The call for a new platform comes amid a strike by the educators since June 4, and has been welcomed by a host of organizations
On June 12, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) marched with other people’s movements against the oligarchic Mexican government with the purpose of stopping neoliberalism and defending the dignity of both the Mexican teachers and people. They are capitalizing on the momentum and energy from their ongoing strike that began on June 4 to bring together groups from diverse sectors to organize a United National Front – a platform for an alternative vision for Mexico beyond the electoral dispute, and to confront the deep crisis of violence and inequality.
“Mexico is going through a situation of neocolonial occupation which has to be combated on all fronts; corruption, violence, anti-democracy and social crisis have become permanent factors of the neoliberal policies that will lead to the dismantling of the nation,” stated the social-political organization Nuevo País in a statement about the new platform.
They wrote: “The call that the CNTE has made for a national strike has seen the mobilization of contingents across the country. It is a living example of the fact that only from the social movements and the civilian non-violent resistance can a new political-social subject be built that is capable of altering the direction of the country, away from that of the oligarchy and the corrupt political party-democracy subordinated to imperialism.”
At the end of the mobilization on June 12, an announcement was made regarding the official launch of the United National Front that will take place on June 24.
Since June 4, the CNTE has been mobilizing on the streets of Mexico City in a national strike in which its members from across the country are taking part. On June 4, the protesters set up a camp in front of the Secretariat of the Interior. Their key demands were direct negotiations with the Secretariat of the Interior, the immediate withdrawal of education reform and other neoliberal measures passed by Enrique Peña Nieto’s government, and the reinstatement of 586 fellow teachers who were laid off when they refused to carry out evaluation tests. Continue reading
(PNFTU) Rally on the World Day Against Child Labour on 12th June,2018
While addressing the (PNFTU) Rally from office to Press Club on the World Day Against Child Labour Malik Ali Umar Awan President Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU) strongly condemns the Forced Child Labour and exploitation of the Children as cheap Labor force in Pakistan as well as all over the world. He said that as WFTU opposed and timelessly struggles against the capitalist exploitation and particularly the inhumane and bloody Child Labour (PNFTU) fully supported He said that Exploitation of Children is intensifying even more, always with a view to maximizing the profits of multinationals. Child workers are mainly employed in the sectors of Garments, Agriculture, Carpets He said that the Children’s are the future of any Nation and as Trade Union Representatives it is our duty to protect their basic Rights and no exploitation He said that is a fact and Child Labour is stolen Children fundamental Rights of Children’s. This happens because capital needs to take advantage of cheap labor due to the endless thirst for profits. Furthermore, monopolies from use children from the “Third world” as cheap labor while immigrant children often suffer double exploitation, even in regions that were boasting about having eliminated this phenomenon, such as Europe. He said that The same is true of the carpet industry. But in the longer run, this is not A Child employed is a life destroyed’ and We need to ensure that the lives of so many Children in our country are not destroyed.
(Malik Ali Umar Awan)
Pakistan National Federation of Trade Unions (PNFTU)
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
12th June 2018
More than 73 million children all over the world work in hazardous labour and 218 million children between 5 and 17 years old are in employment. These children work in mines, industries and households, they are exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances, they move heavy loads or work many hours. Many of them suffer under lifelong physical and psychological consequences. Their own lives may be exposed to danger.
The World Federation of Teachers Unions FISE invites the teachers’ trade unions, the workers’ trade unions to intensify the struggle for abolition of child labour. It invites them to strengthen the struggle against imperialistic wars, against unemployment and poverty, against the exploitation of human by human. There lie the means for abolition of child labour.
The governments that stand in many ways by the NATO, the EU, the multinational companies and the monopolies can only give false promises and wishes regarding the issue of child labour.
The struggles of FISE, the struggles of the trade unions through The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) can and must be intensified, so that the children of the working class can acquire the life they are entitled to.
(PLF) National on the Fundamental Right of Child and the Role of Trade Unions on 12th June,2018 at Lahore
While addressing the National Seminar organized by Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour Haji Muhammad saeed arian Founder/Secretray General said that each Pakistani Child to exercise their Fundamental constitutional right to avail Free Education till 16 years of age, as described in article 25 A of the constitution of Pakistan He said that in 2002 to focus attention on the Global extent of Child Labour and the action and Efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together Governments, Employers and Workers organizations; from around the world to highlight the plight of Child Laborers’ and what can be done to help them .Mrs Atia Saleem Chairperson) said that Around the world, an estimated 100 million girls are involved in Child Labour.. For instance, girls often have to combine long hours of household chores with some form of economic activity outside the household presenting girls with a “double burden”. This can have a negative impact on any opportunity for school attendance and can present a physical danger to girls. Moreover, girls are all too often exposed to some of the worst forms of Child Labour, often in hidden work situations. Waheed Ahmad Ch Advocate Legal Advisor (PLF) said that The ILO is the United Nations agency devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. for decent work, the ILO has worked Mr Mushtaq Ahmad Bajwa Vice Chairman said that to promote social justice for everyone engaged in the world of work. Mr Sukhai Khan President Railway Workers Union CBA said that The Fundamental values of Freedom, Human Dignity, social justice, social security and equality are essential elements of sustainable economic and social development. In the current global economic and jobs crisis, these principles are even more relevant. Mr Freed Awan S,V ,President (PLF) said that Today, the ILO brings together working women and men to reshape the world on the basis of its fundamental principles.Mrs Shumalia Sadiq Secretary Women WING (PLF) said that There are 8.52 million home-based workers are in the country, according to the official National Policy on Home-Based Workers. She said Children in the Labour environment are in fact vulnerable to exploitation. Rana Muhammad Saleem General Secretary Railway Workers Union CBA demanded to amend and align child employment acts or/and relevant laws with article 25-A of the Pakistani Constitution. He said that ILO has worked to promote Social Justice for everyone engaged in the world of work In His message Mr Peter A Newn Founder/President (WAWO) Said that Various organizations working on protecting rights of children commemorated seminars, workshops, lecturers and walks to raise awareness on rights of children. (WAWO) called for immediate action to allow and enable each Pakistani Child to exercise their Fundamental constitutional right to avail free education till 16 years of age, as described in article 25 A of the constitution of Pakistan. Mr Naeem Ibraheem President (PLF) Sindh said that No one Child should be deprived of the Right of Free and compulsory Education Mr Aziz ullha Khan President (PLF) Baluchistan said that The abolition of the 1991 Employment of Child Act with the passage of the amendment had left Children increasingly The question of Child Labour in the country has been debated again and again. But there is really no debate about it; Children should be at school and other means need to be found to help families who depend on their earnings to survive to manage We simply cannot justify the fact that 25 million children in the country are out of school, out of which 15 million are part of the Labour force. New legislation at the provincial level is needed as part of the devolution process. there has been no survey of Child Labour in Pakistan. Such a study is badly required to determine precisely how many children go out to work and in what circumstances
(Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian)
Pakistan Labour Federation) PLF)
World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
International Confederation of Labour Movement (ICLM)