More than 13,000 participants at the International Rally on May 1st, at the initiative of the IWC: « Three hours for the Workers’ International »

Nambiath Vasudevan

« This May Day meeting is unique, » stated Nambiath Vasudevan, one of the two coordinators, along with Daniel Gluckstein, of the International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation, for the Workers International (IWC), in introducing the rally.

He added: « Despite enormous obstacles, workers and activists from 45 countries have decided to come together in this online rally in the true tradition of international working class solidarity to raise their voices and speak out against the continued abandonment of the working classes, who are denied the most basic care. » In fact, forced by the pandemic and the measures of containment and restriction of movement, the international rally convened by the IWC had to be held « online« .

For three hours, 48 speakers (see list below) from 45 countries followed one another. Beyond their origins and their diverse political and trade union affiliations, they all placed themselves in the common framework of this rally: « Three hours for the Workers’ International. It is the workers, youth and humanity that must be saved, not the banks and capitalists! ».

Connections on the IWC website show that more than 13,000 workers and young people from dozens of countries on all five continents followed this May Day rally, which was broadcast live and then replayed (and still available for viewing).

The rally constitutes a point of support for the preparation of the next World Conference Against War and Exploitation, for the Workers’ International, convened in Paris next November.

Daniel Gluckstein

Given the circumstances, as Daniel Gluckstein indicated in his conclusion, the next World Conference will take place, « if not in November, then in December, and if not in December, then in 2021, » because « the time has come to move forward with the Workers’ International in order to fight for the reorganization of the whole of society and of the economy, to provide solutions to the demands of the majority of the people. »

The day after the meeting, new endorsements in support of the World Conference reached the IWC, further expanding the preparations for the World Conference for the Workers International.

The meeting is still available for viewing in English, French, Spanish and Turkish.


Introduction by Nambiath VASUDEVAN – INDIA
(Co-coordinator of the International Workers Committee)

  • Chris SILVERA – UNITED STATES
  • Ricardo Sonny MARTINEZ – ARGENTINA
  • Jung SIKHWA – KOREA
  • Camille SELLIER – BELGIUM
  • Eleni PIERROPOULOU – GREECE
  • Gladys LYRA – MEXICO
  • Rubina JAMIL – PAKISTAN
  • Jules Souleymane DIALLO – SENEGAL
  • Mário TOMÉ – PORTUGAL
  • Youri GLOUSHAKOV – BIELORUSSIA
  • Ross ASHLEY – CANADA
  • Marat SANTOS HUAMÁN – PERU
  • Workers Tribune – MOROCCO
  • Andreas GANGL – GERMANY
  • Cemal BILGIN – TURKEY
  • José Limaico VELA – ECUADOR
  • Naji AL KHATIB – PALESTINE
  • MAFA KWANISAI Mafa – ZIMBABWE
  • Messan LAWSON – TOGO
  • Christel KEISER – FRANCE
  • Pr. Boanerges ZULMIRES
  • ELIAS NETO – BRAZIL
  • Milind RANADE – INDIA
  • Paul NKUNZIMANA – BURUNDI
  • Lorenzo VARALDO – ITALY
  • Marc SIMETE – SWITZERLAND
  • Monica AGUILERA – AUSTRALIA
  • Maritzas BASTIAS – CHILE
  • LEE Cheuk-yan – CHINA
  • Soulé SALAKO – BENIN
  • Claran CAMPBELL – IRELAND
  • Andrey KALINKIN – RUSSIA
  • Messages from: • the Organising Committee of Internationalist Socialists (COSI) — ALGERIA • Constantin CRETAN– ROMANIA • LALIT political party – MAURITIUS • Worker militants from CÔTE D’IVOIRE.
  • Berthony DUPONT – HAITI
  • LEFT RADICAL OF AFGHANISTAN, Kabul – AFGHANISTAN
  • Lubone MBOZOMANI – AZANIA / SOUTH AFRICA
  • Lotfi – TUNISIA
  • Angela MATEU – SPANISH STATE
  • CHOI Yuk Yuk – CHINA
  • Randy MIRANDA – PHILIPPINES
  • Zongo Sibri ABLASSE – BURKINA FASO
  • John SWEENEY – GREAT BRITAIN
  • Judit SOMI – HUNGARY
  • Democratic Workers Party – BANGLADESH

Concluding presentation by Daniel GLUCKSTEIN – FRANCE
(Co-coordinator of the International Workers Committee)