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International solidarity in India

Extreme poverty is typical for Mumbai industrial area. Millions of people fight everyday for surviving here. Maybe it was a reason for international labour activists to choose this Indian city as a place for world conference against war, exploitation and precarious labour. The conference was organized by Trade union solidarity committee, uniting numerous Indian trade unions of various regions and professions. More then three hundred delegates from all continents have visited the conference. They represented Australia, Latin America, USA, Europe, former Soviet Union republics, Africa, Asia, as well as India. Social activists from twenty eight countries arrived. Delegates from several countries were not able to take part in the event, so they sent their greetings, like those from Iceland, Pakistan, Bangladesh.

Conference demonstrated that social and trade union activists face now with the same problems all over the world. Bosses affect workers not only in undeveloped countries. Even Australian workers have the same problems. Many delegates spoke about repression against workers activists in their countries. Maybe only the USA and Western Europe were not in this shameful list. But Afro-American activists from the US remembered conference there are repression against their brothers and sisters.

Many delegates stressed on disastrous results of neoliberal policy. It leads to poverty and wars. Imperialist war adventures in Middle East, in Ukraine and other places were strongly condemned. Conference decided to establish permanent committee for coordinating international solidarity campaigns against wars, precarious labour, exploitation and other bitter fruits of capitalism.


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