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PV Ontario Bureau
As in other parts of
For the past two decades, the official poverty rate in
Furthermore, welfare rates continue to drop further beneath the poverty line.
Currently, this “poverty gap” for 160,000 single adults on social assistance is
60% - they receive only $8500 per year, $12,300 below the poverty line in
Data from Statistics
Among youth, employment figures are even worse. According to StatsCan, the
official unemployment among young workers was 13% in June 2016, over 360,000
people. The employment rate, however, was only 55% which means nearly 2 million
On the wage side, a 2015 study by the Broadbent Institute showed that real
wages had tumbled in Ontario between 2006 and 2012, with some communities
averaging devastating losses – for example, the real wage in Windsor plummeted
by nearly 14%. Research by the Workers Action Centre shows that low-wage and
precarious - part-time, contract, or own-account self-employed – makes up 41%
of work in
The minimum wage in
Among low-wage workers, women make up a disproportionate number, nearly 60% in
2012. This is partly the result of sexist hiring and promotion practices, which
deny women equal job opportunities and confine women workers to low-paid,
part-time jobs. A contributing factor to this confinement is the lack of
affordable child care and inadequate family leave policies, combined with a
disproportionate share of household work. The gender wage gap saw women in
Against this comprehensive backdrop – one of structural unemployment, institutionalized poverty, and systemic racist and sexist oppression – the Kathleen Wynne government is promoting Basic Income as the means to alleviate poverty. The government describes the scheme as a top-up to existing programs to lift people out of poverty, but its intentions are all about cost savings and reduction of programs. When it was introduced in the February 2016 budget, the government clearly stated its goal was to "test whether a basic income would provide a more efficient way of delivering income support, strengthen the attachment to the labour force, and achieve savings in other areas, such as health care and housing supports."
The Liberals have appointed prominent Conservative strategist Hugh Segal to develop a Basic Income pilot project. This plan will be framed in the interests of capital, to eliminate and replace other social assistance programs and lock thousands of people even more tightly into a life of severe poverty.
A Tory-planned basic income project for a pro-corporate Liberal government is
being met with suspicion. As the
According to Ontario Communist Party leader Dave McKee, “Basic Income does nothing to address issues of unemployment, precarious employment, housing, rent controls, low wages, soaring tuition rates, lack of pensions and benefits, or any of the ongoing and interconnected problems that produce and maintain poverty. We need to shift away from the whole notion of “minimums” and demand our basic rights – through full employment and livable wages, housing provided as a public utility for all who need it, free tuition, rent rollbacks. Never mind talking about “basic income” – we need guaranteed livable incomes for everyone.”
Special to PV
Only a few months have gone by since the 38th Central Convention of the
Communist Party of
The CC meeting featured two distinct but related sides: a wide-ranging examination of recent global politics, and a review of the priorities adopted last May by convention delegates.
A Political Report was introduced by Liz Rowley, who was elected leader in
January 2016. The report stresses that the world is becoming increasingly
dangerous because of the actions of U.S. imperialism, with the backing of the
Trudeau Liberal government on key issues, such as close relations with the
fascist government of the Ukraine, and sending 500 Canadian troops to Latvia as
part of a new NATO battalion. In other regions,
Syria has become a critical flashpoint, as
Unfortunately, despite the growing war danger, the Canadian Peace
A number of other international issues were discussed by the CC, from the “regime
change” tactics used by imperialism against progressive Latin American
governments, to the Brexit vote in
All eyes are on the Clinton-Trump race, where the Democratic candidate appears to be pulling ahead. The CC expressed the “hope that the American people will defeat Trump and the dangerous and powerful forces backing his campaign,” since the Republican candidate “promises a return to the past, built on racism, sexism and homophobia.”
