More than 25 picketings were held in all the main districts
Message of Solidarity March 8th 2019, International Women’s Day
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Warmest Greetings from WFTU Regional Office in the Middle East!
As you know that all around the world today women are coming together to celebrate International Women’s Day. We all join the women around the world to voice out their demands and fight to achieve better conditions and comfortable life as women. This is a day to draw attention to women’s need for equality.
It was at the 1910 on the event of International Conference in Copenhagen that German leader Clara Zetkin first raised the idea of organizing an International Working Women’s Day to mark the important victories of women workers in the United States and to provide a focus for women around the world to organize public actions to win the right to vote.
As a labour international movement we at WFTU renew our commitment to organize collectively until all women are free from the oppressions and discrimination. In the region of the Middle East, women in particular have suffered tremendous results because of the imperial interventions of USA, EU and the Zionist entity occupations in this strategic area. We are committed to empower women at the areas of conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Libya to actively participate in building their societies since they are the caretakers who bravely hold the responsibility of reconstructing their communities and raising the new generations. We are very much confident that International Women’s Day can be an occasion to unite our struggle and make strong links and develop our strong solidarity and unity to overcome the problems which working women are facing. We believe that we will win this unjust system.
WFTU extends solidarity to women around the world and we wish them great success and achievements in this struggle
WFTU Middle East Regional Office Director
Dr. Adnan Azzouz
The World Federation of Trade Unions honors the International Working Women’s Day on 8th March 2019, under the slogan:
“The WFTU against all forms of inequality, against all forms of exploitation”.
162 years after the first uprising of women textile workers in 1857 in New York, claiming the increase of their miserable salaries, the reduction of working hours, equality in payment and social rights, the situation for the working, unemployed and young women, is extremely harsh: unemployment, flexible work, lack of free and high quality health services and healthcare for them and for their children, psychological pressure and violence mainly inside but also outside the workplaces.
Poverty, misery, the wars waged for the interests of the big monopolies, have created and continue to create millions of refugees, 50% of whom are women and girls who run the risk of violence, prostitution and abuse, during their travel and upon arrival at the destination countries.
The World Federation of Trade Unions, since its foundation, has been firmly struggling for working women’s equality and for the improvement of their position in all areas of their social life. For one more year, we join our voice with the working women and support their demands:
“-Reclaim our rights! Hit back the capitalist onslaught! Defeat fascist forces!
– Decent work and dignity at work
– Equal pay for equal work
– Maternity benefit to all
– Social benefit to all
– Health and safety at the work places!”
The struggle for the fulfillment of these demands, as well as for the protection against prostitution and human trafficking, are always at the centre of the world class oriented trade union movement.
We always highlight the importance of organization of more and more working women to their trade unions, accordingly to the place and sector they work, the importance of their participation in militant initiatives with a substantial role, with their appointment to the Administrative Boards of their Organizations. Continue reading
22th Febuary 2019
A meeting between FISE, the teachers of PAME and the FISE representative in Western Africa, Ibrahim Hamadou, was held today, the 22th of February 2019, in the offices of PAME:
During the meeting there was discussion regarding the struggles, which PAME has been organizing against the policies that burdain the working class and the teachers in perticular, as well as the status of the syndicalist movement in Western Africa and in Niger, the origin country of Ibrahim Hamadou.
The meeting concluded with the agreement to strengthen the solidarity between the syndicates of FISE and the commitment to itensify the efforts for the rise of class struggles.