Tuesday, March 8, 2016

three texts of MFPR Italy for this IWD 2016 - unofficial traslation

MFPR ITALY - in this IWD let's affirm in imperialist countries in the fire of class truggle, in strict rally with the masses the line and praxis of Revolutionary proletarian feminist mouvement


The proletarian women, the workers, the most exploited, discriminated and oppressed will be at the centre of the mobilization for the next International Women’s Day! With their strong denunciation of a condition that worsens every day, but especially with their struggles, the various forms of protest and rebellion against all this, that this year also have been seen.

An International Women’s Day of proletarian revolutionary feminism!

With a clear link and continuity with the historical meaning of this Day that is rooted in the exploited workers on strike killed by factory owners, and that was born by the international communist movement when, in 1921 with Clara Zetkin, decided to adopt the March 8 as International Day of Women workers, and later became the day of all the women's struggle movement.

Clearly linked to the current battle of women at national and international level, in the imperialist countries, as ours, and in countries oppressed by imperialism; Women are always in the front line, wherever is a struggle, against the employers, governments, the modern fascist State, imperialism and its rapist men and armies, against and the reactionary and genocide regimes, against "men who hate women", to put an end to the bourgeois social system, in which the majority of women are doubly exploited and oppressed, crushed in their dignity, raped in their bodies, murdered, a system that does not hesitate to repress with double ferocity, with sexist hate and violence, those women who rebel and fight in arms.

A Women’s Day against the bourgeois feminists who want rather a miserable power and petty improvements for themselves, while the majority of women live more and more a situation of "modern Middle Ages".

The proletarian women must take in their hands the struggle for their fate and true liberation, and be a reference for all the oppressed women, taking up all their needs and dreams.

In this battle, the women’s strike is a practical weapon, to translate in fact today the role of the proletarian, workers, unemployed, immigrant women, to unite their single struggles and impose, make the general point of view hegemonic: the double reasons of women, the intertwining of class and gender reasons.

Women need to organize themselves and struggle also in a separated way from the general movement of struggle, to gain strength, courage, break the practical and ideological brakes, the many forms of oppression both external and in family, the double chains, to unleash rebellion of women as a powerful force of the revolution of proletarians and peoples all over the world.
Those who deny this, even when they speak about "revolution", wants to stop the disruptive, transforming, practical, theoretical and ideological wind that the "revolution within the revolution" of women, the majority of the masses, brings in the overall battle.

For this, the women’s strike is an important step.

We held a first successful women’s strike on November 25, 2013. Un these two years we have been pursuing the organization and mobilization of women, initiatives towards the factories and workplaces of women, from Palermo to Taranto, in Milan, in Melfi etc. up to novelty of our March of last December 11 and 12. In these two years the struggles, the protests of workers, agricultural laborers, immigrant women, temporary workers were heard and seen more and more.

The next March 8 we call a second women’s strike, and we begin a march that will unite and reach bit by bit all the organizations of the women workers.

Proletarian women this March 8 raise their battle and their challenge, unite with the women fighters, in India, Palestine, Kurdistan, Turkey, etc., and are on the of women forced to flee form wars and genocide regimes.

Finally, we say clearly: We are against those who want to cancel the Women’s Day.
The bourgeois, the government want to cancel this Day, because the rightly fear that behind the "mimosa" the spectre of revolutionary struggle of women appears; but also those, often petty bourgeois feminists, who deride this historic Day for women and thus contribute to remove its proletarian, red and revolutionary character.
We, instead, is this Women’s Day what we rise!

Revolutionary Proletarian Feminist Movement


the call of  MFPR for  a women's strike

March 8 - a New Women’s Strike!

The condition of the women workers, the most exploited, is held back, nobody not talk about, at most it appears in some statistics on newspaper, or in some clamorous investigation, which remains just a 'scoop' (usually, workers have to die to appear in the newspapers). Yet working women are suffering unprecedented attacks, they are the first victims of the policies of the bosses, the Jobs Act of Renzi’s government.
But it must not be said. Because their situation, made of attacks on working conditions, discrimination, up to sexual blackmail, lays bare the whole system of exploitation and oppression on the workplace and outside.
Even the official trade unions are silent or speak only when the situation breaks up, tragically, like that of the hired women the last summer; they do not organize struggles but, rather, prevent them - Fiom [metal union] at most sometimes come out with an useful investigation, but then hold back workers who mobilize, as the Sata Melfi, and made that matter of dignity a mere point of an useless agenda.

Women workers at the Sata in Melfi, as in other factories of FCA, are tired after few hours of work, exhausted by fatigue. They have to choose whether to go in the bathrooms, where they have to hurry even in the days of menstruation, or eat a sandwich, in the short breaks of 10 minutes. The stressful shifts, rhythms and workloads also attack their reproductive health. The ultramodern systems intensifying the work adopted by Marchionne (Ergo UAS) bring the workers to a condition of new Middle Ages. And finally they are offended, humiliated, when they ask a blue suit to avoid the embarrassment of blood spots in the period of menstruation. When they come out exhausted from the factory, on rest days - say the workers – they can not rest, because at home they begin with household chores, children care, etc.

