[Marxism] In Europe and the world, the workers, youth, people, refuse to pay for the crisis of the capitalist system
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Communiqué of the European Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations
meeting in June in Paris
In Europe and the world, the workers, youth, people, refuse to pay for
the crisis of the capitalist system
The crisis of the world capitalist system is continuing; millions of
workers are condemned to misery, thrown into the street. All the popular
strata, the workers, working people of the city and countryside, small
and middle peasants, artisans, employees, whether working or unemployed,
youth and retirees, are being squeezed by a handful of rich people who
grow richer every day, by the financial oligarchy, its banks and
monopolies. In all capitalist countries, whether developed or emerging,
in the imperialist countries and in countries dominated by imperialism,
the oligarchy wants to make the working class, the working masses, the
popular strata and peoples pay for its crisis: eleven million
millionaires in the world are getting increasingly richer at the expense
of millions of women and men. Never have such great riches been
produced; never have so many people been deprived of a living wage,
never has such wealth been concentrated in the hands of a parasitic
class, the bourgeois, the reactionaries.
After demanding that the States at their exclusive service hand over
billions of dollars, Euros, Yen, to save the banks and financial
institutions, that same financial oligarchy now demands payment of the
public debt and interests: their tactic is to show indignation at the
public deficit... that that they themselves have created.
The policy of reducing the public deficit, a pretext to impose austerity
The Greek people have been the first victims in Europe of this
far-reaching offensive, carried out jointly by the European Commission
and the IMF, which imposed a gigantic austerity plan under the pretext
of reducing the public debt.
In a few weeks, throughout the European Union the governments of the
right-wing and the social-liberals have pushed a plan to make "savings"
that they want to impose on the State budgets; billions that no country
can escape. The pretext is to ensure the financial markets and their
"rating agencies". Their goal is to carry out another transfer of riches
great magnitude, from labor to capital, to ensure the profits of the
banks and the most powerful monopolies.
The objective of this concerted offensive is to reduce the social
budgets, all the social benefits that the working class and peoples won,
particularly after World War II.
The first victims of these attacks are the poorest strata of society,
those already living in misery, insecurity and fear of tomorrow. These
are the strata that bear the heaviest blows to social services. In rich
countries such as Germany and France, millions of men and women, young
people looking for jobs, those who only get the worst jobs, the poor
laborers, are threatened by more misery, while at the other end of
society, the rich toast each other with champagne for the growth of
The attacks began long before the outbreak of the crisis; the neoliberal
and social-liberal policies had caused great destruction, such as the
privatization of the major economic sectors, the liquidation of public
services, health care, education, social protection, etc. Now, the
oligarchy is using the crisis to remove obstacles to the free
exploitation of labor power, eliminating the social and economic rights
won by the workers. They try to increase the exploitation of those who
are working, at the same time carrying out mass layoffs, to make them
work more, until they are exhausted, for increasingly lower wages and
increasingly smaller pensions. They use the army of the unemployed as
pressure to reduce wages and make working conditions worse.
A common objective of the EU governments for their austerity plans is to
undermine the retirement system based on solidarity and sharing. The
standard is to increase the retirement age beyond age 65 while millions
of young people do not have jobs. The banks and insurance companies are
rubbing their hands: they hope to sell their pension systems to
capitalize on the strata that can still pay something, they speculate on
the fear of bankruptcy of the current pension system based on solidarity
between generations and social contributions.
To impose this enormous social retreat, the oligarchy is reinforcing the
means of repression, making the laws against workers harsher and
promoting the division among the workers and peoples.
In the most severe moments of the crisis in Greece, when hundreds of
thousands of protesters shouted in the streets of Athens and other Greek
cities their refusal to pay for the crisis of capital, one could hear
speeches of politicians that promoted hate, speeches widely disseminated
by the media, against the workers and peoples of southern Europe, who
were accused of "taking advantage" of other countries and who had to be
"punished". How far is this from all the speeches about European
harmony, peace and understanding that the Euro was going to facilitate!
The peoples have the right to leave the euro and the EU
After several years of the euro, the peoples have been finally realized.
This "single" currency has essentially served the imperialist great
powers that dominate the EU to strengthen their economic weight and
political power. The euro has leveled down the wages in the EU. The
"points of convergence" laid out in the Treaty of Maastricht are
instruments of permanent social dumping. The EU governments are trying
to impose them even on countries outside the euro zone, such as Denmark,
where the people expressed themselves against it in a referendum.
The euro has meant a general increase in the price of products of mass
consumption, whose beneficiaries have been the big monopolies of
distribution. of agricultural products, and the big losers have been the
consumers of the popular means, small and medium-sized agricultural
producers, small traders, etc.
The euro is an essential machinery for building a Europe that aims to be
an imperialist great power, a neoliberal Europe that increases the
exploitation of the working class, that participates in the looting of
the riches of Africa, Latin America, etc., that takes part in wars and
conflicts for the control of strategic raw materials, of sources of
energy and transportation to the major distribution centers of the
The reactionary nature of European construction is confirmed: it is a
"fortress Europe" that "protects" itself against immigrants driven from
their own countries by the hunger and wars promoted by imperialism. It
is a Europe of police deployed by all means, put together, to control
and suppress the large popular demonstrations, such as at the summit in
Strasbourg, or the "climate control" conference in Copenhagen. Apart
from the enormous police deployment, which resulted in thousands of
detainees, the Copenhagen summit has shown the extent to which the great
powers only conceive environmental protection as a market for their
We stand together with the Greek people and those of other countries who
demand their right to leave the euro and the EU. We fight to develop
solidarity with all the peoples of the world, without exception. We have
to carry out common struggles with the workers and peoples of Europe
against exploitation, against competition among the workers, against the
submission of the "small" countries to the imperialists, against the
organized looting of the riches of the dominated countries. The
construction of the EU and its currency are instruments of that policy
which we denounce and fight.