But the election of Hillary Clinton would bring other dangers, since she has
taken the most hawkish foreign policy positions. While condemning Trump’s
brutal misogyny and immigrant-bashing at home,
The government is also taking heat for its flawed “consultations” on the future
More crucial in the long run, the economy is anything but ‘sunny’ for the
working class, the unemployed and the youth. As the report states, unemployment
is stuck at 7% with an estimated 2 million looking for work. Low wages and pensions
make it difficult for non-unionized workers to retire, and precarious work now
comprises more than 40% of the workforce. Negative economic indicators include
weak growth rates, low commodity prices, a ballooning trade deficit despite the
76 cent dollar, and a looming possibility of another recession. While working
people fall behind, the six big banks raked in $10.4 billion in profits in the
second quarter of this year, and other corporations are also reporting record
profits. Turning to the fightback against government
austerity policies and corporate attacks, the CC saluted the militant strike by
“These two collective agreements illustrate two trends in the labour movement today,” says the political report. “On the one hand, collaboration with the employers to secure scraps from the table, and on the other hand, a militant struggle uniting the workers with their labour and social allies to defeat the employer. The first trend leaves the union divided and demoralized; the second generates unity and militancy on the shop floor, in bargaining, and in mass independent labour political action.”
Other important struggles this fall include the ongoing “Fight for $15" minimum wage campaign, the Nov. 2 day of action against tuition hikes organized by the Canadian Federation of Students, the battle in British Columbia against cuts to public education, the Black Lives Movement against police killings and systemic racism, and the campaign to save universal public Medicare.
In this situation, CUPW President Mike Palecek recently issued a call for a pan-Canadian Solidarity Coalition to labour and its social allies. The CC supported this important proposal, as “the kind of unity in struggle that’s urgently needed and that could turn labour’s struggle from defensive to offensive.”
The meeting heard reports from across the country about rising numbers of new members and activity for the Communist Party and the Young Communist League, which reflects “growing disillusionment with capitalism by millions of young people and workers, many of whom are searching for real alternatives.” Upcoming issues of People’s Voice will feature coverage of this significant political trend.
By Sean Burton, October 2016
Newfoundland and Labrador is more politically activated than ever this year, launched by the widespread discontent with the Dwight Ball Liberal government's austerity budget in the spring. With a euphemistically-named "fiscal update" due at the end of October, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are rightly bracing themselves.
The nature of this update and the Liberals’ future plans are as yet not clear.
Premier Ball did present a rather vague "Way Forward" platform at an
invite-only event in
Although the protests against the budget have died down, concerned individuals
and organizations have continued various actions. Pressure spiked again in
recent weeks over the
Out of touch and out of control, the provincial government has attempted to
take some action. Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady and Environment
Minister Perry Trimper held a press conference on Oct. 19, appearing to give in
to demands by ordering Nalcor to conduct further studies on clearing vegetation
from the reservoir to diminish methylmercury poisoning. Despite this statement,
the ministers also said that the partial flooding of the reservoir will continue
as planned. In the words of one solidarity organization, nothing has changed,
and it is vital that the dissent continue so that the provincial government
does not subvert the movement. The treatment of indigenous land and people in
Labrador, highlighted most poignantly by the arrests at
By Melaney White
The annual general meeting of
A group called “Size Doesn’t Matter” has had a booth at
In response to the resolution set forth by QAH, the Atlantic Jewish Council brought about 200 of their members to the Pride AGM, offering a shuttle service, food and child care so as many of their members as possible could attend. To the Atlantic Jewish Council, the QAH resolution was “anti-Semitic” although other members of the Jewish community were in favour of the resolution.
A local advocacy group called the
The meeting soon spiralled out of control. Because the rules of the Pride committee allow any member of the public to attend and register to vote at the AGM, 200 supporters of the AJC were able to vote down the QAH motion while booing, interrupting and aggressively telling members of the LGBTQ2SI community as well as people of colour and women to “shut up.” The Atlantic Jewish Council effectively silenced the voices of the LBGTQ2SI community at their own event through aggression. Ardath Whynacht noted that “we were outvoted by straight, cisgender members of a religious organization who deliberately attended to block our motions.”
By the end of the meeting, many had left in protest. Those remaining, largely AJC members, elected one of their own members to the Pride board.
