Online rally on May Day calls for the establishment of the International Workers’ Alliance of Action Committees

On Saturday May 1st, the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) and the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) the annual May Day international online rally. The rally called for the establishment of the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees (IWA-RFC).

The rally was a major international event. It attracted a global audience of over 2,000 attendees from 73 countries. Participants included people from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Spain, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, Iran, Israel, Russia, South Africa , Nigeria and many other countries.

Fourteen speakers addressed the rally, including leaders of the International Committee of the Fourth International from 10 countries: France, Great Britain, Germany, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The speeches were given in seven different languages: English, German, French, Tamil, Sinhala, Turkish and Portuguese.

International May Day Online Rally 2021

Joseph Kishore, National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (US), moderated the event and the opening report was delivered by WSWS International Editor David North.

In its inaugural report, North pointed to global mass deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. “Exactly one year ago,” he said, “on May 1, 2020, the global number of pandemic deaths had reached 240,000. Today the number of deceased is almost 3,200,000 – an increase of more than 13 times. “

North denounced the responsible capitalist governments around the world for their refusal to take the necessary measures to save lives: “Far from nearing the end of the crisis,” declared North, “the pandemic has the entire capitalist World system deeply destabilized. Not only is the world not approaching the end of the pandemic, let alone the beginning of its end. Rather, what originally began as a medical crisis has developed into a fundamental economic, social and political crisis of the entire capitalist world order. “

North highlighted the importance of US President Joe Biden’s speech at the joint session of Congress, which was held just four days before the rally. Far more significant than the “vague promises of half and quarter measures” that Biden offered, North said, is the US’s accelerating war course against China and Biden’s call to the US to “enter the 21st century [gegen ihre Hauptrivalen] to win”.

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In this context, North explained the role of the International Workers’ Alliance of Action Committees. The Biden government and its international counterparts aggressively promote the official unions to suppress social resistance in the working class. North stated:

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