On behalf of the eighty million members of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) in 120 countries around the world we wish good luck in the General Strike of the Portuguese workers organized by the CGTP-IN on November 24 “against the exploitation and misery.”
Each struggle taking place today in European countries is not limited within the borders of one country but it has a great internationalist importance to strengthen the struggle of the working class throughout Europe. In every corner of the world, in every corner of Europe.
Now it’s time to engage all our forces in that class-oriented anti-imperialist movement that will succeed to: – Put a brake on the implementation of the anti-labor anti-popular measures aiming to transform workers into contemporary slaves. – Prevent the downloading of the capitalist crisis into the back of the working class and of the poor popular strata already bleeding due to heavy taxation and, at the same time, to tax cuts of big industrialists and state aid towards banks. – Bring in front-stage and claim with militancy the labor and social rights to satisfy the current needs of the people’s families.
The current political developments in the European Union reveal the difficulties from the bourgeoisie and its governments in the management of capitalist crisis because of the inter-imperialist antagonisms of capitalist states and the reality of uneven development of their economies. The EU was and remains a support mechanism of the European capital. He was and always will be against the interests of workers, youth and women.
Today they use all their tricks, their tactics, blackmails, false hopes and all the political and technocratic staff they have at the rescue of big capital and of the system against the fear of class oriented labor movement that has not yet been thrown into battle its basic forces.
No fear! No surrender! Now it’s time to counterattack.
Comrades, we are with you in this important struggle you give and we wish you every success. Long live the working class of Portugal! Long live the CGTP-IN! Long live the struggles of workers across Europe!