Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose but Your Chains! You Have a World to Gain!
- SFG SALUTES WORKERS
The Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG) has extended its solidarity to workers throughout the world and their allies in the struggle to construct new societies.
In a statement, the SFG said the material condition of the Ghanaian worker has declined steadily since the CIA overthrew Nkrumah’s socialist government in 1966.
The statement signed by Comrade Kyeretwie Opoku, the convener of the SFG said “Everywhere, the working class confronts deteriorating working conditions, unsafe working environment, unemployment, privatization of essential services and the erosion f basic rights.”
The full text of the statement is published below:
Unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains. You have a world to gain!
On International Worker’s Day, 1 May 2012, the Socialist Forum of Ghana extends its militant solidarity to workers throughout the world and their allies in the construction of a new society.
The material condition of the Ghanaian worker has declined steadily since the CIA overthrew Nkrumah’s socialist government in 1966. Since then governments have rammed through World Bank / IMF programmes designed to strengthen foreign corporate control over Ghanaian labour and national resources. They have flogged public assets for peanuts, deregulated investment, facilitated capital flight, attacked social spending and repressed industrial action. They have called on workers to sacrifice in order to attract the “investors” who it is claimed would somehow create a better future for all. 45 years later the fruits of workers’ sacrifice are the ravaged and decayed conditions of Tema once a proud planned industrial city. Now Tema is characterized by slums and unemployed youth. The situation in our mining and timber communities is even worse.
The situation of Ghana’s working class is not unique. Everywhere, the working class confronts deteriorating working conditions, unsafe working environment, unemployment, privatization of essential services and erosion of basic democratic rights. This is not all. The crisis of capitalism manifest since 2008 poses a stark danger to the survival of human civilization. The reckless aggression of the Western imperialism seeking by force to seize the energy resources of Third World countries and ward off challenges from more productive capitalist blocks could push the world into disastrous nuclear war. There is an equal danger that the wasteful consumption capitalism encourages based on reckless burning of hydrocarbons will undermine the climatic conditions for the survival of the human species. Capitalism has failed massively in Ghana and globally. It can offer no future.
Fortunately, everywhere the working class and its allies are fighting back. May Day 2012 witnesses a global resurgence of conscious working class struggle that transcends trade unionism and seeks the socialist transformation of society. Ghanaian workers too must prepare themselves to assume their historical leadership mission. The challenge ahead is a massive one. Imperialism remains a powerful, organized, strategic and vicious enemy. Indeed, in its death throes, it is more desperate and dangerous than ever. Victory will require discipline, study, organisation and even more sacrifice. At least the sacrifice is collective and honourable and the prize glorious. More importantly, history is on our side.
SFG pledges its humble and unflinching support to your cause.
Source: The Insight Newspaper http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-insight-newspaper/sfg-salutes-workers/232971986803785