Social Democratic tops meet the unemployed!
malecki at algonet.se
Fri May 31 06:23:21 MDT 1996
Hi, can you post this article to the appropriate people..
The Ticking Bomb!
In a large sal with every seat filled, a Social Democratc Representative of
parliment met with the unemployed in this Commune in northern Sweden. The
meeting, and atomsphere of rage and indignation by the very heart of the
Social Democratic base in the workers movement against its own leaders...
A broad range of young and old, women and men, the grey mass of now over 1
million (!) people in a population of 8 and a half million who for years
have supported the Social Democrats are now beginning to move.
Immediately after the parlimentry member made her presentation defending the
present policies of the Social Democratic government, the fireworks started.
In a statement made by the author of this article who said that the present
policies of the Social Democratic goverment are directed against the workers
movement, and against the trade unions and are policies, that they have
worked out together with the bosses has put the Social Democratc leadership
on the other side of the barricades with their guns pointed at the head of
the working class. There policies of attacking the trade union laws of
"first in last out", there cuts in unemployment, everything they have done
is in principle a direct declaration of war againt the workers movement.
Against this policy we purpose a 6 hour working day, a mobilisation of the
working class to combat unemployment. We purpose that trade union candidates
be purposed in the coming elections on a program to stop the dismantling of
the welfare state. We purpose a broad educational program to combat the
passivity of sitting home on the dole. And these purposals are in direct
contradiction to the present policies of the Social Democratic government.
Only a government with these goals in mind will do.....
This barrage against the leadership was met by stormy applause in the whole
Speaker after speaker attacked the leadership for selling out the workers
movement. For selling out the youth. For throwing women out on unemployment.
For cutting health care. For cutting in the schools. Speaker after speaker
in a growing sense of rage attacking the people that they have voted for for
The Social Democratic leadership tried to counter with that she understood
all of this ,but that we have to understand that the Social Democrats
inherited the situation from the previous government.
Speaker after speaker stood up and said it is you who are passing the
anti-worker and anti-trade union legislation with your partners in the
bougeois Center Party. (A party which represents the farmers in Sweden and
who have made billions off the entry into the common market through common
market subventions to farmers in Europe).
The gap between the Social Democratic top and its working class base as
never been as large as it is today. Although the conciousness of these
social democratic workers is on the level of seeing all of the reforms being
wripped down around them and a million people out of a job. This
conciousness is economic thinking at this point. There anger is directed at
the party which they have voted for for years, as being responsible. And
Although these workers do not understand at present that the leadership of
there party has deserted them. They do understand what mass unemployment and
the cuts mean in everyday life for themselves and there families.
These workers do not understand that their leaders have joined the German
push for a monetary union and a united imperialist bougeoisie led by the
Germans in europe is the goal. They do not realise that the Social
Democratic leadership of professional bureaucrats and people who came
straight out of a college somewhere have taken over the reins of leadership.
That this leadership in a few short years has taken Sweden to the brink of a
gigantic disaster of poverty and unemployment.
But they do know that something has gone wrong. Very seriously wrong with
the politics and the leadership they have voted for. What we have here is a
broad mass of anger and frustration against the treacherous leaders of
Social Democray that has betrayed them. They demand answers and a new
political line which favors the working class.
For the first time in years militants who before would be laughed at are
being applauded and clapped on the back. Statements of we should march on
Stockholm and throw the whole bunch of them out and other wise remarks were
very common at this meeting.
The Social Democratic leadership no longer has a monopoly on the workers
movement. Workers are moving to the left as the situation everyday worsens
for them and the party leadership is moving to the right. The trade union
leadership feeling the pressure is somewhere in the middle. Afraid to slap
the hand that has fed them all these years while having to face the growing
rage of the working class who is suffering the largest cuts since the
The left party which is the former Euro-communist party but now say that
they are no longer communist, but "feminist" and envionmentalist have also
missed the growing rage of the swedish working class. This turn by the
former Euro commmunist was an appeal to the present petty bougois feminist
movent and bougeois enviornmental movement. But they have no clear answer to
the millon workers who are growing angry.. Very angry. In fact the workers
movement at this point is much futher to the left then both its Social
Democratic and former Euro-communist leadership.
Only a new leadership forged in struggle with this growing army of enraged
working class people can forge the way forward. On a program to fight for
the preservation of the welfare state but also a workers government that
will go forward and crush the Swedish capitalists dreams of a united
For a workers government in Sweden as elsewhere is the only garantee of
keeping the reforms and defeating those that will take us down the road of
unemployment and starvation..
Member of the Communal Workers Union in Sweden
We organise the most people in Scandinavia!
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