LCC May Day Statement 2017

26 Apr

Liaison Committee of Communists (LCC): MAY DAY 2017
May Day: Workers of the World Unite!
Smash Capitalist Imperialism & Stop its Drive to a Third World War!
The world is in the throes of a crisis of overproduction of capital caused by the falling rate of profit. It is exacerbated by the rise of China and Russia as rival imperialist powers to the declining US led bloc. We regard the crisis as proof of the self-destruction of capitalism in its death throes. It can only get worse as it destroys masses of accumulated capital and drives down the costs of labor which in past crises has always led to imperialist wars. Today the severity of the crisis is compounded by the fast approaching capitalist-fuelled climate catastrophe and the end of the human species. This crisis can only end in the destruction of a Third World War and climate catastrophe, or as the World Socialist Revolution. To stop the drive to imperialist war, ecological collapse and the end of humanity, imperialism must die!
Imperialism’s war on workers
For imperialism to survive it must make the masses pay for its crisis. This means attacking their livelihood and their lives! This is shown by the huge downward pressure on the masses living standards and attacks on their rights, their historic gains, and their very existence. It takes many forms:
1. An expanding reserve army of unemployed from Asia, Africa and Latin America where most of the working population is in the informal economy. Everywhere casualising contracts such as ‘zero hours’ are targeting especially black, female and young low-paid or no-paid workers. In Europe and the US today up to half of youth are unemployed.
2. Attacks on indigenous peoples’ struggles to survive and defend their natural resources from outright theft and plunder as we see from the Amazon to Australia, from the Zimbabwe diamond mines to the West Papuan independence struggle and the US First Nation peoples’ stands against fracking and capitalist climate catastrophe.
3. Rising flows of migrant workers denied basic rights to life as in the case of African migrants deported by the ANC from South Africa, dying by the thousands trying to reach Europe, and trapped in concentration camps in Australia, Greece and France. And the millions of political refugees fleeing invasions and wars.
4. Attacks on trade unions to break them so that workers are super-exploited and killed in unsafe conditions as in Bangladesh and Argentina; attacks by the bureaucratic thugs of the state, killer cops on the union ranks everywhere such as miners of Las Heras, Argentina, and Bolivia, and the massacre at Marikana.
5. Vicious austerity measures imposed everywhere that destroy state welfare support for the working class in health, education, housing and social benefits driving workers into poverty ridden slums, early death or suicide as in the UK and Greece, driving down wages and restoring 19th century labour conditions.
6. Rising fascist movements among petty bourgeois and lumpen elements that ferment divisions in the working class over jobs, housing, etc., that lead to ethnic, religious, xenophobic attacks in Europe and elsewhere which prepare the masses as cannon fodder for countless proxy wars from South Sudan to Ukraine.
7. Imperialist invasions and occupations leading to proxy wars that pit workers of one or other nation, nationality, ethnicity or religion, and gender to fight one another. The proxy wars are most extreme in Africa (South Sudan) MENA (Syria, Iraq, Yemen) and Eurasia (Ukraine). They prepare the road to the Third World War.
By driving the proletariat into poverty and dividing it against itself as hostile factions, and in numerous wars, the imperialists and their national bourgeois agents desperately force down the costs of labour in the hope of restoring their profits. But so far they have not succeeded. The resistance is kicking back everywhere.
The proletariat fights to survive
For the international proletariat, the way out of the crisis is to resist all the imperialist attacks on every front in every country and build a revolutionary communist international to overthrow the rotten capitalist imperialist system. There is no lack of will and capacity to fightback by the world’s workers. Every day makes thousands martyrs of our class. We can see the spontaneous resistance taking many forms in the struggle for jobs, social and economic rights and the defence of basic human rights, from opposition to cop killers from Ferguson to Baltimore, from the fascists in the Donbas, from the dictator al Assad and Islamic State in Aleppo, from ANC police thugs in Marikana, and from popular front betrayals in Brazil, South Africa and Greece.
Yet, inevitably – whether this resistance is in the form of the fight against austerity, casualisation (the “gig economy”) , for the rights of indigenous, blacks, women, of migrant workers, for the rights of unions, and opposition to proxy wars, invasions and occupations – spontaneous resistance is everywhere trapped by the false friends of the working class; the labour bureaucracy in the unions, the reformist left parties, and most treacherously the self-proclaimed communists and fake Trotskyists who betray the proletariat by covering for the open agents of the bourgeoisie in the ranks of the working class itself. To mobilise and organise a united world proletariat, first the working class must be freed from its treacherous bureaucratic misleaders who suck militant workers into fatal political alliances with the bourgeoisie under the banner of the popular front (from the ANC in South Africa, the PT in Brazil, the PSUV in Venezuela, to Syriza in Greece, the Green Party wannabes internationally) that ties their hands as the crisis deepens and the fascist gangs and paramilitaries are unleashed by the bosses to try to smash the international revolutionary proletariat and stop it carrying out its historic task of overthrowing the capitalist system.
For a revolutionary program and party!
To bring an end to the capitalist imperialist crisis which now threatens the destruction of humanity and nature we need a socialist revolution. That needs a revolutionary
transitional program of demands that are raised to meet the immediate urgent needs of workers for jobs, housing, education, health, etc., fought for by workers, for the workers.
These fights bring workers up against the power of the bosses state and its repressive forces, that denies migrants rights, kills militant workers, bans unions, jails or kills protesters, and incites workers to kill one another in pogroms and wars. This proves the need for workers to build their own class power based upon their organs independent of the bureaucracy and bourgeoisie – councils, militias, and most of all an international Leninist/Trotskyist party that provides the leadership to the revolutionary proletariat.
The revolutionary party has to be everywhere that workers are resisting the crisis, challenging all the bosses’ agents at every point, and helping to organise workers into their own organs of workers power and breaking out of the popular front with the bourgeoisie. Our aim must be to name, expose and kick all these class traitors out of the class and to create a new leadership of class fighters who are won to the program of permanent revolution, capable of turning strike action into political general strikes, and then into victorious insurrections to overthrow the capitalist state and impose a Government of the workers and all the oppressed!
Workers of the World Unite!
For a new World Party of Revolution!
For Workers Councils and Militias!
For Workers Council Governments!
For a World Socialist Revolution and a Communist Future!

