The appeal to the referendum by “for the first time” Left government was the natural outcome of a futile political negotiation which aimed “to have its cake (capital) and eat it too” (to satisfy both its needs and those of institutions). To be sure, this frame of negotiations took place without the real subject that shall pay the cost of remaining in Europe, whether in Euro or drachma, that is the working class, the unemployed, the precarious workers, the immigrants and the pensioners. The point is that, despite the Left tone of dignity that the Left governmental administrators use, this is a one-way blackmail. We need a radical change of shift, not in words but in action.
In today’s circumstance, the workers have one and only choice. We have to stand out, with all our strength, against the big interests, which gradually sink the workers to abjection. The future will be dark, and people shall suffer privations, if we do not fight back these adverse predictions. We have only one hope to in order to prevent this tidal wave of misery and evils. This hope, this tool, is solidarity. Every worker must support the interest of his/her class, no matter where he/she lives in the world or where he/she comes from, no matter if he/she is male/female, young or aged. What is important is that we stay united. Every loss for a worker is loss for all of us and every gain for a part of the working class is a victory for all.
The government serves and shall always serve the interests of the ruling class. We believe that the government is bound to act in this way, especially now, that the workers have started to claim their rights. Although the government sometimes gives a benefit as a bait, in order to confuse our judgment and eliminate our decisiveness, it is certain that what we shall get is the brutality and the authoritarian oppression by the security forces and a cell in jail. Direct action, along with solidarity, are the key to success.
The only tactic of fight and resistance that we can trust is what we have already put under our own control and tried in action. In order to defend ourselves we must firstly defend the working class as a whole, united like a fist.
Therefore, there are no dilemmas. “The working class and the employing class have nothing in common”. This is written in the preamble of the constitution of I.W.W.! The same goes when we entrust ourselves to the state, the governments and authority in general, whatever its origins. This is one obvious truth dictated by logic, and it would be against our interest to ignore it.
We can make it! Education, Organization, Emancipation. These are the three goals written on the three stars of I.W.W.’s emblem. Educating, ourselves first of all, and our co-workers. Organizing ourselves and our co-workers too. Emancipating our class, in conflict, in war and emancipating the Earth that feeds and bears us.
Capitalism cannot improve –It must be overcome. The same goes for all governments.
General Strike NOW!
Industrial Workers of the Word (IWW) -Greece
Regional Organizing Commitee (GreROC)