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 MARCH 8 OF
PROLETARIAN REVOLUTIONARY FEMINISM
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
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!
Proletarian Feminist Movement
the call of MFPR for a women's strike
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.
BUT THE WORKING WOMEN
ARE FED UP WITH THIS!
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
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
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
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 WOMEN’S STRIKE IS
THE WEAPON WE HAVE AND MUST USE!
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
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
Workers of Slai cobas for
the class union
OF PLATFORM FOR THE WOMEN’S STRIKE
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
Reduction of work pace
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
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.