AS we approach May Day this year, the struggle of workers both within Britain and internationally is clearly intensifying.
Roger Sutton is organiser of the London May Day Organising Committee. For more information visit www.londonmayday.org.
With threats to world peace growing, along with the increasing dominance of the economic system with massive multinational companies at its heart, workers are having to fight harder to maintain what has been won in the past. The need for international solidarity between workers is crucial.
The big London May Day this year is seeking to highlight some of the key fights going on by trade unions like the RMT Southern rail dispute, the Unite BA Mixed Fleet dispute, the small but crucially important PCS and Unite battle at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the Bectu Picture House fight.
We reproduce a statement issued by the French Communist Party about the results of the first round of French Presidential Elections:
The second round of the French presidential election will be a contest between the racist and xenophobic candidate of the far right, Marine Le Pen, and Emmanuel Macron, the candidate selected by the financial world to reinforce the liberal policies afflicting our country for the past 40 years.
This situation is extremely grave for our country. The far-right reached the second round and the left has been eliminated. However, for the first time in decades, millions of citizens, striving for social change, nearly succeeded in carrying their candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon to the second round. Voters who were betrayed by the policies of Hollande and Valls and who worked hard to bring Jean-Luc Mélenchon to the second round are today experiencing mixed and sometimes contradictory feelings.
For the 23rd April Grup Yorum planned its traditionally concert with the title »independent Turkey« in Istanbul/Yenikapi. In the past years the concerts were over and over banned and also Germany has more and more joined the AKP politics by refusing visas for the band, which has also organized peaceful concerts with up to ten thousands fans for decades in Europe.
Grup Yorum could count up to a million visitors at its concerts for an »independent Turkey« in Istanbul. Despite of preventions by the governemnt in the past years, it was still able to organize concerts with hundred thousands, or in worst case spontanous concerts with its fans in several neighborhoods and streets of Istanbul. We translated the latest statement of Grup Yorum, concerning the ban of the concert.
We reproduce Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Moscow, April 12, 2017:
This has been a long day. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and I held talks, followed by a lengthy meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, which lasted for more than two hours.
We reproduce a statement issued by the Communist Party of Ireland:
The talks at the Workplace Relations Commission between the unions and management in Bus Éireann have broken down, and the dispute has now been referred to the Labour Court. The company was not in a position to put forward a proposal, though the unions identified €18 million in potential savings.
This package would also have included up to 240 redundancies and massive changes to work practices. Changing the way workers would be paid was discussed, instead of various rates for overtime, Sunday and rest days, etc. A new composite rate would be introduced; this was agreed in principle, but no agreement on an actual rate was forthcoming.
In response to the increasing political repression in the city of Odessa, Ukraine, by that country’s federal government, the U.S.-based Odessa Solidarity Campaign has called for an International Day of Solidarity with the People of Odessa, to take place on April 10, the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Odessa from fascist occupation. The day will include activities in 19 cities in 12 countries.
We reproduce a statement issued today by Basque underground organization ETA (Euskadi and Freedom):
ETA, Basque Socialist Revolutionary Organization for National Liberation informs International community that after giving up all its weaponry (arms and explosives) to Basque civil society representatives it is now is a disarmed organization.
This has been a hard and difficult task consequence of all obstacles put by Spanish an French States along the path, who still persist in a winners and losers scheme, stubborn with a police solution.