreshed our movements by highlighting the possibility of victory from our mobilization. Therefore it is imperative that we support the Arab and North African peoples in their fight against dictators, as well as denouncing and rejecting any kind of imperialist military intervention in those regions. These mobilizations, along with the heroic Palestinian struggles, might lead to the defeat of the Zionist State of Israel and the imperialist plans. This would have very deep consequences in the whole international situation.

The bankruptcy of the leadership

Unfortunately, capitalist governments across the world depend upon the collaboration of the majority of union and popular leaderships to impose their austerity plans. Bureaucratic organizations have no democracy in which workers can decide how to fight and resist. Despite their speeches, these bureaucracies negotiate and accept pacts and austerity plans in the capitalist logic. That´s why they refuse to build the unity of male and female workers and of exploited and oppressed sectors around the world. The role played by them, of not supporting, coordinating or unifying struggles is clear in the European situation, where general strikes and national demonstrations happen all the time, but the traditional bureaucratic organizations limit themselves to head them in order to better control the struggles.

A new leadership

In this process many attempts to create new expressions of organization for struggle have appeared. Attempts to recover democracy in which the rank and file not only fight but also make decisions; in which our struggles will not be led into pacts and negotiations in favour of capital; where our unity can be rebuilt inside the fights.  These are attempts to build union movements, popular movements, struggles for land or occupations, struggles in defence of indigenous peoples for their territories and cultures, and also the struggles of the unemployed, the youth and against all kinds of oppression and prejudice and against military intervention, for the right of organization and demonstration, in defence of environment. There are so many struggles to be held!

This process of recovering fighting organizations against class collaboration - independent from the bourgeoisie and plenty of worker democracy – can take different forms in each country, depending upon their reality and history.

Our organizations are committed to strengthening the fights of resistance and also to develop a class, anti-oppressive/exploitative, anti-imperialist program, in defence of working and social rights, in defence of natural resources, in favour of all organizing experience in which workers democracy is day-to-day practice with the participation of the rank and file. We are doing this in order to build another social and economic order that will strongly deny all kinds of exploitation and oppression.

Organizations that subscribe this Manifesto:

CSP Conlutas (Brazil); Union Syndicale Solidaires (France); RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (UK); Federación de los Sindicatos Independientes (Egypt); Batay Ouvriye (Haiti); CCT - Confederación de la Clase Trabajadora (Paraguay); CGT - Central General de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras (Costa Rica); ANEL - Assembleia Nacional dos Estudantes Livre (Brazil), CONES - Coordinadora Nacional de Estudiantes Secundarios (Chile), FEUCR - Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica); COBAS - Sindicato de Comisiones de Base (Spanish State); CUB - Confederazione Unitaria -Base (Italia); FENADAJ, Alianza de Trabajadores de la Salud y Empleados Públicos (Chile); SYNTRASESH - Syndicat National des Travailleurs des Services de la Santé Humaine (Benin); Syndicat Unique des Travailleurs des Transports Aériens et Activités Annexes (Senegal); ISIS - Housing Assembly, ILRIG, GIWUSA (South Africa); APUHL - Asociación de Profesionales Universitarios del Hospital Larcade (Argentina); ANDES-SN, Sindicato da Construção Civil (PA/CE), Metalúrgicos de São José dos Campos (SP), Petroleiros – (RJ/SE), Sintect (PE), Sintusp (SP), Simpere (PE), Municipais de Porto Alegre (RS), Sindjustiça (CE), Federação Sindical e Democrática dos Metalúrgicos (MG), Sindess (MG), Sintrajud (MA) (Brazil); University and College Union Liverpool University, Liverpool TUC, Asylum Voice Liverpool, Liverpool Guild of Students, Liverpool University, NUS University College London (UK); Sindicato Cervecero Kunstmann, Sindicato Frival, Sindicato Kunstmann, de Valdívia (Chile); SINDEU – Sindicato de Empleados y Empleadas de la Universidad de Costa Rica e Sindicato de Salud y la Seguridad (Costa Rica); UNITE – Community Casa Branch NN567 (UK); Sindicato de la Niñez, Sindicato de Periodistas, Sindicato de Trabajadores Club Centenario, Si­trasenavitat (Paraguay); Sindicato de Trabajadores Celima, Sindicato Nacional de Backus y Johnston, Sindicato Unitario de Trabajadores Mineros, SUTE-13 Sin­dicato de Trabajadores de la Educación – Villas María del Triunfo(El Salvador), SUTE-14 Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Educación – S. J. Miraflores/Lima (Peru); SUTTAAA ; Centro Federado de la Facultad de Psicología (Peru); IAAR – Encuentro Internacional de Trabajadores de Ensambladoras de Automóviles (Germain); Defensoría Popular – Derechos Humanos (Chile); Émancipation  – Tendance Syndicale Lutte de Classe (France); Espacio Clasista – Agrupación 1886 – SUINAV (Uruguay).

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