The World Federation of Trade Unions – WFTU – salutes the thousands of people who marched last Saturday in Washington, DC and dozens of other US cities demanding justice for the African-American victims of police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and across the country.
The killings in Ferguson and elsewhere and the acquittal of the culprits bring to the foreground the problem of racism in the United States and other developed countries. The atrocities committed by the US police reflect the deeply embedded injustice of race and class in the US. The injustice is most brutal to African-Americans and other communities of color. But the working class and the poorer sectors of the population as a whole are all too often victims of police violence.
The WFTU condemns racist attacks and racist policies carried out by law enforcement agencies in the United States. The international militant trade union movement has always fought against racial, religious, gender and any other kind of discrimination among the working people. All workers are class brothers and sisters. No matter their nationality, race, religion or gender, workers must unite and fight for what’s rightfully theirs. State violence against the working class, against the most oppressed and most vulnerable sectors of the working class will not be tolerated.
The WFTU, on behalf of the 90 million unionized workers all over the world it represents, expresses its solidarity with the working class and the people in the US and demands that justice is done for the victims of racist oppression.