Since its foundation in 2014, the International of Trade Unions (TUI) of Pensioners and Retirees (PeR) of the World Trade Union Federation have been invited to the yearly ILO´s Assembly to expose and reclaim – at world´s level – our demands in search of life better conditions for the elderly in those countries that still have not chosen the path to socialism and where we have gave away our working lives for the benefit of capital.
On the same way, we are increasingly present at the world’s streets through concentrations, protests, demonstrations and a wide range of actions in which we take part alongside with active workers, both men and women, with identical demands in front of our governments; most of the times harassed and beaten by security forces just because we are defending our demands that are nothing but the human rights entitled to those that have created the wealth and everything useful along the whole planet.
More than this we consider our demands as just as elementary human rights, for what we demand are the basics of a decent life for everyone: proper housing, fresh water, health services, leisure facilities, a public transportation system, culture and healthy and adequate nourishment. We add to these demands the state sponsored payment of social security ‘s dues to all people unable to get a work under capitalism so they can achieved a decent life as human beings.
This is what we demand for, just because ours is a just cause and because it is only logical that any organization claims for the wellbeing of everybody. That´s how it is recorded in article 25th of the Universal Human Rights Declaration that states: “Every person has the right to an adequate living standard that assures him, along with his family, health and wellbeing, especially concerning feeding, clothing, housing, medical assistance and social services; it also has the right to receive insurance in case of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or any other case in which he may lose his means of life due to circumstances independent of his/her will.”
These rights must be collected in the Constitutions or Bill of Rights of every country in the world and must be accomplished and being considered as high priority. There´s enough money for that, especially if the huge imperialist weapons and war expenses – ordered by those capitalist’s moguls – are put to a stop.
So it is fairly clear that we are only demanding what may be considered as basic human rights. And therefore we will carry on with our demands in front of every government, public power and/or institution that as such are compelled and obliged to accomplish.
This is and will be, as long it may be needed, our constant struggle as stated in our international slogan: “LONG AND DIGNIFIED LIFE FOR ALL PENSIONERS AND RETIREES!”