The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Forget about “Charity”
– Workers Need Leaders Who Will Prepare a Fight!

Oct 17, 2011

Some union leaders have said they are supporting the protests – by dropping off food and water to help out the protestors, or by turning out a few staff people at the demonstrations.

How nice!

What workers need are unions that organize a fight back. And this is exactly what the top union leaders haven’t done.

The bureaucrats who lead the unions today have put the profitability of the corporations ahead of the interests of their own members, not to speak of the working class as a whole. Their cowardice, in the face of the economic crisis, is part of the workers’ problems today.

The banks may have created this crisis, but the unions, in refusing to organize a real fight, have demoralized and disorganized the working class.

Union leaders may try to avoid responsibility for this disorganization by talking about food and water. But they are responsible for the trap in which most workers feel themselves caught today – the trap of partnership – with the bosses, our enemies.

We are in the midst of a crisis which strangles the working class and large parts of the population. It will continue to strangle us until workers mass their collective power to shut down the production of goods and services on which capitalist society depends.

The workers’ forces need to be mobilized to make a fight. The unions need a fighting policy, and leaders who will prepare for a fight.