The All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks (AUCPB), inheriting Bolshevik principles of the R.S.D.W.P. -R.S.D.W.P.(b) - A.U.C.P.(b) - of Lenin's policiy in the CPSU, is the highest form of proletarian class organisation, advanced detachment of the working class, acting in unity with the peasantry and labour intelligentsia, standing on the Party's positions for: the gain of political power - overthrowing the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie and establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, the destruction of private ownership over the instuments and means of production, the revival of the USSR, the further strenghtening of the proletarian interests for the complete victory of socialism and gradual transition to communism. The ideological and theoretical basis of the AUCPB is formed by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, is their doctrine in its creative application and development in modern conditions. The AUCPB is a component of the global communist movement with the aim of communism triumphing over the whole planet.

Friday, 31 July 2015

FOR BOLSHEVISM - No 08 (149) AUGUST 2015

Workers of all countries, unite!


The political deadlock in Ukraine will lead to war
"The living Soul of Marxism: A specific
case study of the situation"

"We are declaring a ruthless war on the revolutionary phrase about a revolutionary war"
V.I. Lenin

Events unfolding in Novorossia is much more complicated than it seems to some of our fellow comrades - Bolsheviks. A narrow understanding of the problem leads to erroneous conclusions and wrong recommendations in the action. As Lenin said, "Whoever takes up any particular issues without solving common issues, will inevitably everywhere unconsciously "stumble" upon on these common issues. And to stumble blindly on them in each particular case means to doom one’s own policies to the worst vacillation in the unprincipled".
In fact, the case is not in Ukraine, not in New Russia (Novorossiya), but in the opposition between the United States and Russia which is rising from its knees after the counter-revolution in the 1990s, after the collapse of the great Soviet country by the criminal fifth column with the active participation of the West, and primarily the United States. The situation with Ukraine is not a regional conflict, is not a conflict with one of the "sovereign" of "born out of perestroika." Some of our comrades do not see the situation as V.I. Lenin was able to see it, who "capturing the whole land at once, saw what was temporarily closed." It should be good to remember the words of V.I. Lenin, and that "power can be taken with bayonets, but you must not sit on the bayonets."
Supporters of solving all the problems by military means in Novorossia say "the united army of the LPR and DPR need to organize an offensive on the west, enter Kiev and overthrow the fascist junta. An attack on the bandera-fascist capital should be organized quickly, without delay, so that the enemy could not prepare itself for a serious rebuff. The LPR and DPR need to conduct a general mobilization, and this will provide a numerical advantage over the united forces of the junta army. In addition, most of the working population of Dnepropetrovsk , Zaporozhye, Poltava, Kharkov, Kiev, Odessa and other areas, many of whom are Russian citizens, will certainly support the advancing troops of the DPR and the LPR."
Tempting. But, let's take a closer look at this. Compare the whole area on the map of Ukraine (respectively - and the population) and that of the DPR, and LPR. The recommended military strategy by superiority in numbers, even in order of magnitude is not reached. Entry into the war by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation? Another illusion - that we have the Soviet army, and led by Stalin. As things really are is described in a recent book by A.A.Mayevsky. It shows that Russia today thanks to the "perestroika" collapse is not ready to start on equal terms an open armed confrontation with the United States.
Help on the way by the population for the New Russia army to Kiev is also problematic. Why is that? Most of the population without doubt live worse than ever, but at least are not killed, and what about New Russia? If she had a steady movement to victory – then that's another matter!
Russian military intervention in the conflict - that's what so eagerly both the US and the EU want to prevent, in principle, is the development of the situation in the direction of the restoration of the Soviet Union. No wonder the United States spent many billions of dollars on its destruction.
Wars in Europe have always been an important source of economic recovery and political power of the United States. This is especially true of the two world wars of the twentieth century, which caused a huge outflow of capital and minds of the warring European countries to America. The "cold" third world war ended in the destruction of the world socialist system, which gave the United States an inflow of more than a trillion dollars, hundreds of thousands of professionals and many unique technologies. All these wars were provoked by the active participation of the American "fifth column" in the face of controlled, financed and supported by US intelligence agencies spies, tycoons, diplomats, bureaucrats, businessmen, experts and public figures and so-called nongovernmental organizations. And even today, faced with growing financial and economic difficulties, the US is trying to unleash a new war in Europe to achieve its eternal goals.
A few words about the Minsk Agreement. The signing of the Minsk Agreement, with all its contradictions and shortcomings (as discussed below), was the right decision by Russia, but these agreements are not being met by the Kiev junta (only the republics of the DPR and LPR are fulfilling them). The criminal attacks from the same large-caliber long-range artillery, destroying Donbass civilians daily by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, continues constantly. For the DPR and LPR, the Minsk Agreement is breathing space, strengthening its forces of consolidation. It is clear that these agreements cannot be constantly acting! Especially that Kiev is purposefully preparing for more serious military action against the rebel residents of Donbass. Contrary to the agreements, the Ukrainian army continues the transfer of heavy weapons to the front line of confrontation, and the total number of Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline has reached 50 thousand. Based on the recent intensification of the military group, the Ukrainian army launched attacks on the outskirts of Donetsk, with the aim to break the defence of the militias and establish street battles in the capital of the DPR. Particularly fierce fighting was going on for a week from June 2 in the village of Marinka. As a result of these battles, the Ukrainian military suffered with 400 dead and thousands wounded. While militias managed to defend their positions, among them losses were also significant.
Yes, the current situation is unstable. What are the possible scenarios? The first option is to preserve for a long time the "neither good, nor bad" current situation. For Novorossia, this option is bad. This is a dangerous stagnation of the revolutionary process. The second option is that the Kiev junta decides to spit on all sorts of Minsk agreements and move to all-out offensive. In terms of the image of Kiev then this is a pure loss, giving an opportunity to the Russian Federation to utilise their own armed forces to "save the lives of thousands of women, old men, children, destroyed by gangs of fascist thugs-nationalists." Finally, the third option is radical change in the situation in Ukraine itself. Is this possible?
A year ago in Kiev, there was a military coup. The fascist junta headed by Poroshenko, Yatseniuk, Tyagnibok, Turchinov, using the fascist militants from "Svoboda" and "Right Sector", under the banner of fascist henchmen of the Great Patriotic War, overthrew the legitimately elected President and government. They took advantage of discontent of the Ukrainian people fed up with the stupid and greedy oligarchs Yanukovych and his clique. He showed complete inactivity and indecision with regard to the brazen militants of the neo-banderov armed groups. The mistake of the Russian leadership was recognition of the new Kiev government headed by Poroshenko based on illegitimate elections conducted with gross violations of the Constitution of Ukraine, with the participation of a small proportion of the population (because of the situation in the country), with fraud in the vote count (if there was in fact any counting) "FOR" Poroshenko. For the sake of this portfolio, on the day of counting votes, all electronic systems of counting were knocked out of order (the explanation – they were "hacked") and therefore the voting figures declared were taken "from the air." The Kiev Maidan was organized by the United States and the new president of Ukraine Poroshenko appointed by the U.S. too.
In the year of Poroshenko’s rule, real wages of Ukrainians decreased by 30%. To give birth, die, get married, get sick, have a rest, drive a car - all this has become a luxury for most Ukrainians. The economy is stagnating. The national currency has catastrophically devalued. The regulator is struggling with the currency rate manually, actively using the printing press and devastating foreign exchange gold reserves. The Verkhovna Rada has allowed the government not to pay external debts to private creditors. The next step could be a technical default, resulting in the inevitable blocking of the next tranche of the IMF. There is a monstrous plundering by the country's oligarchs on the export of loot and the dramatic impoverishment of the population.
According to a poll by TNS, published in late May, only 8% of respondents assessed the work of Peter Poroshenko and the Ukrainian government as satisfactory. The policies by the President are approved by 17% of Ukrainians and 51% are dissatisfied with them. However, there is another rating - closed, which evaluated the opposition. According to the April 2015 population survey, if parliamentary elections were held next weekend, the first place would be taken by the "Opposition Bloc", the second by the Petr Poroshenko Bloc, and the third by the "Self-help" bloc.
According to the Odessa newspaper "Timer", the notorious Saakashvili said: "If the fall of the economy of Ukraine suddenly stopped, and it rose each year by 4%, then we will get to the 2013 level in 20 years time. Only two decades later we will return to the economic performance of Ukraine's Yanukovich". Currently, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe, he said.
According to Mikhail Pogrebinsky, director of the Institute for Political and Conflict Studies (Kiev): "... What can we say about the provision of medicines to Ukrainians as tens of thousands of people were left without essential medical supplies due to the irresponsibility of the leadership of the Ministry of Health. And who do we have out there in charge? And most head of it – the historian by education imported from Georgia, Alexander Kvitashvili. The only thing that merits him is that he studied in the United States, has a good knowledge of the English language, and is friends with Saakashvili. That defeat of the Ministry of Health, which he managed to inflict over a couple of months, probably even by our government seemed too far. Most likely, soon Kvitashvili will be dismissed."
Therefore, how long will the current situation persist? Until the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada which may be held in November of 2015? "It is possible, that is exactly what will happen. But will we get such a composition of the Verkhovna Rada, which will form the majority of moderate, focused on reaching a compromise in the Donbas and in general - to carry out a realistic domestic and foreign policy?" That is very doubtful. "In fact, I'm pretty sure that in the new parliament will dominate a coalition of "war parties". And not because society as a whole is focused on war. On the contrary, according to the latter, the May poll conducted by the Centre "Sofia", 60% of respondents are inclined to seek peace, even at the cost of part of the territory, such as the Donbas."
For radical changes, it is not enough for the population to be tired of war, the economically disastrous policy of the authorities, and most of the citizens’ confidence that "the country is moving in the wrong direction." To do this, you need a complete reformatted social consciousness, not just disappointed in the current leaders of the country. We need a strong revision of attitude towards the idea of the Maidan, the rejection of illusory goals.
True, there is an option number two. If not through legal, how else can one get out of the impasse into which the Maidan brought the country and came to power on a wave of its new - old politicians? Perhaps, just as they came to power, that is, by rebellion and a coup d'etat? This option seems unlikely at the moment , although many disagree with our points.
Guardians of a new rebellion refer to the growth of protest sentiments that are compounded by economic and social problems and so on. People, they say, cannot continue to tolerate this. But people will continue to tolerate, because this alone is not enough for a successful coup d'etat. It needs financing, control is needed over the media, you need betrayal of the ruling team, foreign support is needed – everything that was in the autumn of 2013 and what was not, and is unlikely to emerge in the near future, despite the existence of "objective conditions."
In assessing the prospects of the situation in Ukraine one must, of course, take into account what the country has "collected" from different parts of the historical past, with different ethnic composition. And here it is not just about the huge second part of the Russian-speaking population in the Greater Novorossiya from Kharkiv to Odessa, but also of national minorities in other regions gravitating towards Russia. For example, on June 13, 2015 in Mukachevo, the Coordinating Council of Transcarpathian Ruthenian organizations (KSROZ) formed on 14.03.2015, held its first working session. The KSROZ meeting was attended by representatives of a number of Ruthenian organizations. A discussion of the next events and activities of KSROZ aimed at ensuring the rights, freedoms and security of Ruthenian communities in Transcarpathia. As a result of these discussions KSROZ adopted a statement on priorities for action and the structure of its member organizations. In this statement, in particular, it criticizes the policy of the Kiev authorities and particularly President Poroshenko. In a statement in this regard, it said that the solution of the crisis problems in Ukraine will help towards empowering different regions of the country and, in particular, the special status of Transcarpathia self-governing territory. For Transcarpathia the basis for solving these problems are the results of the Zakarpattia Oblast Berehove district and the 1991 referendum, when more than 90% of the population were in favour of giving the Transcarpathian virtually autonomous status. The statement called for the Council of Europe, European Commission, OSCE and the UN, as well as the parliaments of Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, to draw attention to the fact that the Kiev authorities, despite the request of the Ruthenian, Hungarian and other minorities in Transcarpathia, refuse to cooperate with them in recognition of the results of the Zakarpattia Oblast Berehove district and the 1991 referendum. KSROZ also decided to lead the process of self-government of Rusyns in Transcarpathia.
