Hands Off Union Leaders!

30 Jan

ZIMBABWE: FOR MASS ACTION TO FREE UNION LEADERS AND OTHER POLITICAL PRISONERS!

 

 

 

From the 14th of January the government has been arresting trade unionists, opposition leaders, civic leaders and the poor masses. This was as a result of the historic protests cum stay away which shock the regime to its core forcing it to shut down the internet, repress viciously the masses through indiscriminate killings, mass arrests, wanton shootings, torture and rape. The motivation is clear: To silence all opposition to austerity and massive looting of the state as well as to hinder future organisation of the masses.

 

As we speak four trade union leaders are in jail facing serious charges ranging from subversion to treason. The president and secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as well as their counterparts from the radical teachers’ union, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ). Other leaders are on the run and some in hiding. The motivation and intention of the state is to weaken and crush the workers movement as a pre-condition for the successful implementation of further austerity measures meant to make the workers and poor masses pay for the crisis of capitalism and corruption by elites.

 

Whilst the government has also moved to arrest opposition leaders as well civic leaders it is clear that their real target are the poor masses and trade union leaders whose constituency poses a real threat to their pro imperialism policies. The opposition and civic elites do not oppose the massive austerity measures being forced on the population. Their stated goal is to force the government to a negotiating table with the intention of producing another Government of National Unity (GNU) premised on pro capital policies. Ordinary workers, the poor and urban youths who have been arrested are being denied bail and their cases fast tracked to instill fear in the population calculated at discouraging participation in future protests.

 

Through the arrests, trials and subsequent sentences the government is engaging in direct class warfare against the working and poor population in the service of capitalism and imperialism. The state has clearly transformed from a police state under Mugabe to a military state where the military is now a key player in enforcing “law” and serving imperialism. This is not peculiar but a necessary expression of the nature of class antagonisms and tasks. The workers, poor peasants, urban poor, poor youths and unemployed must realise this and respond accordingly. Reliance on the rule of law, petitioning regional and international state bodies is not enough and on their own such methods ultimately lead to defeat and demoralization. Class methods must be utilised. Organised militant mass action, leading to a general strike, which is organized and defended by the ordinary poor masses, is a must if our class is to conquer its interests. Solidarity from the international workers movement is a must.

 

– Free all trade unionists and political prisoners now!

-Stop the persecution and repression of the poor masses and their leaders!

-For the full right to strike, protest, assemble and expression!

-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!

-Against unemployment and destitution we demand a sliding scale of working hours to provide decent jobs for all through massive public works programs to provide housing, education and medical care for all!

-Against the ever rising prices and inflation we demand a sliding scale of wages!

-For free, comprehensive and secular education for all!

-For free quality health for all!

-Workers take back your unions!

-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!

– The government and city municipalities must stop the attack on the vendors!

-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!

-Workers to form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!

-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!

-A national strike committee to organise and plan for a general strike!

– For a workers government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor!

-Nationalisation of all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!

-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!

-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!

-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!

-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!

 

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe section of the Liaison Committee of Communists)

 

30 January 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

 

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US HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

30 Jan

U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!

Maduro and United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are not capable of resolving the crisis of capitalism and defeating right populist and imperialist coups d’etats in the long run. Rightist reaction makes headway exactly and only where the crisis of working class leadership is not resolved in the workers’ favor. Maduro’s regime is a “left-Populist” model of bourgeois power, of the dictatorship of Capital, that seeks to maneuver between the imperialist blocs and ultimately fails, leaving the masses where they were before, subjugated to the dictates of global capital and as objects to be exploited in inter-imperialist geopolitics.

We have often said, and it has proven to be true, that the PSUV, the Chavez “United Socialist Party of Venezuela,” has always been a popular front, all by itself, in its class membership composition and its program. When state power is held by such a party, the result is no different than the more classical popular front version of a coalition of reformist workers parties with one or more parties of the bourgeoisie. When such regimes fail it is the masses who pay the price. That is, of course, unless the social vanguard is prepared to solve the crisis of proletarian leadership. This is the ideological struggle between Menshevism and Bolshevism in the modern context. The “socialists” take power and administer capitalism. Or the workers seize power!

