Last week, the US authority blocked the authorization of the Secretary-General of the World Labor Union, Comrade George Mavrickus, to enter the United States at a special invitation from the United Nations to attend a meeting in March 2018. This aggressive decision on the right of the United Nations to invite those who wish to participate in its work, To Comrade Maverickus and to the World Federation of Workers in the struggle for the rights of the global working class and other hard workers, a proof of the validity of our Union’s positions of imperialist aggression against peoples, where the United States of America is the shield of any act of aggression in the world Especially what Israel and terrorist organizations from the killing and destruction in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries. The accumulation of such attacks threatens world peace. The FCE therefore sees that the struggle for the legitimate rights of teachers and workers is inseparable from the struggle against American arrogance against peoples.
The World Federation of Teachers (FISE) calls upon the United Nations and its Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, to take a clear stand in defending the right of the United Nations to invite those who wish to visit it in any State or to transfer its institutions to neutral countries that preserve the independence and sovereignty of the Organization
12 February 2018
Dr. Hassan Ismail
President of the World Teachers Union
“All unionized teachers in the US are represented by the American Federation of Teachers or the National Education Association. When the heads of the AFT & NEA delivered petitions against the Trump-DeVos anti-student pro-privatization policies they were speaking for tens of thousands of teachers, students, and parents. A great continuing step to win.
Now, nationwide street actions are needed culminating in a national march In Washington, D.C.“
Retirees Chapter, United Federation of Teachers Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO
As World Federation of Trade Unions, we denounce the government of the USA which has denied granting to the WFTU General Secretary George Mavrikos an entry visa to the US.
The WFTU General Secretary has scheduled a visit to the USA for March 2018 to attend an event of the United Nations in New York, where he is a permanent representative of the WFTU, and to participate as main speaker in the annual trade union meeting of Trade Union Organizations members and friends of WFTU that will take place the same month in Los Angeles, USA.
We followed the procedure of ESTA but unfortunately the persistent answer from the competent USA state authorities was negative.
This position of the US Department of State is antidemocratic and aims at preventing the free trade union action and the strengthening of the militant trade union movement of the workers in the USA. At the same time, it is a deliberated discrimination against the WFTU and against its right to fulfill its role within the United Nations, a role that has possessed since 1945. The USA governments do not like the consistent anti-imperialist, anti-monopolist line of the WFTU, and they think that through antidemocratic prohibitions they will stop our internationalist action in favor of the peoples who struggle to decide on their own, in a free and democratic way, about their present and future. But they will never manage this, no matter how many anti-democratic, racist discriminations they make against the international militant trade union movement.
We also addressed the embassy of the USA in Athens without receiving a positive answer. Continue reading