Defend the Rights of Workers in Iraqi-Kurdistan!

 

We, the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), fully support the statement below defending the rights of workers in Southern Kurdistan. It is important that revolutionaries in Kurdistan and Iraq fight together in defending the basic rights of the masses of the people and that they are united against the imperialist attacks which are being executed under the pretext of fighting Daesh and Terrorism. The RCIT stands for a multinational, non-sectarian revolutionary movement of the workers and poor which condemns sectarian violence and which fights independently against all the Great Powers, their dictators, kings and the rich and powerful!

 

This is the only road in which we can also fight for an independent, united and red Kurdistan, as part of a federation of workers and fellahin republics in the Middle East. The struggle for such a revolutionary Kurdistan must be strongly directed against the Barzani-clique of rich Kurds and landowners, which is deeply corrupt and kissing the feet of the imperialist USA and EU.

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

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Workers representative’s jobs forcibly moved because they continue to strike

 

 

 

In Sulaimaniya Iraqi Kurdistan, 850 workers from Tax collection offices have been striking alongside thousands worker all over the governor for 2 months because the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) refused to pay Government workers wages for several months.

 

At the last meeting between the representatives of workers and the office managers.  The Managers threatened the workers by calling the security forces and detained the worker’s representatives for 3 hours.

 

The representatives proposed, going back to work on the condition that the managers pay the workers’ wages from the collected tax incomes and send the rest to the Tax office, otherwise the strike will continue. This proposal was interpreted as a threat by the KRG from the striking workers, so the Tax office managers decided to move 6 to 14 of the workers’ representatives from Sulaimaniya to the Dohok governor. The decision has been confirmed verbally and the known names of workers who going to be moved are (Ali Mahmud, Hazha Salar and Dilshad Omer).

 

This KRG Tax office decision is a brutal punishment against the rights of workers to strike and to demand their unpaid wages.  We request your solidarity and that you appeal against this anti worker’s right decision; calling on the KRG Tax office and Trade and Economy ministry to abolish this decision and pay the worker’s wages; recognize

 

the right to strike; move the 6 workers representatives back to the Sulaimaniya office.

 

No Sweat

 

 Kurdistan Secular Centre   

 

 International Federation of Iraq Refugees

 

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Please email President Barzani at:

 

KRG UK Representation Office in London Office address

 

The Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation

 

23 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6LB

 

Main Email: uk@gov.krd

 

 

 

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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