Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Workers’ plan of struggle

For the struggle for wages and the workers’ demands, the COB and the unions should promote a workers’ plan of struggle Legal recourse of the businessmen against the 5% raise in the private sector, docking the pay of health and educational workers for the days on strike, ordered by Evo Morales, the total failure of […]

Left Voice

July 2, 2007
Facebook Twitter Share
unnamed-2.jpg

For the struggle for wages and the workers’ demands, the COB and the
unions should promote a workers’ plan of struggle

Legal recourse of the businessmen against the 5% raise in the private
sector, docking the pay of health and educational workers for the days
on strike, ordered by Evo Morales, the total failure of the
government-COB “working committees,” are warnings to the workers,
attempts to restrain the struggles and demands.

We can only get an answer to the workers’ and people’s demands by
mobilizing.

Weeks ago, there was a big wave of union strikes. Some did not reach
their goals (like those in health care and the teachers’ strike),
others had clear victories, like the strikes in Laboratorios Vita or
Huanuni.

If [the strike wave] was unable to advance further, it was faced with
the whole policy of the national and intermediate [union] leaderships
that, like the COB, preferred “to look the other way” (“mirar para
otro lado”), while they were negotiating with the government; or they
led the strikes to defeat, like the city teachers’ Confederación. The
strategy of exerting pressure on the government by waiting for some
[result] from endless negotiations only restrains and demobilizes,
leaving the field open for the government in its quest for agreements
with the right wing, businessmen and reactionaries.

However, the dissatisfaction is growing, and there is a hotbed of
conflicts large and small in workplaces and also among peasants and
the landless population, in the universities and among the people.

In the enlarged COB meeting on June 15, there were harsh criticisms of
the government and the negotiating policy that has been followed, and
active measures were demanded because of the Pliego Unico of the COB.

However, only a “state of emergency” was approved, without concrete
proposals for preparing the mobilization. The leadership does not want
to confront the government and prefers to postpone everything until
after the Congress for Social Security.

But it is a matter of passing from words to deeds.

What is lacking is a real plan for struggle by the COB [union
federation] and the unions, a plan that would be widely discussed and
voted on by the rank and file, with a clear program.

A first step is:

Surrounding labor conflicts and workers organizing unions with solidarity

Forging unity and coordination of the struggles

Organizing from the rank and file and with full union democracy

Breaking the subordination to government and to agreements with
businessmen of the COB [trade union federation] and the rest of the
union organizations

Pursuing unity with other popular sectors in struggle. Unite the
militant unions and workers that want to struggle, taking the
initiative in these tasks.

We need to set up a big movement for the workers’ demands!

Fight for:

-Emergency wage increase: SMN [minimum wage] of 1,800 bolivianos [=
$224.44 US, approx.]

-Respect for union and organizing rights, and the eight-hour day

-No more bosses’ arrogance

-Stable employment and jobs for everyone

-Nationalization of the “capitalized” businesses without compensation,
under workers’ control

-Free education, healthcare and housing

-Land and territory

Translation by Yosef M.

Facebook Twitter Share

Left Voice

Militant journalism, revolutionary politics.

Archive

The Unknown Paths of the Late Marx

An interview with Marcello Musto about the last decade of Marx's life.

Marcello Musto

February 27, 2022

The Critical Left in Cuba

Frank García Hernández discusses the political and economic situation in Cuba and the path out of the current crisis.

Frank García Hernández

February 27, 2022

Nancy Fraser and Counterhegemony

A presentation from the Fourth International Marxist Feminist Conference.

Josefina L. Martínez

February 27, 2022

Who is Anasse Kazib?

Meet the Trotskyist railway worker running for president of France.

Left Voice

February 27, 2022

MOST RECENT

All That's Left, the podcast from Left Voice.

#AllThatsLeftPod: Two Years of War in Ukraine

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss the war in Ukraine after two years, and the continued need for an independent, working-class solution.

Left Voice

February 24, 2024

The Organic Crisis in 2024: This Year’s Election Is a Battle for the Hearts and Minds of U.S. Workers

The battle between Trump and Biden is being shaped by a crisis of the political regime, requiring the intervention of both the judiciary and the union bureaucracy. The battle for the presidency is a battle for the working class and a battle over which approach to imperialism is best for competing with China and reestablishing US hegemony. As usual, the Democrats are taking up the cudgel of democratic rights in order to rally disaffected voters.

Sybil Davis

February 23, 2024

The Tide Is Turning: New Yorkers Are Speaking Out for Palestinian Liberation

Zionists have long wielded their influence and power in New York City, but the anti-zionist movement is finally taking an unapologetic stand against them.

Ana Orozco

February 23, 2024

The United States Is Trapped in the Middle East

As a result of Israel’s offensive on Gaza, the United States is again becoming deeply entrenched in the Middle East. This is a humiliating blow to President Biden, who promised to reassert U.S. imperialism by moving away from direct involvement in the region.

Samuel Karlin

February 22, 2024