Especial atención hay que poner al llamado que está haciendo SEIU-USWW, un sindicato clave que representa a 40,000 trabajadores de limpieza, mantenimiento y seguridad en la industria privada en California. SEIU – USWW ha llamado a hacer un paro de la producción el próximo 1 de Mayo. La gran mayoría de sus miembros son mujeres trabajadoras indocumentados que se desempeñan como janitors y que han sido una vanguardia en la lucha contra las políticas sobre-explotadoras y discriminatorias de los patrones y del gobierno americano.
This March 8, women around the world will write another important page in the history of struggle for their rights. In an unprecedented action, in more than 20 countries this international day of working women is calling for a strike, and we will take the streets.
By International Women’s Secretariat – IWL-FI.
Over the last years, we have seen how women are at the front line of resistance. Working and poor women are teaching us us how to confront imperialist plans, how to resist invasions (Syria, Palestine, Kurdish women), how to fight for education (Mexico), how to defend what is already conquered (Poland), how to claim for equal pay (Iceland), how to fight for our lives (India, Argentina), and a long etcetera.
A year and a half ago, on June 3, under the slogan #NiUnaMenos, a group of Argentine journalists called to mobilize against femicides and violence against women. On that J3, the streets of Buenos Aires were small before the largest mobilization the country has seen so far in defense of women’s rights. This demonstration had great impact around the world and the slogan became international: while facing repression, Mexican women shouted the same slogan and added ¡Vivas nos queremos! [we wants us alive]. And so began women’s fight all over the planet, accompanied by thousands of workers.
Setting aside Trump’s playing around with “alternative truths” and things of the kind used to distract workers, something is objectively and empirically very clear: Trump has constituted the wealthiest cabinet ever to run the United States. His cabinet’s worth is estimated around $4.5 billion (at the top are Ross Wilbur and Betsy DeVoss) a sum which “is 60% higher than the aggregate wealth of Barack Obama’s (…) Cabinet, which Forbes estimates to be $2.75 billion” This is without taking into account Trump’s own personal wealth: $3.7 billion.
This government is in fact a pure expression of the American corporate power, which is not afraid to hide its obscene wealth anymore. Obama was the austerity president: austerity for workers and encouraged public restraint for bosses while profits were being recovered on the backs of working people. Trump is the braggy billionaires’ president, where, in his view, workers are supposed to admire and love those who got richer in the aftermath of a traumatic crisis while they got poorer.
“I want people that made a fortune!” Trump stated during his campaign. The billionaire campaigned on the very “simple” idea that making money means being “successful”, capable, smart, etc. Yet, beneath the apparently simple formula of Trump lies hidden the universal mechanism of exploitation of millions of workers. In fact, our society is based on the concealment of the origin of value: money does not come from great minds, actions or decisions. It comes from profits created by the appropriation of a significant portion of the labor of millions of workers, what Marx called surplus-value.
For us workers, who do not belong to the “owning” class, our destiny in this system is to work for wagers to make ends meet. Yet at the same time, if we do not work, they do not get rich. So the problem is that as long as the corporate powers rule, even if we work harder than ever, we never make enough to have a decent life. To celebrate the millionaires and billionaires as national heroes, as Trump pretends, is to celebrate the wheel of capitalist production and exploitation that keeps us chained to our current social condition – it is to toast to our own enslavement.
Given the current situation, we need to rebuild our movement from below, with the thousands of committed union activists, progressive locals and grassroots organizers that will stop any collaboration with Trump and organize a fight back against all of these attacks. The AFL-CIO leadership’s collaboration with the most anti-worker president, Trump, has crossed a line.
We cannot allow more jobs to be lost without putting up a fight and mobilizing solidarity across sectors. We cannot allow more privatization of schools, services and two-tier systems for the workforce. We cannot wait until right-to-work legislation has passed to lament the “sorry state of U.S. labor” and see the historic low of 10% unionization turn into zero. We need to mobilize for a national strike against Trump, to defend our unions, to defend our jobs and demand more jobs, to fight for a massive increase of the cost of living wage, to implement $15 an hour now everywhere, to demand full benefits for all with no contributions and universal healthcare, maternity leave, and paid vacations.
…even if it is early to close any definition, it seems that the hypothesis of the aggravation of both processes (elements of crisis of the regime and inter-bourgeois friction) is confirming, together with a possible upsurge of workers and masses. As we said, this is a non-precedent situation in the United States. Along a series of articles, we will try to further develop the different aspects of this situation.