Now, onto foreign policy, because of which, in fact, the infamous Maidan gathered. "With regard to membership of the EU, we should clearly note that a European perspective [for Ukraine] does not exist", - declared at the end of May the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. We can understand this President: we do not need the poor, we have enough of our own!
Washington's reaction to the situation in Ukraine. As stated by falsifying the facts, on Monday, June 15, White House spokesman Josh Ernest, "We remain concerned about the constant flow of military equipment and troops from the Russian side of the border to Ukraine." According to the White House, there is "much evidence" that the Russian military is assisting the militias in the Donbass, which, in his opinion, is the evidence of "active involvement" of Russia in the conflict in Ukraine. Ernest also stressed that Ukraine cannot count on the same support from the United States, as well as members of NATO, since it is not part of the Alliance. He reminded that Washington has a clear commitment to its NATO allies, but "with Ukraine, the situation is slightly different." At the same time, Ernest assured that Washington supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and is ready to give it military and financial aid. During his visit to Kiev on June 18 this year, the group of US senators led by Senator John McCain, McCain confirmed to Poroshenko the readiness of the US to supply Kiev with lethal weapons and support Poroshenko both financially, economically, and politically.
Summarizing the situation in Ukraine itself, we see that it is neither sustainable, stable, economically, domestically or in the foreign policy sense. Serious progress is quite possible.
Analyzing the Ukraine - New Russia conflict, one cannot escape from the influence that of fundamental restructuring of international relations, in which is the basic point of the struggle over the special role of the United States, around the unipolar world that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Here and vigorous promotion of world leaders in China and, to a certain extent, the policy of Putin, his struggle for the growing political influence of Russia on the international level by the active participation of Russia in the expansion of the scope and composition of the politico-economic blocks of peaceful international organizations (SCO, BRICS, Eurasian Political Union and others). The process of fundamental restructuring of ( not in the interest of the United States ) in international relations and the growth of Russia's prestige was demonstrated and at the International Economic Forum in St-Petersburg, on June 18-20, held under the patronage of Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is noteworthy that in this forum, the Russian liberal idea and the construction of the Russian economy under the laws of the failed liberals is harmful to Russia to continue following this liberal way ...
The US goal in the Ukrainian conflict is clear: to reinforce its claim to sole control of the world. " We, the United States, decided that Ukraine will be - and go along with our way . At any cost. There is no "rebalancing” of "international relations." At the outbreak of the presidential race, the latest statements by the presidential candidates from both the Democratic Party and the Republican are directed primarily against Russia, which is a clear demonstration of the anti-Russian focus of the highest American circles, and whose proteges will participate in the presidential elections.
In politics, no one need have any illusions. As Lenin said: "... A Marxist at the right moment must take in account not from what is possible, but from the reality of the situation". Putin is president of a bourgeois capitalist state - the Russian Federation. But if we confine ourselves to this - we make a mistake. It must be clearly understood - how every action, every Putin's initiative is related to our own, communist goals! Contradiction? Favourable?
Specifically, the question of the return of the Crimea to Russia. Russian liberals – the pro-American fifth column - raised the wild howl about "Russian imperialism", "aggression of the Russian Federation." To this we can safely answer that there was a referendum. The population of Crimea overwhelmingly approved an exit from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation. This is the put into practice right of nations to self-determination enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. And indeed the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine by Khrushchev was carried out in contradiction to the Soviet Constitution. In the ensuing economic sanctions against Russia from the United States and the EU, Russia was correct in responding to this by introducing counter-sanctions.
How has the population of the Russian Federation responded to the economic sanctions? A study in Russia, conducted by the agency Associated Press and the US National Centre for Public Opinion, no doubt shocked the White House and the American elite. The survey showed that 81% of Russians support President Vladimir Putin. According to West, the days of Vladimir Putin as President should have been numbered: the ruble has depreciated by half, the economy is in crisis, and the Ukrainian crisis has turned Russia into an international pariah. But US experts have to admit: Russians can survive what other nations would not stand. "The power of Russian is that they can withstand what would break other people" - was an opinion after a trip to Moscow, expressed by George Friedman, an American political scientist, Head of reconnaissance think tank "Stretfor." Here, of course, is very important to note, it is not Putin's popularity alone (it is not the case), but the fact that most of the people managed to rise above short-term economic difficulties realized that there are higher values - Motherland, dignity of the country . In the affairs of Putin, one can note the attention to import substitution (i.e. - the realization of the Stalinist self-reliance) and sharp "rebuff" against slanderers on the history of the country, to the great feat of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War. All this – is useful in terms of bringing the country out of the "guardianship" of the United States, from the influence of human-hating liberal ideology, from the pile of all sorts of illusions that the "democrats" in the 1990s tried to instil in people. Departing from bourgeois ideology inevitably returns people to class ideology, the ideology of the working people. Here it is necessary to raise the question: why does a worker or a scientist get paid 20-30 thousand rubles a month, but a pot-bellied "manager" gets a few million? ..
What are the actions of the Russian communists that would be useful and correct in terms of the situation with Ukraine and Novorossia? It is necessary to demand from the Russian leadership:
- a hard diplomatic struggle for the complete and accurate implementation of the Minsk Agreement by the Kiev junta primarily on the issue of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the border conflict;
- provision of effective multilateral support for the struggling people of New Russia in strengthening self-defence, stabilizing the economy - providing for its self-sufficiency and improving the living conditions of the population. New Russia should become an example for the entire population of Ukraine for their successful struggle for their inalienable rights – as well as national, economic, and for the right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter!
With regard to the struggling people of Donbass:
- provide the communist forces in the political spectrum of Novorossia comprehensive ideological, organizational, possible financial assistance by connecting with them international efforts in a common struggle for the fraternal friendship of the peoples, to restore our common motherland - the Soviet Union;
- explain to the people in our propaganda that only socialism is able to rid the world of armed conflict and to ensure the peaceful coexistence of peoples;
- explain to the people the historical inevitability of the proletarian revolution and to prepare for it.
In addition to what was said earlier
Our assessment of the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015 was given in the Statement of the Central Committee of the CC AUCPB on 27 February 2015. It noted: "The All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks believes that the talks in Minsk discussed ways to resolve the crisis which has for a year been shaking Ukraine. With this, the main issue is political, without a solution of which the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine may not be solved, in Minsk this was out of the question." It could not be considered at the meeting in the "Norman format" because the three participants of the meeting in one degree or another were involved in the crisis in Ukraine.
In the final part of our statement it reads: "We believe that without a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine, involving the overthrow of the government in Kiev of the fascist neo-banderov government, SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM PEACE in the region cannot be established."
The statement of the CC AUCPB also said that the Minsk agreements are FRAMEWORK agreements, as they are full of uncertainties, leading to the fact that the implementation of many of the provisions in these circumstances is problematic.
Especially in our statement it stressed: "The signed “package of measures” by the leaders of the DPR and LPR Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky on February 12, 2015 under pressure from Putin "... in general ignores the will of the people of Donbass, expressed in referendums. Misty and ornate provisions on so-called "decentralization "will not be accepted by inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk, and it certainly adds fuel to the fire of civil war in Ukraine. The absence of a clear and unambiguous position on the recognition of the Russian language as the second state language can and does make the positions of the parties irreconcilable." This can be observed today.
As has been repeatedly pointed out, the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks clearly and unconditionally supported the will of the people of the DPR and LPR, overwhelmingly expressed at the referendums on May 11, 2014 for the national independence of their republics. The AUCPB also supported the demands, first of all to the Russian leadership, on the recognition of the State and the (independence) of these republics. Many similar demands were made many leftist and patriotic organizations, but, unfortunately, these demands have not been heard.
However, despite all the above contradictions and problems in the way of a settlement of the military conflict in the South-East of Ukraine, we should, as noted in our statement, fully utilize all possibilities, any agreements for the sake of peace, even if only temporary, in order to save lives of people for the sake of preventing the expansion of the conflict zone and turning it into a full-scale fratricidal war.
We Bolsheviks in our position on the question of war and peace refer to the well- known warning by V.I. Lenin: "We know, we know all too well what untold disaster to the workers and peasants carries with it a war. We must therefore in a most careful and prudent way treat this subject. We are making the greatest concessions and sacrifices, in order to save the world ... We are going to make the greatest concessions and sacrifices, but not just any, and not endlessly ... " (VI Lenin., full. cit. op., t. 44, p. 297).
The United States in recent years has been building up its military presence in Europe, including Eastern Europe, directly on the Russian border.
Since the United States failed to involve Russia directly in the armed conflict in Ukraine, therefore they organize an "second anti-Russian front" - Transnistria. There is also an explosive situation. As you know, after the bloody events of 1992 in Transnistria, Russian peacekeeping troops were introduced there. About contingent supplies through Ukraine, an agreement with the Russian government was signed. Recently, however, the Kiev-neo-banderovs-nazis annulled it. The Moldovian capital of Chisinau has focused lately on Romania and NATO, and has also taken up an anti-Russian stance.
In this way, NATO through its minions organizes a blockade of Transnistria and Russian troops located there. Of course, Russia cannot but respond to such hostile actions against its forces.
In recent years, a new hotbed of tension has arisen on the southern border of Russia, Armenia, the events in the capital city which are very reminiscent of the last days of the Kiev Maidan in February 2014. Here, the main active component of the unrest were - young people ... Although the main slogan of the protesters was - "no to increased fees for housing and communal services" (hikes in bills), this is very far from a younger audience ...
There were predictions for the creation of subsequent riots in Kyrgyzstan ... A conclusion can be drawn that the U.S. is trying to set up around the perimeter of the borders of the Russian Federation on the territory of the former Soviet republics republican Maidans similar to Kiev, carry out colour revolutions to overthrow governments loyal to the Russian Federation and to replace them with their own puppets.
In the current volatile situation around Transnistria and in the Donbass, any ill-considered actions can directly trigger a drawing in of the Russian armed forces in a large-scale conflict with the prospect of escalating into a World War III with the use of nuclear weapons. Russia has no moral right to succumb to provocative attacks of the NATO countries and the US and become the instigator of a new world war, which in the present conditions can lead to destruction of human civilization.
Therefore we support the actions of the Russian leadership regarding the policy of restraint from pressure on the Russian Federation on part of the Western countries and the United States. Restraint is carried out by accelerating the development of Russia's defines industry and the growth of the political influence of Russia on the international level.
A positive factor in the weakening of the global US hegemony is the start of trading on the Moscow Stock Exchange since 17 March with futures on the currency pair "Chinese yuan - ruble". This has caused anger in Washington, since trading without dollar participation mark the beginning of the end of world domination of the US currency, and thus move the situation towards the collapse of the United States.
We support the expanding actions of the progressive forces in the world against the outbreak of World War III, against imperialism and against its manifestations - rabid nationalism, chauvinism and fascism. Today, in our difficult time remains relevant warning by J.V. Stalin expressed by him in 1952: "It is likely that the modern peace movement, as a movement for the preservation of peace, if successful will lead to the prevention of a war, its temporary postponement, towards a temporary preservation of peace, in the resignation of a warring government and replaced by another government prepared temporarily to keep the peace ... In order to destroy the inevitability of wars, it is necessary to destroy imperialism."
In our difficult time - the period of restoration of capitalism in the former Soviet republics, including Russia, and intensifying of military aspirations of world imperialism - the relevance of the strategic goal of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks - the restoration of Soviet power as a dictatorship of the proletariat, socialism and the revival of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - is increasing by the day.

