17 | 06 | 2019

Socialists in Ireland must ask themselves if the USI is genuinely an ally in our fight for the liberation of young people, or if it is just a bourgeois institution that can never deliver the needed material interests of young people in Ireland. I believe that rather than being a force for radical change in Ireland, the USI can and always will be a collection of ladder climbers and opportunists in the leadership, and aimless disenfranchised students at the bottom.

Communist parties, which took part in the scientific and practical conference in Moscow 1-2 June 2019, dedicated to the centenary of the Communist International, has kept their allegiance to Marxism and Leninism, a great revolutionary teaching; has  kept their attitude towards  Marxism-Leninism as a science; has kept its revolutionary and proletarian character.

Our parties confirm, that internationalism is not only immanent to Marxism as to any real science, – internationalism is the main precondition and means of the Communist goal to be achieved. It is unambiguously and directly stated in the Communist Manifesto: “Proletarians of all countries, unite!”

Dear comrades in arms!

Let me greet you on behalf of Russian Communist Workers Party on the land of Great October Socialist Revolution, the land where on initiative of Lenin there was created and developed Communist International was.

Representatives of a number of communist parties from across the world have assembled today at our conference. These are the parties that have retained their allegiance to the great revolutionary teaching of Marxism-Leninism, that still treat Marxism as science and retain its revolutionary proletarian nature. We’ve met in order to commemorate the glorious centennial anniversary of Communist International creation. Still our task is not limited to just celebrating this anniversary, the more so that we actually have to celebrate this date under conditions of reaction. We’ve been in defense against advancing forces of Imperialism in most of countries. That’s why our task is to take lessons from the experience of our predecessors, to implement their experience under contemporary conditions of struggle.

The Gas Workers’ Union issued a statement on their recent 10-day strike. The announcement notes:

«We are getting stronger from the strike, we remain alert after a big strike of 12 days, claiming a direct employment relationship with open-ended contracts at the Natural Gas Company, following previous mobilizations that began in 2017.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy and the DEPA Company have failed to meet their commitments to meet the fair demand for permanent and stable work for all, with upgraded, equal rights. What workers have received is mockery.”

Youthparticipation in unions in 2012 sat below 5% in Ireland (Vandaele,2013), with this fact being mirrored in numerous countries around theEU. There are numerous possible explanations for this fact, but inthis article I want to focus on one in particular.

Whenthinking about it, it might seem at first that young people may nothave a good view of unions as a result of cultural and media biasesagainst them, but this doesn’t seem to be true. The Journal.ie heldthree separate polls on the Nurses and Midwives strike betweenDecember 2018, and January 2019, with all three resulting in approvalof over 75% in each, with Keune (2013), finding that in all countriessurveyed with the exception of Spain, young people almost alwaysviewed trade unions in a positive light.

For a decade now, thepeople of Ireland, North and South of the border have been crucifiedby a cabal of political parties wedded to the interests ofcapitalists. For a decade, cuts have been inflicted against the mostvulnerable in society in order to “balance the budget”. For adecade, trade unions have not been actively recruiting into theirunions from the waves of people joining the workforce. Trade Unionmembership has dramatically declined and with it so has the share ofwealth workers receive for their work. What does that mean?

LAB STARTS A CAMPAIGN TO DENOUNCE THE “JUSTICE’S CORPORATAVITATION” AND TO CALL THAT THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT “IS MORE NECESSARY THAN EVER”

More than 10.000€ in fines and prison years petitions after the successful trade union struggles in “La Sangiovesa” and “Huerta de Peralta”.
The public prosecutor calls 2 and half prison year’s petition and 5 years expulsion from the Spanish State to one Huerta de Peralta worker who was injured two times by the Police.

The trade unions understood as an instrument at the service of the working class struggle is more necessary than ever. The working class and specially the workers with precariousness job conditions need committed, active effective trade unions. Fortunately the trade union struggles are multiplying during the last months; La Sangiovesa and Huerta de Peralta (Basque Companies) are two significant examples.

More than 1000 bank employees have been on strike the last 3 days in Piraeus Bank against the bank’s decision to call for the closure of specific branches.

The Union of Banks’ and Finance Employees of Athens, an affiliate of PAME and WFTU has called the employees to respond to the antiworkers plans of the bank with escalation of the struggle.

SOLIDARITY WITH WORKERS IN THE PUBLIC GAS COMPANY

Federations and Regional Trade Unions across the country support the just struggle of the workers in the Public Gas Company (DEPA) that are employed through contractors, for permanent and stable job.

The liberalization of the energy market, which is being promoted by both the current government and New Democracy, not only obliges workers’ households to pay more and more into the pocket, but also increases the exploitation of the workers from the dozens of “modern slavery” contractor companies, that do not recognize a series of workers rights.

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