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We denounce terrorism – We support the struggles of CNTE

24/05/2016

We denounce terrorism – We support the struggles of CNTE

The World Federation of Teachers Union, FISE, member of WFTU denounces and condemns the Mexican government which, according to news agencies, intends to lay off 9,000 teachers who attended a three-day strike against the educational reform and which unleashes bloody attacks against demonstrators using the armed forces.

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The Mexican government attacks teachers in order to take away the right to strike and to the participation in non-governmental unions of all workers, either they are teachers or not.

 
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FISE supports the struggles of teachers in Mexico, the struggles organized by CNTE.
It calls on teachers unions and other labour unions to express their solidarity and defend their struggles against the anti-popular education reforms that the capitalist governments are trying to impose on all countries in order to ensure the profits of the big capital. The struggles against layoffs, against raising the retirement age, against the withdrawal of labour and social rights.

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SADTU History Lessons: Africa Day, 25 May

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Africa Day, 25 May: A resource-book for educatorsPart 4

Independence, Front Line States and SADCC

Before the OAU there was oppression, going all the way back to the beginning of the days of slavery. After the OAU there is the AU of today, with all of the problems that it has. Approaching the OAU, and during its existence (1963 to 2002), great history was made. This was the independence struggle, of which the OAU was a consequence, and for which it was created to support, and to continue. South Africa’s first universal-franchise election in 1994 was its high point.

Each country has its specific circumstances, history, personalities, problems, class structure, and class dynamics. In Africa, by now, there are 54 fully-made nation states and ten remaining colonies. In South America, for comparison, there are twelve fully-made nation-states and one colony. There can be no question of stereotyping.

To comprehend the African liberation struggle in total is for this reason a special challenge. It requires a historical perspective, combined with at least a sampling of the detail. It requires a feeling for the revolutionary literature, such as books, pamphlets, speeches, articles and radio broadcasts that have informed the great revolutionary tide of the 20th Century that touched all African countries.

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NEVER MORE FASCISM (VIDEO) We honor the May 9th day world anti-fascist victory

History teaches us: NEVER MORE FASCISM

We honor the May 9th day world anti-fascist victory

http://www70.zippyshare.com/v/HGfFJeCe/file.html

9 May antifasist victory

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lqbn286wzv6e3vy/video_me_upotitlous.wmv?dl=0&oref=e&n=547896676

 

Nazi Victim

They came for the communists,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn’t a communist;

They came for the socialists,
and I did not speak up
because I was not a socialist;

They came for the union leaders,
and I did not speak up
because I wasn’t a union leader;

They came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one
left to speak up for me ….

 

Holocaust

We played, we laughed
we were loved.
We were ripped from the arms of our
parents and thrown into the fire.
We were nothing more than children.
We had a future.
We were going to be doctors, lawyers,
rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers.
We had dreams, then we had no hope.
We were taken away in the dead of night
like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering,
crying, starving, dying.
Separated from the world to be no more.
From the ashes, hear our plea.
This atrocity to mankind can not happen again.
Remember us, for we were the children
whose dreams and lives were stolen away.

 

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Can You Take It?

It’s easy to be nice, boys
When everything’s O.K.
It’s easy to be cheerful,
When your having things your way.
But can you hold your head up
And take it on the chin.
When your heart is breaking
And you feel like giving in?

It was easy back in England,
Among the friends and folks.
But now you miss the friendly hand,
The joys, and songs, and jokes.
The road ahead is stormy.
And unless you’re strong in mind,
You’ll find it isn’t long before
You’re dragging far behind.

You’ve got to climb the hill, boys;
It’s no use turning back.
There’s only one way home, boys,
And it’s off the beaten track.
Remember you’re American,
And when you reach the crest,
You’ll see a valley cool and green,
Our country at its best.

You know there is a saying
That sunshine follows rain,
And sure enough you’ll realize
That joy will follow pain.
Let courage be your password,
Make fortitude your guide;
And then instead of grousing,
Just remember those who died.

 

The Glory of the Guns

When the Battle Cry is spoken,
And the Voice of War is heard,
The soldiers of the Allies,
To battlefields do move.

The enemy is silent,
As if waiting for the sun,
Then they hear that awesome sound,
The booming of the Guns.

They shudder in their trenches
Within a gnawing fear,
Of knowing the Battery
Of 1-6-1 is here.

The shells come whilstling all around,
And wreck and break and knock things down,
Creating havoc among the lines
And all that it surrounds.

The enemy has broken
In torn and tired dismay,
Those so inclined
Get down on knees and pray.

The Allies are victorious,
The enemy is on the run,
Once again they have been beaten
By the Glory of the Guns.

After the War

When the tale is told in text books
Of the battle in the west,
Where the desert meets a desert
And the pasture ain’t the best.
When the story’s set and stated,
Written down in black and white
For the up and coming soldier
To peruse from left to right.
When the printed pulp is published,
Page on page of lettered lines,
And its dispositioned forces
And its places, points and times.
When the book is there before us,
Full of tactical defeats,
And technical advantages
And strategical retreats.
When the past is put on paper,
Telling why and when and where,
It’ll curb the curiosity
Of the thousands that were there.
For the folks that fought this warfare,
On the home front or at the base,
Can peruse their penny papers
And see such and such took place,
But the bloke amidst the battle
Sees his own small, sticky sphere,
And hasn’t heard what happened
Further forward or down rear.
He doesn’t know the northern news,
The southern state’s the same,
And he hopes to hell that convoy
Coming closer turns out tame.
So when those books see daylight
And meet him face to face,
He can pick ’em up and so find out
What actually took place.

