Workers’ May 1st
Workers, youth, men and women,
We are celebrating this year’s May 1st in a situation where broad sections of the working class and people’s masses, across the world and in our country are awakening and participate all the more, strongly and massively in the struggle. At the same time the attack of the capitalist-imperialist system becomes more aggressive and new sufferings is being shifted on their shoulders. The capital forces demand and attempt to impose their complete dominance over the working class and the great imperialist powers, through their fierce rivalry among them, claim new distribution of the market and influence zones. For this purpose they consolidate and escalate the threats and the military interventions in a number of regions, slaughtering the people. The peoples in the Balkans, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Iraq have paid and are still paying with their blood the imperialist barbarism.
The Balkans has become the center of imperialist rivalry and the US intervention in the region generates new danger for all the Balkan peoples. That is why their common struggle against NATO and to oust the imperialists form the region acquires great significance.
Workers, men and women,
We are celebrating this year’s May 1st in an optimist atmosphere due to the strikes, given every day by the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq to the US murderers; along with the heroic struggle of the people of Palestine and Lebanon against the Israeli Zionist criminals.
Similar optimist messages are sent by the armed revolutionary struggles of the peoples in the “storm zones” that become stronger day be day. A great example is the recent electoral victory of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) that through a decade long armed struggle gained the trust of the masses and the people of labor and toil in the front stage, giving them hope for a better future.
We are celebrating May 1st , after a great battle we have given against the anti-people reform in social security policy. To this government’s policy, the workers responded with three shaking general strikes. Hundreds of thousands workers went out to the streets and demonstrated their anger, across the country without though acquiring the victory they so much wanted.
The responsibility for the passage of such an anti-people law lies on the leadership of the General Worker’s Confederation of Greece along with the parliamentary opposition. They, not only supported the general strikes but they did everything they could to undermine them. All workers realized that this struggle was conducted in the streets; the real field of confrontation, but the parliamentary opposition and the trade union leadership stopped it and shifted it within the parliament. Instead of new strikes they were proposing a referendum and they were collecting signatures for this purpose along with legalistic tricks. All this nonsense was done in order to stop the struggle, in order to avoid having the workers active, in order to sign treacherous collective agreements on wages and subjugate completely under the demands of the capital and the European Union directives.
The trade union leadership in the public and private sector submit all the more to the capital and become more dangerous for all the people of labor. That is why we should pull them out of the way.
The way of class struggle and the revolutionary perspective of the movement must open and consolidate; along with the struggle against the system of exploitation and imperialist barbarism. This struggle for a new society, without exploiters and oppressors, with peoples living and struggling peacefully and fraternally will reach to the end!
Always, with our brothers and sisters migrants, to strengthen common struggles for the world we dream of.
Let’s give substance and hope to our struggle!
Communist Party of Greece (marxist-leninist)