GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE
Declaration of the European Action Conference in Frankfurt on February 26th, 2012
The 400 participants of the Action Conference from February 24th to 26th in Frankfurt/ Main, Germany, have decided to call for days of protest from May 17th to 19th against the crisis dictatorship of the European Union. We resist the disaster that is applied to Greece and other countries, against the impoverishment and denial of rights of millions of people and the practical abolition of democratic procedures resulting from the decisions of the Troika consisting of ECB, EU and IMF.
The days of protest in Frankfurt directly succeed to the International Action Day on May 12th and the anniversary of the first assembly in Madrid on May 15th. We are therefore sending a visible sign of solidarity to those people in Europe who have been and are resisting against the debtocracy of the Troika and the attacks on their livelihood and their future. Simultaneously, protests are being organised in the US against the G8 Summit in Chicago.
The choice of Frankfurt for the protests results from the role that the city has as headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) and of powerful German and international banks and corporations.
On May 17, we will occupy parks and main squares of the city to create spaces for discussion and exchange. On May 18, we will block the running business of banks in Frankfurt and turn our anger about the Troika’s policies into action. We will gather for a large demonstration on May 19 and visualise the broad base of the protests. From many countries and regions of the world people will travel to Frankfurt and participate in the days of protest.
The success of the protests requires a mobilisation that is actively supported by as many as possible: the Occupy movement, the initiatives of unemployed and the crisis alliances, trade unionists, Attac, the environmental and peace movement, migrants’, youth and students’ organisations, anti-racist, anti-fascist and left groups, activists of various local struggles and the Left Party.
The period of mobilisation includes the European action day on March 31st and international Mayday, as well as collective bargaining struggles in Germany that have our solidarity.
About one million people participate in the agitation.
The all-India strike organised by an alliance of eight central trade unions on Tuesday was “a resounding success” in Karnataka, according to trade unions, mainly because of the widespread participation of unorganised workers. “About one million workers in the State participated in the strike,” said Prasanna Kumar, general secretary of the Karnataka State Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), one of the eight central unions that spearheaded the strike.
“This strike was successful not because workers in public sector banks, insurance companies and workers in the several public sector undertakings stayed away from work, but because a substantial part of the faceless workers in the State — anganwadi workers, headload workers at market yards, autorickshaw workers, construction workers, beedi workers and many others whose working lives are completely unregulated — participated in the strike,” said Mr. Kumar.
Garment factories that dot the Bangalore-Mysore Road were also “severely impacted” according to a trade union source. Twenty large garment factories, from Mysore Circle to Bidadi, were closed on Tuesday, he said. Many units on Tumkur Road and Hosur Road were closed.
According to Mr. Kumar, nearly 1.2 lakh anganwadi workers in the State, and 80,000 headload workers employed at 90 of the 144 Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee yards participated. Four lakh construction workers of the 20 lakh in the State also joined in the strike. A predominant section of beedi workers, mostly in Dakshina Kannada, also stayed away from work, Mr. Kumar said.
“At the General Assembly meeting last night, Occupy Wall Street’s dreamer contingent got a very special valentine: the GA endorsed the Direct Action Working Group’s proposal to call for a general strike on May Day—May 1, 2012. Occupiers celebrated with cheers and Valentine’s Day balloons.
The text approved by the GA is as follows:
May Day 2012 Occupy Wall Street stands in solidarity with the calls for a day without the 99%, a general strike and more!! On May Day, wherever you are, we are calling for: *No Work *No School *No Housework *No Shopping *No Banking TAKE THE STREETS!!!!!
Public statement by the Unión Portuaria de Chile explaining the reasons for the national strike on 15 and 16 February.