We can already see how the struggle within the U.S. ruling class between Trumpsters and the neo-con layers of historical rightism has resulted in the appointment of Elliot Abrams as Special Envoy for Venezuela. This is the same Abrams, who under threat of felony prosecution took a plea deal and was convicted of withholding information from Congress in the Iran/Contra affair. He was an apologist for the Mozote massacre of over 500 in El Salvador and facilitator of any number of other such “fabulous achievements” for which he was charged but never tried. He is the capitalists’ equivalent of a mob enforcer, i.e., a persuader of enforcers. And he is now in charge of crushing the Venezuelan revolution.

Chavismo, an ideology based on a failed putchist’s rise to power as a “left-populist” was always incapable itself of freeing the country from the shackles of imperialism and establishing socialism. Relying on administration of the capitalist state it, never desired to or tried to build a revolutionary workers party capable of making the socialist revolution. Rather, it recreated the often tried and often failed ‘bloc of classes’ model in the name of an “anti-imperialist” 21st century Socialism. This “socialism” sought Win Win deals with like-minded “socialists” in China, where the bloc of four classes ideology has led to the resurgence of the capitalist mode of production with the “communist” party in power. Because of their faith in the “progressive” sectors of the bourgeoisie and in Chinese and Cuban socialism, the Chavistas prevented the popular assemblies from growing into revolutionary workers councils which armed the masses to establish direct democratic workers control of the economy and make the socialist revolution. Instead the Chavistas used their party to bloc with the “progressive” bourgeoisie–the “bolio-bourgeoisie” and this bloc tied the workers trapped in the Chavista party to their own capitalist state and blocked their road to power.

The Venezuelan National Assembly is not an institution that serves the working masses of Venezuela, but the capitalist government of Maduro AND property rights that defy the official land reform, which in any event actually guarantees the ownership rights of the latifundistas who can prove title dating to 1848, i.e., the biggest landowners! In total contrast we say the democratic organizations of the working class are the trade unions, the factory and workplace committees, worker and union self-defense guards, worker assemblies, workers councils and a revolutionary workers party and revolutionary workers’ International. We say expropriate the latifundistas and land to those who till it! For a Planned economy to employ and feed everyone!

Today in Latin America after decades of experiments in bourgeois “democracy,” sloganeering for another constituent assembly builds illusions in the failed forms of cross-class democracy. Our fight is for the formation of workers councils and a government of workers councils that takes all political power into the hands of the workers’ self-organized bodies. A constituent assembly, “revolutionary” or otherwise, is only a detour and an obstacle to the path to workers power. A cross-class assembly will only serve the reaction. We call for workers councils and an All-Venezuela Council of Workers’ deputies. These should be immediately recallable by the local bodies.

The history of Popular Fronts has in all cases and varieties been an interregnum permitting rightism to prepare its revenge upon the masses. Likewise, where all petty-bourgeois tendencies in the workers’ movement embrace a nationalist and minimalist program, worker revolutionists propel an internationalist perspective, an international party, an explicit transitional program and the permanent revolution, where all the democratic tasks are carried through to consummation and exceeded and outgrown by concretizing the socialism of “from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs! ”

To defeat the designs of imperialism, whether USA sanctions and intervention, Chinese debt servitude or Russian projects and influence, the task before the working class is not to defend the Maduro government against the right power grab but to defend Venezuela against all expropriators of the national wealth and the imperialist and proxy militaries assembled in the wings. Maduro will not and cannot defend you! Russian mercenaries are assembled to defend Maduro while Elliot Abrams and war hawks in Washington dust off contingency plans. The URGENT task for revolutionary workers is to break from Maduro and build a revolutionary workers party that fights for the power of workers councils and workers militias. A party which breaks the ranks of the armed forces from defense of the capitalist order and arms the workers and peasants to oppose imperialist intervention, proxy army invaders and rightist coup leaders. Socialism cannot be built in one country. A workers government in Venezuela would need to extend the socialist revolution to Latin America and all of South America and beyond.

The revolutionary cancellation of the debt to all imperialists will put a workers government in direct conflict with Chinese imperialism. China is owed $23 billion, a debt which takes half of Venezuelan oil revenue proceeds to sustain. For a rentier state with a one crop economy this debt to China is strangling the nation in the name of 21st century socialism. Chavez cut deals to provide underpriced oil to China in return for loans, which were lauded by the left as the foreign aid of a ”workers State” (International Communist League-ICL and other Robertsonites) or as anti-imperialist solidarity by the World Social Forum (WSF), Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Workers World Party (WWP), etc. Only revolutionary cancellation of debts to imperialists will permit long-term solving of the food crisis when linked to an internationalist perspective of socialist federation of Latin America, a planned workers economy that unites the cities and the countryside.