Leningrad, 24 June 2015.

The CC AUCPB expresses its deep indignation at the recent arrest of Communist Alexander Gerasimov by representatives of Ukrainian fascism. The provocation against him was made by Ukrainian Special Branch (SBU) on June 19. Alexander is being accused of involvement in a clandestine organization of communist revolutionaries.
A.V. Gerasimov is a former political prisoner (the "Odessa Komsomol" case) and served an 11-year prison sentence for his revolutionary activities, where he had been tortured. The fact that the persecution of A.V. Gerasimov continued even under the fourth part of the Ukrainian leadership, confirms the anti-Communist, deeply anti-peoples character of the Ukrainian government since the 1990s.
Alexander Gerasimov was severely injured in a fire in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on May 2, 2014, and has had lengthy treatment for his injuries. We are very concerned about the state of his health.
The CC AUCPB declares A.V. Gerasimov a political prisoner and we are calling for his immediate release.
22 June 2015

On June 12 in the city of Uzhgorod, another court hearing took place on the case of A. Mayevsky.
After a six-month "stretching" of the case and delay, judge Ferenc launched a hearing on the charges and the questioning of witnesses.
The defendant announced at the hearing his application and protests:
1. The protest against his detention as a suspect in a cell with convicted criminals, which contradicts both Ukrainian and European legislation.
2. Statement on depriving him of the right to information. After an appeal to the administration of the detention centre for access to the Law of Ukraine "On the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and prohibition of propaganda of their symbols" signed by Poroshenko (May 9, 2015), he was denied his request.
3. On conducting further alternative forensic linguistic expertise on the instance of the newspaper "RKP» №6 of 2014, upon which all charges lay. Present in the act of forensic linguistic examination by Zionist, pro-American government of Ukraine in the walls of the Kiev State Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise (KNIISE), reporting to the Minister of Justice.
4. On bringing to the case as evidence the RKP newspaper №3 for 2014, in which the statement of the Central Committee of the AUCPB on February 5, 2014, signed by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the AUCPB N.A. Andreeva "No to the splitting up of Ukraine", the published official position of the Bolshevik Party on territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of the Ukrainian state, as the offspring of the historical activity of the Bolshevik Party under the leadership of Lenin, Stalin.
The date of the next session has not yet been scheduled.
Укрбюро ЦК ВКПБ
17 июня 2015 г.
- Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) (the largest of all the leftist parties in Ukraine at the time of the fascist coup in February 2014, where there were about 100 thousand members (according to the party), and at that time in view of the Crimea and the territories which are now controlled by the DPR and LPR). Actually it works in a semi-underground situation. After the adoption of the law on "de-communization" - party newspapers are not available (no central or regional), agitation stall work is not being conducted. Noticeable are single, spot events, such as pickets by the US embassy in Kiev or on June 22.
- Progressive Socialist Party (Vitrenko) - is in deep crisis since the late 2000s. Party newspaper has been published since 2011. Apparently, the only activity of the party - to maintain news feeds on their party website - vitrenko.org
- AUCPB -Ukraine –On 28.11.14, A.A. Mayevsky the Secretary of the Central Committee of the AUCPB for Ukraine, Moldova and Transdniestria was arrested -, currently the newspaper of the AUCPB for Ukraine “RKP” "Workers' and Peasants' Truth has been banned and has ceased production. Party website - vkpb.net.ua - is not working.
- Workers’ Party of Ukraine (Marxist-Leninist) (left split from the Communist Party in 2010, on the basis of the All-Ukrainian Union of Workers (FAR)). Chairman and chief editor of the party newspaper "Working Class" was arrested the ("for the support of separatism"). The newspaper itself is prohibited and stopped publishing in August 2014. The website of the newspaper - rk.org.ua - is not working.
- The "Borotba" - party was banned in summer 2014 and went underground. The newspaper "Borotba" has not been produced since. The website - http://borotba.su/ - works, but in the section "contacts" listed only e-mail and mobile phone.
- the Union of Communists of Ukraine (SCU) - previously published a good theoretical magazine "Marxism and modernity" - the organization's website http://un-comm-ukr.ucoz.ru/ has not been updated since March 2014
- Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of Ukraine (the PC (B) U) - breakaway from the AUCPB in 1994, the party was active mainly in Dnepropetrovsk. Site of the newspaper is not updated, at least since 2013 - http://pkbu.ucoz.ru/
What we have today is: the Communist Party of Ukraine is trying to create on its basis a kind of neo-left-social democratic party "Left March". I do not know how they manage this in a de facto fascist regime in Ukraine.
There are a number of one-man band, carnival organizations, Trotskyist and anarchist clowns (who ran to help the "euromaidan" and supported it), but these are all sects made up of 5-10 people each. As a serious amount, it’s not worth considering these clowns !!!
Donetsk Peoples Republic Communists

Note from AUCPB editorial: The situation in Ukraine remains very serious. The junta has launched a real fascist terror against all leftists, without distinction of the political spectrum. Even the moderate Communist Party of Ukraine is unable to resist "in the legal field". In the material cite above, there are no examples of the many attacks by fascist thugs on communists, secretaries of district and regional committees of the Communist Party and Komsomol organizations, or examples of massacres and murders. All these crimes are yet to be compiled but they will be and will be investigated after the victory over the fascist junta in Kiev.
The atmosphere of terror in which our comrades have to operate in Ukraine, dictate the need for the communists to find new forms and ways to fight. The time for legitimate protests and demonstrations, and parliamentary games with the bourgeoisie has ended.
However, even in such conditions, the underground anti-fascist struggle continues. We support with all our strength all of our comrades – communists and ant-fascists of Ukraine. We say to you, comrades, stand firm! We wish you only victory, a speedy victory.

On June 12, 2015 on the initiative of the Communist Party of Ukraine in Kiev, the Constituent Assembly of the founders of the All-Ukrainian public association of left and centre-left political parties and public organizations of the "LEFT OPPOSITION" was held.
The work meeting was attended by heads and representatives of the five political parties and thirteen public organizations.
The meeting decided to: establish an All-Ukrainian association of left and centre-left parties, public organizations and other representatives of civil society, "LEFT OPPOSITION".
Participants of the meeting approved the text of the Manifesto of the All-Ukrainian public association "LEFT OPPOSITION" in which they stated to join forces for the sake of Ukraine and protect the rights of compatriots for peace, prosperity and security.
Among the priorities of the new association - the immediate cessation of bloodshed in the east of the country, the peaceful settlement of the armed conflict on the basis of the steady implementation of the Minsk Agreement, and the decentralization of power.
For the sake of overcoming the crisis in the future of Ukraine, the "left opposition" will insist on the implementation of socio-economic model of state development based on the principles of social justice and democracy; to return to state ownership of strategic enterprises stolen by the oligarchs and the creation of new jobs; towards the restoration of the modern system of free health care and education.
Participants of the meeting also said they would jointly defend the course of domestic and foreign policy to meet the principles of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine and aimed at promoting a non-aligned (neutral) status.
In order to unite Ukraine and overcome discord, which is born out of a regime of nationalists and oligarchs, "the Left Opposition" will demand the provision of Russian as the second state language, will strongly oppose the mockery of historical truth, humiliation military and labour feats of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, and rehabilitation and glorification of Nazi accomplices invaders.
The Constituent Assembly formed the Coordinating council of the association.
As co-chairmen of the "The LEFT OPPOSITION " were elected Petro Symonenko and Natalia Vitrenko, Georgy Kryuchkov, Rudolf Povarnitsyn and Valery Soldatenko.
Given the seething political terror and repression in Ukraine, members of the constituent assembly, "LEFT OPPOSITION" adopted the following statement.

