Friday, October 23, 2020

Italy's Unione Sindacale di Base (USB): Ten years of class-oriented, independent and internationalist activity

This year marks the 10th founding anniversary of Unione Sindacale di Base (USB), Italy's independent, class-oriented trade union. In a message for the 10th anniversary the USB points out: 

"We could not celebrate together the tenth anniversary of USB, we do it now with this video that traces some important moments of our existence.

From the first congress, that of the unification between RdB and Sdl Intercategoriale, to date, thousands of initiatives, struggles, conferences, participation in international events have marked our first ten years.

USB has grown, has opened hundreds of structures and offices all over the country, and has worked tirelessly on the affirmation of the confederal, conflictual, independent, supportive, internationalist, anti-fascist and class oriented.

USB has suffered layoffs, repression and trials, to the extreme of the assassinations of two of its delegates, Abd El Salam and Soumaila Sacko, but has never stopped, resisting repeated attempts to prevent the growth of one of the most entrenched and consistent realities of the Italian conflictual unionism.

From here we relaunch the challenge to strengthen and grow this tool available to workers and women workers

Together we are unbeatable!"

Message by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME)

In a message to USB, on the occasion of the Union's 10th founding anniversary, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) from Greece writes:

"Dear comrades of USB, PAME, the class trade union movement of Greece, your brothers in the big global family of WFTU, we welcome the 10 years since the founding conference of USB.

The action of USB during these 10 years in Italy, is recognized by all as an important contribution to the global struggle of workers against employers, against imperialist organizations such as the EU and NATO, but above all your great contribution to the organization of the Italian working class with the line of class struggle is an important contribution to the struggle against the forces of class cooperation, the European Trade Union Confederation  which have corrupted and subjugated large and historic unions in the service of employers and governments. A great example that stood out in recent months with the outbreak of the pandemic, where USB stood up to the demands of the Italian Government and CONFIDUSTRIA, organizing the first strike across Europe during the quarantine, defending the lives and rights of the workers of Italy.

On the 10th anniversary since the founding of USB, we respectfully stand before the martyrs of the struggle, the comrades who fell in battle, such as our brothers, USB cadres, Abd El Salam who was killed on the picket line, and Soumaila Sacko who was killed in the struggle for the organization of migrant land workers.

At the same time, on behalf of PAME we want to thank you for your firm and unwavering solidarity in the struggles of the workers of Greece. Even your practical help in a number of issues, initiatives and actions.

Although the pandemic did not allow us to be with you, with our physical presence in this historic moment, we are and will be by your side in the workplaces, in factories and services, in the fields and industries, where the working class lives, breathes and fights. We are and will be by your side in the streets of struggle against exploitation and injustice. Against racism, xenophobia, nationalism and fascism. We are together in the common struggle of the working class to break the chains of exploitation and to put into practice the historical slogan of the working class "PROLETARIANS OF ALL COUNTRIES UNITE!".

Long live the 10 Years of Life and Action of Unione Sindicale di Base!

Long live the International Working Class!" /