FISE Denounces the State Services Invade in Trade Unions Offices
FISE, the World Federation of Teachers Union, denounces the raid of the Greek IRS services, with a prosecutor’s order, carried out at the offices of the Piraeus Teachers’ Union (ELME Piraeus).
During the raid, the state agencies seized material from the trade union, such as the computer – with the data of all members of the union – and demanded data such as:
- minutes of the Union’s Board meetings
- minutes of the Union’s Meetings (which include the speeches of each employee)
- the list of names of all colleagues who received assistance by the Solidarity Fund of the Union
This is an unacceptable and unprecedented event, aimed at intimidating and controlling the trade union movement.
Unions are not enterprises. Their operation is determined by their statutes, which provide for their control procedures and the rules for managing and justifying all decisions and, of course, their finances.
The economic activities and decisions of the Unions are checked and approved by the employees themselves and the organs of the Unions over time. The Union is public and open to every colleague, every member! The revenue of this Union comes only from the subscriptions of its members. It does not own property, it does not employ workers, nor does it have any income from commercial activities.
What and who is behind this action, what interests and what is their goal is not difficult to understand.
This development is a continuation of the escalation of persecution and intimidation tactics against the militant trade union movement of Greece
FISE supports the Piraeus Teachers’ Union (ELME Piraeus) who immediately held a protest at the Prosecutor’s Office while denounces this dangerous development for the trade union movement.
Big protests by pupils and students in Italy
FISE salutes the demonstrations in more than 50 cities across Italy, which were organized on Friday, the 12th of October 2018 by pupils and students voicing the words: “Government of change? Lies! It’s of repression and explotation. We need to regain our future!”, as to condemn the “cut of costs”, which is set as priority by the government of “Lega” – “5 star movement” (M5S) and has led to another shrinking of the state funding of Education.
In Rome, the demonstration ended up outside of the Ministry of Education and the protesters denoounced the “savings”, that lead to new deterioration of the educational conditions, especially for the hundreds of thousands young people of the working class families. They criticised the claims of the government that she is supposedly different than her predecessors.
The students and pupils demand a raise of funding, especially regarding the textbooks and the transport of pupils, but also regarding the quality of the school buildings. The condemn the cut of state funding and the plans of the government to install security cameras in the schools.
They also criticise the obstacles that the government sets in educating the children of immigrants and refugees, who have seeked for shelter in Italy and are also being used for the inner imperialistic and bourgeois rivalry.
Athens, 12th October 2018
FISE condemns the state surpression against worker demonstration and the arrests of syndicalists in Zimbabue.
On Thursday, the 11th of October, police force in Zimbabue attacked and arrested 33 syndicalists, in an attempt to stop the demonstrations of the workers against the new taxes.
FISE condemnd the arrest of the syndicalists in Zimbabue and demands their immidiate release.
Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU) has demanded for end of extension and Adhocism Culture in Higher Education Sector
On the eve of World Teachers’ Day Malik Ali Umar Awan President (PNFTYU) said that when the world was paying Tribute to the Teaching Fraternity for the role they play in an Educated Society — hundreds of Teachers running community schools in far-off areas were sitting under the open sky in the Federal capital He demanding to increase their salaries and announce their service structure. He said that Thousand of Teachers, both men and women, hailing from different cities have been staging a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in to impress on the relevant authorities the urgency of their concerns. He said that they have not been paid for the past seven months and have been working for years without any service structure; hence there is no concept of promotion or upgrade. Around 13,300 Teachers work in the non-formal primary education programme called Basic Education Community Schools (BECS), Teachers at these schools have been demanding their rights for years but are still without any job security while working on the meager salaries of Rs8,000 per month — around half the minimum wage. Fix by the Government of Pakistan
(Malik Ali Umar Awan )
Pakistan national Federtaion of Trade Unions (PNFTU)
World Federtaion of Trade Unions (WFTU)