Central Committee, Communist Party of
This November 2nd, students across
Since 1990, the average undergraduate tuition fees across
For students the attack on post-secondary education has resulted in astronomical student debt levels and it has contributed greatly to the increase in poverty and precariousness of young people. An education system which relies on debt means that working class students, who are disproportionately racialized have to pay more for their education in the long-term because of larger debts and interest payments. The same is true for women students who face a steep gendered pay gap upon graduation. The Federal government continues to deny Indigenous peoples their treaty rights to free post-secondary education because of a funding cap that was in place for 20 years. In 2016 there were 10,000 Indigenous students on the waiting list to access The Post-secondary Student Support Program which was created to help Indigenous Nations fund students’ education. International students are often paying triple the fees for the same education and are being used as cash cows to fund post-secondary institutions.
After almost three decades of skyrocketing tuition fees, raising the demand of
free education has never been so important. Education without user-fees is a
necessary precondition for an accessible system where the right to education
can be realized. The student movement’s demand for free education should not be
confused with the “free tuition” grants announced this year by the governments
The Communist Party of
The Day of Action, initiated by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), is
the first cross-Canada action called in the last four years. It is an important
step towards re-mobilizing the student movement across the country. The CFS,
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The downside of this campaign, however, is truly ominous. The worst possible
outcome – the election of Donald Trump – appears unlikely, but still not
impossible. This would bring to power a movement backed by the most violent,
militarist, reactionary, anti-working class elements of the
To be blunt, in the
This is not to argue that Hillary Clinton is a progressive alternative. Clinton
has been pushed to adopt elements of the Sanders platform, and she would not
appoint racist, misogynist thugs to the Supreme Court. But she remains a
proponent of neoliberal austerity, and a hawkish advocate of militarism and
interventions to overthrow governments which dare to challenge Yankee
domination. Trump must be defeated, by the largest margin possible. But this
election proves again that creating a true people’s alternative to the parties
of big business remains a crucial task for the
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We’ve all seen this horror movie before. The monster has been slain, the survivors gather to count their losses (or if this is the sci-fi flick Alien, a weary Ellen Ripley climbs back into her stasis capsule). And suddenly… the monster (or its evil offspring) is back to inflict more mayhem. Why? Because it’s just not enough to slay the monster once. We need a strategy to win a monster-free city, or planet, or Nostromo.
Okay, enough with the hokey analogies. But there are parallels between the horror
genre and capitalist globalization. After years of secretive talks, the
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European
Union and Canada has now been defeated by an uprising of the Wallonian
peasants… er, parliament. Like the Brexit vote, this outcome is a victory
against the drive by big capital to wipe out national sovereignty and prevent
any challenge to corporate domination over the global economy. The collapse of
CETA (barring any last-minute revival of the deal) gives fresh impetus to the
struggle to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which cannot take effect
unless all 12 signatory countries give legislative approval by early 2018. That
If only that could be the final chapter. But as long as imperialist hegemony continues, new “corporate rights” deals will keep coming. The ultimate response by the working class, indigenous peoples, and their allies must be broad unity around a people’s alternative to block the power of big capital and open the way towards a socialist future. The victory over CETA should become the first step in this radical new direction.
A new report from Oxfam
Available at www.oxfam.ca, the report says, “the global economy is not working for women. Gender inequality affects the jobs women have access to, the money they earn, and the way society values their work. Women who find employment are too often rewarded, not with independence and empowerment, but with poverty wages, unequal pay and insecure jobs. Even in the poorest communities, where poverty wages are a reality for men and women alike, women perform a disproportionate share of the crucial, yet unpaid and undervalued, work of caring for children, the sick and the aging..
“Women living in poverty are subsidizing the global economy with labour that is either free or cheap, a fact that helps explain why economic growth does not necessarily reduce inequality... Addressing the unequal economics of women’s work is essential to closing the gap in earnings and opportunities between women and men, and between rich and poor.
“Women across the world now enjoy higher levels of education and increased access to the workforce, yet their efforts to build a better life continue to be hampered by the unequal distribution of unpaid work, gender barriers to many fields of work, the undervaluing of jobs held predominantly by women, and the often unspoken social norms that offer men higher wages and rates of promotion..