The hired women say: "We are the slaves of the third millennium." They are paid somewhat more than twenty euros a day, for ten, twelve hours of work, even 15 hours in the warehouses; They are black workers or sign a false paycheck, do an exhausting work, standing under tents where in summer the heat reaches 50 degrees, breathing toxic products, bending for hours and hours. They are selected as slaves by illegal recruiters or more modern and "legal" forms of hiring as the temporary work agencies, for super-profits of large companies. They must work under the eyes of a "kapo" which also decides when they can go pee, behind a tree. The youngest of them also undergo sexual blackmail, harassment, violence up by foremen and bosses. And, a the end, they die for fatigue, such as Paola and others the last summer.

The women working for the Coops are always under the threat of dismissal, with lower and lower wages, they can not even get sick. Blackmailed, harassed and forced to work at inhuman rhythms by firms with millions of sales; always scolded, threatened with transfer as punishment. Working mothers are discriminated and left at home without pay when they no longer useful (guilty of having young children). When women rebel, are sexually harassed and fired (as the workers of the coop. Yoox Mr Job Logistics in Bologna)

There are the ultra-precarious cleaning workers, from North to South, always under threat of firing by the lowest-price subcontractors, who work few hours and even fewer wages, often not even paid.

And there is the last "ring of the chain", the migrants working as "slaves of rubbish", as in Monselice (Padua), fired by the coop for having protested against inhumane working conditions. Moroccan women, folded eight hours on waste hunting the recyclable plastic. An eco-friendly business based on the uncontrolled exploitation of migrant women. They also have to endure racist insults and brutal blackmail.

And so on, on, on ....

These are just few examples of the condition of women workers, on which the bosses, often transnational, impose a "modern Middle Ages". Every day it shows the intertwining of class attacks and nasty attacks on women as women. A condition that does not give breath, because the burden, the situation of blackmail on the workplace is brought into the houses and there the burdens of the problems of motherhood, children care, lack of social services, in turn weigh as many boulders on the conditions and opportunities of work for women.

A condition that the Renzi’s government has worsened twice: first, with the Jobs Act, the life-time precariousness has been institutionalized, along with the freedom of dismissal, that first affects the women, often with because of motherhood; then, with the misery of the bonuses, the lack of social services is unloaded once more on women.

But in some of the situations we mentioned, there is also something else. There is rebellion, somewhere struggles, strikes, protests of women workers: the battle against the white suits of the workers in Melfi, the brave stand of the hired women, the protest of workers in Bologna against dismissal and the pigs bosses, the strong struggle of immigrant women.

But these and many other struggles of women have not yet won.

The struggles of the workers, of the most exploited does not come out of isolation, women workers are not united, self-organized for a national battle, which must put strongly the condition of women, the double exploitation and oppression, that there is in each struggle but goes beyond the single struggles, because it requires a 360 degree change.


The objective situation shows with thousands of facts that it is time to say "Enough!", it is time for a strong new women's strike. Yet there is not an adequate subjective consciousness, but we must begin.

This women’s strike, the second after that on 25 November 2013, has at its centre the women workers, the most exploited and oppressed workers. May all the other women join!

First the women workers in the schools, who have done a big struggle and in the strike of 2013 were great, joining the strike in 12,000.

But the women workers from the factories, from the countryside, from the “blacker” workplaces, the immigrants enslaved, are those who show the extent to which comes the modern Middle Ages of the capitalist system that takes and destroys all the life, in 360 degree, and that is chieftain of organized, institutionalized male chauvinism and sexism.

On March 8 we begin the march of the women's strike. It must continue beyond the March 8, to gradually become larger and extend everywhere. Let’s construct together, with the strike, a network of women workers, of struggles, and a platform from below.

Revolutionary Proletarian Feminist Movement
Workers of Slai cobas for the class union

This platform is fruit the denounces of the women worker and the demands raised in the struggle

  • Reduction of working hours for an equal pay
  • Increase of pauses (one every 4 hours and at least 30 minutes each), two days of rest per week
  • Reduction of work pace and workload
  • Transformation of temporary job contracts into indefinite
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Working conditions and work environments (including toilets) must protect the health, even reproductive, of women and the dignity of women workers
  • Immediate removal from the workplace for everyone - bosses, managers, foremen, etc.- responsible of harassment, blackmail, sexual violence, racist attitudes; protection for women complainants
  • In case of change of subcontractors, workers must pass automatically to the new employer, retaining acquired rights
  • Work for all women
  • Wage guaranteed to all women, so that the economic dependence will be not an obstacle to the break of family ties
  • Prohibition of inquiry into the couple condition, maternity, sexual orientation, for recruitment or layoffs
  • NO to discrimination in employment related to family status, pregnancy, race
  • NO to transfers of working women with children
  • Right to citizenship and equal employment rights, wage and regulatory for immigrants, no to institutional racism and blackmail of residence permits related to work
  • Lowering of retirement age for women, in recognition of their double work
  • Free access for women to health care services
  • Socialization / gratuity of essential household services: kindergartens, health care, aged care services, etc.

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