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Civil servants strike statement

5 Mar

RWG-Z STATEMENT ON THE 6 MARCH 2017 CIVIL SERVANTS STRIKE

NO RETURNING TO WORK UNTIL BONUSES ARE PAID!
GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF UNIONS AND WORKERS!
FIGHT FOR A LIVING WAGE!
FIGHT FOR BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS!
FORM WORKPLACE BASED AND NATIONAL STRIKE COMMITEES!
BUILD WORKERS DEFENSE GUARDS!
PREPARE FOR AN ALL OUT STRIKE!
FOR A NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF WORKERS IN STRUGGLE!

The Apex council, representing all civil servants, issued a statement declaring that if government fails to pay their bonuses on time and in cash all workers will go on strike starting Monday the 6th of March 2017.The workers are also demanding that government stops meddling in workers affairs and also respect the joint negotiating forum between workers and the government. This comes as junior doctors are in the third week of their strike over bonuses, a decent wage and better working conditions with the nurses and senior doctors also threatening to go on strike over the same issues. Recent talks with government representatives yielded nothing as government was only trying to buy time whilst doing all it can to divide workers and weaken the unions ahead of a showdown over a living wage and better working conditions. The government through the minister of labour is busy trying to divide the public sector workers by conducting a nefarious “consultation” with the workers behind the backs of the unions. This is unacceptable and an affront to the workers struggle and interests.
As the Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-Z) we fully support the call by the civil service workers unions to go on strike. This was long overdue. Nothing can be won by talking to an authoritarian and anti-workers government that serves imperialism, local capitalists and bosses in the party. This can only be the beginning of a protracted and robust mass action that will win workers their bonuses, a living wage and better working conditions. But for this to happen workers need to be organised and clear in their demands. The battle cannot be left to the trade union leadership alone. Workers on the ground must come up with workplace based strike committees which coordinate with other workplaces and the unions in order to be able to turn this strike into an all-out general strike capable of conquering the demands of the workers and manned by accountable and recallable representatives. Workers must be prepared against the inevitable treachery of the labour bureaucracy which is prone to betrayals and cowardice.
Zimbabwe has been experiencing an economic downturn ever since the dawn of the new millennium. This was made worse by the 2008 great recession which made a bad situation worse. After an initial stabilisation following the Government of National Unity (GNU) of 2009 the situation got worse after the 2013 general elections won by the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe. Industries have closed en masse resulting in massive unemployment and growth of the informal sector. This has led to fissures within the ruling party on how best to resolve the crisis of capitalism and a backward semi colonial state, being seen also in the opposition parties and civil society. One faction in ZANU-PF is advocating for rapprochement with western imperialism, opening up the business space and introducing a raft of democratic rights as a solution to the crisis with another advocating the deepening of relations with Chinese imperialism, instituting protectionist measures and tightening the ruling party’s grip on dissent.
The great recession of 2008 caused by a crisis of profitability resulted in an acute crisis of global capitalism with the major imperialist economies forced to bail out banks and firms. The cost of the bailout has been forced on the shoulders of the working and oppressed masses through vicious austerity measures. This attempt has however failed to resolve the crisis. Even the so called emerging economies like Brazil and India have also been hit hard. The situation in semi colonial countries like Zimbabwe is worse as they face the double burden of imperialist domination and capitalist recession resulting in a vicious spiral of economic downturn. As a reaction to the failure of the austerity measures a section of bourgeoisie politicians and strategists is now proposing and implementing protectionist and neo Keynesian measures to try and ease the effects of the crisis. This, however, is bound to fail as well because the fundamental dynamic of a historic fall in profitability cannot be addressed by these superficial measures.
