Tens of warm messages congratulating WFTU for its 70 years of militant and internationalist struggle have arrived from all corners of the world. The Trade union Organizations affiliates and friends of the WFTU underline the significant contribution of the WFTU thoughout the seven decades of its existence in their national struggles for the rights of the working people against imperialism and exploitation. The role of the WFTU in the strengthening of the internationalist solidarity is central in all congratulatory letters. At the same time, all final preparations are taking place for the organizing of activities around the world tomorrow, October 3rd, 2015.
The first day of the WFTU central activity concluded. The Delegates form more than 40 countries of the world this morning in Brazil discussed about Geopolitics, CELAC (Community of Latin American States and Caribbean) and Transatlantic Association of Trade and Investment.
In the evening the Congress continued with the topic: “The challenges of trade unionism: WFTU 70 years: challenges, struggles and history”, where the General Secretary of WFTU, George Mavrikos gave a speech on the 70th anniversary of WFTU.
The Staff side of the Central Government Employees has decided to postpone the Indefinite Strike decided from 23rd November 2015,in view of the latest developments, including the Bihar elections, delay in submission of report etc. The strike may be organised during the Budget session in 2016, if the demands are not met by then.
On October 2, the USB has called a local strike, in Rome, with a demonstration that will start in the afternoon, from the Coliseum. The struggle day is called to defend the public goods and services against the projects of privatization and exploitation followed by the Major of Rome Ignazio Marino. Marino according with the government Renzi is following the lines of EU that impose the sale of the public services to the private big companies. The Prefecture and Police have punctually forbidden the demonstration. It’s the second ban of demonstrations in only 2 weeks, to which are added the bans of strike of the local transport called by USB. There’s is a heavy air in the City as in the rest of the country; many workers are expecting the third and umpteenth ban of strike. This climate is well represented by lynching of the Coliseum’s workers for an authorized a trade union meeting, scheduled by time. The attacks moved by Renzi against the right of strike and the trade union, underlines like the drastic reduction of democracy is one of the legs of these economic reforms and privatizations. To justify the sale of the public services to the private companies the Junta of Rome and the Government have launched a campaign against the workers, defined as slackers, and against the idea of the public property of the sector like transport, water, energy, waste, kindergarten and other services or needs, branding it as inefficient and expensive. It isn’t an Italian question, Started from Bruxelles with the support of the capitalistic groups a violent campaign against the workers and the class oriented trade unions, now is marching in each European country. Through newspapers, televisions lawyers, pseudo-intellectuals together with businessmen, politicians and the accomplices Trade Unions of ITUC are supporting the construction of the EU’s Cage, on the worker exploitation. We can’t accept the ban of struggle! We will lead in the streets along to the workers of the services: the suburbs affected by the cuts, and the weaker sectors of the city from the We can’t accept the ban of struggle! We will lead in the streets along to the workers of the services: the suburbs affected by the cuts, and the weaker sectors of the city from the homeless to the unemployed, migrants to young precarious.
The demonstration of October 2 is our better way to remember the 70 anniversary of the WFTU classist and internationalist, together with our comrades, brothers and sisters that are struggling in the world.
Rome, 29 September 2015
USB International Department