This call is made by European, African, American and Asian trade union organisations.
Our international affiliations – or non-affiliations – are diverse: members of the International Trade Union Confederation, members of the World Federation of Trade Unions, members of neither of these two organisations, participants in various international trade union networks, etc.
It is intended for all trade union organisations that see themselves as part of a type of unionism that focuses on struggles, worker democracy, self-organisation of workers, and the need for social change.
The effects linked to the capitalist system’s crisis are felt throughout the world. The economic, financial, environmental and social crises are interconnected and self-reinforcing. The current economic crisis of capitalism highlights the impasse of a development model that is grounded on an increasingly unequal distribution of generated wealth, on financial deregulation, on generalised free trade and on environmental contempt.
To secure shareholders’ and employers’ profits, to protect the banking sector, international institutions (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organisation, etc.), governments and employers are increasingly targeting workers’ rights.
The current economic and political system organises the plundering of many countries, forcing millions of people to abandon their home regions in order to survive… and then denies them of their rights on the grounds of their immigrant status.
The dismantlement of public services, the calling into question of all social rights, the attacks against trade union rights, the violation of trade union freedoms, the growth of precariousness and unemployment in order to put pressure on populations… These same methods are used in all countries!
In order to attain their objectives, similar methods are employed: criminalisation, trials, arrests, police actions, military occupations, various obstacles that constrain collective and individual rights. Repression is one of their weapons against those who resist, who rise up, who promote alternatives. Our solidarity, which transcends national borders, is one of our responses.
The trade unionism that we want to build cannot be in support of deals with the powers in place and endorse antisocial policies. The trade union movement has the duty to mobilise resistance at the international level, in order to enact, through struggles, the needed social transformation.
Our trade unionism aims to overturn the existing economic, social and political development model, based on the supremacy of finance, profit and competitiveness. On the contrary, we want to build a system that is grounded on common goods, on the redistribution of wealth among those who contributed to its creation, on the rights of workers and on an environmentally sustainable development.
We call for the extension, democratisation and social appropriation of public services (education, healthcare, transport, energy, water supply and sanitation, housing, etc.). Our shared objectives also include the free flow of peoples and equality of social and political rights for all, regardless of their nationality, origin or gender.
Our trade unionism combines the protection of workers’ immediate interests, and a desire for meaningful social change. It does not restrict itself to the economic sphere but includes issues like the right to housing, to land, gender equality, antiracism, environmentalism, anticolonialism, etc.
The interests that we defend are those of the working class (active or retired, unemployed, youth workers). They are linked to those of peoples coming from all regions of the globe. We are therefore opposed to the employers, as well as governments and institutions that serve employers’ interests, and we are autonomous from all political organisations.
International trade union organisations do exist; these union networks were created on professional and geographical grounds. From one region of the globe to the next, our trade union histories, our union structures, our union affiliations, are different. However, we all have one vital thing in common: we are all determined to strive towards the coordination of a more combative style of trade union activism at the international level.
We do not call for the establishment of a new international trade union organisation. We choose to strengthen, broaden, and render more efficient, an trade union network that is combative, democratic, autonomous, alternative, feminist and internationalist.
We want to share our experiences, learn from each other’s struggles and victories, build unity across our national borders, and turn international worker solidarity into a reality. Faced with the current crisis and its effects on the populations of all countries, and for which capitalism is responsible, it is necessary to coordinate and unite our struggles. We ask all trade union collectives to join us in the struggle to build this trade union unity of action, essential if we are to effectively combat social decline, conquer new rights, and establish a different society.
Our struggle does not seek a return to the past; attacks against the working class are albeit very strong and sometimes take on new forms. However, capitalist exploitation is not new and it is capitalist exploitation that we must break away from, if we are to come up with new methods of organising society that respond to the peoples’ needs.
We build this approach on a step by step basis, in collaboration with all union organisations that are struggling, and for whom the capitalist system does not represent an unsurpassable mode of
organisation of our societies, and who build change through day-to-day collective struggles and discussions on the desired future society.
Following the March 2013 meeting, we have concrete objectives, common commitments. Collectively, we define and will implement:
We act, in the long run, for international solidarity, and in particular against all forms of anti-union repression. Our struggle is against all forms of oppression, in particular against women.
We will intervene in a unitary and coordinated fashion to support pre-existing international campaigns and struggles, by reaffirming peoples’ right to self-determination: support the Palestinian and Sahrawi people, recognise autonomous trade unionism in the countries of the Maghreb and in the Middle-East, against the military occupation of Haiti, against the European treaties that impose austerity, for the right for all people to decide about their future,…
We strengthen and extend the international activities that have been followed in professional sectors (transport, call centres, industry, commerce, healthcare, etc.) and with regards to inter-professional questions (right of women, immigration, housing, the environment, workplace health and safety, etc.); already, the work is organised in a variety of sectors, whose organisation is coordinated by trade union organisations in our different countries.