“In developing countries, the combined impact of these factors, along with
lower levels of education, often traps women in precarious jobs without
formal protections. For example, in
Oxfam points out that 82% of Canadian women hold paid jobs and women now make
up close to half the workforce. Yet women are paid less than men in 469
of the 500 occupations monitored by Statistics
Central Committee, Communist Party of
The devastating conflict in Syria which began in 2011 has now reached a new,
extremely dangerous stage with the real possibility of direct military
confrontation between the two leading nuclear powers, the U.S. (and NATO
allies, including Canada) and the Russian Federation. In such a critical
situation, it is vital for all progressive and peace-loving forces across
The war in
The conflict in
Ruling circles in the
Ever since the besieged Syrian government asked for and received military assistance from the Russian Federation in September 2015, the balance of forces has shifted decidedly against the ISIS and -affiliated terrorist insurgency and their Western sponsors. Over the past year the Syrian Army, with the help of the Russians and other allies in the region, have done much more to combat the mercenary terrorist forces than the US-led ‘coalition’ offensive had done over the preceding 31/2 years, and now the ‘rebel forces’ are on the verge of defeat in the strategic city of Aleppo.
But instead of welcoming these setbacks to the terrorist forces, Washington and the NATO powers have launched a much more intense and vitriolic propaganda war against the Assad government and the Russian Federation, accusing them of ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ and once again invoking the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) doctrine as a pretext for direct military aggression against the Syrian government and its allies. These latest developments re-confirm that imperialism’s real objective continues to be the overthrow the Assad government, rather than to ‘fight terrorism’.
The bellicose rhetoric and propaganda offensive launched in recent weeks by
There should be absolutely no underestimation of the urgent nature of the
threat of global confrontation and war which have now emerged over the conflict
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Canada calls on all of its Clubs and Committees, and all of its members, friends and supporters to build a broad ‘peace offensive’ as our highest priority at this critical juncture. The Communist Party also calls for full support to initiatives by the Canadian Peace Congress and other peace forces to address and counter this rising danger of war. The CPC also urges all democratic and progressive organizations and movements across the country – the trade union movement, Aboriginal peoples, youth and students, women’s and equality-seeking movements and others – to speak out now for peace, and to still the drums of war.
From the speech by Cherrene Horazuk, for the US delegation to the World Trade Union Congress in Durban, South Africa
On behalf of the
Nearly 5,000 nurses in
Seven hundred and fifty dining service workers started a strike yesterday (Oct.
Twenty-eight thousand teachers in
A small but growing number of unions are joining the struggle of the black liberation movement against police terror. In the last two years alone, more than 2,000 people have been killed by the police. Young black men are five times more likely to be killed than whites. Working class men like Philando Castile, a union brother from my city who was gunned down by police in June in front of his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter when he was pulled over for a broken taillight on his car. His murder was captured on video by his girlfriend and horrified the country. People are rising up against these racist atrocities and unions are finally joining in.
Some unions are also joining the struggle of indigenous people against expansion of oil pipelines through their sacred lands of Standing Rock. The AFL-CIO has taken the backwards position of supporting the pipeline because it creates a few hundred jobs. But our best unions have the joined the struggle against the pipeline and in solidarity with native peoples.
Our best union fighters have also joined the struggle for the release of political prisoners Oscar Lopez Rivera, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal and others.
I live near
For decades, a statue honoring the police stood on the Haymarket site. It was
blown up several times and finally moved offsite. Now, a workers' monument
Long live the WFTU! Long live the international working class! Down with US imperialism! Amanda!
Resolution adopted by the Central Committee, Communist Party
of the six point general peace agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces
Opinion polls showed a convincing 70% of Colombians supported the peace process and intended to vote “Si” in the October 2nd referendum on the agreement. Millions of Colombians and international watchers were therefore shocked by the vote result. The "No" won by a narrow margin, with 50.21 percent to 49.78 percent for the "Yes" vote. The difference was a half of a percentage point against the peace accord. The "No" had 6,431,376 votes to 6,377,482 votes for the "Yes," a difference of 53,894 votes.
