MAYDAY , MAYDAY AGAINST ‘SARS’
This month marks the working people’s month. We extend our solidarity to the toiling masses who are daily afflicted and victimized by an economic epidemic worst than the dreaded sars such as mass lay-offs and retrenchments, job insecurity, contractualization, battling cutbacks on their wages and social benefits and meager take home pay in the face of inflation and other consequences of U.S.-led economic globalization. Governments especially of developing countries are being placed in straitjackets by the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund to remove any form of support and protection for their own labor, environment and local industry. All local national legislation, ordinances and national constitutions are being amended, revised or tailored to conform with the borderless free trade philosophy of the General Agreement on Trade and Tarriffs/World Trade Organization(GATT-WTO). Industrial peace will always be a pipedream if there is no economic justice.
Now comes SARS. Severe American Repressive System! The military machine of the U.S. military-industrial complex has now globalized itself , disregarding all rules and norms of international law, crushing the resistance of national and local communities who dare defy this modern imperial power. Yes, SARS is with us now to afflict us, to crush people’s and nation’s resistance to it.
The only antidote to this kind of SARS is a globalized resistance by both states and their peoples . The core of this internationalized resistance can be the unions and organizations of the working people for it is they who bear the brunt of SARS. The earlier we can do this after strengthening our own workers’ and peoples’ movements locally, the earlier can we see the defeat of this modern imperial disease: Severe American Repressive System.
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)