As in other countries, the bosses and elites in Zimbabwe have been forced to force the burden of paying for the crisis on the shoulders of the poor and workers. The working class has essentially saved the economy from imploding through slave wages and a massive attack on their working conditions. The destruction of social services initiated in the early 1990s has been intensified despite occasional election time and populist pro poor rhetoric by the anti-workers regime which is supported in essence by the whole spectrum of mainstream opposition parties and groups. The unemployment rate of above 90% has created a pressure point for forcing those still in work to accept slave wages and going for months without pay despite bosses and senior managers awarding themselves obscene pay rises on a regular basis. In the public service sector the workers have been attacked and victimised left, right and centre with the latest being the non-payment of the 2016 bonuses by now.
Clearly, the balance of force in class terms is in favour of the bosses and imperialism against workers and the poor masses. The 2015 Supreme Court ruling on the dismissal of workers on three moths notice dealt a big blow to the workers with over 3000 losing their jobs and many living in perpetual fear and confusion. This is on the back of the decimation of the labour movement through its co-option by the major MDC-T party and the general deceptive nature of labour leaders especially in times of crisis. The splits in the union federations along partisan and opportunistic lines has made a bad situation worse. The umbrella body that represents the civil servants, the Apex council, is no exception to the opportunistic bickering and side shows at the grim expense of workers. Government has taken advantage of the situation by going directly to workers in an attempt to divide the unionised against non-unionised workers as well as set up workers against their unions. The blame has to be put squarely on the labour bureaucracy which is prostrating itself to the government and bosses for selfish reasons.
The strike action forced on the leadership by events and workers is a welcome move that has the potential to shift the balance of forces decisively. What is needed is not a symbolic one off action but a protracted strike that forces the government to pay bonuses, improve working conditions and improve salaries. The momentum created by the on-going junior doctors’ strike and threats by the nurses and senior doctors is an advantage to the civil servants. Only militant and solid action can win results. The examples of the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) and National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) workers of steadfast industrial action should guide the government workers. It is also important that other unions and bodies of the poor masses offer solidarity to the workers as they embark on a historic job action reminiscent of the late 90s.
For this to be successful workers should move to build  workplace strike committees, with elected leaders who can be recalled immediately, that are coordinated at the national level to safeguard against betrayals and also able to coordinate and mobilise the strike. Relying on the union leadership is dangerous and can only lead to bitter defeats and frustration. The strike committees would also safeguard the workers against the manipulations and threats likely to come from the union leaders. It is likely that the government, faced with a life and death situation, will unleash the forces of violence on the workers. This must be defeated by building defence guards to protect striking workers against hired agents of the labour bureaucracy and the state machinery. Public sector workers should call for a national conference of all workers in struggle in order to build solidarity between public sector workers and other unions as well as other organisations of the oppressed. We urge all workers to come out in full force on Monday the 6th of March 2017 and be part of the great awakening of the working class against imperialist exploitation, capitalism and dictatorship.

