The General strike under the leadership of UAPPS started in South Africa
The planned General strike organised by South African Federation of trade unions (AFPS) and their allies have begun, and apparently, will cause a heavy blow to the dying political establishment in South Africa is fraught with corruption, poor attitude towards ordinary people and ideas on the reduction of wages, simultaneously lastampa white monopoly capital and neo-liberal pressure. Workers across the country responded to the call, YAPPS and joined the protests against the state, who led a resounding blow to the state economy. Nico Verholen, Director of the National Association of automobile manufacturers of South Africa (NAPWA) confirmed that almost all the production related with the automotive industry stopped. Among these industries there are also international brands (Toyota, Ford, BVM, etc.), so that the imperialist bourgeoisie also felt the impact from the South African strikes. In addition to car manufacturers, the national employers ‘ Association of South Africa (NARYA) reported that the survey effects among 350 businesses – 35% of companies were affected, and 8% had faced a complete stop.
Strike is a response to crime, excessive austerity measures and the reduction of the minimum wage in the country up to 1.61 dollars a day, which is much smaller than the estimated subsistence minimum in the country. Not even related trade unions began to strike, finding WAPPS your only ally. YAPPS will get a huge political boost by the successful organization of a strike against the neoliberal criminal circles of the triple Alliance of the ruling parties. Other organizations also joined the call, as Fighters for economic freedom (BES) announced yesterday their full support for the strike, calling on all workers to join forces against the neoliberal policies of the government Ramaphosa. With over a year of work, WAPPS has made a serious contribution to the class struggle in South Africa. Indeed, we can observe the formation of the revolutionary unit in South Africa, consisting of the proletarian revolutionary organizations and parties, which one day will be able to take power in the state.
Against AFPS and striking of course is the ANC and ruling tripartite Alliance, the most notable opposition coming from CUAP (Congress of South African trade unions), the largest labour Alliance in the country, which continues to support reducing the minimum wage and the introduction of additional taxes for workers, in an attempt to cope with the fall of the South African economy. Ordinary members of CUAP, however, do not fully support the idea of management, many of the members of CUAP workers and trade unions dissatisfied with the current situation and the protracted attempts to negotiate with the government. However, this is not enough to shake the loyalty of CUAP to neoliberal “reforms.” We must remember that CUAP responsible for the rise to power of Ramaphosa and now is trying by all means to maintain it, for fear of losing another lever of political pressure. All this is evidence that the long-since at CUAP process came to its logical end, and CUAP as a real organ of the proletarian struggle has ceased to exist. However, their indecision and General disunity in the question of destructive anti-worker policies in the country made them extremely vulnerable when at the same time, more youthful, more militant, and in fact the Communist labor Union captures the hearts and minds of the working class.
Triple Alliance, in spite of the force of the blow, no doubt survived the strike.
But thanks to the strike opened up how deep the lines of contention within the coalition. Yak (South African Communist party) remained aloof from the conflict, and its relationship with the government Ramaphosa, already deteriorating with each passing day, became more strained. The party itself continues to be under the control of the revisionists and neo-liberal puppets, but the concern, which runs every step within the ruling coalition, tells us about her decaying nature. While BES and YAPPS directly supports the proletarian and populist impulses of the country, the triple Alliance is unlikely to hold the political line in his coalition. Any Association with third-party coalitions and bodies become destructive to the ANC, and any internal contradictions affect all decisions. It’s safe to say, even this level of strikes is a huge success for the proletariat. Even the strike separates the masses from supporting the right government, the ANC, which of course will lead to inevitable disaster within their ranks.
We congratulate the proletariat of South Africa. While the struggle for land continues, the war for bread goes. Although it’s unlikely that this strike will lead to collapse of the system, contradictions are constantly growing and at this rate, it will certainly lead to the destruction of the comprador capitalist classes in Azania, and the complete defeat of imperialist white monopoly capital. We believe in the leading role of proletarian forces in South Africa and call for international recognition of their conquests on the road to revolution. However, we appeal not only to the recognition of their achievements is because of Western imperialism weakens and revolutionary moment in many countries is becoming real, we must remember that our responsibility is opening an internal front against imperialism. YAPPS and BES grapple not only with the South African capitalists, but also from imperialist monopoly capital worldwide, and real solidarity means to expand this struggle in the centers of imperialism. And in this task we are only beginning to take the first steps.
We wish the victory of UAPPS.
Death to the imperialists!
Translated By Alexander Romanov