06 | 12 | 2019

“Communism is the youth of the world!”“So come brothers and sisters
For the struggle carries on
The Internationale
Unites the world in song”

A century ago, over these days (20-26 November, 1919), 29 representatives from 13 countries were illegally gathering in Berlin, representing 219.000 members of Youth Organizations. It was the founding congress of the Young Communist International (YCI), which operated for 24 years as a section of the Communist International (CI) (which had been founded on March 1919) and under its guidance.

On the occasion of the WFTU foundation anniversary, on October 3rd 1945, the World Federation of Trade Unions is celebrating today the WFTU International Action Day under the slogan: Struggle against Xenophobia, Racism and Fascism.

Xenophobia and racism are intentionally raised among the peoples by governments and lobbies, so as to divide them, to make them accuse one another of the problems that are caused by capitalists and multinationals.

In Africa, in the Middle East and many other places, the looting of the workers’ natural resources, poverty, imperialist wars and conflicts create millions of refugees who fall victims of hatred and racist discriminations.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 97 million members in 130 countries of the 5 continents, greets the celebration of the International Workers’ Day 2019 with the slogan: “The wealth belongs to those who produce it!”

We greet workers throughout the globe, and their irreplaceable role in the production of all goods and services, necessary to cover all contemporary needs of the peoples internationally. We honor the history of the world working class, the great struggle of workers in Chicago in May 1886, who fought and achieved the establishment of the 8-hour working day, even by sacrificing their life.

“THE WFTU AGAINST ALL KINDS OF EXCLUSION, INEQUALITIES AND EXPLOITATION”

Today marks 162 years that commemorates and remembers the birth of International Women’s Day.  On this day, 08th March 1857, a group of women in the textile industry took a conscious decision to take to the streets of New York in order to protest against miserable working conditions of working women.

wfdy 148The World Federation of Democratic Youth salutes, on the occasion of the 8th of March, the International Women’s Day, all the young and working women who are living under the double exploitation of their gender and social class.

The 8th of March is celebrated as the International Women’s day to honour the sacrifices of the heroic women of the textile industries of New York that stood up and fought for their rights in the year of 1857.

The World Federation of Trade Unions honors the International Working Women’s Day on 8th March 2019, under the slogan:

“The WFTU against all forms of inequality, against all forms of exploitation”.

162 years after the first uprising of women textile workers in 1857 in New York, claiming the increase of their miserable salaries, the reduction of working hours, equality in payment and social rights, the situation for the working, unemployed and young women, is extremely harsh: unemployment, flexible work, lack of free and high quality health services and healthcare for them and for their children, psychological pressure and violence mainly inside but also outside the workplaces.

190127wfdy holocaustIt’s been 74 years since Red Army set Auschwitz-Birkenau free from the Nazis. The 27th of January is commemorated as the International day of Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, to remind us the bestiality of fascism. It is estimated that about 6 million people – Jews, communists, homosexuals or black – were led to death, forced labor and tough torture in Auschwitz.

The increasing of the frequency and volume of the migrants and refugees waves over the last years is a phenomenon directly linked with the long-lasting structural economic crisis of the capitalist system and the wars that generates.

The WFTU, on the occasion of the adoption of the migrant compact by the UN General Assembly, once again, denounces and uncovers the hypocrisy of the imperialist states. The imperialist states, escalate the military investments and imperialist plans and wars and create increasingly new waves of refugees and migrants.

Joint statement by Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Burundi, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russian Federation, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe at the Fourth review conference of the chemical weapons convention, the Hague, November 30, 2018

We, the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (CWC), committed to achieving the goal of freeing the world of chemical weapons, strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances.

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.

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