We demand a sliding scale of wages and prices and employment for all who can work; working conditions should improve for all workers!
We demand the introduction of state projects to employ all the unemployed; the government must stop the attack on the vendors!
Land must be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
Build councils of unemployed workers to fight for the unemployed and all workers!
To provide jobs for all big and imperialist assets must be nationalised and put under workers control and self-management!
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!
We call for free and quality health care, Housing and Education for all!
Workers form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!
For a workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
No to dictatorship and state persecution of activists!
For a workers and peasants’ government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor as part of a Socialist federation of Southern Africa!
For 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)
5 March 2017 Harare, Zimbabwe

SMASH STATE BRUTALITY AND PERSECUTION!BUILD ACTION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEES!

7 Sep

The police and the judiciary, on behalf of the evil and anti-poor ZANU-PF government are brutalising and persecuting the democracy fighters and the poor who are fighting for a better life and a an accountable way of government. The past two months have witnessed a growing number of protests by civic groups, trade unions and opposition political parties(as well as counter protests by the youths aligned to the ruling party in its defence).The protests have mainly been against dictatorship, corruption and poverty. These concerns have united all the anti-government forces, including sections of the ruling party, with the resultant proposed solution being the resignation of the president (and the party) to pave way for new elections (under a “neutral” National Transitional Authority, NTA).In scenes reminiscent of the colonial era, the police has reacted with extreme and ruthless violence towards anyone excising the democratic right to protest and assemble. As we speak over fifty people have been severely beaten by the police with some in life threatening conditions. Apart from using tear gas and baton sticks, the regime also used water cannons to disperse crowds resulting in many injuries and the loss of life by an infant.

 

Many activists and fighters have been arrested by the state on trumped up charges of public violence and attempting to topple the government. As we speak over two hundred fighters are languishing in jails with some like Linda Musariri clocking two months. The judiciary, working under executive instructions, has been denying bail to most of the activists and employing delaying tactics in order to frustrate and harass the comrades. Now the farmer judges and prosecutors are under clear instructions to set an example to anyone who will dare confront this thuggish regime. One comrade collapsed in court due to lack of food and medical attention for those beaten (comrade Ostallos has been denied medical attention to injuries inflicted by beatings at the ZANU-PF HQ).The prison services has joined the bandwagon of state brutality denying inmates food from outside (a deliberate plan to starve and kill them) and medication for those suffering from chronic ailments. Of the more than seventy comrades arrested during the demonstration calling for electoral reforms, only ten were given bail. This group included security guards who were caught in the cross and the old. As for the rest the regime is intent on sending a clear message that it will not reform itself out of power. The harsh tone of the chief government prosecutor betrays a cannibalistic appetite to devour the comrades and instil fear in everyone.

