17 | 08 | 2018

wftu160The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its internationalist support and solidarity to the workers of the Irish airline Ryanair.

Pilots and cabin crew of Ryanair from Ireland, Sweden, German, Spain, Portugal and other countries have been protesting and organizing strikes since July 2018, demanding from the airline to respect the laws and their working rights.

The Aquarius is resuming her mission because rescuing people is the duty, responsibility and purpose of all ships and crews in the Central Mediterranean. However, today, the ships dedicated to search and rescue of boats in distress are fewer than ever.

The Aquarius is sailing back into international waters off the coast of Libya because this is her right. The aid she can, and always has, provided is efficient, professional and humane. 

Following the disaster of  wildfires at which 91 people lost their lives in Greece, the CPs around the world issued messages of solidarity with the Greek people and the Communist Party of Greece-KKE. (TKP, PC Italy, PdA, WPI, NKPJ)

Communist and Workers' Parties, all around the World released statements regarding the devastating fire disaster , expressing their solidarity with the Greek people and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).

Communist Party of Turkey (TKP):

"We call on all our friends and comrades to stand with the Greek people!

In our neighbour country Greece, a wildfire has taken dozens of lives, hundreds of have been affected and wounded by the worst disaster in the last decade.

The Communist Party of Greece mobilizes the party for saving the people from the wildfire, caring for those injured and taking measures to prevent other disasters. 

The Press Office of the Central Committee of the KKE issued a statement on 24 July during the disastrous fires in Attica near Athens. While expressing its condolences to the families of the victims and support to the injured people, the KKE demanded from that the government ‘tomobilize all the necessary forces of the state mechanism to support the inhabitants of the regions’.

The Workers’ Party have called for the introduction of legislation to “put manners” on rogue employers such as Ryanair which refuse to engage in the state’s industrial relations resolution mechanisms and employ bully-boy tactics against workers.

Workers’ Party Dublin North West representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason, said Ryanair’s industrial relations style was based on stonewalling all approaches by workers’ representatives and deliberately ramping up confrontation.

A new serious work accident in RIVULIS-EURODRIP Company was added to the dozens more that have taken place since the beginning of the year in the specific company in Greece. We forward you the Press Release of the Union of workers in RIVULIS-EURODRIP Greece.

On Tuesday 24/7/18, a colleague was injured when a machine smashed the thumb of his left hand, resulting in the need for surgery.

This phenomenon highlights once again the serious problem of accidents at work. For all these, they were not because of “bad timing” or "human error". They are the result of shortcomings in safety measures and intensification of work expressed in many ways every day. Examples are that inside the RIVULIS-EURODRIP Factory in Greece there are:

PAME and the class unions have organized a mechanism to support and help the victims of the wildfires.

On the eve of the Second World War (1938-1939), the Mining Industry in Cyprus reached its highest point with significant exports of pyrite and chalcopyrite. The number of workers employed by all the mining companies exceeded 10,000 the majority of whom were landless peasants. Miners’ working conditions and terms of employment were inhuman. The housing and living conditions of workers and their families were in a terrible state. Accidents at work occurred quite often, illnesses plagued workers and protective measures underground, in galleys and buildings were almost non-existent.

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey issued a statement on the wildfire in Greece.

The CC of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) expressed its sorrow for the wildfire disaster in the neighbour country Greece, taking dozens of lives, affecting and wounding hundreds. The statement issued by the CC called the incident 'the worst disaster in the last decade' and said ‘we are ready and eager to help and support in the recovery process by all means’.

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