WSA statement of solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

1 post / 0 new
Joined: 15-04-06
Feb 26 2011 04:18
WSA statement of solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

WSA extends solidarity and our most sincere wishes for victory to the
workers of Wisconsin in their current fight. And to all public sector
workers now struggling against attacks on their pensions and their

The rank-and-file workers have demonstrated the best aspects of the
combative spirit of the working class, and may help ramp up the
lagging spirit of solidarity in the American labor movement.

We also condemn the actions of top union officials to
control and suppress the fighting spirit of the workers involved. The
official’s desire to narrow the struggle has come at a time when
broadening the struggle is most needed. Instead of limiting the
struggle to the public sector, it must be expanded to encompass the
entire working class. Instead of accepting the concessionary demands
of the state, it should be attacking the state’s corporate masters.

For many years those in power have tried to paint the term “class war”
as dirty words. For the past 30 years the bosses assaulted workers in
the private sector. Year after year, decade after decade workers have
seen their jobs decimated, whole communities destroyed and union
bureaucrat after union bureaucrat surrendering to the boss class.
After rendering most private sector industrial unions weak and almost
useless, the assault now turns on to public sector workers. “Class
war” can only be the way to describe wave after wave of attacks on
working people.

The class war being waged by the capitalists against working people is
not limited to the public sector. The public sector is only the latest
target. The politicians and their masters will not be satisfied until
ALL working people are reduced to the level of indentured servants.
We recognize that the fight in Wisconsin, and elsewhere, is a
defensive fight. A fight to stave off the worst of the bosses attacks.
We also recognize the potential of rank-and-file workers from
different worksites, institutions, agencies and industries and
services informally talking together, networking, building
worker-to-worker relationships, bonds and solidarity. These relations
are key and cornerstones for building a fight-back. But rank-and-file
workplace organization linking workplaces is also needed to carry the
struggle forward and deepen the relationships. Whatever form these
inter-workplace organizations may take, the key to enhancing our power
is by making sure they are membership controlled and organized from
the bottom up.

We call on all workers, public sector and private, to unite in
solidarity and fight back against the politicians, the capitalists and
union bureaucrats, to build a grassroots workers movement from below
that demands nothing less than everything.

The fight will not end in Wisconsin. It's only the beginning.

Workers Solidarity Alliance (W.S.A.)