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Lenin, Maxeke, Charter and March

Part 5

Lenin, Maxeke, Charter and March


Nadezhda Krupskaya, b. 1869; Vladimir Lenin, b. 1870; Rosa Luxemburg, b. 1871; Alexandra Kollontai, b. 1872; Charlotte Maxeke, b. 1874. One generation.

If we do not draw women into public activity, into the militia, into political life; if we do not tear women away from the deadening atmosphere of household and kitchen; then it is impossible to secure real freedom, it is impossible even to build democracy, let alone socialism.

Lenin, Third Letter from Afar, Zurich, March 1917

“Let the liars and hypocrites, the dull-witted and blind, the bourgeois and their supporters hoodwink the people with talk about freedom in general, about equality in general, about democracy in general.

“We say to the workers and peasants: Tear the masks from the faces of these liars, open the eyes of these blind ones. Ask them:

“Equality between what sex and what other sex?

“Between what nation and what other nation?

“Between what class and what other class?

“Freedom from what yoke, or from the yoke of what class? Freedom for what class?

“Down with the liars who are talking of freedom and equality for all, while there is an oppressed sex, while there are oppressor classes, while there is private ownership of capital, of shares, while there are the well-fed with their surplus of bread who keep the hungry in bondage. Not freedom for all, not equality for all, but a fight against the oppressors and exploiters, the abolition of every possibility of oppression and exploitation-that is our slogan!

“Freedom and equality for the oppressed sex!

“Freedom and equality for the workers, for the toiling peasants!

“A fight against the oppressors, a fight against the capitalists, a fight against the profiteering kulaks!

“That is our fighting slogan, that is our proletarian truth, the truth of the struggle against capital, the truth which we flung in the face of the world of capital with its honeyed, hypocritical, pompous phrases about freedom and equality in general, about freedom and equality for all.”

Lenin, Soviet Power and the Status of Women, November 1919

The proletariat cannot achieve complete freedom, unless it achieves complete freedom for women.

Lenin, To the Working Women, February 1920


Nadezhda Krupskaya, Deputy Education Commissar, CC CPSU member, Supreme Soviet member, wife of V I Lenin, photographed in 1890:


International Women’s Day, 1930

“We should try to link our personal lives with the cause for which we struggle”


International Women’s Day, 1932

Women’s Charter, South Africa, 17 April 1954:

“We women do not form a society separate from the men. There is only one society, and it is made up of both women and men. As women we share the problems and anxieties of our men, and join hands with them to remove social evils and obstacles to progress.”

Freedom Charter, South Africa, 26 June 1955:

·        Only a democratic state, based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birthright without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief; Continue reading

Solidarity with the Greek farmers

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Solidarity with the Greek Farmers

The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, member of the WFTU sends a message of solidarity and warm militant greetings to the farmers struggling in Greece and who have decided through their militant initiatives to demonstrate in Athens against the government proposal about the social insurance program!

The government of SYRIZA ANEL, having the support of the political parties which agree with the EU’s policy, endorses hard fiscal and anti-insurance measures which the Greek workers and farmers call the measures “guillotine”.

The farmers’ struggle is a struggle against the policy that strengthens the capital and the monopolies.

The EU, the government and the large capital are trying to impose on the workers and farmers to work until old age, with symbolic pensions, with minimum services in health, welfare and professional protection.

We support the struggle of farmers, we unite the voice of teachers of FISE with the voice of farmers and workers struggling “Not to pass the law – guillotine.”


SADTU calls on the DBE to Stop Meddling in Schools Football

unnamedSADTU is calling on its members to boycott the Department of  Basic Education (DBE)’s call to work with the South African Football Association (SAFA) co-ordinators to a ensure a seamless school football programme. Football in schools has, for years, been run by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) which SADTU members played a critical role in its formation and operation.