While the plebiscite was largely non-binding, meaning that congressional lawmakers would have the last say on approving or rejecting the deal, the vote was meant to provide a broad democratic legitimacy for the deal.
The FARC-EP had consistently called for a constituent assembly instead of a
plebiscite, arguing that an assembly would be much more representative and
would guarantee the participation of the most marginalized and affected peoples
The "No" vote was led by former president Alvaro Uribe and big landowners who have run the country with impunity for decades. The fear-mongering campaign launched by these forces, with the support of right-wing media, helped generate a climate of confusion that resulted in low voter turnout among supporters of the agreement. Uribe continues to enjoy popularity amongst the right wing and the extremes within Colombian society, and he spared no expense in spreading lies about the amnesty and land provisions of the accord. His links with paramilitaries also played a role in mobilizing votes against the deal.
The “No” side also benefited from the very low voter turnout – only 13 million of the 35 million eligible voters, less than 40 percent, made it to the polls. Tens of thousands of exiled Colombians globally voted overwhelmingly for Peace so it was difficult to understand the internal low turnout. Many who stayed home assumed the deal approval was a foregone conclusion, and a hurricane on the Atlantic coast inhibited some voters from reaching polls.
Extensive negative media coverage about the FARC, combined with enormous resources spent by the elites within the country, helped bury the peace deal. “No” won because the right wing, led by Uribe, was able to turn a vote that was supposed to be on peace into a vote on the FARC. The geographic breakdown of the referendum indicates that “No” won in areas where Uribe and his political party have their support. Within the urban areas that are relatively untouched by war, the “No” side gained momentum and the majority voted against the agreement. Within the rural areas, which are greatly affected by military intervention and paramilitary activity, Colombians overwhelmingly voted for Peace.
The FARC-EP has committed itself to use only words
as weapons for peace. “The struggle for peace continues,” said Timoleon adding
with optimism that “there was still hope.” He said he "deeply
deplored" the result as a deceiving campaign by the “No,” forces led by
the "destructive powers planting the seeds of hatred and resentment among
The Communist Party of
* Actively support the cease-fire.
* Reject the anti-democratic and anti-peace mobilizations of Alvaro Uribe and the wealthy landowners who led the “No” campaign.
* Encourage the Colombian government to enact the laws needed to accept the negotiated peace accord.
* Provide funds to assist with implementing the peace accord.
* Remove the FARC-EP from the list of so-called "terrorist organizations."
By Nino Pagliccia, October 14, 2016
The spectacle of the
Competing over who will hit the moral bottom first, the two candidates continue to wrestle as they sink further down. Most of us have reached a saturation point about this reality show.
The fundamentally capitalist political ideologies of the Democratic and
Republican parties offer little different or new to the public. The aims of the
two parties have been essentially the same for decades. In foreign policy,
Domestically, there is mounting evidence of increasing poverty and wealth disparity, homelessness, racism, homophobia, mass murders, among other problems.
The two parties have been incapable or unwilling to solve those problems, which
have gotten worse over time. During his visit to
He failed to mention perhaps the most crucial problem that affects
Over time there has been a determined process by the establishment to remove every possible ideological divergence from that of the two traditional parties. Independent popular expressions such as the Occupy Movement or even a mainstream Bernie Sanders have never been allowed to flourish and materialize as real alternatives. Two of the four presidential candidates in the current election, Gary Johnson of the Libertarians and Jill Stein of the Green Party, have been mostly ignored by the status quo.
As the corporate media focuses on personal character traits, electors are distracted from the real political issues. It can be said that the party primary process was more interesting, thanks mostly to the presence of the more critical Sanders.
This type of apparent democracy, centred on the persona of the candidates and their stunts, is not new, albeit more dramatic and theatrical this time. There is no real political ideology in the two parties, only ambitious personalities who can easily be targeted as individuals. This is now evident as some Republicans turn away from their contentious candidate. Without real platforms to offer, candidates turn against each other with accusations and trivial talk, which are broadcast as news items by the media.