US HANDS OFF VENEZUELA! NO IMPERIALIST INTERVENTION!

PROSECUTE ELLIOT ABRAMS FOR WAR CRIMES! DOWN WITH TRUMP!

FOR MASS ACTIONS AND STRIKES AGAINST US MILITARY ADVENTURES!

ABOLISH SOUTH COM, BRING ALL US TROOPS HOME NOW!

RUSSIAN MERCENARIES OUT NOW!

ONLY WORKERS POWER CAN GUARANTEE DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH, ASSEMBLY AND PRESS! FREE ALL CLASS WAR POLITICAL PRISONERS!

NEITHER MADURO NOR GUIADO BUT A WORKERS’ & CAMPESINOS’ GOVERNMENT BASED ON WORKERS COUNCILS AND WORKERS MILITIAS!

FOR WORKERS DEFENSE OF VENEZUELA FROM IMPERIALISM!

FOR WORKERS ACTION AND SELF-DEFENSE COMMITTEES TO DEFEAT RIGHT-WING AND IMPERIALIST REACTION!

VENEZUELAN MILITARY RANK-AND-FILE SOLDIERS: ARREST YOUR OFFICERS AND ARM THE MASSES! LAND TO THOSE WHO WORK IT!

CANCEL THE FOREIGN DEBT AND NATIONALIZE THE COMMANDING HEIGHTS OF THE ECONOMY UNDER WORKERS CONTROL WITH NO COMPENSATION! FOR A RATIONAL, SOCIALIST PLANNED ECONOMY!

FOR A VENEZUELAN REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS PARTY AND A NEW REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS INTERNATIONAL BASED ON THE METHOD OF THE 1938 TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM!

FOR A SOCIALIST FEDERATION OF LATIN AMERICA!

ZIMBABWE:GENERAL STRIKE NOW!

20 Jan

REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS GROUP OF ZIMBABWE (RWG-Z)

(ZIMBABWE SECTION OF THE LIAISON COMMITTEE OF COMMUNISTS-LCC)

Publishers of the Revolutionary Worker

Website: http://www.rwgzimbabwe.wordpress.com

E-mail:rwg.zimbabwe@gmail.com

Facebook: Revolutionary Workers Group-Zimbabwe

Twitter:@rwgzimbabwe

Cell: +263713045654

 

 

 

 

ZIMBABWE: FOR A GENERAL STRIKE TO DEFEAT AUSTERITY AND DICTATORSHIP!

 

 

 

 

 

From Monday the 14th of January 2019 the post-Mugabe pro austerity Mnangagwa-Chiwenga junta government  has been violently killing, arresting, maiming, injuring, victimising and torturing the ordinary poor masses, workers, activists and trade union leaders. It is estimated that as of now over a dozen people have been killed, nearly 400 injured and way above 600 arrested and waiting fast track hearings. This was in response to a Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ (ZCTU) call to stay away as well as the spontaneous towns and townships protests by the suffering and angry youths and urban poor protesting the effects of the austerity measures by the government keen to forcibly place the burden of paying for the crisis on the shoulders of the poor. Since Tuesday the government has been issuing directives for the closure of internet services in order to conceal its brutality and curtail further organising and mobilising. As we write a bit of “normalcy” has returned though it is bound to be short lived.

 

Even though Zimbabwe has been engulfed in a crisis characterised by de-industrilisation, informalisation and rising inflation, the fiscal and monetary policy announcements in October last year made the situation worse as prices of basics doubled, production dropped and the liquidity crisis deepened. However, it is last weekend’s announcement by the president to raise by over 150% the prices of petrol and diesel that triggered the outburst of anger and frustration. This was on the back of a 40 day strike by doctors and radiographers, a march by teachers and notices of intention to strike by civil servants and the private sector workers. Most people cannot afford to put food at their tables let alone send children to school. Those who have been thrown out of employment and those failing to secure jobs are being harassed by the central and municipal authorities for trying to make a living. Immediately after announcing the fuel hike Mnangagwa quickly left for Russia. This shows that the attack was designed to prove his fitness to control the masses as an incentive for more FDI. The trip will end in Davos where he will be offering Zimbabwean cheap labour and resources to other imperialist powers.

