May 2022

 

 

 

 

Brazil: Public Workers in Diadema Announce an Indefinite Strike

 

Report by the Revolutionary Communist Current (RCIT Section in Brazil), 22 May 2022

 

 

 

The workers of Diadema, a municipality governed by the Workers' Party-PT, occupied the streets of the city center on Thursday morning, May 19th, in a big one-day strike for the adjustment of wages to inflation and against wage cuts.

 

The rally with hundreds of municipal civil servants left the headquarters of the Union of Diadema public workers and walked along Antonio Piranga Avenue to the Diadema City Hall. In the afternoon, the whole labor force of Diadema's public sector occupied the City Council to put pressure for the negotiations with the mayor, José de Filippi.

 

The administration, however, did not signal any willingness to meet the demands of the workers and proposed a new meeting only for May 31. Neither did it make any proposal for the compensation of salary losses.

 

Inflation during the current municipal govern administration (2021-2022) is 17.69% (inflation from March 2020 to February 2021 was 6.22%) and inflation from March 2021 to February 2022 was 10.8%.

 

The 2021 Wage Campaign agreement, contrary to what the Municipal Administration has announced, restored only part of the losses due to inflation. In fact, the wage losses until March 2022 did reach 8%. The workers can't give in, even more so in a scenario of the current high inflation.

 

A workers assembly held at the City Hall on May 19 therefore rejected the proposal of the City Hall to meet the Permanent Negotiating Table only on May 31. Faced with the intransigent opposition of the PT administration, the workers decided to strike indefinitely from the 25th of May.

 

João Evangelista, a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Current (RCIT Section in Brazil), made a strong and well-received speech at the assembly demanding that the PT administration be consistent with the speeches and the party's program during the 2020 election campaign when, at the time, the candidate Filippi defended the valorization of public workers in the city and the adjustment of wages to the rising inflation, but in practice he has the same traditional policy of rightists parties of lowering wages, privatization and outsourcing.

 

You can watch the speech of João Evangelista here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0bwT8MeLaN8pt62dbiT9uwjZhiFdkYAKynhdeob2xDrdySrxS779wM1bGz4f3LH42l&id=100008108617275

 

 

 

 

 

Britain: Mass Demonstration for Free Palestine!

 

Report by the RCIT Britain, 14.5.2022

 

 

 

On Saturday 14th May around 50,000 people marched and demonstrated for a Free Palestine and for the end to Zionist terror against Palestinians. The march was led by Palestinian students organised in the Friends of Al Asqua. The majority of demonstrators were Palestinians and Muslims migrants, supporters of pro-Palestine solidarity group as well as the Stop the War coalition. A group of Antizionist Jews also participated in the demonstration.

 

There were prominent pictures of Shireen Abu Alkeh – the Palestinian Al-Jazeera journalist recently murdered by the Zionist army without any provocation. There were placards in support of Palestinians fighting for a Free Homeland from the River to the Sea and denunciations of the Apartheid state of Israel. There were chants of “Free Palestine” and “We are all Palestinian's now”.

 

Comrades of the RCIT Britain participated in the demonstration and sold our journal.

 

 

 

 

 

March 2022

 

Britain: Anti-Racist March in London

Report by the RCIT Britain, 19th March 2022

 

About 10,000 people demonstrated against racism in London on 19th March. The march started outside the BBC building near Oxford Street and ended at the Parliament Square in Westminster. The demonstration was supported by many organisations including the Stop the War Coalition and Stand Up to Racism. It also had a big contingent from Black Lives Matter. There were delegations from many trade unions including the CWU, UNISON, the RMT, PCS, UNISON and the Education Unions.  >>Read the full report here

 

8M: Defensorías de Géneros in support of Ukrainian Women

Report by Convergencia Socialista (Argentina), 9 March 2022

 

In a huge rally in Buenos Aires, on the International Day of Struggle of Working Women (an independent women’s organization in close collaboration with Covergencia Socialista, the Argentinean section of the RCIT), the Defensorías de Géneros waved their flags and demands, such as the freedom of Karen Marín and Nancy Montiel. The comrades participated with their flags and banners. >>Read the full report here

 

 

 

February 2022

 

 

ANTI FUEL PROTESTS AGAINST INCREASES IN ENERGY COSTS

Report by Laurence Humphries, RCIT Britain, 13 February 2022

 

The RCIT IN BRITAIN intervened in a large rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday, 12th February. Organized by the group Fuel Poverty Action together with several solidarity organizations and socialist groups, the protest mobilized around 1,500 people. They hold placards calling for a windfall tax to cut energy bills and to nationalize energy suppliers whose profits are crippling people. Many energy suppliers have increased their profits tenfold while at the same time many people have been driven into extreme poverty.

 

>>Read the full report here

 


Britain: Anti-Racist March in London

 

Report by the RCIT Britain, 19th March 2022

 

 

 

About 10,000 people demonstrated against racism in London on 19th March. The march started outside the BBC building near Oxford Street and ended at the Parliament Square in Westminster. The demonstration was supported by many organisations including the Stop the War Coalition and Stand Up to Racism. It also had a big contingent from Black Lives Matter. There were delegations from many trade unions including the CWU, UNISON, the RMT, PCS, UNISON and the Education Unions. There were slogans denouncing the inherent racism in Britain with Slogans like “Scrap the Nationality Bill”, “Migrants and Refugees are Welcome here” or “Fight Racism”.

 

Comrades of the RCIT Britain intervened in the March and discussed with many about the Sunflower Convoy – a humanitarian aid convoy organised by the RCIT which will start from Vienna and link up with progressive forces in the Ukraine fighting against Russian imperialism.

 

8M: Defensorías de Géneros in support of Ukrainian Women

Report by Convergencia Socialista (Argentina), 9 March 2022, https://convergenciadecombate.blogspot.com and www.thecommunists.net

 

In a huge rally in Buenos Aires, on the International Day of Struggle of Working Women (an independent women’s organization in close collaboration with Covergencia Socialista, the Argentinean section of the RCIT), the Defensorías de Géneros waved their flags and demands, such as the freedom of Karen Marín and Nancy Montiel. The comrades participated with their flags and banners. They distributed many leaflets calling, among others, for the freedom of Karen Marín and Nancy Montiel as well as for the punishment of child abusers.

 

In addition, they supported the struggle of the women of Ukraine against the invasion of the Russian imperialist troops. When the protest came to an end, in front of the Congress square, in an emotional act, in which different comrades who marched with Defensorías spoke, Nina, a militant of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), called for active support of the deed of the Ukrainian comrades.

 

ANTI FUEL PROTESTS AGAINST INCREASES IN ENERGY COSTS

Report by Laurence Humphries, RCIT Britain, 13 February 2022, www.thecommunists.net

 

The RCIT IN BRITAIN intervened in a large rally outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday, 12th February. Organized by the group Fuel Poverty Action together with several solidarity organizations and socialist groups, the protest mobilized around 1,500 people. They hold placards calling for a windfall tax to cut energy bills and to nationalize energy suppliers whose profits are crippling people. Many energy suppliers have increased their profits tenfold while at the same time many people have been driven into extreme poverty. There were demands for getting rid of the Tory government and for the fight to bring energy production into public ownership. Many of the speakers including the trade union bureaucracy made reformist demands calling for nationalization and the removal of the Tory government without a perspective on how this will be done. Palestinian Groups and supporters of the Yemini resistance were attending. The Friends of Al-Aqsa called for one Free Palestine from the River to the Sea and for an End to the Apartheid Zionist Regime in Israel. The RCIT IN BRITAIN sold Magazines which were received very positively by several new contacts.