Increase the resistance against the austerity plans throughout Europe
The resistance of the working class and peoples against the aggression
of capital has been immediate and is taking place everywhere. In some
countries there have been several general strikes and days of struggle.
The anger is great as is the desire to fight to not pay for the crisis
of the system or the debts of the oligarchy and its austerity plans.
This anger has greatly disturbed the bourgeoisie and the reformist
parties, who have joined the austerity policy and accept its
application. They talk about "sharing the sacrifices", however this only
applies to the workers and peoples.
We must develop this struggle of resistance in each country and
internationally. Particularly the trade union movement has already set
dates for the fall; we will work to give them a greater impact and
achieve success, to achieve a great demonstration of internationalism
and the unity of the working class.
It is vital to work for the unity of the working class. It is the
working class that produces surplus value and which can considerably
pressure capital. It is the backbone of the fight against capital and
for social transformation. The working class has been the first to
massively resist the attacks of the employers, governments, the Brussels
Commission, the IMF, etc.
Unions are the first instrument of resistance of the working class and
the masses of workers of the city and the countryside. The trade union
movement has been divided and weakened by the policy of class
collaboration within it. But today class struggle unionism is developing
among the rank and file through concrete struggles through trends of
trade unionists and trade unions committed to the class struggle.
We defend class struggle trade unionism; we call on the workers to
organize in the unions, to work for the unity of the trade union
movement on class positions. We denounce and fight the attempts to expel
fighting members from the unions. We work to develop international
solidarity and trade union initiatives that reinforce the struggle of
the workers in each country and internationally.
The immigrant workers, with or without papers, "legal" or "illegal", are
part of the working class in each country. The monopolies need this
labor power who, deprived of their rights, are exploited mercilessly. In
the fierce competition that the monopolies wage among themselves, and in
the sectors in which they cannot relocate production, this labor power
is essential. In this context, the victorious strike carried out in
France by the workers without papers for their regularization is of
great importance, it encourages all those fighting on that front. This
strike of more than eight months was supported by trade unions, women's
associations, democratic organizations and left-wing parties. It showed
concretely that immigrants are first and foremost workers who form part
of the working class. It achieved a great movement of solidarity in
public opinion, the real antidote to the attempts at division that the
oligarchy and reaction are carrying out. These workers will take up
their positions in the common fight to not pay for the crisis in the system
The public service workers, State officials, local territories (in
municipalities, departments, regions, etc.) are particularly affected by
the plans to reduce the State budgets and those of public and
semi-public institutions. Thousands of jobs have been eliminated in all
countries; wages are being reduced, as in Greece, where the Government
wants to cut two months of wages. In fighting against privatization, for
their wages, for contracts, the public service workers are also fighting
for the users of public services.
We reject austerity plans, militarization and imperialist wars
The crisis of the world capitalist and imperialist system is sharpening
all the contradictions, which are acquiring a more and more violent
character. To impose the austerity plans, the oligarchy is reinforcing
its repression and its arsenal of criminalization of the struggles of
the workers and peoples.
The exacerbated competition for the control of markets and sources of
raw materials has already resulted in conflicts and war. The war carried
out by the imperialists with their armed wing, NATO, against the people
of Afghanistan has as a backdrop the control of future gas pipelines and
Money should not go to war and militarization, but to meet social needs,
education, healthcare, social protection for the vast majority. We cry
out: "NATO troops out of Afghanistan" and "imperialist troops out of Iraq".
We show our solidarity with the Palestinian people and the population of
Gaza, who have been suffering for months from an inhuman blockade
organized by the reactionary government of Israel. Together with the
forces of the world, we condemn the criminal Zionist policy and we
demand the immediate lifting of the blockade. At the same time, we
denounce the complicity of the EU. We support the fight of the
Palestinian people for the effective recognition of their full national
For an alternative to break with the imperialist capitalist system
The extreme austerity plans are hitting all layers of the population. It
is absolutely necessary to work to unite all layers who are victims of
this policy of social repression. We work to build this unity through
ambitious united front policies concretized in the refusal to pay for
the crisis of the capitalist system and its policy of austerity. It is
the banks, shareholders and the oligarchy, which must pay for its
crisis; we want to work with all political and social forces that share
this objective to enforce it with our increasingly strong mobilizations.
The scope of this crisis is such that it raises the urgent need to work
on developing and implementing policies of rupture with the system. A
policy which must be supported by social measures and concrete policies,
to demand right now in the fight through a large mobilization. These
demands should be the basis of programs supported by coalitions of
political parties, social forces and mass organizations. We will use the
whole political and democratic field, including the electoral field, in
order to make ourselves heard and advance our positions.
As parties and organizations of the working class, we affirm our
conviction that the only real, lasting and effective solution to the
crisis of the capitalist imperialist system is through tearing down this
system and establishing socialism. That perspective is part of our struggle.
Long live the class struggle of the worker, youth and people to not pay
for the crisis!
It is the oligarchy who should pay for it!
Long live international solidarity!
Paris, June 2010
Workers Communist Party of Denmark (APK)
Communist Party of the Workers of France (PCOF)
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist) (PCE M-L)
Communist Platform of Italy (Piattaforma Comunista)
Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey (TDKP)
Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece
Members of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and
Observer: Organization for the Construction of the Communist Party of
the Workers of Germany
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