Message of solidarity with the Basque workers on their General Strike on 30 May 2013

LUIS G. JALANDONI
NDFP Chief International Representative
30 May 2013

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) conveys its warmest greetings of solidarity to the LAB (Nationalist Workers' Committees) and other Basque trade unions and social movements on their general strike on 30 May 2013. We give our revolutionary salute on this your 6th general strike in four years, proving the Basque people's resolute determination to uphold and defend the Basque people's fundamental democratic rights.

We are in firm solidarity with you in your persistent struggle for a different model in the Basque Country, for dignified social and labor rights and your militant opposition to cuts and privatizations being inflicted by the governments of Pamplona-Irunea and Navarre.

The revolutionary people of the Philippines are also engaged in a militant struggle against the reactionary Philippine government of big bourgeois compradors and landlords, headed by Benigno Aquino III, and supported by US imperialism. The workers, peasants and other progressive sectors of the people are subjected to massive job dismissals and huge budget cuts on social services like health, education and housing. The oppressed workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, urban poor and other oppressed and exploited sectors are intensifying their resistance. They persevere in their 44-year-old revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation..

We are therefore one with you in condemning the unacceptable levels of unemployment you are subjected to. We firmly support your just struggle for just salaries, pensions and social protection of workers' rights. It is your right to fight against the strategy of impoverishment imposed by the government of the capitalists..

We wish the utmost success and a glorious victory to your General Strike on 30 May 2013!

Long live LAB and other trade unions and social movements of the heroic Basque people!
Long live the solidarity between the Basque people and the Filipino people!
Long live international solidarity among struggling oppressed peoples!

(Sgd) LUIS G. JALANDONI
Chief International Representative
Member, National Executive Committee
National Democratic Front of the Philippines