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The Dilemma of the Union Dependent Strike Movement:

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The Dilemma of the Union Dependent Strike Movement:

The Dilemma of the Union Dependent Strike Movement:
The Construction Workers’ Strike of June 2002 “From June 17-26, 2002 approximately 32,000 construction workers from about 2800 work sites went on strike (for the first time since 1945) for better working conditions and pay increases across Germany. As important and necessary as these first experiences of struggle are for many of these workers, the first in decades, this strike nevertheless shows the dilemma of struggles that come under the control of the DGB (Federation of German Unions) leadership and its apparatus.
First of all the strike is mobilized for insufficient demands (4.5% for all workers who get union wages).
After this, the strike is strangled when only half the demands are implemented, indeed, a great success is claimed. This process was pre-programmed to bring about the demoralization and resignation even of the struggling colleagues. Secondly, what is shown with this strike is how through the state-supporting and chauvinistic policies of the union leadership, the reactionary bond of the mass of workers to German imperialism is forced forward and cemented into place. Because in the foreground among them is it ‘equal pay for equal work’.
But in reality their chauvinist policies are directed at the workers who are most exploited and most deprived from their rights: those from other countries who are forced to live and work here without papers. ” The Bulletin next reports on the course of the strike and emphasizes the solidarity of workers from various countries who refused to work as scabs.
Rely on your own class strength and take the struggle into your own hands!
This is the lesson to be taken from this strike after the IG Bau (Industrial Union of Construction Workers) leadership sold its more than meager results as a ‘great success’ and broke off the strike.
How the chauvinist policies of the IG Bau leadership enfiarne the competition between workers!
The demand of a 4.5% wage increase for everyone cemented the split between the workers in the construction industry.
“In order really to implement the demand ‘Equal pay for equal work’ then a demand for approximately 8% wage raise for eastern Germany would have been necessary. ” For those who in great numbers work at construction positions at starvation wages and inhuman times, the socalled “illegal workers”, the industrial union management put forth no demands.
“They view the ‘illegals’ only as competition which literally must be stopped, using any means available. ” The industrial union leadership is propagating an informant ring in the workplaces and the deportation of the “illegals” to their countries of origin.
“Every demand for limiting immigration rights and the unrestricted access of foreign workers to Germany is deeply reactionary. The necessary alliance beyond the borders of one ‘s ‘own ‘ country with the workers of the world is impossible, if one doesn’t fight comprehensively for the equal rights of alt workers, regardless of their country of origin. That includes the right to unrestricted access. ” For Proletarian Internationalism! Against the reactionary policies of the IG BAU leadership towards Colleagues from other countries!
Among the ranks of the IG-Bau voices, the voice speaking out against the reactionary policies of its leadership is isolated. A colleague from Hamburg claims:
“Solidarity must return to the construction site. Our motto must be: ‘Workers of all countries, unite!’” Unity of Colleagues in the struggle for a revolutionary perspective!
In this section the Bulletin maintains that the revolutionary perspective must be bound to the day-to-day struggles, which are subordinate to it.
“This means, that the capitalist system of exploitation must be destroyed with all its roots in the socialist revolution and that revolutionary democracy must be developed in order to fight for a socialist and then communist society. “(…)

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