21 | 06 | 2018

The WFTU expresses its sincere condolences for the families and friends of the people who lost their lives by the earthquake in Japan.

Our thoughts are with the people who are injured or suffer from the consequences of the earthquake. Once again the workers, the ordinary people suffer and pay with their lives the lack of safety measures against the natural disasters whether it is an earthquake, flood, heatwave, storm or hurricane.

North KoreaOn June 12, DPRK leader and chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Kim Jong Un met with U.S. President Donal Trump in Singapore in order to carry out the first summit between the two countries. According to Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the CC of the WPK, the two leaders had a candid exchange of views for putting an end to the decades-long hostile relations between the two countries and for building a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.

Special interview with Member of PB of the People’s Liberation Front, Bimal Rathnayake on regional imperialist rivalries and the working class movement in Sri Lanka.

While the trade conflict between the US and China intensifies, competition between Asian powers are also escalating. Sri Lanka, one of the countries subjected to rivalries between China, India and USA is experiencing working class protests against recent privatizations alongside religious tensions under the influence of political powers.

The Communist Party of India declared that the police attack towards anti-sterlite protestors in Tuticorin is 'State sponsored terrorism'.

On 22nd May, in Tuticorin, a coastal district of the state of Tamil Nadu, a peaceful protest against the Sterlite Copper Plant was subjected to a murderous police attack. The police fired at the protesters killing 13 and injuring more than a 100 people. Hundreds are also reported missing. The people were demanding clean air for breathing and clean water for drinking and irrigation. Six days after the incident the Tamil Nadu Government ordered ‘permanent closure’ of the plant based on the Water Act of 1974 on behalf of 'larger public interest'. The plant was sealed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board whose Chief Minister said, “we have taken this decision as a mark of respect t the feelings of the people”. 

Seventy Communist parties from 50 countries have been meeting in Shenzhen, China, this week to mark 'The Historical Contribution of Karl Marx and the Contemporary Significance of Marxism'.

Launching the conference, International Minister Song Tao said the event 'demonstrates the firm commitment of the Communist Party of China to maintain and develop the scientific theory of Karl Marx in the 21st century'.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 92 million workers around the world fully supports its affiliated organisation in South Africa: National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) in its demands for universal health coverage.

From 1945, the WFTU during its first steps put in the front-line of its demands the universal health coverage, the social security for all the workers. Its affiliates in every country of the world were and are considering the free and public health system as a social right and are struggling for its implementation by any means.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 92 million workers in 126 countries of the 5 continents strongly condemns the murdering of at least 12 protesters who demanded the closure of the copper smelter of «Sterlite Copper» company. The company is an affiliate of the British monopoly “Vedanta” in southern India.

The meeting of the Monitoring Committee of Asia Pacific Regional Office of the World Federation of Trade Unions held at Colombo, Srilanka on 22-5-2018 extends its total support and solidarity with the proposed 48 Hours Continuous Strike on 30th and 31st May, 2018 by one million bank employees in India under the banner of United Forum of Bank Unions demanding resolution of Charter of Demands for better wages and improvements in service conditions.

No condemnation is strong enough to denounce the barbarity which West Bengal is witnessing today to ensure TMC's project of capturing cent per cent of elected panchayat bodies of the state.  Despite the forcible capture of 34 per cent of the seats uncontested, the heinous attempts to capture the rest are in full swing.

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