The months of July and August have been very decisive in re-awakening the spirit of self-activity in the masses, albeit in sporadic actions. Prior to July, groups like the Occupy Movement of Zimbabwe, Tajamuka, vendors association and the main reformist opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai, MDCT-T has been holding marches, sit-ins and protests demanding an end to corruption and against the introduction of bond notes (a local currency pegged to the US dollar).It was only with the massive protests by cross border, against a ban on importing household goods, informal traders at the country’s main border post that things started to change. This was soon followed with riots by commuter bus drivers and conductors against rampant police corruption on the roads and a growing number of road blocks. Soon to follow was the massive strike by all civil servants against the failure by government to pay them on time. The protests by cross borders, riots by commuter bus drivers and conductors and more importantly the on-going (at the time) strike by civil servants ensured the “success” of the first national shutdown on the 6th of July.

 

The subsequent shutdowns, without the critical involvement of labour, were mere propaganda stunts. Ever since the first shutdown, who’s so called success was attributed wrongly(and deliberately) and for political purposes to pastor Evan Mawire of Thisflag online campaign, we have been witnessing protests and marches on a very regular basis (at least two per week) mainly by the Tajamuka outfit, a conglomeration of youth members from political parties and civic groups. The MDC-T, sensing the danger of being swept aside, quickly organised its youths to action under the MyZimbabwe label and it was during the maiden demonstration by this outfit that the youths and police fought running battles forcing businesses to a standstill. Unlike other previous campaigns which were calling for the resignation of Mugabe, this group (in order to snatch the initiative) demanded that the regime should be forced to leave power now as 2018 (time for the next elections) was a long time away. Soon after the demonstration the state went around arresting leading members of the party and other democracy activists.

 

The mega demonstration by most opposition political parties, scheduled two days after the one by MDC-T youths, was brutally attacked by the police despite legal authority to hold the demo. This was when a large number of party and social activists were arrested and beaten. In the meantime the government, through a police officer, has gazetted a ban on demonstrations In Harare for two weeks up to the 16th of September. Tajamuka, NAVUZ (the vendors association) and the MDCT-T youth group have vowed to go ahead with demonstrations despite the ban. The protests and industrial actions have shaken the regime and there is no consensus on how to deal with them. The moderate and imperialist leaning faction headed by the other vice president, Mnangagwa is suggesting that there should be dialogue to resolve issues being raised by the protestors whilst the hard-line comprador capitalist faction headed by Mugabe’s wife (read Mugabe) prefers to crush the protests which are threatening its power, accumulation of wealth and the interests of the imperialist powers especially Chinese and Russian. Mugabe has lashed at the judiciary for being lenient with protestors and allowing demonstrations to take place and it’s not surprising that the judiciary has convicted Maengahama and two other comrades on the he basis of a politically motivated murder case. The state clearly knows what is at stake as evidenced by its serious strategists (Charamba, Jonathan Moyo and Chinamasa) who are calling for decisive action against the poor and workers of this country. It is time that the working people take stock of the situation on the ground and draw relevant lessons from the previous actions in search of a commensurate response to the attacks and provocations by the government on behalf of its imperialist handlers.

 

It’s time the organised bodies of workers,students,urban poor, informal workers, small scale traders, poor farmers and youths come together and spearhead the anti-government protests. The message should go beyond being against poverty and dictatorship to include the real cause of poverty and dictatorship which is capitalism, historically expressed in austerity measures being imposed by imperialist and semi-colonial states alike. The political parties, and their surrogates, are only interested in changing the political playing fields and ensure that their chances of getting into power are enhanced. It is incumbent upon the working poor to affirm that austerity, poverty and dictatorship can only be defeated in the workplaces, the streets, townships and colleges and not through electoral reforms and voting. Clearly the question should not be about which party will rule but which class will prevail. The protests against the government should move beyond the reformist and miss-leading superficial demands towards demands that conquer a better life for workers and the poor through the abolition of the capitalist system which breeds poverty, inequality and dictatorship (overt as in semi colonial states like Zimbabwe and Covert as in imperialist states like USA where an election is reduced to a choice between two candidates imposed by big capital).

