Saturday, 20. October 2018

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.

In 1972 the UN agency United Nations Environmental Program declared June 5th as the World Environment Day.

Despite the action being undertaken for the protection of the Earth, various environmental problems are being exacerbating. The natural resources are not being used for water and food security for the peoples of Africa, of Asia etc, but they are being plundered by the monopolies. The rivalries between imperialist states for the control of natural resources often lead to armed interventions with destructive effects on the environment and the peoples of these countries.

200 years ago, οn May 5th 1818, in the city of Trier of Prussia, the great revolutionary Karl Marx was born. Marx had a decisive contribution to the foundation of the revolutionary worldview of the working class as well to the economic, political and philosophical thought of humanity.

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