FOR A MAY DAY OF STRUGGLE AND UNITY
ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Workers all over the world!
After three years of profound economic crisis, unavoidable consequence of the capitalist mode of production, we are celebrating May Day in a context of increasing unemployment, increasing exploitation, lowering of wages, growth of misery and hunger.
The reactionary offensive of capital is becoming more acute. In order to defend the interests of the monopoly capitalists and to make the workers pay for the crisis, massive firings, anti-social reforms are developing, collective bargaining is being attacked and repression against the workers is increasing in order to lower to the utmost the price of labour power and increase the power of the bosses.
The bourgeoisie is on the offensive in order to liquidate the economic and political gains and the rights won by the working class through years of struggle. After having subsidized the banks and big firms with huge amounts of public money, they want to pay the debts of the states by reducing pensions, dismantling social services and increasing the taxes paid by the people.
Therefore, the social conditions of the majority of the workers are getting worse, while the most privileged strata of society go on living in luxury and as parasites. When bourgeois newspapers speak of recovery, this is only for the big shareholders who receive big dividends, not for the workers.
While the contradictions and the economic imbalance of the capitalist economy are deepening, we can see the growing contradictions among the monopolies and the imperialist states in order to control their markets and spheres of influence, to take the control of raw materials and to take advantage of their competitors.
We are witnessing the growing aggressiveness of the decaying superpower, the USA, the intensification of the war of plunder in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the growing threats against Cuba, P.D.R. of Korea, Venezuela, the coups in Honduras and in Africa, the support to the criminal Zionist policy of Israel, the military occupation of Haiti, the preparation for aggression against Iran, the installation of military bases in Colombia, the threats against progressive and revolutionary forces on all continents.
At the same time; the contradictions with the other imperialist powers are increasing, especially with China and Russia and the tendencies inherent to imperialism that will lead to new wars are also increasing. Behind the smiles and the mask of pacifism we are witnessing a new arms race, such as the anti-missile shield that the US wants to impose on Europe, whose costs will, as always, be paid by the workers and the people.
All the attempts of the bourgeoisie to artificially overcome the economic crisis, to cover up the social, environmental and moral sores of the capitalist mode of production, are in vain. In this context, the struggle between capital and labour is intensifying. Subjected to a fierce attack, the proletariat does not want to step backwards and will not remain inactive. Their class interests will force them to struggle in an organized way against the ruling class.
In Europe, Asia, in the American continent, the struggle of working class is increasing and gaining strength: the working class is refusing to pay for the crisis of capital and is beginning to gain self-confidence again. It is important to stress the development of the struggle of the young workers, who suffer from precarious conditions and are super-exploited; the struggle of the immigrant workers without any rights, the unemployed people without any kind of compensation, the millions of exploited who can barely cover their needs. The poor peasants and other strata of the people hit by the policy of the big monopolies are mobilizing with them.
The oppressed peoples and countries are taking part with their legitimate demands in the struggle against the rule of finance capital and are uniting with the revolutionary movement against their common enemy, imperialism.
The spirit of revolt is increasing and the elements that will lead to future revolutionary outbreaks in the weakest links of the imperialist chain are accumulating.
Faced with the growth and advance of the workers’ and peoples’ movement, the bourgeoisie seeks a way out by the political reaction and the most brutal repression. The capitalists and their governments are trying to weaken and attack the mass organizations in which workers are uniting and struggling. They are broadly spreading the poison of racism and xenophobia in order to increase the competition among workers. They mobilize on a reactionary basis their petty-bourgeois allies, they use fascist terror as a weapon against the workers’ and trade union movement and they persecute the leaders of the struggles of the workers and peoples. In this reactionary context, we must add the attempts to illegalize communist forces and to prohibit the symbols of liberation of the workers.
This situation imposes on the workers of all the countries the need to organize a broad united front of struggle against the offensive of capital, political reaction and the dangers of war, in order to accelerate the inevitable end of the system of capitalist exploitation.
The workers in each country must develop a policy of unity against capital, in order to oppose the layoffs, to combat flexibility and precarious working conditions, to prevent the liquidation of social rights and gains, for the respect and development of collective bargaining, to say “no, we will not pay the foreign debt and no to privatizations”, to struggle for the reduction of the working day and for two days of rest per week without a loss in salary, for a living wage and social support for the basic needs of the unemployed, against military budgets, for public services in health care and free education for the people that will serve the broad masses, for legal papers for the undocumented people, for the withdrawal of foreign troops in occupied countries.
Through their unity and strong participation in the struggle, the working class is able to smash the capitalist bloc, to defeat the attacks of bourgeoisie and to make the capitalists, the rich people pay for the consequences of the capitalist crisis, paving the way for the revolutionary transformation of the whole society.
The main obstacle to the building of the united front is the policy of class collaboration of the social democratic and reformist parties.
In this period the policy of betrayal of the interests of the exploited, carried out by the social democratic and reformist leaders, the class collaborationist trade union leaders, appears more and more openly. This demagogic policy of “social dialogue” disarms and divides the workers and pushes them to capitulate.
But these forces, who have been installed for decades in the bourgeois institutions, have lost their credibility among the workers, who are criticising more and more firmly their inconsistency and weakness, their role as liquidators of the struggles and their support to the reactionary forces.
In the struggle against imperialism and the local bourgeoisies, it is not possible to make steps forward without defeating opportunism, without breaking with the passivity and the policy of division waged by social democracy, the opportunists and other chauvinist forces.
In the development of the struggle between social classes, ever broader sectors of the workers and exploited people will grasp the reality of imperialism and abandon their reformist illusions and convince themselves of the necessity of the social revolution of the proletariat in order to build a new and more advanced social system.
Monopoly capitalism, imperialism, is a parasitic and moribund system whose only objective is to obtain maximum profit for a minority of exploiters and therefore, it is impossible to reform it. For a long time, the bourgeoisie has shown its incapacity to be the ruling class of society and it is more and more evident that the bourgeoisie is not compatible with society and nature.
The only way to put an end to the devastating consequences of the economic crises, to unjust wars, the destruction of the environment, the spread of corruption, the endemic evils of capitalism, is the revolutionary action for the seizure of political power by the working class and its allies, to abolish the bourgeois property relations and build socialism.
Therefore, we call on the best elements of the proletariat, the revolutionary youth in each country to take part in building true parties of the working class and reinforce the ranks of those that already exist, because the communist party, based on Marxism-Leninism is the sure guarantee to lead the struggles of the workers’ and popular movement to victory.
Let us make May Day, 2010, a day of class struggle, which is expressed through demonstrations and mass strikes with a higher revolutionary spirit!
Let us reinforce the struggle in unity against capitalism, let us create and consolidate the workers and peoples organizations, first of all the communist parties and organizations!
Let us make the monopolies, the rich and the bourgeois parasites pay for the crisis, for which they are responsible!
Let us show that millions of workers again consider revolution and socialism as their own cause!
Let us develop international solidarity among the workers and peoples!
May 1, 2010
International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations