In France the POID is preparing an international rally against war on 22 October. To organise for this rally throughout the country, its newspaper La Tribune des Travailleurs publishes weekly articles of analysis and information on the international level.
In the run-up to the October 22nd rally against war! By ordering the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to be sent to Ukraine, Putin has taken the war to a new level. The offensive of the Ukrainian army, over-armed by NATO, has driven the regime of corrupt oligarchs that rules Russia into this headlong rush. For, by decreeing mobilization, Putin is bringing the war into every Russian home, provoking anguish, but also rejection of it and the first sparks of revolt. [...]
On September 21, Putin decreed the "partial mobilization" of 300,000 reservists, to be sent to Ukraine. Referring to nuclear weapons, he added, "We will use all means at our disposal."
The offensive of the Ukrainian army, heavily armed by NATO, has provoked what the Biden administration was expecting: a new escalation towards a generalized conflict. The announcement of the mobilization and its immediate implementation caused an earthquake throughout Russia. As early as September 21, calls to rally were circulating. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of young people, women and workers gathered to shout "No to war!" The OVD-info website counted at least 1,386 arrests. Report from our correspondents in Russia.[...]
Iran has once again descended into chaos and unrest. This outburst is not unusual in the situation of recent years, and once again the streets of major cities have turned into battlefields where those who are fed up with the theocratic regime, who want to fight against the tyranny of the mullahs who have taken over the country for the past four decades. The latest in a long line of violence against women.[...]
On May Day 2022, workers and their organisations gathered in many countries around the world – with many exceptions this year: in many countries, war, repression, and restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic – prevented workers from gathering. Conversely, in some countries where workers are on the offensive, such as Sri Lanka (photo), some of the May Day rallies called by labour organisations were extremely massive.
Where trade union and political initiatives did take place, the rejection of war was sometimes expressed among the demands. Present in these demonstrations and marches were the activists who took part in the International Emergency Meeting against War on 3 April. They circulated the meeting’s appeal, which had originally been signed by labour activists from 50 countries, and translated into some twenty languages, to make it known and to get it signed.[...]
Emergency international meeting against war Sunday, 3 April 2022
- To the correspondents of the International Workers' Committee against War and Exploitation, for a Workers' International
- To the activists and workers' organisations around the world who intend to fight against the war
On 3 April an "Emergency International Meeting Against War" was held (in video). Delegations from 47 countries attended.
Attached you will find the appeal that was passed with the list of endorsers .
All the participants agreed to :
- launch a campaign of endorsement of the appeal in their respective countries;
- prepare for the broadest possible circulation of the appeal on 1 May, the international day of workers' struggle. This should take into account the national conditions of the class struggle in each country;
- translate it into as many languages as possible.
A new list of international endorsers will be published on 27 April.
Daniel Gluckstein, Nambiath Vasudevan
Coordinators International Workers Committee against War and Exploitation for a Worlers’ Internation
Paris and Mumbai 14 March 2022
Having read the Appeal that was passed on 3 April (to be downloaded here), I wish to add my name to the list of international endorsers. Please sign here. Après avoir lu l’appel adopté le 3 avril (téléchargez ici), je souhaite rejoindre la liste des premiers signataires. Signez l’appel ici. Después de haber leído el Llamamiento adoptado el 3 de abril (descargar aquí), deseo unirme a la lista de los primeros firmantes. Firme el Llamamiento haciendo clic aquí.
In November 2016, delegates who had gathered in Mumbai at an Open World Conference formed the "International Workers' Committee Against War, Exploitation and Precarious Labour, For a Workers' International." Over the past five years, unprecedented developments have shaken the world.
For us, this confirms that a Workers' International is more than ever a necessity. We, 601 militant activists from 57 countries, call for the preparation in all countries of the Open World Conference (Paris, October 2022).[...]
Rarely has such mobilisation in solidarity with the Palestinian people been seen. We are publishing a brief report. We invite all our correspondents to send us reports, accounts and photos on the demonstrations in their countries. First informations from Pakistan, Canada, United States, Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Germany, France, Great-Britain... [...]
Open letter to Boris Johnson Dear Prime Minister, The news received from Indian trade unionists is absolutely appalling. The whole world is witnessing a real tragedy [...]