 

Unions and civic groups are under pressure from the suffering masses to take a lead or risk irrelevancy. The ZCTU was spurred by the boiling anger to call for action despite a notice it had given to the government. The civil service unions, including conservative ones, have been forced to make radical proclamations to maintain control of their base. But the interests of ordinary workers and poor masses are different from those of most of the union leaders, mainstream opposition and even business which have encouraged its workers to take part in the action. For most of the trade unions this was an opportunity to simply maintain control of members and ultimately prepare for retreats. For the main opposition, alongside its civic society surrogates, this is seen as a perfect opportunity to pressure the government to invite them for dialogue that has to lead to a second Government of National Unity (GNU). Business wants the government to solve the monetary fundamentals that are creating uncertainty for them.

 

The interests of the poor masses and workers are clear and at variance to the above because of class backgrounds. Workers and poor masses want a meaningful life, a living wage, good working conditions, employment and a chance to earn a decent living. In the maze of the stay away and protests the voices of the poor and working masses were drowned in the call for national dialogue and return to constitutionality. The regime will certainly abandon any fiction of democracy to repress resistance to its austerity as it has no option in order to please imperialism. Liberal democracy, social democracy, dictatorship and fascism are thus only different forms of bourgeoisie rule. The state is repressing and attacking not because it likes that but simply because it cannot solve the crisis of capitalism in Zimbabwe without resorting to force. Therefore the material objective basis of the state brutality is the deep capitalist crisis in a semi colony under sanctions in the context of a global economic slowdown.

 

Workers and the poor masses must realise that a dialogue of elites will not solve their fundamental problems. Elites want to be able to share the little crumbs from the imperialists’ table in return for managing the exploitation of the masses. The interests of the liberal civic groups and deceptive labour bureaucrats’ must be exposed and defeated. Workers must defend their unions at all costs. There is need for workers to form cross union strike and action committees to coordinate and organise a general strike beyond the limitations of the trade union leaders interested in limited useless actions. Theses committees must also organise in communities and educational institutions. The brutality of the state can only be defeated by workers militias working in alliance with poor masses, peasants and the youths. We call for an international campaign to free the union leaders who have been grabbed by the army to intimidate the ranks. All organisations of the poor masses and socialists must support the struggle of workers and the poor .Rank and file workers should demand that unions call for a coordinated indefinite general strike, on the basis of working people’s demands and methods, which alone can force the government to backtrack on austerity and repression and ultimately lay the ground for dismantling capitalism which is the source of the crisis.

 

-Stop all the persecution and repression of the poor masses and their leaders! Release all those imprisoned!

-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!

-Against unemployment and destitution we demand a sliding scale of working hours to provide decent jobs for all through massive public works programs to provide housing, education and medical care for all!

-Against the ever rising prices and inflation we demand a sliding scale of wages!

-For free, comprehensive and secular education for all!

-For free quality health for all!

-Workers take back your unions!

-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!

– The government and city municipalities must stop the attack on the vendors!

-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!

-Workers to form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!

-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!

-A national strike committee to organise and plan for a general strike!

– For a workers government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor!

-Nationalization of all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!

-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!

-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!

-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!

-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!

 

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe section of the Liaison Committee of Communists)

 

20 January 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

 

 

 

 

 

FORWARD TO A GENERAL STRIKE!

9 Jan

REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS GROUP OF ZIMBABWE (RWG-Z)
(ZIMBABWE SECTION OF THE LIAISON COMMITTEE OF COMMUNISTS-LCC)
Publishers of the Revolutionary Worker
Website: http://www.rwgzimbabwe.wordpress.com
E-mail:rwg.zimbabwe@gmail.com
Facebook: Revolutionary Workers Group-Zimbabwe
Twitter:@rwgzimbabwe
Cell: +263713045654

ZIMBABWE, WORKERS AND POOR MASSES UNDER ATTACK: FORWARD TO AN INDEFINITE GENERAL STRIKE! BUILD A UNITED CROSS UNION RANK AND FILE STRIKE COMMITTEE! BUILD WORKERS DEFENSE MILITIAS!