A two-party system that does not present distinct ideologies does not constitute a democracy. A democracy must be a living process that feeds on new ideas and challenges, with the full and continuous participation of the people who are actively involved for the benefit of all in society. This kind of democracy does not happen spontaneously but must be encouraged and built.
Without political variety,
The “cure” can only be placed in the hands of Americans who must eagerly adopt other socially-oriented political options and vigorously force their national leaders to be receptive to ideological innovation.
Neil Young's "Indian Givers"
Young's new song and video, "Indian Givers", is a straightforward
condemnation of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the oil mega-project that is being
resisted by the Standing Rock Sioux Association and allies from across the
continent. The veteran rock star has long been a supporter of Indigenous land
claims and a fighter against oil mega-projects, like the Tar Sands and Keystone
XL. In the chorus Young declares: "There's a battle raging on the sacred
land / Our brothers and sisters have to take a stand / Against us now for what we all been doing /
On the sacred land there's a battle brewing". Elsewhere he sings:
"Now it's been about 500 years / We keep taking what we gave away / Just
like what we call Indian givers". The term "Indian giver" is a
taunt against someone who wants a gift back. Young is referring to treaties
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Druckenmiller. It's part of Sing Out!,
the quarterly journal founded in 1950 by Pete Seeger and activist Irwin Sibler.
The hour-long show is aired live on various stations in the
Ani DiFranco's new single "Play God"
singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco has released a new single and video that
has been called "a battle cry for reproductive freedom". "Play
God" was recorded in
Oscar Brand 1920-2016
folk musician and radio/TV host Oscar Brand died in
Morning Star interview with Navid Shomali, the international
secretary of the Tudeh Party of
October 2 the Tudeh Party of
The party of the Iranian working class was established by communist political prisoners freed from Reza Shah’s jails, and other national democratic personalities.
At the time,
Within a short period of time, the party became a mass party, organising tens of thousands of workers, establishing trade unions, women’s democratic organisations, organising youth and students, as well as a mass peace movement across the country.
Clearly this created significant challenges for imperialism and internal reaction. They feared, and still fear, the ideological and political foundations of the party, and its ability to organise workers and oppressed people.
Our party sees itself as the party of the Iranian working class, which for the
past 75 years has been struggling against imperialist intervention in
Even the political critics of our party admit that ideas such as “labour law”, workers’ rights to establish syndicates and trade unions, equal rights for women, women’s right to vote and participate in the socio-economic and political life of the country, as well as ideas such as free health and education and land reform in favour of the peasants, were first introduced into Iran by the Tudeh Party and that they transformed our society.
It is no accident that our party has been subjected to numerous attempts to suppress and destroy it, in which thousands of our members have been exiled, imprisoned and killed. During the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, the overwhelming majority of our party’s Politburo, Central Committee and hundreds of party cadres, members and supporters were killed by Khomeini’s regime.
What is your party’s assessment of President Rouhani’s government, which is widely considered to be the architect of successful negotiations with the UN Security Council in settling the nuclear dispute and ending of the sanctions? Have the Iranian people seen any improvements?
Firstly, it is important to note that the foreign policy of Iran’s theocratic regime under the direction and leadership of Ali Khamenei during the past two decades has been nothing but disastrous, resulting in dangerous tensions within the region and devastating economic sanctions imposed by imperialism, which broke the back of the country’s economy and made life unbearably hard for millions of Iranians.
While Rouhani’s government can claim responsibility for the successful conclusion of these negotiations [to lift sanctions], the reality is that the Iranian regime started its secret negotiations with the US more than two years before Rouhani was elected as president, at the time of the Ahmadinejad government.
Despite the almost daily political skirmishes played out in front of the world media, to strengthen the negotiation team’s hand, the hard fact, as recently stated by the head of the negotiating team, is that the agreement with the West was closely orchestrated and directed by Iran’s leader and it was with his full approval that the agreement was signed.
Our party welcomed the negotiations as the only way of resolving the disputes
Despite the ending of the sanctions,
In June the Morning Star reported the case of the hunger strike of trade unionist Ja’far Azimzadeh. What is the state of human rights, especially with respect to political and trade union activities?
