Labour demands, a movement that aims towards a Communist partisanship
Endure, for the time being! This was the message from Khatami and the smiling bourgeoisie, on June the 19th 13, to the workers and the exploited. And this “for the time being ” lasts throughout their reign! They´re actually saying: “Submit, or capital will flee the country and unemployment, inflation and misery will get worse! Let alone the possibility of that disaster happening in Syria and Libyan!
The working class holds the key to unemployment, inflation, gender inequality, child labour, drug addiction and thousands of other social venoms spew by this thousand-headed dragon. The labour movement is the best means to harness nuclear and military ambitions of the bourgeoisie and their scramble for power in the region – particularly when we see the swelling ranks (albeit slow) of communist-conscious workers in Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iraq and so on.
What is more fair and just than to demand an increase in wages – at least above the poverty line – a reduction in working hours, adequate unemployment insurance, equal rights between men and women, a ban on child labour and unconditional freedom of political thoughts and associations?
The communist worker movement is the answer to these gentlemen – a movement that offers an immediate solution to unemployment, which is shorter working hours. This remedy will ease the daily grind of those already in work, while creating jobs for the unemployed. It will also pave the way for an alliance between employed workers and the unemployed ones.
Higher wages – at least above poverty line – and adequate unemployment benefits will lead to a reduction in child labour among impoverished families, who now have little choice but to turn their kids out on the heartless streets to find work.
Unconditional political freedom and the release of all political prisoners, freedom of association and political parties, full economic and social equality between men and women, are other objectives that will guarantee the dignity and independence of women, men and children in society.
This movement does not posterior the struggle for the formation of worker organizations; but priorities it! It is in the furnace of this struggle that future cadres and leaders are born. Though the saying “chicken and egg” comes to mind here – the movement needs a leader.
But, are we at the beginning of a communist movement? There are no shortages of competent and sagacious working class leaders. What we need is a decisive march towards communism at a time when the capitalist crisis has brought us, the 99%, nothing but misery and hell. Labour leaders must consolidate all their efforts to establish communist organizations on our own arena, to counter bourgeois organizations, which actually perpetuate slave labour and lead to the nowhere land of the Khatami-Hashemi utopia, or similar!
Khatami, the president of the 18th Tir repression1, Hashemi, of the serial killing2, and Roohani, the lackey of this criminal Islamic Republic from the very beginning, have no business deciding the fate of the working class. Let them draw their daggers, as they have done throughout the last three decades. We will face them without fear nor illusions and with effective tactics.
W o r k e r s a n d the o p p r e s s e d i n T u r k e y , B r a z i l , G r e e c e , S t o c k h o l m , L o n d o n , P a r i s a n d other parts of the world are on t h e s t r e e t s , o r g a n i sing s t r i k e s , e v e n s o m e fed-up p e o p l e s a t f i r e to the calmness of capital in a cry against the capitalist system, which they know is not sustainable. What is missing is a communist horizon to rid the world of these costly riots, free humanity from these looters’ bloody claws and organize a humane, happy and creative world!
Such an effort requires a concerted effort by us, the 99%, to organize. We mustn’t leave it to the various shades of bourgeois movements such as the feminists or the islamists. Even trade unions have shown themselves to be impotent in the face of this struggle. An independent labour movement is necessary to sweep away the organs of class exploitation and mount the building blocks of socialism and communism.
It is more than a hundred years since the working class began organizing parties on class lines. Decisive victories, revolutions and important gains have been won. Today we are facing a new global challenge which, perhaps, demands a deeper analysis of our past experiences and our theoretical tools. But the practical step now is a communist-conscious labour movement that aims to crush the entire system of capitalism through a revolution! Such a movement thrives on collective action such as strikes as well as conscious and constant analysis of the progresses and setbacks. Local labour councils will spring up and pave the way for the building of communist parties, why even a communist-International.
This is not easy, but still the easiest way out! Any other way will lead to the dead end of capitalism and prolonged and unnecessary suffering of the masses.
Back to Khatami´s and Roohani´s dull words, which echoes that said by leaders of other capitalist countries and lackeys of the bourgeoisie. “Fag, for the time being!” is not only the mantra of Iranian sheikhs but also of the crisis-afflicted Obama and Cameron, even the developing economies like India, China and Russia.
Only to the victims of bourgeois illusions would consider Iran’s latest elections a “triumph.” Both Roohani and lackeys like Rafsanjani and Khatami, as well as Khameneie and others, are all more cautious and alert. Maybe they sense the doom that has been prepared for them by the tsunami of the worker movement.