The following statement was put out by Batay Ouvriye (Worker’s Fight), the Autonomous Haitian Worker’s Movement. It is in regard to the ongoing struggle in Haiti between the workers and the factory owners (Capitalists) as well as the yellow unions who foot soldier for the bosses. These yellow unions took part in recent repression against the working class after failing to co-opt the struggles led by the autonomous workers in BO. When the working class organizes, all the forces of the capitalist machine will attempt what they can to derail them. Why? Because an organized working class is an unstoppable force, and the capitalists know this! The yellow business unions work hand in hand with the bosses and their state to repress the working class. But, armed with its perspective and strengthened by its autonomous and democratic structures, the working class can take on its historic task against it’s common capitalist enemy. The capitalists after all, will always be the minority. The statement has been translated and given to Worker’s Struggle to share. Let’s build our autonomous organizations here! #Solidarity!
BATAY OUVRIYE – No. 9
The fight to defend our rights continues. The capitalists are squeezing us and sucking up our blood. We work hard and we see nothing comes off our hard work. Our mobilization in the streets, crossing arms, STRIKES, and other forms of struggle inside the factories, are among our popular democratic tools to take our rights from these capitalist bastards, the state, and the imperialists.
The bourgeoisie and their state have no respect for us. THEY THINK WE DON’T MATTER. THEY RESPECT NO LAWS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY’RE THE ONES WHO PROMULGATE THOSE LAWS. The minister of social affairs is hollering our fight is illegal, our response to him : when they don’t respect their obligations : it’s them, THE STATE, THE CAPITALISTS WHO ARE ILLEGAL. And facing this illegality, we, the workers, realize our situation will not be solved on the basis of laws, when the bourgeoisie and their state place the laws in their back pocket and stand firm to lash out repression against us.
As far as the workers are concerned, the wage question is a very important issue in our lives. It is with the money we earn we pay everything we need to live, such as cooking oil, rice, beans, rent, medicines, schools, transportation etc. Further, our wages are a source of life for our children, and spouse. The anti worker and anti national bougeois never wish to raise our salary in violation of Article 137 of the Labor Code which clearly states when the inflation rate reaches beyond 10%, wages must be adjusted. SO, WE CAN’T CONTINUE TO WORK WITHOUT THIS ADJUSTMENT. We can’t just sit there passively. Our wage FIGHT is normal and just. We must stand firm against wages that do not allow us to meet our basic needs.
As for those business unions, those fake federations, it’s the head that’s shrinking up the body, so to speak. They want to infiltrate our ranks so as to make us fall fast. They are the BEAST. They attempted to attack some BO members. That didn’t work. However now, they are coming in our midst using worker demands. THEY ARE NOT TRULY OUR COMRADES ! They are Counterfeit trying to mingle with us to serve the interests of the capitalists and imperialists. They are doing business on the backs of the workers. Those practices are not in the interests of workers. We must expose them so they do not detract us, consolidate our unity in the struggle against them. But unity which is not « fake. » Unity built on the basis of our independent struggles, struggles in the interests of our class.
It is in the heat of struggles we will take our rights and earn various social benefits. When we mobilize and organize, we become a threat to our enemies. If we aren’t a threat, they will not take us seriously and will not get our demands met by them. Worker comrades, the situation we are living today, we must be clear, we must fight to overthrow it in our interests. To this end, the advanced workers, the more combative ones, must advance on their 2 legs firmly to build strength and build other ALTERNATIVES in the face of the exploitation, and domination of the masses in this country.
Worker comrades, the capitalists think we don’t matter. They want to use us for their production needs, create wealth for them and then bury us all alive. Fight for our rights such that they pay us a wage which allows us to meet our basic needs, this is a first step, but our ultimate responsibility is to do away with the exploitation and domination that’s killing us today. Let’s build our strength to that end. Let’s organize ourselves for that without fail!
1,000 GOURDES FOR AN 8-HOUR WORKDAY, AND OTHER MEASURES OF SOCIAL BENEFITS !
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLE OF THE POPULAR MASSES WITH THE TOILERS
AS THE BACKBONE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WORKING CLASS !
DOWN WITH CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION AND DOMINATION !
LONG LIVE THE STRUGGLES OF THE WORKING CLASS WORLDWIDE !