Students in Mexico participated in a two-day protest on October 15th and 16th, demanding justice for their 43 fellow students, who were kidnapped, shortly after the murderous police, drug cartels and criminal organizations attack, in view of undermining the student movement.
More specifically, on 27 September, the police attacked the students in, who were protesting in Guerrero, killing 7 of them, injuring 25 and leaving the above mentioned 43 still considered missing, because there is no evidence, proving their location.
Up till now, 34 people have been arrested-26 of them were Iguala police members. In the meantime, warrant arrests have been issued for the city mayor Jose Louis Ambarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pinenta.
Students, however, seem to be determined to keep on with their protests until their request is satisfied.
FISE expresses its solidarity with the students who are struggling in Mexico.
Teachers in schools of Philadelphia participated in massive manifestations, USA, last week. They protested against the cancelation of their contracts as well as against the attack of their health rights, receiving the practical suppost of both students and their parents, who also participated in the manifestations.
More specifically, on Thursday, more than 1.000 teachers gathered protesting against the School Reform Commission’s decision to cancel their contracts, whilst students and parents agree that “this measure is unfair”.
Only free and public healthcare systems with a focus on prevention can provide an adequate response
The Ebola epidemic that has struck mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea of West Africa and threatens the entire world has killed thousands of people and caused panic to millions of others.
As high level officials of the World Health Organization confess, the epidemic has severely expanded over the last weeks and 70% of the people affected die because of the lack of proper healthcare facilities.
This epidemic brings in the forefront in the most tragic way the chronic and deep wounds in the African Continent by colonialism, by the continuous plundering of the wealth-producing resources and by the high public debts that keep African states and their economies enslaved to the IMF, the World Bank and monopolies cartels.
Crucial problems that in extraordinary conditions such as the one today can create an explosive atmosphere are: The poverty, the malnutrition, the lack of basic healthcare infrastructure and social welfare, the limited access to a system of Public and Free Education capable to eradicate illiteracy and the effect of prejudices and superstitions, the slums that continue to exist being a disgrace for humanity and a danger to public health, the militarization and the state violence that are the answer of the panicked state mechanism.
The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its indignation at the current situation in the existing healthcare facilities in the abovementioned countries which result in medical personnel offering their services while risking their own lives without any safety measures (gloves, masks). As a result, deaths amongst medical personnel have risen to extreme levels. Continue reading
The W.F.T.U. (World Federation of Trade Unions) the F.I.S.E. (World Federation of Teachers’ Unions) and the General Union of Palestinian Workers welcome all the Associations of Primary Education, the Teachers’ Unions of Secondary Education, the Teachers’ Unions of Private Education, as well as the dozens of massive organizations, that participate in the initiative “A notebook for the children of Palestine” and invite them to participate in the press conference on Friday, the 17th of October at 18.30, when we are going to deliver the first part of the aide, which was gathered by the unions.
The press conference is going to be held at the ship-repair yard of Perama, where from 10 to 19 October 2014, the visual arts and photography exhibition entitled “Man, Colour and Iron 8” is going to take place for the 8th consecutive year. On the last day of the exhibition, we are going to carry through a great solidarity concert for the Palestinian People. Continue reading