Justice for Cambodian and Korean Workers! Stop trade union repression!

The Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayo Uno (Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog-May First Movement) condemns to the highest level the brutal dispersal, shooting, illegal arrest and detention of Cambodian workers, as well as the illegal arrest and harassment of South Korean workers fighting for just wages and benefits.

 

In a crisis-stricken world capitalist system, workers suffer from endless repression instigated by reactionary state forces and private goons under the control of pro-capitalist governments such as that in Cambodia and South Korea, no different than what takes place in the Philippines.

 

Capitalism reached its highest and rotten state wherein its profit-oriented nature has driven it to exploit workers in developed and ‘undeveloped’ countries through very low wages, deprivation of benefits, right to union, and regular employment.

 

By implementing pro-capitalist labor laws, governments likewise ensure foreign capitalists’ continuous expansion of capital through tax holidays, and trade liberalization as indicated in the IMF-World Bank’s prerequisites for lending.

 

Workers and people from all over the world are slowly dying from austerity measures implemented by governments both in capitalist and non-capitalist countries that further make wages insufficient for basic family needs.

 

To protect their greedy ambitions, governments and capitalists connive to suppress workers and use brute force to silence the latter either by busting trade unions, filing false criminal charges, abduction, illegal arrest, or worst, extrajudicial killings.

It is no wonder that just as Filipino workers are still calling for the surfacing of Benjamen Villeno, labor leader who was abducted by military forces last year, workers in Cambodia and Korea are suffering from deliberate harassment and oppression.

We are certain that until capitalists subsist by taking profit out of the blood and sweat of workers, the latter will remain victims of state-sponsored, capitalist-dictated persecution.

There is no other way to end such global tyranny but to build solidarity with workers from all over the world, only through which we can create a strong force that will bring down capitalism, and provide us with our rights to just and living wages, benefits, to form unions, to regular employment—to a life with dignity, free from exploitation.

Workers of the world, UNITE! End capitalist oppression! Down with US Imperialism!

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