Press office
Manifesto of the All-Ukrainian Association of left and centre-left political parties and public organizations "LEFT OPPOSITION"
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 18:07

The course of domestic and foreign policy, which is currently being taken in Ukraine, especially after the February (2014) coup, is leadings our country towards loss of state sovereignty, division and fratricidal civil war, economic collapse, social and ethnic genocide which threatens the collapse of Ukraine and its use by external forces as a provocateur of a third world war.
By signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, and dutifully carrying out the draconian demands of the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine has lost its economic and political independence. She actually is under foreign control. Its internal and external policies are defined by the United States, the international financial oligarchy.
Implementing the so-called reforms of a bankrupt model of peripheral neoliberal capitalism, rejecting integration with the countries of the Customs Union, Ukraine has condemned itself to de-industrialization, the seizure of public property by oligarchic clans, created by several generations of Soviet people, the loss of millions of jobs, poverty and extinction of the population. Today, the gross domestic product of Ukraine does not even reach 60% of the 1990 level. The domestic industry has been destroyed, and its leading export-oriented industry has been destroyed. The financial system of the country has been brought to default. Super exploitation of manpower is one of the highest in the world and pay at the level of the poorest African countries. Health services and education are virtually inaccessible for the majority of the population. The course of building a mono-national state, the national-chauvinist imposition of ideology has led to a total violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, along with the rules and principles of international law, mass population discrimination along linguistic, national, territorial, and confessional lines. The Ukrainian state has been unable to reliably protect the legal rights, lives and safety of its citizens.
The adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with gross violations of the constitutional procedure and the introduction of the Law "On the condemnation of the Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and prohibition of the promotion of their symbolism" "On the legal status and the celebration of the "memory of fighters for Ukrainian independence in the twentieth century", "to commemorate the victory over the Nazis in World War II of 1939-1945", "access to the archives of repressive organs of the communist totalitarian regime's 1917-1991" - is not only a reflection of the totalitarian nature of the ruling regime now in Ukraine, but also cynical falsification of history and review of decisions of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal, the challenge to the world community. Introduction to the violation of the Constitution of censorship, manipulation of public consciousness, intimidation and persecution of dissidents, the persecution of the canonical Orthodox Church, anti-constitutional ban on political parties, persecution and physical violence with ideological and political opponents, of course, extremely dangerous violations of generally accepted in the civilized world of standards and norms of democracy, deprivation of the people of Ukraine to free expression.
In these circumstances, we, representatives of opposition political parties and public organizations, declare the merger of our efforts WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE PUBLIC ASSOCIATION "LEFT OPPOSITION" in order to save UKRAINE AND PROTECTION OF RIGHTS of our compatriots for peace, prosperity and security in the their country, freedom of speech and belief, a fair trial, truly democratic elections, building social justice, democracy, the rule of law.
We will seek above all an immediate end to the bloodshed in the east of the country, the peaceful settlement of the conflict based on the steady fulfilment of the Minsk Agreement, and the decentralization of power.
We believe that to ensure lasting peace in Ukraine and bring it out of a deep, comprehensive crisis back into the circle of the advanced countries of the continent is impossible without the restoration of good-neighborly, equal and mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation and Belarus. It is with them, unlike the US and EU countries, that we share a common history, culture, spirituality, civilizational values. History has proven that the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine remained only in the unity of our countries and brotherly peoples.
We believe that social to stop genocide, stop the destruction of the national economy is impossible without abandoning the neo-liberal course of pseudo-reforms under the dictates of the West. We advocate for the implementation of new industrialization of Ukraine on the basis of modern technological innovation, drawing on domestic intelligence, human, natural and technological resources. Our alternative to neo-liberalism is a socio-economic model based on principles of social justice and democracy.
We stand by a COURSE OF DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICY, which is consistent with the principles of the Declaration on the sovereignty of Ukraine with a guarantee of its non-aligned (neutral) status; Interethnic relations based on the principles of international law and the provisions of the Declaration of Rights of Nationalities of Ukraine; STATUS OF RUSSIAN LANGUAGE as the second state language.
We are against humiliation and betrayal of military and labour feats of our fathers and grandfathers who defeated the Nazi invaders in World War II and with their victorious labour revived our Motherland from the ruins and lifted her throughout the years of Soviet power to the top of the economic world, in scientific and spiritual progress. We are categorically against the plantation in our country of neo-Nazism, and the rehabilitation and glorification of Nazi collaborators during the occupation.
We call on the political parties, public organizations, and all those to whom the FATE OF HOMELAND is dear, who share our assessment of the modern political and socio-economic situation and put forth in this manifesto OBJECTIVES – to join the Patriotic Association "LEFT OPPOSITION".
Adopted by the Constituent Assembly of the association
June 12, 2015



By New Worker correspondent
FRIENDS and comrades marked the 62nd anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War in London on Saturday 18th July. The meeting, called by the Korean Friendship Association and the Juché Idea Study Group heard an opening from Dermot Hudson of the KFA and a report-back of a recent trip to the DPR Korea by Shaun Pickford.
Dermot Hudson said: "The Fatherland Liberation War referred to as the Korean War in the imperialist countries was provoked by the US imperialists on 25th June 1950 and lasted three years. It was a most intense war, one of the fiercest wars of the 20th century. Indeed it was a third world war in miniature in which the two systems in the world, capitalism and socialism fought each other.
“The US imperialists along with troops from 15 of their vassal states attempted to destroy the young Democratic People's Republic of Korea in its cradle, an obscene and barbarous war in which a big power and its minions tried to pulverise into submission a small country.”
Dermot also spoke about the 21st anniversary of the demise of great leader President Kim Il Sung: "President Kim Il Sung was a great man, a great leader, a great philosopher who created the Juché Idea and authored the Songun idea.
“He wrote over 1,800 works, and was the father of modern Korea, indeed Korea is the Kim Il Sung nation. He was respected as one of the outstanding leaders of the international communist and working class movement.”
Shaun Pickford said: “I was able to return to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea after an interval of three years and saw immense improvements in the cultural and living standards of the Korean People. All the progress that is being realised in the DPRK, is based on socialist principles and self-reliance.
“The Supreme Leader of the DPRK, Marshal Kim Jong Un, is working continuously for the welfare of the Korean people and spares nothing for the well-being of the workers, farmers and intellectuals. Such a leader as Kim Jong Un, cannot be found elsewhere in the world, as the DPRK leader is always putting the people first in everything”.
The meeting also received a message from Cllr Damien Biggs, East of England regional party secretary and National Executive Committee member of the Socialist Labour Party.
A very lively discussion followed with questions and answers and concluded with the adoption of a solidarity message to DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
By london communists

MEMBERS and supporters of the UK Korean Friendship Association held a very successful picket – numbers double previous turn-outs –of the United States embassy on Thursday 25th June to mark the start of the Month of Solidarity with the Korean people and the 65th anniversary of the start of provocation of the great Fatherland Liberation War.

It was supported by the Association of Supporters of Songun Policies UK (ASSPUK), the Juché International Study Group of England (JISGE) and the New Communist Party including general secretary Andy Brooks and Central Committee member Theo Russell.
Members of the RCPB (ML) and the CPGB (ML) were also present.
Dermot Hudson, who chairs the UK KFA and the JISGE made a short speech introducing the picket explaining it was part of the Month of Solidarity with the Korean people and it was to mark the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War (Fatherland Liberation War).
US troops still occupy south Korea today. Comrade Hudson said that at the same time KFA members in Ireland were also picketing the US embassy in Dublin.
Dermot Hudson also said: "The US imperialists, the ringleader of the world imperialism and international reactionaries, provoked a war in Korea on the 25th of June 1950 by instigating their south Korean puppets to attack the young Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The US imperialists were hungry for profits and conquest. The US imperialists fought an unjust aggressive war against the Korean people.
“The US imperialists launched a war of conquest against the DPRK, a war to destroy the Juché-based people's democratic system in the DPRK as well to destroy socialism in Asia and the world.
“The Korean people, led by the great revolutionary leader Marshal Kim Il Sung, a true military strategic genius and ever-victorious iron-willed and brilliant fought a fierce anti-imperialist and anti-US struggle against US imperialism and the allied forces of international reaction.
“It was a fierce class struggle against the enemies of the people. The Korean people fought a national liberation war against the Yankee imperialist invaders, a war of justice for independence and freedom and also a war to reunify the sacred motherland.
“The Fatherland Liberation War of the Korean people proved to a crucible of the Songun idea.
“We condemn the appalling barbarity of the US imperialists during the Fatherland Liberation War.
“We denounce their crimes of massacring civilians, use of biological and chemical weapons: 35,383 people were murdered by the US at Sinchon-ri and 1,050 people at Susan-ri (one third of the population of the area), just to give a few examples.
“The US imperialists tried to exterminate the Korean people by carrying out the war that they had long planned.
“History will curse forever the US imperialists as sub-human savages and criminals as well as an enemy of humanity and progress. Indeed US imperialism is the ringleader of aggression and war, as proved by the recent racial violence and oppression of black people.
“It is the US that is the biggest human rights violator in the world.
“The US imperialists continue to occupy south Korea to this very day, ignoring the will of the Korean people and the voices of world progressives. The US imperialists have committed crimes in south Korea too numerous to mention, but these include murder, rape and theft.
“They are exploiting the south Korean people by taking huge sums of money in so-called "upkeep expenses".
“The US imperialists have introduced anthrax into south Korea in order to commit genocide against the Korean nation. This is a horrendous crime. The US imperialists have also tried to stifle the DPRK using the ‘human rights’ issue and used the United Nations against the DPRK."
Andy Brooks, general secretary of the New Communist Party, thanked everyone for coming saying it was a very successful. He said that US had caused the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula by reneging on agreements with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The following slogans were shouted: “US out of Korea,” “Yankee go home,” “Korea is one,” “Long live the Workers' Party of Korea,” “Long live Marshal Kim Jong Un,” “Long live the worker’s paradise of the DPRK,” “Down with US imperialism,” “Down with the fascist American regime”.