We continue our exchange of ideas and implementation activities on questions related to the crisis of the capitalist system and alternatives to it.
Finally, we collectively supply the material needs necessary to the success of our collective endeavours: website, email exchange list, coordination by professional sectors, etc.
Signatures au 14 avril 2013 :
Organisations syndicales nationales interprofessionnelles
Central Sindical e Popular Conlutas (CSP-Conlutas) – Brésil.
Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT) – Etat espagnol.
Union syndicale Solidaires (Solidaires) – France.
Confédération Générale du Travail du Burkina (CGT-B) – Burkina.
Confederation of Indonesia People’s Movement (KPRI) – Indonésie.
Confederación Intersindical (Intersindical) – Etat espagnol.
Syndicat National Autonome des Personnels de l’Administration Publique (SNAPAP) – Algérie.
Batay Ouvriye – Haïti.
Unione Sindacale Italiana (USI) – Italie.
Confédération Nationale du Travail – Solidarité Ouvrière (CNT SO) – France.
Sindicato de Comisiones de Base (CO.BAS) – Etat espagnol.
Organisation Générale Indépendante des Travailleurs et Travailleuses d’Haïti (OGTHI) – Haïti.
Sindacato Intercategoriale Cobas (SI COBAS) – Italie.
Confédération Nationale du Travail (CNT-f) – France.
Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC) – Catalogne.
Union générale des travailleurs sahraouis (UGTSARIO) – Sahara occidental.
Ezker Sindikalaren Konbergentzia (ESK) – Pays basque.
Confédération Nationale de Travailleurs du Sénégal Forces du Changement (CNTS/FC) – Sénégal.
Organisations syndicales nationales professionnelles
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) – Grande-Bretagne.
Centrale Nationale des Employés – Confédération Syndicale Chrétienne (CNE/CSC) – Belgique.
Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores del Sistema Agroalimentario (SINALTRAINAL) – Colombie.
Fédération Générale des Postes, Telecom et Centres d’appel – Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail (FGPTT/UGTT) – Tunisie.
Trade Union in Ethnodata – Trade Union of Empoyees in the Outsourcing Companies in the financial sector – Grèce.
Syndicat national des travailleurs des services de la santé humaine (SYNTRASEH) – Bénin
Organizzazione Sindicati Autonomi e di Base Ferrovie (ORSA Ferrovie) – Italie. Sindicato Único de Trabajadores del Grupo Ripley S.A – Pérou.
Union Nationale des Normaliens d’Haïti (UNNOH) – Haïti.
Confederazione Unitaria di Base Scuola Università Ricerca (CUB SUR) – Italie.
Confederazione Unitaria di Base Immigrazione (CUB Immigrazione) – Italie.
Coordinamento Autorganizzato Trasporti (CAT) – Italie.
Confederazione Unitaria di Base Credito e Assicurazioni (CUB SALLCA) – Italie.
Union Nationale des Travailleurs du Mali – Synd. des travailleurs du rail (SYTRAIL/UNTM) – Mali.
Gıda Sanayii İşçileri Sendikası – Devrimci İşçi Sendikaları Konfederasyonu (GIDA-IŞ/DISK) – Turquie.
Syndicat National des Travailleurs du Petit Train Bleu/SA (SNTPTB) – Sénégal.
Asociación Nacional de Funcionarios Administrativos de la Caja de Seguro Social(ANFACSS) – Panama.
Organisations syndicales locales
Union Sindicale di Base Milanoest – Casa dei Sindacati di Base – (USB Milanoest) – Italie.
Trades Union Congress Liverpool (TUC Liverpool) – Angleterre.
Sindacato Territoriale Autorganizzato (ORMA) – Italie.
Fédération syndicale SUD Service public, canton de Vaud (SUD Vaud) – Suisse
Sections bruxelloises des étudiants FGTB (Etudiants FGTB Bruxelles) – Belgique.
Sindicato Unitario de Catalunya (SU Metro) – Catalogne.
Sindicato dos Trabalhadores da Fiocruz (Asfoc-SN) – Brésil.
Türkiye DERİ-İŞ Sendikasi – Tuzla et Izmir (DERİ-İŞ Tuzla et Izmir) – Turquie.
L’autre syndicat, canton de Vaud (L’autre syndicat) – Suisse
Organisations syndicales internationales
Industrial Workers of the World – International Solidarity Commission (IWW)
Courants, tendances ou réseaux syndicaux
Transnationals Information Exchange Germany (TIE Germany) – Allemagne.
Emancipation tendance intersyndicale (Emancipation) – France.
Globalization Monitor (Gmo) – Hong Kong.
Courant Syndicaliste Révolutionnaire (CSR) – France.
No Austerity – Coordinamento delle lotte – Italie.
Solidarité Socialiste avec les Travailleurs en Iran (SSTI) – France.
Basis Initiative Solidarität (BASO) – Allemagne.
LabourNet Germany – Allemagne.
Resistenza Operaia – operai Fiat-Irisbus – Italie.