Workers and the poor masses are under attack from the pro austerity capitalist serving regime in Zimbabwe. Since October last year the government has made clear its intention to make workers, poor farmers, the urban poor and youths pay for the crisis of capitalism in here in Zimbabwe, a semi colony. Prices of basic commodities have risen by more than 100% whilst the income of the majority of workers, both lower level and middle class have been eroded by more than 400% in less than three months. The introduction of a tax on electronic mediated transfers, the most popular method of transaction for the majority as a result of hard currency shortages, has worsened the situation with most poor people failing to take care of their families and afford basic services like health and education. This is not accidental: it is a direct result of the policy stated of the post- Mugabe regime expressed through the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), fiscal and monetary policies and the budget all announced late last year.

If workers do not fight these attacks we will witness massive attacks on the incomes, livelihoods and working conditions of the poor working masses. Doctors and radiographers as well as some teachers under the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) banner have been striking and protesting demanding, among other things, that the government improves their working conditions and pay them in US dollars. ARTUZ staged a march last month preparing for a massive sit in at the offices of the Minister of Finance. More importantly and decisively, doctors and radiographers in state hospitals have been on strike for over a month now despite threats, isolation and propaganda against them. They have truly managed to hold the fort against the odds but without other sectors of the civil servants coming out soon the strike can be defeated as the doctors tire. We hope the doctors and radiographers hold the line well into the coming week when schools open and teachers join in as well as nurses and other civil servants. Ultimately all workers including all in the private sector must join in and turn the strike by civil servants into an indefinite general strike.

The doctors and radiographers strike continues. Teachers under ARTUZ as well as other organisations will picket the offices of the Minister of Finance tomorrow Monday demanding that their grievances be addressed. The largest teacher union, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA), has declared that its members will not go to work on Tuesday when schools open demanding salaries in US dollars and an improvement in their working conditions. We expect other teachers’ unions and nurses, on the basis of their joint declaration last week, to also down tools this week. This would bring on board the majority of the civil servants with high chances of other public sector workers joining. But ultimately all workers should come out. We call on the main trade union federation the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) general Council, which is meeting this Tuesday, to call on all workers to join the strike turning the action into a massive all out indefinite general strike. Only then can we be assured of defeating the austerity agenda of the regime and laying a solid foundation for defeating capitalism and imperialism.

It is not enough for all workers to be on strike. Rank and file workers must, in action, build a united cross union strike committee to advance the strike beyond the possible wavering and selling out by the trade union leaders. As the government feels the pressure it will resort to brute force to smash the action by workers. To defeat this, workers should form defense militias to defend themselves against state violence and harassment. Poor urban masses, unemployed workers, youths and vendors must join the action against the attacks on the poor masses. The agenda of the government is to divide and conquer the masses and as such solidarity and unity in action is vital to move forward and remove fear.

-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!
-Against unemployment and destitution we demand a sliding scale of working hours to provide decent jobs for all through massive public works programs to provide housing, education and medical care for all!
-Against the ever rising prices and inflation we demand a sliding scale of wages!
-For free, comprehensive and secular education for all!
-For free quality health for all!
-Workers take back your unions!
-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!
– The government and city municipalities must stop the attack on the vendors!
-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!
-Workers to form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!
-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!
-A national strike committee to organise and plan for a general strike!
– For a workers government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor!
-Nationalization of all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!
-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe section of the Liaison Committee of Communists)

06 January 2019
Harare, Zimbabwe

STATEMENT ON ZCTU ARRESTS

13 Oct

HANDS OFF WORKERS! DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST! FOR WORKERS’ ORGANISED SELF- DEFENCE!
FOR A GENERAL STRIKE NOW!

The Zimbabwean police on Thursday assaulted and arrested more than 35 trade union leaders, activists and workers across the country allegedly for holding an illegal demonstration centrally against a 2% tax on electronic transfers. As we write there are reports that trade union leaders and activists are being hunted down by the police. We salute the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and all formations of the poor masses for taking this action against the regime that has declared war on the poor masses.

The government banned the demonstrations ostensibly because of fears of the spread of cholera despite holding a graduation ceremony at the University of Zimbabwe. The real reason is the fear that the demonstration could embolden the masses to fight against the austerity measures targeting the working and poor masses. The monetary and fiscal policy statements announced at the start of this month have triggered a rise in the prices of basic commodities as well as shortages leading to panic buying and the soaring of the value of the US dollar against the local bond currency.

The government has declared war on the poor in order to serve its imperialist masters and loot the country. The masses are being forced to pay for the crisis of capitalist degeneration through retrenchments, slave wages and working conditions, abolishment of social services and erosion of democratic rights including the right to protest. The working class and the poor masses must organise to defend their livelihood and the right to protest before it’s too late. Workers should organise self-defence organs in order to defend themselves against the state offensive and to maintain discipline in the face of attacks. Forums should be held to mobilise and organize workers and the poor masses towards a general strike.

