The following is reprinted from our comrades of the Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM):
HWANGE PROTESTS: FOR AN ALL OUT STRIKE TO DEFEAT THE BOSSES!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE HWANGE WORKERS!
For the past twelve days wives and relatives of Hwange Colliery workers have been staging a protest at the offices of the company over unpaid salaries and unfair methods of payment. The Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-Z) supports the protests by the wives and relatives but call on the workers of the Colliery to go on an indefinite and protracted strike. That is the only way bosses can be defeated. Workers should not wait for the union to take the lead but instead should take the initiative themselves as demonstrated by their wives and relatives. It is not surprising that the mainstream media is quiet on the issue because it is on the side of the bosses and the state. We call on the mining union(s) and the labour federation to call for solidarity strikes in support of the Hwange Colliery workers. We call for:
-An all-out strike and solidarity action to defeat the bosses of Hwange Colliery!
-Payment of all outstanding wages and timely payment of wages!
-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!
-Nationalisation of Hwange Colliery Company and all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!
-A sliding scale of wages and prices and employment for all who can work; working conditions should improve for all workers!
-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!
-Workers take back your unions!
-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!
-The introduction of state projects to employ all the unemployed; the government must stop the attack on the vendors!
-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
-Workers to form strike committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!
-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!
-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
-A new WORLD PARTY of socialist revolution based on the TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!
Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe section of the LCC)
11 February 2018