16 | 06 | 2019

PAME condemns the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and expresses its condolences to the Trade Unions and workers of Sri Lanka for the victims of the bombings of previous days.

The experience of workers around the world shows that such murderous acts are being exploited by mechanisms and states to promote policies and projects of imperialists and governments against peoples and workers.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 97 million members in 130 countries of the 5 continents, expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims in Sri Lanka. We join our sadness and sorrow with the working class and people of Sri Lanka who faced this terrorist attack resulting in the unjust death of hundreds of innocent people.

It has been reported that despite reporting by the intelligence sections, the government did not take protective measures and the responsibility for the utter negligence should be borne not by one section but by the whole government including the cabinet says the Information Secretary of the JVP Comrade Vijitha Herath speaking about the brutal bomb attacks that were carried out at different places in the island yesterday (21st).

The cowardly and barbaric attacks, carried out with whatever intention, targeting civilians today in several places in the island should be condemned and detested states the JVP in a statement issued by the Political Bureau of the Party.

The JVP states it is the responsibility of the government to hold a prompt inquiry regarding the incident, reveal the truth to the country and take legal action against the perpetrators and adds that it is also the responsibility of the government to prevent any distress that would occur in the country due to the incidents.

The Workers Party of Ireland sends warm comradely greetings to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and extends its best wishes and solidarity to the CPIM for the 2019 Indian general election for the 17th Lok Sabha.

This is a crucial election at a time of increasing threat to the secular state and growing communal division. The restraints on the functioning of Parliament, interference in the judiciary, attacks on freedom of expression, curtailment of the rights of the working class and poor farmers, attacks on secularism including the communalisation of education and extreme violence against citizens and progressive forces, including increasingly violent assaults against women, religious minorities, Dalits and others are symptoms of an expanding menace to democratic rights and the secular state.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 95 million workers in 130 countries expresses its strong condemnation for the prevailing situation in the mines of Pakistan.

During the last 3 weeks, at least 6 fatal labour accidents took place in Pakistan resulting in the death of at least 10 miners. The unacceptable working conditions both in the mines as well as in several other workplaces and industries of the country reaffirm the constant and conscious crime which is taking place for years in a country rich of minerals and natural recourses.

THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS to the Parliament are going to be very crucial and critical for our secular democratic republic, its future and to our constitutional ethos. The experience of the BJP led NDA government with Mr. Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has been one of misrule and misgovernance of national resources resulting in despair for the people. The very Constitution and the founding principles of republic such as Secularism, Socialism, Federalism, Equality, Liberty, Fraternity and Justice to all sections of society are under a sustained attack. The Constitution of the country is being undermined, questioned and subverted. Democracy is in peril.

CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy issued the following press communiqué at a press meet in New Delhi on March 8, 2019 after the conclusion of the two-day National Executive meeting held in New Delhi on March 6 and 7:

The National Executive discussed in detail the present economic and political situation in the country as well as the role of the secular, democratic forces in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections of 2019. The meeting unanimously underlined the need for ousting the anti-people, anti-working class, divisive and communal RSS-BJP controlled NDA government led by Narendra Modi. The meeting also noted in unequivocal terms the urgent need to save the Indian economy which is in deep crisis and save our Constitution from the clutches of the fascistic forces which have surrendered the economy and the country to the forces of neo-liberalism and anti-nationalism. The meeting held that uprooting of the Modi government, replacing it with a secular democratic progressive government in which the Left has an enhanced say is the need of the hour. Swapan Banerjee presided over the National Executive meeting of the CPI.

The World Federation of Trade Unions on behalf of its 95 million workers in 130 countries condemns once again the prevailing situation in the factories of Bangladesh and the lack of even the most fundamental safety measures.

At least 8 garment workers, were injured as a fire broke out in a garment factory in the capital of Bangladesh which was closed back to 2014 because of the undertrained prevailed safety measures and infrastructure.

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