 

 

Solidarity With the Working Class of Greece

Solidarity with the 48hour General Strike Against the new Anti-Workers Measures
promoted by Business Groups, European Union, IMF and the Greek Government

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The Trade Union organizations who sign this Resolution, we express our solidarity to the working class of Greece and the 48hour General Strike that is being prepared, after the initiative of PAME, against the new Anti-Workers Measures that are being promoted by the Business Groups, European Union, IMF and the Greek Government.
The last years the Greek People suffers a brutal attack against its rights, in order to preserve the profitability of the multinationals, the big capital. For years there have been wage cuts, layoffs, abolishment of social security and insurance rights, pension cuts, privatization of Healthcare, Education, etc. Poverty and Misery for the workers, unemployment and flexible working relations for the young, while the multinationals and big corporations make huge profits. The new measures directed by the 3rd Memorandum, signed by the Greek Government of SYRIZA the summer of 2015, Healthcare becomes an unaffordable commodity for the young workers and the pensions suffer new big cuts. New taxes are imposed to the people, while big businesses are given new tax exemptions. At the same time are being promoted changes on the functioning of the trade unions, so as to block the militant response of the workers, to make the unions puppets of the bosses.
Against these measures, PAME has called the working class to give Militant Response with a 48hour General Strike.
The continuous struggles of the Greek Workers have already succeeded in delaying the antiworkers’ measures, which were planned to be imposed on December of 2015. But, now comes the time of a big struggle, not only for the Greek Workers, but for all workers who resist exploitation and injustice.
The Trade Union organizations who sign this resolution we express our support to this great fight of the Greek Strikers. Against the Antiworkers’ attack, the working class responds with Solidarity and Internationalism. On the 48hour General Strike in Greece, we will be on your side.

(Messages and Initiatives of Solidarity to be sent at international@pamehellas.gr )

The Trade Unions
(Country-Organization)
Italy-USB
Turkey-Naklyat-Is
Sweden-SEKO Klubb 111
Catalonia INTERSINDICAL-CSC
Spain CSU, Central Sindical Unitaria de Pensionistas y Jubilados (PyJ)
Denmark 3F Youth
Palestine Jawwal Union
Austria Left Bloc
Czech Republic Trade Union Association of Moravia, Silesia and Bohemia, OSCMS
Turkey Sosyal Is
Iraq Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI)
Pakistan APFUTU
Palestine General Union of Palestinian Workers – GUPW
Spain AST Alternativa Sindical De Trabajadores
International Trade Union Organizations
World Federation of Teachers’ Unions – FISE WFTU
TUI Pensioners of WFTU
TUI Public Services of WFTU
Also messages of Solidarity Sent to PAME the following Trade Union Organizations:
World Federation of Trade Unions-WFTU
Cyprus-SYXKA PEO
Albania-OSNP Patos
Italy-SGB
Gambia-Gambia Labour Congress
Portugal-CGTP-In
TUI Transport of WFTU

Alba Labour Union Statement On The Occasion Of International Labour Day

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Alba Labour Union Statement
On The Occasion Of International Labour Day

“Let’s Stand To Protect Our Rights & Achievements”

On the occasion of 1st of May, Alba Labour Union salutes the labour movement headed by Alba labour and all hardworking workers and congratulates the union movement around the world on this day which reminds us of the working class struggle to earn their livings and enhance their working conditions, this struggle which never ends against the aggressive imperialism to tame in order to stop stealing the rights of the workers and reducing their benefits.

Imperialism crisis which occur over  the world and causes to reduce  development rates and increases the prices in line  with financial depression which will lead to further social crisis starting from reducing the  buying power among struggling class, reduction in main services and dropping labour achievements. The financial tools of the imperialism such as International Monetary Fund and International Bank with their international consultations and financial proposals are only social and financial pitfalls that treats the results and leaves the causes to chuck the law and mid classes in the society by implementing more fees and customs and reducing workers benefits and removing social subsidies and instructing the governments towards privatization and dropping their social and financial responsibilities, these are the suggestions of the imperialism tools which leads to  misery, unemployment and further impoverish  to labour sector. This is what we feel today in our small community through deliberated austerity policies either from government approach in reducing subsidy and increasing the prices of goods and main services specially after staggering of oil prices which affected directly the national budget along with the decision makers approach in reducing the workers benefits which workers struggled through the years to achieve them and the approach to attack the union movement by negatively using union pluralism to spread discrimination between workers and by implementing the  temporary contracts and hiring migrant workers which already suffer persecution and exploitation and due to its high percentage in the labour market became a tool for employers to use it in unfair competition with national workers due to tier law salaries.

All these circumstances leads to further struggles and class conflict and form living pressures for the working class and union movement and this requires to recall lessons from its past experiences in order to lineup against the   complicated conditions.  Let 1st of May be a motive for us to stand strongly in front of the great attack on our achievements and legitimate rights. Long life working sector, long life 1st May the International Labour Day.

ALBA UNION
1st May 2016

ALBA Labour Union STOIXEIA