By london communists

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

FOR BOLSHEVISM No 07 (148) JULY 2015

Workers of all countries, unite!


Workers from Chuvashia at one of the Moscow suburban construction sites take strike action
Guests from the Volga region went on a rotational basis to work on the construction of a military-patriotic recreation park of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. For a month of work they had not been paid the money earned. On May 22, workers went on strike. The mediator that hired the labor, made no contact for a long time with any of the workers.
Cheboksarka Tamara Hayrapetyan spoke about the work of her husband in Moscow saying that: -a month ago Anatoly went to build the "Patriot" park in the Moscow Kubinka suburb. He, along with fellow countrymen worked 11 hours a day, seven days a week. Fitters and mechanics were left without wages. Now he does not even have the money to travel. They filed complaints to nearly everyone. Local MPs only shrugged and advised them to seek help from the media.
Worker Anatoly Kurdyumov for seven years has been travelling to work at Moscow construction sites. He said the following: -But this is the first time. Today we decided to go on strike. Well, at least they feed us. We live in a dormitory. Now even a bar of soap in there, and the heat outside is almost unbearable. For a month we were not given a penny. They promised 150 rubles per hour worked, but we were not even paid 130 rubles. I do not know how to get back home. The workers were taken on officially.

Strike action in Angarsk, Irkutsk region
On May 28, street cleaners at a local management company serving the historical part of the city took to the Octyabrskaya street demanding the paying of three months salary arrears, as well as the establishment of normal working conditions.
"Last time overalls were issued was six years ago!" - said workers. From the composition of the two teams, only one woman - B. Mironova has been officially taken on according to labour law. The rest do not even have a contract. Now prosecutors and labour inspection will deal with this grey area of the employment scheme. The cleaners have prepared letters to send to them.
The strikers are not satisfied with the low pay either: for cleaning 10 blocks of flats, they are paid just five thousand rubles. In turn, citizens are outraged by the mud in the courtyards and the lack of playgrounds, at the terrible condition of the entrances and waste disposal areas.

In Primorye, workers go on strike at the Mining and Chemical Plant
The reason for the strike by employees of MCP "Bor", located in Dalnegorsk, was down to delay in the payment of wages in April.
On Monday, May 25, the number of strikers amounted to more than 500. Afterwards, the administration listed the salaries of 16 million rubles. Those who were paid the debt, went back to work. The administration promised to repay its debt to the workers for April before 31 May.
In the meantime, debt began to accumulate for May salaries. The advance for the month was not timely transferred to the workers.

Protest held against the humiliating payment scheme of school summer holidays
On May 26, activists of the Association of Trade Union Organizations of the Yaroslavl region picketed the regional parliament. The reason for the protest was the significant decrease in compensation of parental spending on vouchers to children's health camps and the complexity of obtaining compensation funds.
In 2015, the regional government significantly reduced funding for children's recreation. Compensation halved - if earlier, parents of each child on holiday could receive 4,000 rubles, this year the amount has dropped to 2 thousand. And returning these funds to the family budget is much more complicated. Last year, parents without unnecessary red tape bought discounted holiday trips, but now under the new rules they must first pay the full cost of children's holiday up front, then assemble an impressive package of documents, and after apply for compensation. This demeaning scheme has complicated the lives of thousands of residents of the Yaroslavl region and caused the fair indignation of the unions.
Once it became clear that the decision of the regional government would in fact, come into force, trade union activists began to fight against these trends.
The protest, held on May 26, was attended by over 100 people. People came to the regional Duma with placards saying: "Stop the closure of the children's health campaign," "Children's holidays are drowning in bureaucrats paperwork", "Children without rest means children without a summer!"

Representatives of trade unions picketed the government building of the Kiev fascist junta
On May 27 a protest was held against a sharp decline in living standards. Activists of the Ukrainian trade unions demanded that the government increase salaries, pensions and lower the cost of living, introduce fair tariffs for gas and housing services for the population, and abolish the retirement tax.
The Federation of Trade Unions entered into a collective labour dispute with the government, putting forward a number of demands for the protection of social, labour and economic rights of working people. The protesters decided to organize a series of pickets, the first of which took place on May 27.
"We oppose the indefinite shock therapy from the government, the absence of real economic reforms, lack of rights of people in employment, increasing illegal employment, job cuts, uncontrolled inflation and other negative tendencies of this kind," - said one of the union leaders.
In case of refusal of the government to listen to their demands, the activists are going to picket the "cabinet of ministers" of the junta on 3 and 10 June.

Strike action by workers of "Czech Airlines"
On May 27, in the Czech Republic a strike took place. Flight attendants and stewards of local airlines, thus opposed the current collective agreement, proposed by the carrier management.
The protest was attended by more than 90 percent of all workers.
It should be noted that in February, the salaries of flight attendants and stewards were reduced by scores of percents.

Protest by Belgium train drivers
Members of Autonomous Trade Unions of Locomotive drivers went on strike. Protest action started on May 27 in the evening.
The drivers went on strike by decision after the employer had ignored their demands for higher wages and the revision of the bonus system. According to the drivers of locomotives, bonuses should increase depending on the length of working experience. In addition, the strikers are dissatisfied with working conditions.

Strike by car manufacturers in Turkey
In late May, workers of three large enterprises, that produce cars under license from American, French and Italian companies began strike action.
The strikers demanded higher wages.
They were inspired by the positive experience of the strike struggle for the rights of workers of the plant for the production of automotive components, which by means of strikes have increased salaries by 60 percent.

Nigerian Workers Protest
On May 22 representatives of trade unions at the state oil corporation announced they were going on strike. Protesting workers are worried that after the transfer of management functions to another company this will be followed by subsequent workforce reductions that will increase the load on staff and worsen working conditions.
During the strike, work on all oil and gas fields of the corporation was halted, except for one unit that supplies gas to the domestic energy system of the country.

Protest by Khakassia miners
On May 7, miners of Vershino-Teysky and Abakansky mines held scheduled meetings. Protests were held in the village of Vershina Tei and the town of Abaza.
Workers and trade union organizations demanded that the enterprises remain in operation on which the life of three villages and more than two thousand employees depend on. Participants in the rally adopted a resolution-appeal to the central authorities. Copies of this document were also sent to the Federation of Independent Trade Unions in the Mining and Metallurgical Union of Russia.
The group of companies "Ruda Khakassia" sent on unpaid leave from 1 May for an indefinite period about 2 thousand of their workers. Production stopped due to a significant drop in purchase prices for iron concentrate - the main products of the business combination.
The rally in the village Vershina Tei was attended by about 500 people, and in Abaza - about 350 workers from "Rud Khakassia."

In Moscow strike action against wage cuts
On May 7, bus drivers organized a strike in Lytkarino. The reason is that wages have fallen by almost half. As employees of the transport company say, this is all down to an inflated transportation plan. Instead of the usual 50 thousand rubles per month, in Lytkarino bus drivers now receive half that amount.
The size of earnings fell sharply a few months ago. At the same time the authorities approved a new plan for the carriage of passengers. Drivers say that it is impossible to fulfil. All drivers who are more experienced have resigned. Others still are willing to go the route and at the weekend.
As the drivers say, the reason for the resignation of their colleagues and conductors is the inability to fulfil the new transportation plan.

"Italian" strike by Moscow doctors
Doctors in Moscow clinics declared an "Italian" strike. After the May Day holidays two more people joined them. As of May 8, 22 physicians were involved in the strike action.
The strike is planned to continue until full satisfaction of all demands, the basic reason of which is to free employees of medical institutions of unauthorized overtime and duties not covered by their labour contract.
One of the main claims of the protesters to the organizers of health care is the unbalanced staffing of Moscow clinics. According to participants of the strike it is contrary to the norm of the amount of "attached" population and provokes an excessive burden on employees.

In Sverdlovsk region, strikers managed to recieve delayed wages
Workers at one of the workshops of a Sredneuralskaya poultry farm organized a strike. The main reason for the protest was due to a delay in salary.
Decisive action of the strikers took effect. One of the high-ranking officials engaged in the field of agriculture, went to negotiate with the women workers.
As a result, the strikers were able to "knock out" their salary for February-March 2015. The debt was repaid to the team on May 8. On May 12, an advance for April was paid out, and feed imported for chickens, which were kept on a starvation diet.

Political and economic strikes are an effective means of fighting for your rights

Kazakhstani workers on strike
During the first weeks of May, a wave of unrest covered the construction of a gas processing plant in the Chinarevskoye oil and gas condensate field in West Kazakhstan region. More than one hundred and forty workers refused to work. They went on strike, demanding an increase in their salaries, paid holidays under the double tariff.
The workers also called for an early solution to the problem of hazardous working conditions. According to them, the town constantly smells of hydrogen sulfide, and more than a hundred people since April 15 have turned up to the clinic complaining of a headache and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, people claim that their salaries are lower.

Strike action paralyzed the Georgian port city of Poti
On May 5, all 15 berths were paralyzed by the strike. The strikers demanded a raise in their salaries by 14 percent, an introduction of mandatory payment of bonuses, a revision of the system of rewards and sign a collective agreement.
As of May 12, the strike had continued.
The demands of the staff who went on strike, were first put forward as early as 2014, and negotiations regarding them lasted five months.
However, in early May, the situation has changed dramatically. The team stopped negotiations with the authorities and started the strike. "From October to November last year, the currency lari fell by 14 percent, and we were offered an increase of five percent. This is unacceptable, and we will strike until the complete fulfillment of our demands, "- said one of the representatives of the striking workers.

