Tuesday, 11. December 2018

The 20th IMCWP took place on November 23-25, 2018, in Athens, hosted by the KKE, which celebrates 100 years of its historic course.

The theme of the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) was "The contemporary working class and its alliance. The tasks of its political vanguard - the Communist and Workers' Parties, in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars, for the rights of the workers and the peoples, for peace, for socialism ". At he meeting 90 Communist and Workers’ parties from 73 countries took part, representing all the continents.

wfdy 148In 1945 during the Second World War and the struggle against fascism, various anti-fascist and progressive youth movements were building bridges of communication and cooperation in the face of the common enemy. Millions of youth around the world saw the necessity of uniting their voices and joining their hands, for a common struggle against all forms of destruction of life. On the same time they were setting the priority of facing imperialism and struggling for its overthrow.

In 2016 TUI-PS launched the international day against privatizations, aimed at strengthening and expanding unity in the action of workers and peoples around the world in defence of public services and social functions of the states. From 22 to 26 October, once again we will organize initiatives, demonstrations, strikes or other actions to increase awareness on the disastrous impacts of privatizations on the lives of workers, peoples and countries, seeking to strengthen the fight to prevent new processes and to reverse those that have meanwhile been implemented.

The WFTU is celebrating its foundation day and International Action day of October 3rd, 2018 by dedicating this day to the modern demand for social security. The WFTU Secretariat calls the trade unions in all countries to organize activities, strikes, demonstrations and other activities to honor the 2018 International Action Day under the main slogan: “Ensure social security and free healthcare for all” side by side with all the other demands of the class-oriented trade union movement in every country of the world. The international working class is joining its voices to the slogans: Public Social Security and free healthcare for all, Working week of 35 hours – 7 hours a day – 5 days a week, Collective bargaining, Trade union and democratic freedoms, Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

More than a year ago, the WFTU Secretariat, in the face of the 75th anniversary of our big class-oriented trade unionist family, announced an open contest to commemorate every anonymous or known militant who fought among the ranks of our International, making its contribution for the emancipation of our class. Since that moment, many books, documents, testimonies, essays and various historical information have reached our Headquarters, thus contributing to the rescue and spread of the glorious history and path of our World Federation of Trade Unions.

wfdy 148June 20th has been declared as the World Refugee Day since 2000, according to the decision of the United Nation General Assembly.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ annual report, 68.5 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of 2017. 16.2 million of them were displaced for the first time. That means that 44,500 people are being displaced each day, or 1 person every two seconds. 53% of them are children, including many who are unaccompanied or separated from their families.

20th June – World Refugee Day – European Regional Office of WFTU Week of Solidarity (18-23 of June)

“War, violence and persecution around the world force more people than ever to be displaced from their homes”, “…there were 65.6 million people displaced worldwide by the end of 2016 – nearly 300,000 more than last year.”

This is the assessment, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees annual report “Global Trends”, which is the organization’s largest annual survey on the phenomenon of displacement.

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