May Day finds us locked down and quarantined. In many countries around the world, the working class will be confined during International Workers’ Day. At any rate, large rallies will be banned. Above all, our class is being ravaged by an unparalleled human tragedy and faces an uncertain future.
In all likelihood, the cycle of job destruction, wages decrease and worsening of living conditions that has alre
The heroes and heroines of the working class, workers in health care, logistics, supermarkets, food production, education, emergencies and many other basic services, remind us that with determination, trust in our own strength and mutual support, any pandemic can be defeated. Including fear and hopelessness. Only the people save the people.
Over and above the barriers imposed by the situation, our anarcho-syndicalist and revolutionary unions, the sections of ICL, have used any means at their disposal to stand firm by their membership and their class, to continue functioning, advising and assisting.
May Day is no exception. Many ICL sections have planned virtual events for the day or have come up with other ingenious ways to show their determination to defend workers’ rights. The links to these events will be shared below, as we receive them. We invite all of you to attend them and to show that solidarity cannot be quarantined!
Long live May Day! Long live the working class! Only the people save the people
- CNT: May Day online rally. May 1st at noon on www.youtube.com/c/CNT1910
- USI: 1 maggio libertario https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Owq47T77o
- ESE is calling for rallies in Thessaloniki and Ioannina
- FORA: “The conquest of bread“
ady started, will continue unabated after the lockdown eases. However, this May Day will also inaugurate a cycle of resistance and solidarity.
Η Ελευθεριακή Συνδικαλιστική Ενωση συμμετέχει στο Κοκκινόμαυρο Συντονισμό( Red and Black Coordination)
By commemorating May 1st in 2020, we, the unions that form the Red and Black Coordination, shall not « lock down » our demands. Beyond the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, we shall raise our voices to continue denouncing the greed of capital which continues to devour the wealth generated by the working class, and workers’ health and lives, too.
It is common knowledge that on Labour Day, the so-called Chicago Martyrs are honoured, anarchist trade unionists who were executed in the United States. They participated in the days of struggle to achieve the 8-hour working day, which originated in the strike on May 1, 1886 and reached its peak three days later, on May 4, with the Haymarket Revolt. Since then, May 1 has become a day of international struggle and solidarity.
However, this year, this tribute, this day of struggle, must go further than the traditional demands, for we must remember how the COVID-19 crisis has been affecting lives on the peripheries of society among temporary workers, riders, homeless people, refugees and immigrants, prisoners, dependents, the elderly…
Faced with governmental measures taken by the same old crews as usual, mutual support and solidarity -the values that have defined anarcho-syndicalism, must prevail, now more than ever, among workers and neighbours, as in any type of social relationship.
However, the self-management of production centres must also spring to mind. We must be aware of the closure of companies and the destruction of jobs caused by this pandemic. Therefore, the occupation of workplaces and management by workers could provide a solution.
And so, at the Red and Black Coordination, we are united by our traditional demands on this day, those that, though by no means new, must never be forgotten, since, in the face of a pandemic, the problems of the working class, today more than ever, are necessarily international:
- A universal and public healthcare system
- Basic income or the prohibition of dismissals and the maintenance of wages
- Financial aid to dependents, the elderly and vulnerable people
- Decent pensions
- An end to repression and the defence of the right to strike.
- The repeal of labour reforms that make for precarious working conditions
- Real measures to fight against the machoism that prevails in our society
When this confinement ends, we will go on strike and take to the streets again to demand that companies put in place all the necessary measures to preserve workers’ health and prevent workplace accidents. We will also demand that the repressive and liberticidal laws be repealed and that we dispose of the necessary budgets to guarantee quality public services for everybody, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Long Live May Day and Long Live the Working Class!