By tradition and duty of solidarity with the peoples, the WFTU through its 86 million members in 120 countries around the world celebrates World Water Day by a responsible awareness of the masses.
Our international trade union organization draws once again the attention of international public opinion on the importance of sustainable management of water resources of our planet. Already, during the last Action Day on October 3, the issue of water was among the legitimate claims that had raised our class oriented family to point the finger at the injustice of its distribution in some corners of the earth.
It should be noted that the negative effects of policies that have greatly polluted the equitable management of water resources. Priorities of its basic consumption are increasingly diverted in favor of industrial needs of multinationals and monopolies that are activated in major business activities. However, it was found that a fifth of the water consumed on the planet is engulfed by products for export. Through this commercial dynamic, developed countries are increasing pressure on sensitive areas often in lack of conservation policies of this scarce resource.
The WFTU on these sad facts sounds the alarm bell about the consequences of political crises, and climate anomalies that contribute to aggravate the uneven distribution of water. These factors can trigger major changes and transformations on population movements and factors of development, which, in turn, contribute to meaningful socio- economic differentiation. To say that the crisis of the capitalist system is still pervasive to impact on the basic needs of the human race.
For this obvious observation, the international working class must have its own reading of this World Water Day. It must be his and permanently the fight for the right to safe drinking water for all. Trade unions should, in principle, monitor all national water policies initiated in different countries in order to influence the compliance of its quantitative, quality and commercial management.
The remark is unanimous in many poor countries the distribution water companies are generally privatized and are part of multinationals ownership that increases gradually prices on this vital resource. Faced with such a situation, people are generally taken hostage by the capitalist system that has tentacles in all production sectors in order to always increase its profits at the expense of workers.
For this World Water Day, the WFTU in internationalist spirit, solidarize with people suffering from water shortages which impacts on hunger, malnutrition and hygiene contribute to infringe fundamental human rights: his survival.
Beyond these considerations , our class oriented trade union recalls that its union policy guidance from the Athens Pact are perfectly in tune with its positions on issues related to the natural environment of man.
International class oriented trade unionism, beyond the struggle for workers’ rights in the world, continues to be involved and to raise its voices in decision- making at the highest international level despite the discrimination he still subject. Defend positively populations from neoliberal policies harm initiated within international organizations under the dictates of the capitalist multinationals remains one of the creeds of the WFTU.
More than ever, the WFTU is committed to fighting among workers and people for a world where free access to drinking water continues to be a dream but must become a reality for the welfare of the all mankind.