Polish aircraft manufacturers held a protest march
On May 6 in the city Schvidnik, a demonstration of trade union associations defending the interests of the country's largest helicopter factory was held. The inter-factory strike committee called on a demonstration of several hundred people who walked the streets and squares of the city with red-white flags and banners.
According to the trade union organizations, the cause of protests was down to an anti-national decision by the head of state, who declared the continuation of the tests of the multipurpose helicopter manufactured by the French company. In that original way the Polish president said to aircraft manufacturers that Warsaw prefers to rearm the army, relying on products of foreign manufacturers. The final signing of the contract to supply 50 helicopters worth about 3.5 billion euros is expected in the third quarter of 2015.
In this regard, the protesters demanded that the authorities immediately launch an investigation into the legality of the tender of the Supreme Audit Chamber, the Prosecutor's Office and the Investigative Committee. According to the union, the consequences for the economy and the labour market in Poland will be appalling.
- The decision of the Ministry of Defense is a threat to our national interests, as the country will lose thousands of jobs that can lead to the degradation of the whole region. We demand from the government to cancel the deal and stop selling off the sovereign interests of Poland, - said one of the protesters.
The demonstration, held on 6 May was attended by hundreds of activists of the five unions of local factory workers in helicopter building with their families, as well as unemployed villagers of Schvidnik. The unemployed are hoping to find a job at a local company in the case of winning the tender by a domestic manufacturer.

Strike action in Italy against education reforms
On May 5, a mass strike by teachers, students and schoolchildren took place. Protesters demanded the stopping of education reforms, which is currently been implemented by Prime Minister M. Renzi.
The planned government changes promise employment contracts for teachers, part-time work, the abolition of bonuses for length of service and the emergence of payment "for services", thus to expand powers of heads of educational institutions in the field of recruitment.
According to the teachers themselves, the reform did not meet even the minimum needs of schools today.

In Mexico, dozens of strikers were injured in clashes with police
Protesting against low wages and trying to achieve better working conditions, farmers from several tomato plantations went on strike. On May 10, strikers tried to block the entry of strikebreakers to one of the largest plantations in the region, after which the police arrived and brutally detained activists. During the clashes, between 30 to 70 people suffered injuries of varying severity.
Representatives of peasant organizations are believed to be blamed for the conflict with the Mexican government. According to activists, protest actions and subsequent clashes could easily have been avoided if the officials of relevant ministries were to pay attention in time to the demands of agricultural workers.

Strike action at the ports of the west coast of the US
On May 2, a strike was organized by truck drivers serving the ports of California. The strike was attended by more than 500 workers.
During the strike, marine terminals, rail yards and warehouses were picketed. The main complaint of the strikers is that the workers are considered as independent contractors rather than permanent employees.

Ivanovo taxi drivers strike
On April 16 in the regional centre, an initiative group of 200 taxi drivers went on strike in protest against the reduction of fares. The director of the service disagreed with the demands of the employees to increase tariffs and sacked the drivers. They, in turn, are determined to continue the strike and to block incoming requests for taxis.
The management and the strikers have not reached agreement in terms of tariff policy.
Chairman of the Inter-regional transport union, a member of the Public Chamber of the Ivanovo region said that the drivers went out of service for which taxi driving is a major area of employment rather than part-time job.

Strike action in the Far East
In mid-April in the village of Bira, in the Obluchensky District of the Jewish Autonomous Region at the utility of "TaEr", 53 personnel stopped work for several days and announced a strike because of wage arrears for more than two months. Repeated appeals by of workers, demanding a solution to the problem, were ignored by the authorities.
After the meeting by the head of Birsk urban settlement with the strikers, it was decided that all cash on hand at the company was to be distributed among the workers, who are in arrears, and in the future will be decided the question of full repayment of debts. As a result, 600 thousand rubles was divided between strikers, each received 12 thousand. The remaining money will be paid to employees by court order. District Prosecutor's Office took the statements of the workers.

Meeting held by Cherepovets teachers
On April 19, education workers, including members of children's art schools and pre-school educational institutions of the city located in the Vologda region, held a protest. At the meeting, which was held under the motto "For affordable and high quality education and training" came about two thousand people who opposed the destruction of the education system.
The protest was organized by the Trade Union of Education in Cherepovets. One of the main problems was the optimization of the number of employees and the low level of salaries. Teachers were supported by parents of pupils and kindergarten children. At the end of the meeting, the participants adopted a resolution which was sent to the federal authorities, regional and city authorities. Teachers and educators need to take a decision on the inadmissibility of reduction of salaries of public sector employees below the subsistence level.

The builders of the cosmodrome "Vostok" renewed strike action
At the end of the third week of April, several workers held a strike again. Striking builders of the cosmodrome "Vostok" did not come to work because of non-payment of salary arrears. Workers say: "There's a big turnover, hiring for a penny, and they do not even get paid ... The authorities only feed us breakfast, and they say, wait and work. We are tired of believing and waiting. "
Road roller driver Peter Velesyuk said that the builders have written an application to the prosecutor's office in connection with non-payment of salaries for March. Dozens of workers of construction companies, subcontractors at "Vostok" have not received money since the end of last year.
Funds aimed at the construction, were spent on the construction of the recreation centre at Lake Khanka and to build a three-storey mansion for the former head of the company B. Grebnev, as well as for the purchase of expensive yachts.
On the construction there is complete arbitrariness of the bourgeoisie - what they want, they do. This shows utter rottenness of the current anti-people and corrupt false patriotic regime. In words is one thing, in fact – but completely different in reality.

Perm rally for the resignation of the local "Governor"
April 18 in the capital of Kama region a rally was held where the participants demanded the resignations of the governor of the region.
The rally for the resignation of "governor" Basargin has was attended by more than 400 people.
Participants of the rally protested against the corrupt leadership of Perm region, higher utility tariffs, non-fulfilment of promises in solving many regional problems.

On the territory of the DPR occupied by the troops of the Kiev fascist junta, miners went on strike at two mines
This strike began on April 14. However, the problems have not been solved. Therefore, on April 20, miners at the "Central" and SE "Krasnoarmeyskugol" mines continued the strike. The workers were protesting against the non-payment of wages.
On April 19, 152 miners at the Stakhanov (SE "Krasnoarmeyskugol") mine,were scheduled to work the second shift, but many miners went on strike and 58 people took unpaid leave.
To the third shift of 140, only 60 employees turned up to work. The rest of the miners refused to perform their duties in connection with the strike or take unpaid leave.
The miners had not been paid did not pay wages since January 2015.

Thousands-strong trade union demonstration in Warsaw
On April 18th, largest trade union association of the country, "All-Polish Agreement of Trade Unions", held in the capital large-scale protest action under the slogan "For decent work. Enough of rubbish contracts! ". As stated by the organizers, in the streets of Warsaw with flags and banners came out about 50 thousand workers.
Around noon, local time, participants of the largest in recent years trade union demonstration, began a march from different parts of the city towards the Avenue of Ujazdowski, where the Office of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers is located. Of the four columns was the largest group of activists of the Polish Teachers' Union, which demands the government to take immediate action to address the urgent problems in the field of education, and demand the resignation of Prime Minister E. Kopacz. According to various sources, the rally was attended by no less than 25 thousands of Polish teachers.
To remind the authorities about their problems with teachers, to the Warsaw streets in solidarty arrived the miners, farmers, energy sector, railway, metallurgy, medical, chemical industry workers and representatives of other professions. As chairman of the All-Poland Trade Union Agreement Ya Goose stated, there were so many slogans that it was impossible to get a true count of the numbers. In particular, the protesters demanded from the government a maximum limit on the labour market humiliating civil contracts, indexation of salaries of state employees, to increase the minimum wage to the level of 50 percent of the national average, as well as the possibility of retirement in return for their service. For women, it should be 35 years and for men - 40 years.
The All-Polish Agreement of Trade Unions insisted, moreover, on raising the threshold of income to receive social assistance for more equitable distribution of financial assistance to the poor, as well as calls for greater state responsibility for the health of their citizens.

In Germany, railway workers go on strike
On April 22 began mass strike action by German train drivers. The union was able to expand it. Striking drivers of freight trains were joined by their colleagues from the passenger trains.
The main stumbling block in the ongoing confrontation between the union and the company "Deutsche Bahn" is its willingness in the future to protect the interests not only of train drivers, but also all personnel, in particular conductors.

General strike in South Korea
In late April, in Seoul there was a general strike which was attended by more than 260 thousand people. Among the protesters were health workers, civil servants, teachers and workers of many factories. Their main demand is for the government to abandon the changes, it plans to make to the labour laws. According to the unions, the planned changes will benefit exclusively the capitalists- "employers."
"The government is trampling over our labour rights. We need to start a tough fight against government attempts to suppress and crush the unions ", - said one of the protesters at the rally in front of Seoul City Hall.

Mexican students held a protest in the west of the country
On April 26, in the state capital of Guerrero took place serious clashes between protesters with the authorities. The city of Chilpancingo was the site of student demonstrations in which participants engaged in open confrontation with the local police.
A group of young people on Sunday broke into the building of the Congress of an administrative district and seized several cars parked there. Protesters rammed the fence outside the building and then set the cars on fire.
Police used tear gas, and demonstrators used stones and firebombs in response.
On the territory of Guerrero have been repeated a protests with the demand to continue the investigation into the abduction of several dozen students in the municipality of Iguala in September last year. Then, the corrupt police and armed criminals shot at a peaceful demonstration of students, resulting in a six protesters being killed, 25 were injured and 43 young people were missing. Later, their bodies were found.

Kachatka builders via strike action have been paid their delayed wages
On April 10, workers - members of trade union organizations "SU 707" (one of the subunits of Spetsstroy Russia) wrote a statement about the suspension of work. The reason for the protest was the delay of payment of wages, as we notified employers. Just a few hours after the start of the strike bosses surrendered an advance for March 2015, because of the two-week delay that brought about the labour conflict.
As of April 10, there are no arrears of wages to the workers of the organization, but the situation remains difficult at the enterprise.
Since last December, the employees' of “SU 707" because of the difficult financial situation of the company began to lowers wages. For a few months were issued only fairly low wages. Then there were delays in payments. At first small delays, just a few days. Soon the salary was delayed for two weeks. Naturally, people began talking about strike action. Union representatives explained to them the legal basis of the protest actions and advised in this case to write a statement about suspension of work. This led to payments being in the shortest possible time.