The call by the DBE comes at a time when SASFA is engaged in a dispute with the SAFA and the matter is at the High Court for adjudication, therefore this instruction amounts to contempt of court as it undermines the processes that are underway to resolve the dispute.

SASFA officials feel undermined by DBE’s decision because there has been no consultation and the matter was deferred at the recent sports conference convened by the DBE respecting the court processes.

SADTU views DBE’s conduct as an attempt to crush everyone and everything associated with the Union. This is totally unnecessary when the country is faced with dismal performance because the teachers are so demoralized and dehumanized by the unbearable conditions and the treatment by the DBE.

The Union calls upon the DBE to show decorum and civility in its utterances on national issues. We will not accept such careless and divisive statements from them.  Ours is to see strengthened sports activities in schools for a better country. The DBE is hell-bent in promoting divisions which defeats the very purpose of sports – to promote unity.

SAFA cannot impose its will against members of SADTU and all teachers who have been running football and all of a sudden demand that schools register by paying R800.00. Education is a right and sport is an extra-curricular activity which cannot be divorced from education.

We urge the DBE to allow the status quo to prevail until the finalisation of the court processes.

SASFA must be supported by all teachers to avoid schools football from collapsing.

Issued by:  SADTU Secretariat

HUNGARY: Teachers protest against education reform


Teachers, students and parents protested on Wednesday 3 February against reforms of the education system.

The protesters criticised the low-wages and the centralization of the public education system.

Another demonstration is going to take place on February the 13th. Teachers said they are ready to strike if their demands are not satisfied

On the Strike of February 4 (Photos)


With today’s General National Strike the People have responded:
NO MORE! No more lies and illusions!
Take back the Butcher-Bill on Social Security!
We continue every day, every hour in the streets of struggle!

The Executive Secretariat of PAME welcomes the thousands of strikers all over Greece! In more than 70 cities, the forces of PAME demonstrated alongside with the poor farmers, the self-employed, women’s and students’ unions!
In Athens, an enormous demonstration, one of the biggest the last years, gave a massive response to the Government of SYRIZA. Valentin Pacho, deputy General Secretary of WFTU transferred the solidarity of the international class movement. The demonstrators stated with one voice:
We have the power! Without us nothing moves!
Today’s strike was special. It clearly demonstrated that without the working people nothing works. No factories, no farms, no shops, no ports, trains, transports. When the working people stop production, the country dies!
The great success of today’s strike, the massive strike rallies in every city, the militant blockades of the poor farmers all over Greece, the streets that flooded with people, reveal the abilities that exist today to block the new crime of the Government against Social Security, to move forward with new demands.
Today’s strike revealed the great weapon of the people: the alliance of workers, self-employed, poor farmers, women, and youth. The success of today’s general strike shows the force of the popular alliance against our exploiters, the monopolies, the capitalists, the EU and their governments.
PAME calls for more militant, more powerful struggle, with more advanced forms! We can stop this crime! Every day, in every workplace, branch, school, university, apprenticeship, neighborhood, everywhere! This is not the End! This is the beginning!
We multiply the mobilizations, the meetings, general assemblies inside the workplaces, with work stoppages and branch strikes! We call for escalation of the struggle! New Strike Response under advanced forms of struggle!
Photos at:
Athens, February 4, 2016


We are in solidarity with the working class in Greece

      The World Federation of Teachers Unions, FISE, member of WFTU welcomes the teachers in Greece and all the workers who, during the previous period, gave the battle within the forces of PAME for the success of the nationwide general strike on February 4
Fellow militants, we are on your side. We believe that the working class has only one path to choose. The way of the organized, uncompromising struggle against the measures that remove salaries, insurance, education, health, rights from the Greek teachers, from the Greek workers, the new generation, the pensioners and workers from around the world.
Your own struggle against the Government, the EU and mechanisms that serve the capital is a struggle which concerns the workers worldwide. It is a struggle which opens the way in our own Federation, too, FISE.
We wish much success.