Statement of communist and workers’ parties
On the occasion of the first of May, International Labour Day
1 May 2020
The Communist and Workers’ Parties which co-sign this Joint Statement would like to express a common global position on the occasion of the first of May, International Labour Day. Despite the fact that this year’s workers’ mobilisations will not be as massive as in previous years, due to the effects of the covid-19 epidemic, workers will use many forms of struggle to honour their International Labour Day as a strike day, and will project their goals and demands to oppose capitalist exploitation.
Our communist and workers’ parties organise diverse activities on this occasion in addition to international activities, and this universal Statement is one of them.
in this year, at a time when the impact of the covid-19 epidemic is getting stronger and the public health system in most capitalist countries is failing and cannot protect human safety, millions of workers have lost their jobs, and labour rights are abolished, thousands of workers, especially the elderly, are at risk of losing their lives, and health systems are powerless in the face of this epidemic. the world economy is in big crisis, while the capitalist governments help the large monopolistic capitalist firms by giving trillions of dollars to their companies to protect capitalist systems and leave millions who are suffering from poverty, unemployment, and marginalisation.
the new global crisis is not a result of the covid-19 epidemic. we, as the communist and workers’ parties. estimate that this crisis is the result of the insurmountable contradictions of the exploitative system, while the emergence of the covid-19 epidemic emphasises the class character of the anti-popular policy of bourgeois governments and capitalist market economy, which neglected policies that serve health and the environment and scientific research.
in this new situation we fight as communist and labour parties in our countries against dictatorships, the extreme right, the new fascism, and in general capitalist regimes that exploit the working class and other popular strata. we are fighting against the imperialist plans and interventions of the USA, NATO, the EU, and their allies. At the same time we are fighting together for socialism, which will establish real development, which will serve the people’s needs and the cause of peace, will abolish the exploitation of man by man.
Capitalism is not the end of history, and the communist and workers’ parties seek to co-ordinate the international struggle to overthrow it.
The struggle for peace, workers’ rights, to save environment, public health protection, the ending of poverty and unemployment, needs workers’ power, socialism, and the joint struggle of the Communist and Workers’ parties, of the working class and the peoples.
The first day of May, International Labour Day, remains to motivate our fighting for socialism, which is the bright future of humanity.