Inspired by the heroic and victorious revolt of the Tunisian and Egyptian people, which led to the overthrowing of dictators Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Moubarack, the working people, men and women, young and old, in Arab countries – Bahrein, Yemen, Lybia, Morocco, Algeria, – and also in Iran, have decided to rise for freedom, for employment, for trade union and political rights, for human liberties and dignity, for a society without exploitation of man by man.
Paying a heavy toll, sacrificing their lives, showing steadfastness and unshakable determination, millions of protesting people have already managed to expel totalitarian governments, which for decades have exploited , oppressed and tortured their own citizens with the open military, economic and political support of the United States respective administrations, of the European Union, of multinationals and international financial and banking institutions, all at the service of global capitalism.
Despite the enormous wealth produced by the working people of these countries, unemployment, lack of housing and health care, uncontrolled price hike on basic commodities, in particular food, etc. have continued to plague the vast majority of the population and millions of young people have not been able to find a job, many of them forced to emigrate in search of a living for themselves and their families. This horrendous injustice has continued for decades under the silent and complacent eyes of the Western ruling class and their corrupted politicians.
Time has come for the people of the Middle-east region to defeat the imperialist plans of a so-called New Middle-East, to expel foreign militaries from their territories, to demand and obtain the liberation of all Arab territories and to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as capital city.
The Trades Union International of Workers in the Construction, Wood and Building Materials Industries UITBB, member organization of the World Federation of Trade Unions, expresses on behalf of millions of workers militant solidarity with the heroic struggles and aspirations of the workers and people in the Arab world.
The UITBB condemns the massive killing of demonstrators and the violence used against them to suffocate the popular rebellion.
The UITBB calls upon building and wood workers around the world to express their support and solidarity with their brothers and sisters in the Arab countries, to be in the first lines of the international solidarity movement that is building up around the world. The working people in Arab countries need international solidarity in their noble fight for radical change. Their fight for jobs and justice, for freedom and democracy is part of the struggle of the global working class for a new world without exploitation.
We wish the people of the Arab World all success in their struggles to get rid of imperialism’s puppet governments.