 

In order to win the working poor should organise themselves in workplaces, colleges, townships and the streets and be prepared to defend themselves against police and state brutality and take UNITED ACTION to defend themselves both physically in the streets and legally the comrades who are in detention. While others may want to pray for the demonstrators and arrested we must organise, train and mobilise worker led defence guards. To be able to financially sustain worker’s lawyers and families an international campaign to publicise the cases of the arrested  as well as demand that labour take the lead to free all political  and class struggle prisoners must be taken. As such we must fight for:

 

-An immediate end to police brutality and persecution by the state, the release of all political prisoners and withdrawal of the conviction against Maengahama and fellow comrades!

-For workers and oppressed self-defence from capitalist state repression!

-Free quality health care for all! For clinics in every township. For socialised medical care under the control of medical service providers, nurses and doctors.

-For free quality education for all! From pre-school and 24 hour day care through primary, secondary college and university. For social education run by students, teachers and parents.

-For jobs for all! Full unionisation of the workforce. For contracts that provide living wages and benefits. For safe workplaces with health and safety protections that eliminate speed ups and provide for personal protection and safe work practices. Share the work: Thirty hours work for forty hours pay!

-For workers council control over prices and wages.

-For easy credit terms with highly regulated no-usurious rates for small businesses, informal industries and street vendors.

-Land for the landless.

-Open books of the corporations and business of the capitalist and imperialist companies which do not provide benefits the masses require.

-Nationalisation of industries owned by imperialism and the native capitalists who do not provide the needs of the masses.

-For workers control of nationalised industries.

-For a Congress of all the fighting groups to call for the formation of action and defence committees.

-Coordination of action and defence committees to prepare for united actions culminating in an indefinite general strike to end ZANU-PF rule and open the road for workers and poor farmers’ government.

-For the workers and poor farmers’ government that expropriates the expropriators.

-For the revolutionary workers party that fights for socialist revolution internationally building the world party of socialist revolution.

-For regional alliances of workers states that make socialist revolution permanent.

 

07 September 2016, Harare.

REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS GROUP OF ZIMBABWE (RWG-ZIM)

SECTION OF THE LIASON COMMITTEE OF COMMUNISTS (LCC) IN ZIMBABWE

 

 

ZIMBABWE IN TURMOIL:SMASH CAPITALISM TO DEFEAT AUSTERITY

18 Aug

ZIMBABWE IN TURMOIL: SMASH CAPITALISM TO DEFEAT AUSTERITY!

 

The months of July and August have witnessed a growing number of protests in Zimbabwe. Both in terms of the number and groups of people participating in the protests a well as the rate at which these have been held. Such regular protests where probably last witnessed in the late 1990s save for the fact that only now we have seen a large and unprecedented number of the middle class participating. What has been the real nature of these protests and the objectives? Who are the leaders of these actions and have the intended objectives been achieved? These and some of the coincidental issues are some of the areas that this article seeks to explore and answer.

 

The public sector workers, early in July, staged a major stay away for three days that forced the state to back down on some of it measures. This was a result of the failure by the government to pay salaries on time and yet demanding a lot from the same workers. Previously, informal cross border traders had staged a major blockade and protest at the countries’ major border post. Commuter drivers and conductors clashed with the police in the eastern suburbs of Harare over a large number of road blocks and corruption on the roads. Also there had been groups such as the radical Tajamuka, Occupy Movement which had staged sporadic but publicised protests against corruption and government policies. The main opposition party the MDC-T also held marches across the country trying to force the state to institute electoral and political change. Other citizens notably a Baptist pastor, Evan Mawarire, initiated social media based campaigns aimed at forcing the government to curb corruption and demanding that Mugabe steps down.

