The World Federation of Trade Unions honors the International day for the elimination of racial discriminations on March 21, which this year finds the Peoples amidst the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic, that affects the most the toiling people, the poor and excluded persons of the societies. The fact that countries representing just a fifth of the global population have assured more than half of all vaccine doses, the fact that vaccination programs are developed mainly in European countries and the USA while other countries are left without vaccination, is another form of racism. This is why the demand of the WFTU for free and safe vaccine for all is timely and imperative. The workers’ and the peoples’ health must be put above profits.
At the same time, imperialist wars and interventions go on in the framework of antagonisms for the profits of large monopoly groups. These wars and interventions along with poverty and misery that prevail in many countries due to exploitation of their natural resources by the monopolies, create the flows of uprooted persons who are the most vulnerable to racism.
The world’s militant trade union movement denounces all forms of discriminations and demands universal access to public and high quality healthcare, to dignified work and education for all workers, migrants and refugees and their families. All workers united, independently of their origin, color, language, religion etc, through their trade unions and with internationalist solidarity, must develop common struggles for the fulfillment of their contemporary needs, against exploitation, imperialist wars, racism and xenophobia.