Workers, women and men,
In the Middle East the torment of the heroic Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian peoples continue by
Israel, with the substantial support of the , the European Union and its allies. In USA Bahrain, the government declared a martial law against the people and working class of , who are struggling for democracy, freedom and justice and to stop the plundering of the resources of the country by capitalists, kings and emirs. Bahrain
In Asia the picture is no better: in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the and the European imperialists are continuing their occupation and military operations. The deadly floods in USA Pakistan and the deadly tsunami in are another proof that the people of the world are unprotected against the natural phenomena, despite the technological breakthrough. Japan
the situation is also complicated. In USA North America, unemployment and poverty are growing. The official unemployment rate in the is currently 9.5% - 10.2 million Americans are now receiving unemployment benefits. U.S.
Latin America feels the aggressiveness of
North America. Slander and attacks against the heroic Cuban Revolution, attacks against Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, the occupation in Haiti, support for the dictatorship in . In Honduras , in the last five years, hundreds of trade unionists have been assassinated and the country is being transformed into an American military base. In Colombia Chile, the tragic accident occurred at mine and the crime committed against the miners. In San Jose , the devastating floods caused death to innocent lives. Brazil
But also in
Europe, capitalism creates and multiplies the problems. Unemployed workers in the countries of the European Union number millions. In Europe, the official unemployment rate has reached 9.3%, with unemployment having risen at 20.7% for young workers between the ages 15-24. Privatizations, the undermining of social security and the reduction of wages and pensions are a common strategy of all the European Governments, both neoliberals and socialdemocrats. The Lisbon Treaty shows the reactionary attitude and the real role of the European Union.
The WFTU has always been ahead in the front line of struggle! There is no corner of the world where the WFTU has not been present, standing on the side of the weak, always on the side of the peoples, alongside with the working class, in the struggles against capitalist exploitation.
We strengthen the international class-oriented trade union movement on the path indicated by the 16th Congress of WFTU. The decisions of this historic Congress that took place in Athens, Greece on the 6-10 April 2011 open new roads, new horizons and new prospects for the global working class.
During the four days of the congress works that followed, 115 speakers from the five continents and the basic sectors took the floor. All the acute, contemporary problems of the working people, the poor farmers, the self-employed, the youth, the women, the pensioners and the landless were discussed. Resolutions that strengthen the class-oriented character of the WFTU and aim for the strengthening of the international trade union movement have been voted.
Today WFTU is stronger, more militant, more united, more capable to continue the struggle with class unity and a militant perspective, against the policies of the monopolies and the multinationals that create poverty for the many and big profits for the few. For a World without exploitation from man to man.
Long Live workers May Day!
Proletarians of all countries unite!