The successful worldwide campaign to save Azimzadeh highlighted the plight of the Iranian working class. Savage suppression of trade union rights, which over the past six months has included public lashing of protesting workers as well as the arrest and torture of trade union activists, is part and parcel of the regime’s response to a growing protest movement.
The establishment of trade unions, just salaries, wage rises that keep pace with the rate of inflation, receipt of timely payment (there are cases where workers have not had any salaries paid to them for the past year) and protection against zero-hours contracts are among the workers’ immediate demands.
In recent weeks the government has announced its intention to “reform” the labour law to “help” businesses and economic development.
Of course the aim of the so called reforms is the removal of basic protections for workers’ rights, which was achieved following the 1979 revolution. Our party believes that this will be a huge battleground for the working-class movement and that only through organised and co-ordinated struggle we can defeat the regime’s plans.
How would you describe the
present power structure within the Islamic
We have a theocratic regime, which is known as the “Regime of the Supreme Religious Leader” (regime of Velayat Fagieh).
This is a religious dictatorship serving the interests of the big mercantile
and bureaucratic bourgeoisie in
In fact the head of the judiciary – which forms an important part of the
security and suppressive apparatus in
Everything, from relationships with various countries and organising widespread vote-rigging in elections to the savage suppression of people’s protest (for example following the 2009 presidential elections in which millions of votes were rigged to appoint Ahmadinejad as the president for the second time) are part of the growing and very dangerous role of the revolutionary guard and its leadership in Iran. According to various documents released over the past couple of years, while ordinary people suffered tremendously, the revolutionary guards’ leaders have benefited to the tune of billions of dollars from US-imposed economic sanctions.
The political developments in
It is clear that the policy-makers in key global capitalist institutions have tried to shift the burden of the systemic crisis of capitalism onto the shoulders of workers and the poor.
Neo-liberal policies dominate Europe and
Right-wing and reactionary forces in the Middle East – backed by the
They have been able to dictate the course of events in the region by
engineering crises, wars and conflicts.
The reality is that the emergence and growth of “Islamic terrorism” has been
mainly due to the disastrous policies of the
The situation in
The forces currently backed by the US, Britain and the EU are of the same fundamentalist and terroristic ilk as ISIS and whose aims are the establishment of a medieval, religious dictatorship in Syria.
The fact that the Western media and governments are presenting these forces as
“freedom fighters,” just as they did with Al-Qaida, Osama bin-Laden in the
1980s and the proxy war in
In our view it should be the Syrian people who determine their future government and not external forces.
The immediate end to this destructive war must be the first step before genuine national political forces can negotiate on how to best to implement a long-lasting plan for peace and start the rebuilding of the country.
Your party was banned in 1983 and forced to operate in clandestine conditions. How can the TPI effect changes in the country under these conditions?
During the 1983 attack on our party, the regime’s chief prosecutor announced
that they had arrested more than 10,000 of our members and supporters. The aim
was to destroy the party in
Today, following the execution of almost all of our party’s leadership and
after the collapse of Soviet Union and the socialist countries in eastern
Europe in the 1990s, we have successfully rebuilt the party and play an
important role in the political struggle in
Over the past 12 months, the regime has started a significant propaganda
campaign against the party.
Following this series on July 11, 2015, Khamenei expressed significant worries against the rise of Marxism, attacked our party and asked Iran’s media to re-run the TV “confessions” of our former party leaders mostly now executed by the regime.
Today our members and supporters are an integral part of the workers’, women’s,
youth and students’ movements in the country. We work closely with the reform
We are very conscious that the best cover for a party that is banned and working under the most difficult conditions is to be part of the mass movement and able to influence the direction of the struggle.
In short, some of our key slogans and views are reflected in the slogans of the
peoples’ movement to end the dictatorship in
The past 30 years of rebuilding the party has been successful thanks to the tireless work of our members and supporters all over the world, especially in Iran, and the support and solidarity we have received from the working-class and communist movements everywhere.