In Astrakhan, a worker in protest against the tyranny of the bourgeoisie tried to set fire to himself
Capitalists with their brazen arbitrariness have brought workers to suicide attempts. In Astrakhan, one worker tried to commit self-immolation.
The incident happened at noon on April 7 on a Tuesday. The 51-year-old man climbed into a technical structure that is located on Yablochkov street. He doused himself with a liquid from a bottle and, holding a lighter, threatened to set fire to himself.
Policemen who arrived at the scene cordoned off the area.
When the worker who tried to commit suicide was taken to hospital, he said he decided to take this desperate step because of conflicts with the employer in a company in which he works as a welder.

The staff organized a strike at Ivanovo bakery
On April 2, at the regional centre a protest was held. Drivers at Ivanovo bakery №3 went on strike. The reason was delay in the payment of wages since November 2014.
The strike involved more than 20 employees. Previously, they notified in writing the management of the bakery about the planned action.
The strikers composed a collective statement to the prosecutor.

Achinsk workers hold a protest rally
On April 13, at noon, near the administration building of the city, located in the Krasnoyarsk region, representatives of the collective enterprise "Road mobile mechanized column" gathered for a rally. They have over several months not received any salary and those who have resigned cannot get a final settlement.
It should be noted that in the 10 minutes before the start of the meeting, "the head" of Achinsk, Akhmetov hastily left the administration building. And the organizer of the protest Alexander Mashintsev was issued with a warning by police, noting that as the organizer, he was entirely responsible for this event.
The demonstrators openly expressed their position on the current situation, accusing the authorities of inaction in Achinsk. Protesters also resent the position of the prosecutor's office. The gathered people demanded to talk with the authorities and, after 40 minutes, Nikitin, deputy chairman of the City Council met with the protesters. The outcome of the meeting was the adoption of a resolution in defence of the workers' at “DPMK Achinskaya", and the leaders of the labour collective made an agreement with Nikitin to hold round table talks to take concrete decisions on the wage arrears.

In Buryatia, workers of the communal utility enterprise take strike action
In Severomuisk on April 9, began the strike action. It was carried out by workers of the local utility company. Since January 2015 they have not been paid any wages. The amount of debt exceeds 3 million rubles. Workers of the enterprise a week before the strike, informed the authorities about the upcoming protests.
A spokeswoman for the striking crews Galina Kazantsev said: "Not only does the new organization, not pay us wages, they want to have more, and fire us. We said, "We are no longer working for nothing." Management then tell us, "Well, if you do not want to, then we shall find others that will." They gathered such people who do not understand anything about the pumps. Now the village is sitting without water, no heating, they do not know how to do anything." Each of the employees who left the company is owed 60 to 80 thousand rubles by the company.

Protest action in the Kazakh city of Shetpe
More than 30 railway workers at the "Mangistau enlarged distance route" gathered on April 10 in front of the akimat of Mangistau region. They demanded higher wages, social benefits, as well as being issued with labour contracts in their hands.
A railway worker with 20 years of experience Rustem Kushikbaev said that he and his colleagues still have not received employment contracts. "We demand the issuing of the labour report card for 2014 and decryption of deductions" - said Kushikbaev. According to him, the workers of the enterprise "Mangistau enlarged distance route" are not paid for sick leave and are not given childbirth allowance on the pretext that the workers are not in a union.
The labour dispute by railway workers at Shetpe station has lasted since December of 2013. The company "Mangistau enlarged distance route" created by former enterprise PCh-13, employs about a hundred people. The total number of workers of Shetpe, Mangyshlak and Zhanaozen stations in the Mangistau region stands at 546.

Kharkov workers on strike
On April 4, employees of a local aviation plant organized a strike, due to unpaid wages since August 2014 have not been paid. The total debt of the company owners to the workers is about 43 million hryvnia.
The first deputy director of the Department of innovative development of industry Kalabin and acting director of the plant Gontar met the protesters. They said that the gathering of people was "unreasonable and illegal", laying the blame for what is happening on the dismissed in February 2015, former director of the plant, and said that "any day now" they were waiting for the receipt of funds.
The workers said that their answers were not satisfied, so the strike will continue. The protesters were planning to block the main street of the city - Sumy.

Polish energy sector workers preparing for a large-scale strike
On April 5th, trade unions at the largest Polish power plant "Opole" initiated a collective labour dispute with the authorities and announced the beginning of a protest. On the territory of the enterprise, placards and banners were unfurled, and explanatory work conducted with the workforce. According to trade union organizations, in the near future the management will resort to the practice of mass layoffs.
In 1995, at the power plant worked 1,750, but today there are less than a thousand, and, according to the trade union, this trend will continue. In the near future will be the launch of new units, but this should happen on the background of further layoffs. Realizing the complexity of the situation, the unions at "Opole" unanimously supported the idea of a collective dispute, and protests. If management will not make concessions in the near future it can be organized into big strike.

Anti-government strike in Kathmandu
At the end of the first week of April in Nepal, clashes between police and protesters took place. In the capital, Kathmandu, began a nationwide three-day anti-government strike. During the protest, passions were running high to the limit. Organizers of the rally were detained and a few people finished up in hospital.
These protests were initiated the Communist Party of Nepal. Protesters in addition to other demands called for constitutional change.

Mass strike action in Argentina
Early April began with a strike by transport workers. Across the country, buses, trains and subways ground to a halt. Local flights were cancelled.
The main demand of the protesters was the abolition of income tax on the salaries of workers of the transport industry.

In Brazil, thousands of protesters called for the impeachment of the President
On April 12 in major cities across Brazil were mass protests. The activists chanted "Down with Dilma" and "Time for Change", demanding the resignation of President Dilma Rousseff.
The reason for the protests was the corruption scandal surrounding the oil company "Petrobras", the head of which for seven years has been Rousseff.
As it became known, some functionaries of the company signed contracts and took 3 percent of the transaction as a commission. This money was then used to bribe politicians and officials.

Strike by builders of cosmodrome "Vostochny"
On March 24 in the Amur region a protest was held by builders of the cosmodrome "Vostochny". The reason for the strike is prolonged delay in payment of earnings.
The chiefs worked out a debt repayment schedule, but this scheme suited not all the workers.
Under this plan, the first money should get to staff at the end of their rotational period, the second amount - to workers carrying out construction and installation work at the site, the third amount – to the ones who left the spaceport to wait for payment of wages at their places of residence.
On the construction are involved more than 11 thousand people.
The workers have not been paid since January 2015, and some – since December 2014.

In Vologda policemen and interior troops were involved in suppressing protesting workers
On March 23, workers of a local machine factory came with banners to the building of the regional administration and almost began to storm it. The authorities immediately called the police and internal troops in full combat gear with ammunition.
The "boiling point" for the workers of the Vologda machine-building factory, who had not been paid for eight months, was the decision by management to carry put mass redundancies. At the entrance of the enterprise was posted a list of 50 names of employees who will be laid off. Given that at the factory were working just 90 people, this reduction means the actual death of the enterprise.
At first, the indignant workers with posters came to the building of the regional legislative assembly. However, realizing that little could be expected from local deputies, they moved on to the building of the regional administration.
After numerous threats from the policemen, who promised to bring a criminal case against the protesters for unauthorized mass action, workers were able to get a meeting with the deputy, "the governor of the Vologda region" Kozhevnikov. He "sympathized" with the labour collective of VMZ and assured them that the situation at the plant is under constant review and promised to solve all the problems, however, only after the procedure of bankruptcy and change of ownership.
According to a local prosecutor's office, at the plant in recent years corruption flourished, and the company had "made off" with a lot of money. Recently, the factory whilst undertaking defence orders had its management completely replaced, and against the previous one a criminal case was opened. The property of the enterprise, including manufacturing equipment, seized by bailiffs for debt, in the workshops the heating has been turned off for non-payment. Even in these conditions, workers at VMZ, for eight months have not seen wages, but have continued to carry out orders - mostly defence orders.

Meeting of Rostov workers
On March 25 at the territory of the local electric locomotive plant a protest was held. Participants of the rally, which amounted to more than 1,000 people expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of the authorities and illegal, in their opinion, retention bonuses.
More than 150 plant employees stopped work and demanded a meeting with the administration of the enterprise, to express their disagreement with the order of the director. According to the order, which the factory trade union refused to negotiate, due to the failure in February 2015 of the production target to which all categories of workers will be paid out only 39 percent of the premium, envisaged by the situation on bonuses. This means that all of the company's employees (about 1,500) will lose a significant portion of their earnings.
The workers are not going to tolerate this arbitrariness factory bosses and will seek payment of the bonus in February in full and, in the long term, the revision of provisions for bonuses.

Kachkanar miners protest
On March 24 at an ore-enrichment plant, located in the Sverdlovsk region, began an "Italian" strike. The team worked in strict accordance with instructions and safety requirements. The miners were pushed to taking this action due to numerous violations of their labour rights. Employees are being unlawfully excluded from certain jobs and forced to work on faulty equipment. Dust accumulation in the workshops is many times higher than the maximum permissible concentrations.

A strike by workers in the Leningrad region received support in Moscow and in regions, solidarity actions took place
On March 20, workers at the Vsevolozhsk car factory went on strike. It was attended by 35 per cent of the workers of the assembly shop and 40 percent of the body shop employees. Every day, the pressure on the owners of the enterprise was enhanced by introducing new strikers into the strike. On March 18, only 10 percent of the plant was working. Workers stopped the release of one of the car models.
Despite this, the administration has completely rejected the strikers’ demands for the indexation of wages, as well as guarantees and compensation in the event of downsizing or liquidation of the company.
The ongoing strike at the auto plant in Vsevolozhsk resonated with conscious workers in different regions of Russia. Pickets of solidarity with the strikers were held in Kaluga, Omsk and Leningrad.
On March 19, in Moscow a rally in support of the workers at Vsevolozhsk was held. The participants held placards: "To all employees - a decent salary", "Workers do not have to pay for the crisis", and "Fulfil the union's demands!"

