COSATU calls for International Worker's Day. Image: COSATUThe Congress of South African Trade Unions is calling on its members and all workers in the country to come out with their families to celebrate the International Worker’s Day on the 1st of May. This Mayday workers celebration is being held this year under the theme; “Celebrating 30 Years and defending Collective Bargaining, Workers Jobs and Rights”.
The federation is geared up and ready for this coming workers holiday and will be convening a series of activities all around the country to celebrate this crucial holiday. Workers should use this May Day to reflect and remember the victims of the Bethlehem bus crash, where 53 COSATU members perished on their way to QwaQwa, when their bus drove into a dam near Bethlehem, Free State on the ,1st of May 2003. This terrible accident lies at the heart of the federation’s decision to decentralize May Day events because, we do not want workers to travel long distances. We also extend our condolences to the families our ANC Ekurhuleni comrades, who passed away in an accident on their way back from the ANC Manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth. We wish all the injured a speedy recovery.
On the occasion of the strike today, on the 27th of April 2016, of ground crews, check-in staff, repair workers and the fire department at airports in Germany, the World Federation of Trade Unions and its 92 million members around the world extend our solidarity to your struggle.
The SYRIZA-ANEL government is proceeding to new anti-worker measures calculated at being worth 5.4billion euros (3% of the GDP) focusing of the heavy taxation of the people and the dismemberment of the social security system and pensions. In this direction it tabled this draft law in parliament, which will probably be put to a vote in the full plenum on the 10-11 of May. In addition, the SYRIZA-ANEL government is searching for a legal formula and a "reserve: package of anti-people measures that will be worth 3.6 billion euros (2% of the GDP).This was the subject of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government's consultations with the high-level delegations of the Eurozone and IMF.
The World Federation of Trade Unions addresses the international public opinion and the workers of the world and denounces the presence of NATO forces in the Aegean Sea, allegedly responding to the waves of refugees traveling towards Europe.
The imperialist intervention of the USA, the NATO and the EU, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf Monarchies against the people of Syria and other peoples of the region has led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people and has forced millions to become refugees and live in poverty. This imperialist intervention has now become even deeper and this activity is the reason for the millions of refugees and displaced people.
Solidarity from Uruguay: Latin America against the coup! Image: @ProDerechosBy 367 votes, the floor of the Chamber of Deputies approved the admissibility of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment request on Sunday (Apr. 17) evening. Deputies were namely called to vote according to the order imposed by internal rules of the Chamber of Deputies, from the North to the South Region. Deputy Abel Galinha (member of the opposition party Democratas) was the first to record his vote, and he said "yes" to impeachment.
The impeachment request, signed by the lawyers Miguel Reale Jr., Janaína Paschoal and Hélio Bicudo, was accepted by Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha in December 2015 and was based on the argument that Rousseff committed crime of responsibility, referring to delays in government transfers to state banks to fund the payment of welfare benefits, which is known as accounting tricks. The authors of the request also mentioned spending decrees signed without congressional authorization as a reason for ousting the president.
Earthquake in Ecuador. Image: ANDESA magnitude 7,8 earthquake occurred Saturday at 18:58 in many Ecuadorian cities, its epicenter was in Pedernales (Manabi), in the Ecuadorian coast, at a depth of 20km with no alert of tsunami, Alexandra Alvarado, from the Geophysical Institute said. The US Geophysical Institute, on the other hand, reported that the earthquake was 7,4 and lasted more than a minute followed by a number of aftershocks mainly in the Ecuadorian coast: Muisne, Rosa Zarate, Santo Domingo de los Colorados.