Daniel Gluckstein and Nambiath Vasudevan, IWC co-coordinators, call for solidarity with the Indian workers, peasants and youth, and for the demand to lift the ban on putting patents for the production of vaccines in the public domain.
Presently India is facing a second wave of Covid-19. Pictures coming out from India are scary.
IWC correspondents in India informed us: “The number of people infected with Covid-19 is rising every day. Those who can get a hospital bed are considered lucky. Deaths are mounting owing to lack of hospital beds, medicines, oxygen – the health care system has collapsed, there are no doctors and para medical staff to cope up with the mounting cases."Read and endorse this declaration by clicking here. [...]
Throughout the world – though under different forms – the workers and their organisations are faced with questions regarding the pandemic, its consequences, the governments’ policies and the stance taken by the labour movement. We do not hide the fact that we intend, starting from facts, to back up what we have kept saying in every IWC document: the capitalist regime – founded on the private ownership of the means of production – leads the whole society into an abyss.
The positive solution to the unprecedented crisis humankind goes through is in the hands of the working class. [...]
- ▷ DESIREE ROJAS, President, Labor Council for Latin America Advancement, Sacramento Chapter, AFL-CIO
- ▷ DIAMONTÈ BROWN, President, Baltimore Teachers Union, Maryland
- ▷ MYA SHONE, Member, National Organizing Committee of Socialist Organizer
- ▷ NNAMDI LUMUMBA, State Organizer, Ujima People’s Progress Party (UPP) State Organizer, Baltimore, MD
- ▷ CONNIE WHITE, Member, Continuations Committee, Labor & Community for an Independent Party (LCIP), Long Beach, CA
- ▷ LISA KNOX, Immigrant Justice Attorney and Activist, Oakland, CA
- ▷ ALAN BENJAMIN, Editorial Board, The Organizer; Member, Coordinating Committee, International Workers Committee (IWC)
- ▷ NATALIA BACCHUS, Executive Assistant to the President, Baltimore Teachers Union, MD
- ▷ IVONNE HEINZE BALCAZAR, Member, California Faculty Association (CFA), CSU-Dominguez Hills, CA
- ▷ NILOUFAR KHONSARI, Immigrant Justice Activist, Author, and Movement Lawyer
- ▷ FERNANDO DAVID MARQUEZ, Student Organizer, UC Riverside; Member, UAW 2865, Riverside, CA.
"(...) we are addressing this appeal to you: Can you in your respective countries organise delegations to the International Monetary Fund (and its represenations) to demand the immediate withdrawal of this plan, to demand the cancellation of the debt of Sri Lanka so that these sums, which are being used to pay the debt to international institutions, can be confiscated and reoriented to provide food, electricity, transport, health care, and medicines. This is so that the people can live. (...)" [...]
"So far, exceptionally heavy monsoon rains that triggered flash floods across the country have affected 33 million Pakistanis, damaged nearly 1 million homes and killed at least 1,061 people. (...)" All Pakistan Trade Union Federation statement and appeal to International comrades and friends. [...]
The World Conference against War and Exploitation, for a Workers' International will be held in less than two months on October 29 and 30 in Paris. To help finance the material aspects involved in the holding of the conference, the committees of the POID in France are organizing the raising of funds from thousands of workers. [...]
The following appeal was launched by activists, workers, students, intellectuals, artists, internationalists who are forced to live in France and in different countries of the world because of the economic, social and political conditions in Sri Lanka. It has since received support from labour activists, rural workers and intellectual activists in Sri Lanka and from workers and activists around the world. [More...][...]
Taking into account the confinement measures, this rally was posted “online”.
“It is workers, youth, mankind that must be saved!
Not the banks and capitalists!”
All the workers’ gains are targeted by governments!
On that day, from New York to Mumbai, from Gaza, to Paris, From Johannesburg to Beijing, From Moscow to Santiago of Chile,
despite the epidemics and the blows that are showered on workers, despite confinement measures, we regroup under the same banner,
for the same cause:
- • Requisition of the billions of the banks and capitalists to save the sick and the hospitals!
- • Requisition of the billions of war to give each and every one food and shelter.
- • Requisition of all the “bank bail-out plans” for workers and their families!
- • Unity of workers against the anti-worker measures of governments which use of the crisis for their own objectives!
- • The eight-hour working-day and every working-class and democratic gain must be preserved!