user preferences

May Day 2018

category international | workplace struggles | press release author Tuesday May 01, 2018 15:49author by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (MACG) - Anarkismoauthor address PO Box 5108 Brunswick North 3056 Report this post to the editors

This statement was distributed at noon on May Day at the 8 Hour Monument in Melbourne
mayday.jpg

International Workers Day

May Day is International Workers Day. It is a day for workers to come together in struggle worldwide and to celebrate our solidarity. It started as a campaign to free the Haymarket Martyrs, Anarchist union organisers who had been falsely convicted of murder in 1886 after an unidentified person threw a bomb at a workers’ demonstration in Chicago in the United States. As the campaign spread around the world, the workers’ movement developed a sense that its movement was international as its pioneering thinkers had predicted. Four were executed and one committed suicide, but the survivors were ultimately pardoned. August Spies’ last words before his execution came true: “The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.”

The Workers’ Movement

Over succeeding years, the workers’ movement has waxed and waned. It has spread to new countries as capitalism created new battalions of the working class. It has been weakened by war, repression or betrayal. It has been strengthened by fresh waves of struggle. And all along, greater or lesser numbers have maintained the vision of an international movement with a global vision of a better society. We have had great victories – the revolutions which ended World War I, the great strike wave of the late 1960s and early 70s and the strikes that have driven up wages in China, Indonesia and Bangladesh in recent years. We have had bitter defeats, too – counter-revolution in Russia, Fascist dictatorship in the 1930s and the ongoing imposition of neo-liberalism in the last twenty years.

Today

The working class is now the biggest class in the world, larger than either the peasantry or the urban poor. We are still exploited. We still build unions. And we still strike. It is only from a narrow national view that it can be said that the working class has been rendered powerless or irrelevant. Globalisation has changed the game plan for workers. To put an end to the defeats we have suffered at the hands of neo-liberalism, workers must take an international perspective.

The Task Before Us

The contradiction between the global nature of production under capitalism and the nation state framework in which it is rooted is intensifying. A national perspective, whether it is “Aussie jobs for Aussie workers” or expecting a Labor Government to rescue us from the pressures of the global market, is a recipe for defeat. The only winning strategy is for workers to link across borders and use the power of the capitalists’ global production chains against them. Our movement can unite the human race. Through taking power in the workplace, we can defeat capitalists and governments in all countries. We can create a world of peace, freedom and equality for all. We can make a revolution and create libertarian communism.

WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

1 May 2018

Related Link: https://melbacg.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/may-day-2018/

This page has not been translated into 한국어 yet.

This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch
Neste 8 de Março, levantamos mais uma vez a nossa voz e os nossos punhos pela vida das mulheres!

Front page

Βλέπεις κανέναν πόλεμο στις γειτονιές μας;

¡La Guerra Contra las Comunidades del Norte del Cauca, Continúa!

India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War

July 2019 Kate Sharpley Library Bulletin online

Η Αναρχική Ομοσπονδία Σαντιάγο γεννήθηκε

[Chile] Nace La Federación Anarquista Santiago

„Wir wollen da sein, wo es brennt!” – Interview mit dem re:volt Magazine

Maoism vs. Libertarian Socialism? Review of Elliot Liu, Maoism and the Chinese Revolution; A Critical Introduction (2016)

Syndikalismus oder Plattformismus? Syndikalismus UND Plattformismus! – eine Entgegnung

Documentos de la Revolución majnovista (1917-1921)

Ενάντια στον εξουσιαστικό πολιτισμό

A proposito del tema della violenza

Encuentro Ácrata: Conmemorando la Revolución Española

In memoria di Carlo Giuliani e degli avvenimenti del G8

Movie Review: ‘Gun City/Sombra De LA Ley' (2018)

Moving from Crisis in South Africa's Municipalities to Building Counter-Power

Η Mνήμη συνεχίζει να οπλίζει τις μνήμες

Los soviets libres de Ucrania en la historiografía soviética

About the conditions under which we fight and the current state of the anarchist movement in the German-speaking region – for the creation of a revolutionary, platformist organization!

Nuevas tecnologías en el trabajo. El panóptico laboral

Μ. Μπακούνιν: Διαχρονική αξία των ιδεών του

[Book Review] “Anarchist Perspectives in Peace and War 1900-1918” by A.W. Zurbrugg (London: Anarres Editions -Merlin Press, 2018)

Αποχή για την ταξική μας αξιοπρέπεια

O ΠΟΛΕΜΟΣ ΣΑΝ ΕΠΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ.

© 2005-2019 Anarkismo.net. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Anarkismo.net. [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]