-Free all arrested workers, trade union leaders and activists now!
-For labour forums including all oppressed groups now to organise and mobilise for a general strike!
-Workers form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!
-Form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!
-A national strike committee to organise and plan for a general strike!
-Workers take back your unions!
-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!
-Against unemployment and destitution we demand a sliding scale of working hours to provide decent jobs for all through massive public works programs to provide housing, education and medical care for all!
-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!
-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!
-Against the ever rising prices and inflation we demand a sliding scale of wages!
-For free, comprehensive and secular education for all!
-The government must stop the attack on the vendors!
– For a workers government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor!
-Nationalisation of all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!
-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe section of the Liaison Committee of Communists)

13 October 2018
Harare Zimbabwe

STATEMENT ON ACTURUS MINE EVICTIONS

17 May

RWG ZIMBABWE STATEMENT ON ACTURUS MINE DISMISSALS AND EVICTIONS

NYAMBIRAI HANDS OFF WORKERS! WORKERS FIGHT DISMISSALS AND EVICTIONS!
SOLIDARITY WITH WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES!

Acturus mine former workers and their families are sleeping in the cold after being forcibly evicted from their company homes .This is being done by the purported new owner of the gold mine, TN Holdings owned by businessman and lawyer Tawanda Nyambirai, who claims to have bought the entity from Metallon. As we speak over fifty families have been evicted and are sleeping in the cold with babies and young children. Only last week a tent provided by a well-wisher was forcibly removed by the company security and impounded. The evictions follow the unfair and callous dismissals of workers without any benefits and without following even the basic requirements of bourgeoisie labour rules guiding retrenchments and dismissals.

A brief context of the situation is as follows: In 2016 the spouses of workers at the mine blockaded all entrances to the mine thereby preventing workers and management from working. This was in protest to the prolonged salary arrears and lack of commitment on the part of the management to resolve the wage issue. The blockade was defeated after the betrayal of workers by their union which agreed to a memorandum putting the blame for the work stoppage on the workers and not the owners who had provoked the spouses into action. The management went on to use the memoranda as well as the complicity of the union to isolate workers and victimize them. Since then workers have been orally and summarily dismissed without due process and benefits. Late last year the company was purported to have been sold to Nyambirai despite the fact that pay slips still bear the Metallon details. Workers believe Metallon colluded with Nyambirai to dismiss them and evict them.

The issues at hand are clear: Bosses and the state are taking advantage of the Zuva ruling (which allowed for workers to be dismissed on notice without benefits), compromised unions and isolated workers to push the burden of paying for the crisis of capitalist crisis on the shoulders of the workers and poor masses. This is but a clear class struggle that must be fought in terms of the class means and not through reformist and legalistic means. Workers dismissed and evicted should not move an inch from the mine premises until proper procedures are followed and all their dues and outstanding wages and allowances are paid in full. This should be the basis for the legal fight currently under way and in no way should workers rely solely on legal tactics which can be manipulated and frustrated by the bosses and the state. But above all this, workers still in employment should realize that it’s only a matter of time before they too are targeted so a full blown indefinite strike is necessary to reverse the losses suffered by the workers since 2016.To sustain the strike and the sit in working class solidarity is paramount. We call for:

-An all-out strike and solidarity action to defeat the dismissals and evictions!
-Reinstatement of all workers and payment of all outstanding wages and allowances!
-Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!
-Nationalisation of Acturus mine and all mines without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!
-A sliding scale of wages and prices and employment for all who can work!
-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!
-Workers take back your unions!
-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!
-The introduction of state projects to employ all the unemployed; the government must stop the attack on the vendors!
-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
-For a national congress of all workers in struggle (state and private sector workers) to coordinate and prepare for a national general strike!
-Workers to form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions and livelihood of the poor!
-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against bosses and state violence!
– Workers, poor peasants and poor masses break with the petit bourgeoisie MDC-T Alliance and bourgeoisie ZANU (PF) and fight, through class struggle, for a worker’s party that champions the interests of the workers, poor peasants and the poor masses!
-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe-RWG-Z (Section of the Liaison Committee of Communists-LCC)
17 May 2018
Harare

REVOLUTIONARY WORKER 4

14 May

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