WSF (1998): “EDITORIAL: Unite the Workers’ Struggle!”

WSF (1998): “EDITORIAL: Unite the Workers’ Struggle!”

From Workers Solidarity, magazine of the Workers Solidarity Federation, volume 4, number 1, first quarter 1998. Complete PDF is here

From coast to coast, a greedy class of anti-worker fat cat bosses abuse and oppress us- the workers. Our masters want privatisation, free trade, mass retrenchments in the public sector, “flexible” labour (hire and fire at will), minimal union rights, and cuts in education and health spending. This is the “free market”.

In the so-called “Windhoek Declaration” signed by all southern African governments in SADC in October 1997 it is stated that “the private sector [is] the locomotive of economic development,” and that “business requires … a climate in which it can develop safely, freely and profitably“. SADC (the Southern African Development Community) includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

These policies, sponsored by imperialism, and happily accepted by the local ruling classes, will give bosses big profits. But the workers and the poor will suffer.

In Zambia these policies have cost 100,000 jobs. In Zimbabwe they have led to education spending falling to the level of the colonial 1970s. In South Africa, jobs are at their lowest level in 16 years.

We need to unite the workers struggles in our region. We need to mobilise our unions in solidarity with each other, resisting the bosses’ onslaught.

Today the worker is treated as nothing while the boss is treated as a hero. After the revolution, the workers will be everything and the boss- nothing!!!