 

All these actions and protest can only be correctly understood in the context of the international and national political economy. Globally, since 2008 we have been living in one of the most severe economic crisis dubbed the great recession that has affected the profitability of major industrial nations and recently the so called emerging nations such as Brazil and South Africa. Naturally this has by and large affected the vulnerable and dependent economies of semi colonial countries like Zimbabwe which depend on the major imperialist countries for trade and aid. This economic downturn lead most developed states to adopt austerity measures which attacked the working and living conditions of the poor and workers. In Zimbabwe the current economic crisis has its roots in the austerity measures forced on the government by the IMF since the early 1990s and which were made worse by the sanctions imposed on the country by the major western imperialist nations trying to force the ZANU-PF government to reverse the land reform programme it had embarked on in 2000.Ever since the country has hovered between a recession and sluggish growth resulting in untold suffering for the poor.

 

In spite of occasional left rhetoric, the ZANU-PF government has administered a brutal attack on the worker and the poor in society. This has resulted in workers working in difficult conditions and receiving meagre salaries. Economically the workers are at a receiving end with the 2015 landmark Supreme court ruling allowing employers to retrench workers on notice being the most recent and aggressive expression of the attacks. The majority of the able bodied people who are self-employed are not faring any better due to constant harassment from the state. Politically the workers and the poor have not fared any better. The unions are in a very sorry state with the leaders compromised by the mainstream reformist political dynamics as well as bribes by bosses. All of the major political parties’ programme are anti -workers and this has resulted in general apathy.

 

As a result of this all of the recent protest have not been led by workers and the general poor. The workers and the poor have been used as cannon fodder in the interests of the elite and the middle class that focuses on superficial political issues and misplaced economic agendas. All major political parties are agreed that Mugabe and his party have failed and must leave office. These have been joined by the emerging so called citizen movement comprising of the Tajamuka, #thisflag and others whose core focus Is the political and corruption issues. In all these initiatives the workers are not in direct or independent control and their real interests are not being promoted. The civil servants have promised to strike come month end over the continued delays by the state to pay salaries on time. All the major opposition parties are muting staging a “mega” demonstration against the ZANU-PF government with the emergent cyber based activist groups calling for a national shutdown on 31st August.

 

For workers and the poor to benefit from the current wave of protests there is an urgent need for an independent and active workers and poor people’s platform that utilises the methods of the working people. We have similar fake lefts who cry about the corrupt politicians but ignore or downplay the structural crisis of capitalism. They sound militant but they create illusions in a regulated and a capitalism run under a higher morality. Workers need to learn from South Africa where the popular front of the ANC/SACP/COSATU has spearheaded the attacks on the workers and poor in that country. Zimbabwe is an integral part of southern Africa and any initiative by workers and the poor should learn from and inform the struggles in the sub region

 

Thus when the masses are mobilized against corruption the underlying message is that, “if we could get rid of the corrupt politicians the economy would run just fine.” This is the message from Kiev to Brasilia to Harare.  We have to place the blame for corruption on the impunity the capitalist state allows its lackeys to operate under.   This is the price the capitalist class allows its enforcers (police, fixers, & politicians) to extract from the fringes of the state coffers.

 

 

A revolutionary worker’s government based on the popular organizations of the poor, the peasants, and workers would maintain a policy of immediate recall that would eliminate corruption by oversight of the economy by a worker’s militia deputized to enforce the worker’s planned economy by workers’ assemblies.  The planned economy will assure production based on social need not profit for a few and the imperialist overlords.  When the worker’s plan is enforced transparency will eliminate corruption.

 

To win the workers’ economy we fight for:

 

Free Quality Health Care for All!  For clinics in every township. For socialized medical care under the control of medical service providers: nurses, staffers, & doctors.

