Art workers of all continents,
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), the militant voice of 105 million workers who produce the wealth in 133 countries on the five continents, sends you a warm militant and internationalist greeting.
We address you in the midst of a situation that has profoundly affected the world working class. The coronavirus pandemic has unmasked more intensely than ever the dead ends of capitalism, the inability of the system to provide solutions to problems that have to do with the very survival and existence of the world’s workers. At the moment when our class counts its deaths in hospitals that lack personnel and infrastructure, most of our colleagues in the workplaces are exposed to almost non-existent health and hygiene conditions. Governments, employers and their instruments take advantage of the pandemic to hit the rights and achievements of the peoples. Authoritarianism and various forms of physical, psychological and mental violence are on the rise. For capital and multinationals, human life is nothing but a cost.
Art and culture workers are not exempt from the big picture; In many cases, the consequences of the capitalist crisis unleashed by the coronavirus had a profound effect on this sector. Thousands of art workers were left without work while many of them were called to work without labor rights, without hygiene and safety measures, with flexible hours and a deregulation of their labor and trade union rights. Collective bargaining agreements are abolished while social security and democratic freedoms are in the crosshairs of the capitalist states. Unfortunately, many are the examples that thousands of our colleagues, actors, filmmakers, singers, technicians, plastic artists etc. can share.
Away from their audiences, thousands of art workers face serious problems surviving at the same time that societies are fed on the garbage of the US cultural imperialism.
Faced with this situation, it is more imperative than ever that art workers organize worldwide a network of counterattack and solidarity. The WFTU, as the international power of the working class is determined to put all its forces into it and support this effort. So, in this framework we call on art workers around the world to attend an International Trade Union Conference to be held on March 16, 2021 at 17:00 pm (Greek time) on the following issues:
Capitalist crisis of the times of coronavirus and its consequences for art workers
- Exchange of experience between different countries
- Perspectives of international coordination
The conference will be held through the ZOOM platform and trade unionist who wish to participate can send their participation, their queries or proposals to the following e-mail: [email protected]
Let us put into practice the motto “NOBODY SHOULD BE ALONE IN THE CRISIS!”
Solidarity is our weapon!
The WFTU Secretariat