Strike by miners in western Ukraine
On March 24, work at all seven mine shafts of the Lvovugol state enterprise stopped.
10,000 miners did not come to work because of wage arrears owed to them, which is 190 million hryvnia. After a picket outside the regional state administration, they resorted to drastic measures - abandoned the rock faces and gathered in the Chervonograd main square. Miners at the same time focused on the blocking of the "Lviv - Rava-Russia" international highway.
The strikers also demand to stop the closure of mines and insisted on the resignation of the Minister of Energy and Mines.

Kazakhstani workers strike
On March 18, employees of the construction company Karaganda organized a protest. More than 70 workers gathered at almost completed high-rise apartment blocks, and said they would not take up their duties as until they are paid. According to the strikers, they have not been paid money since December last year.
Builders were told that the employer has not in time deducted contributions to the pension fund, and that those that have been deducted, their size does not correspond to the real wages.
People claim that the owners of the company are not in talks with them and not explaining the reason for the delay in payment of wages.

In Germany, a mass demonstration against the activities of the European Central Bank
On March 18, police arrested about 350 protesters in Frankfurt.
To disperse the demonstrators the police used water cannons and tear gas. According to the organizers of the action, it was attended by over 10 thousand people.
The demonstration, timed to coincide with the official opening of the new headquarters of the ECB, started early in the morning. The protesters rightly accused the European Central Bank for the unfolding social crisis. The bulk of the demonstrators were representatives of leftist parties, communists and anti-fascists.

A strike at a shoe factory in China
On March 17, about 2,000 workers of an enterprise producing the shoes, came out in protest. The strikers are not satisfied with "organizational changes" planned by the owners of the company.
In particular, with the merging of the plants, as promised by the bosses, only the number of administrative staff will be reduced, but many workers are afraid of losing their jobs, and are demanding written guarantees.
Last year, employees of the factory held a mass strike because of the inconsistent provisions in the law on social insurance regulations and other payments, as well as the countervailing subsidies for housing and real minimum amounts paid by the employer.

In Canada, there have been clashes between police and demonstrators
On March 25, Montreal police used tear gas against student protesters.
The authorities declared it an illegal action, and began to make arrests. In response, the students pelted police vehicles with improvised means.
According to some reports, several thousand students of local universities took to the streets of Montreal to express their dissatisfaction with the plan of "austerity", which the authorities plan to implement in the province of Quebec.
Funding cuts will affect many social spheres, including education. Student unions have already declared that such actions will continue in the next two weeks.

Mass strike in Mexico
On March 26, more than 50 000 farm workers participated in a mass strike that took place in the country's northern state of Baja California. The strikers were actively protesting against low wages, abuse and poor working conditions.
Hundreds of strikers blocked the highway that runs from north to south. Protests spread across the state.
Demonstrators were demanding payment of medical insurance, overtime, weekend breaks, as well as stopping the practice of arbitrary dismissals and violence (especially sexual abuse) from the plantations’ managements. The protesters want an increase in wages to $ 20 per day. Currently, earnings of most workers is 8-10 dollars for a full day’s work on the hot fields.

Review prepared by the Department of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks on relations with the workers and the trade union movement

Due to the actions of forces hostile to the KFA , our central website www.korea-dpr.com was taken offline ,firstly for a period of 48 hours and then about 5 days . This also affected our email which is why when several people tried to contact us the emails bounced back . Now
email is working as well. However Hotmail and Outlook still emails emails from our server . This is an act of censorship bythe US !
The UK Korean Friendship Association held its annual general meeting onthe 6th of June in central London at 2pm. It was attended by UK KFA members, including new KFA members as well as Spanish KFA members staying in London . In attendance was one KFA member who is a local councillor(Socialist Labour Party ). A representative of the DPRK Embassy in London also attended.

The meeting received messages of greetings from KFA branches and sections worldwide including US, Belgium , Switzerland, Austria,Poland, Singapore and Spain
KFA President Alejandro Cao De Benos message read in part I warmly salute you and congratulate you on the 6th UK-KFA AGM.

First I would like to thanks to all KFA Officials and members that are relations between the UK and the DPRK.

KFA-UK is our very first international branch.

Each person helping, even a little, is worth a hundred that just remain idle. I want to encourage you to assist and suggest projects and action, to reach the biggest awareness in the general population.

2015 is a very important year, both for DPRK and KFA itself. We will be celebrating in November our KFA 15th Anniversary in the DPRK Embassy of Madrid. I would like to invite you to join us on that important occasion, make friends and witness our strength and spirit.
A message of greeting was received from the New Communist Party . Also UK KFA members unable to attend sent messages.

Dermot Hudson KFA Official delegate/chairman UK KFA gave a report of the work of the UK Korean Friendship Association during the past year which highlighted the main activities of the UK KFA during the past year such as 2 pickets , a meeting in Liverpool and a skype meeting.
He said that that UK KFA must adopt the Juche spirit and do work with the attitude of a master

Theo Russell UK KFA comms secretary gave a communications report outlining work done.

Ryan Hermann UK KFA organisation secretary said that the DPRK is the most anti-imperialist country and people should be should be climbing mountains to support it.
Dermot Hudson UK KFA Official Delegate spoke about the 15th anniversary of the June 15 declaration he said " On the 15th of June it will be 15 years since the historic north south declaration was signed between the DPRK and south Korea... The historic June 15th
declaration was a bridge over the chasm of national division that had been imposed by outside forces principally the aggressive US imperialists. It was a bridge of hope , a rainbow bridge of unity and national reconciliation.The June 15 declaration fully represented the will and aspirations of the entire Korean people north and south for peaceful reunification. The June 15 declaration was the precious fruit of the persevering and continuous efforts of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL who worked day and night for reunification. It was a lofty manifestation of the DPRK's stance fo independent reunification and its profoundly peace-loving policy. The speaker stressed that Korea must be reunified by Koreans and that the Park Geun Hye should
be denounced for fostering confrontation and division and depending on outside forces .
Theo Russell UK KFA comms secretary said "The DPRK remains a stronghold of the idea that small countries should decide their own destiny, and not be pushed around by powerful countries, and the idea that ordinary working people, not just the rich and powerful, should
be able to lead a secure life and to have knowledge and culture. The great movement under the banner of Juche alone guarantees that Koreas struggle for total independence and sovereignty will continue until victory is achieved, and the Korean people can at last live in peace and freedom. This movement, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un today, which alone represents the true interests and destiny of the Korean nation."

During the discussion it was stressed that it is very important to support and publicise the struggle of Anti-Imperialist National Front of south Korea
Dermot Hudson also spoke about the 51st anniversary of the start of the work of the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il at the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea saying " it is 51 years since the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL took the baton of leading
the work of building the Workers Party of Korea , the ruling party of People?s Korea... The decades of leadership and guidance to the WPK given by the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il had been decades of victory and glory in which the socialist citadel of People's Korea was
consolidated. We salute the achievements made in guiding the WPK by eternal general secretary great comrade Kim Jong Il.
Today the cause of Juche party building is carried forward by dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un the First Secretary of the WPK and successor to the cause of Juche.

Next the Month of Solidarity with the Korean people was introduced by the chairman of the meeting . Ryan Hermann UK KFA Organisation secretary read out the article "Evil Country " about the crimes of US imperialism , he said "The United States of America is an aggressor
that, regardless of international laws, ruthlessly infringes upon sovereignty of other countries, and an evil country that inflicts untold misfortunes, pains and death on humankind. Utterly infatuated with extreme national chauvinism and misanthropy, the US slaughtered
the Korean and other nations indiscriminately as it had hunted American Indians. Though it frequently professed human rights? and world peace, it only sought to satisfy its own interests and realize its wild ambition for world domination... The mass slaughter the American troops committed in Rogun-ri during the Korean war (1950 1953) is a showcase for it.
James Taylor KFA member read out a statement background to the Korean War he said " Now, putting all the facts together, it is obvious that the Korean war would never have taken place if the US had not occupied south Korea.....
...President Truman sent Secretary of Defense Johnson and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Bradley to the MacArthur Command in Tokyo, Japan, and senior advisor to the State Department Dulles as presidential envoy to south Korea. They had to examine and confirm the
preparations on the spot and issue a directive for starting the war...
Eventually, on order No. 29 by President Truman the south Korean army under the command of American military advisors, launched a full-scale armed invasion against the DPRK on the dawn of June 25, 1950."
It was announced that there would be a picket of the US embassy by UK KFA on the 25th of June as part of the month of solidarity with the Korean people against US imperialism
David Munoz Spanish KFA member addressed the meeting stressing how important it is to support the KFA and DPRK.
A resolution condemning the US stockpiling of anthrax in south Korea was adopted.
A letter to dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN was adopted.
Books and publications from the DPRK were displayed and a keen interest in them was shown by participants in the meeting.
Excellent refreshments provided by the Spanish KFA members and DPRK Embassy were served

This meeting of he UK Korean Friendship Association strongly condemns the US for storing anthrax germs at the Osan Air Base in south Korea . This clear evidence of preparations for biological warfare against the Democratic People?s Republic of Korea and is as such a grave crime against humanity.
During the past Korean War(1950 to 1953) the US imperialists attempted to commit genocide against the Korean people by using biological weapons even though they are outlawed under international conventions.
More than 1.23 million people were brutally killed in the northern half of Korea during the war due to the U.S. imperialists' indiscriminate air raids and bio-chemical warfare.
We call for the US to withdraw all it forces from south Korea along
with its biological and nuclear weapons .
Furthermore we call for the US president, the US defence ,the commander of US forces in south Korea and the south Korean authorities to be brought before the International Criminal Court.
On the 25th of June will the 65th anniversary of the provocation of theFatherland Liberation War by the US imperialists and it is also the start of the month of Solidarity with the Korean people against US imperialism . The Organisation of Solidarity with the African , Asian
and Latin American Peoples in 1965 declared that June 25th when the Korean War started and July 27th when the armistice was concluded should the Month of Solidarity with the Korean people.