 

Free Quality Education for All!  From pre-school and 24-hour day care through elementary, secondary school, college, university. For social education run by students, educators and parents councils.

 

For Jobs for All!  For full unionization of the work force.  For contracts that provide living wages and benefits. For safe job sites with health and safety protections that eliminate speedups and provide for personal protection and safe work practices.  Share the work.  Thirty hours work for forty hours pay!

 

For workers council control over prices and wages.

 

For easy credit terms with highly regulated non usurious rates for small businesses, cottage industries and street vendors.

 

Land for the landless!

 

Open the books of the corporations and businesses of the capitalists and imperialist companies which do not provide the benefits the masses require.

 

Nationalization of industries owned by imperialism and native capitalists who do not provide the needs of the masses.

 

For workers control of nationalized industries.

 

For popular assemblies to establish workers led militia to expropriate the commanding heights of the economy and enforce the workers plan.

 

For the workers and poor farmers government that expropriates the expropriators.

 

For the revolutionary workers party that fights for socialist revolution internationally building the world party of socialist revolution.

 

For regional alliances of workers states that make socialist revolution permanent.

 

 

18 August 2016

Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM, LCC in Zimbabwe)

 

Is the PYD Collaborating With Imperialism?

31 Oct

The Rojava Report

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The following piece – “PYD emperyalizmle işbirliği mi yapıyor?” -was written by Rıdvan Turan, the General Secretary of the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) in Turkey, and confronts allegations made by some on the left that the PYD is ‘collaborating’ with imperialism. It originally appeared in Özgür Gündem and has been translated into English below.  

The US airstrikes on ISIS positions around Kobanê and the subsequent delivery of weapons to the PYD has caused a fictitious debate within the left around the question of imperialism.

The debate is revolving around whether or not accepting weapons from the United States is the same as collaborating with imperialism. I am of the opinion that this thesis’ approach to imperialism is counter to Marxist-Leninism insomuch that ignores any manner of engagement with existing praxis and the current conjuncture of class forces.

But the basis of this question also has a dimension that is…

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What are The Differences Between the RCIT and the DSM/CWI?

29 Jan

Socialist Fight

What are The Differences Between the RCIT and the DSM/CWI?

The SF/LCFI has differences with both the SDM/CWI and the RCIT (Workers Power Britain/LFI expelled the comrades who went on to form the RCIT in 2011, they agree on almost all political issues up to that point, so criticisms of WPB are criticisms of the RCIT also. The basis for the expulsion was tactical rather than principled. The RCIT asked too many questions).

The SF/LCFI has assessed the politics of the CWI in the document The CWI and IMT: Right Centrists heirs of Ted Grant” and agrees with the RCIT (and its parent group WPB) that the DSM/CWI have reformist positions on the state; it is terribly wrong for the DSM/CWI to characterise the police and army as “workers in uniform” – was it the working class that massacred the Marikana miners or the counterrevolutionary murderous thugs of the…

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Ross Mirkarimi: Shill for the Ruling Class

29 Jan

Communist Workers Group (CWG-USA)

Fake leftist politician plays the family card like all the rest!

Fake leftist politician plays the family card like all the rest!

Protecting the capitalists’ right to extract surplus value from workers requires not only underemployment, stagnating wages, cuts in social programs and pensions, overpriced housing and increased medical insurance rates.  Its protection results in an increasing gap between the rich and poor and thus requires greater and greater security for the 1%, as well as protection for the 7% that found a spot as the 1%’s lapdogs, in the form of exclusive communities. And indeed, a big chunk of San Francisco has become one of these Toney havens.  Today capitalism requires private security, privatized transit, militarized police forces on one side and over-crowded prisons, non-functional schools and dead-end jobs on the other.  To hold it all together, this criminal surplus value extraction enterprise, celebrated by its benefactors by its right name-capitalism, requires willing enforcers. And fake leftists have, for decades…

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