For the satisfaction of the contemporary needs of the working class and people!
For the overthrow of the capitalist system.
For working class-peopleÂs power, socialism-communism.
Working men and women!
Workers all over the world!
The communist and workers parties, which have signed this statement, address this common message on the occasion of this crucial May Day in 2012, which is of particular importance, at a time when the workers in many countries are experiencing the consequences of the capitalist crisis, the consequences of the imperialist wars and interventions and the intensification of capitalist exploitation.
Our message is clear: The working class has the power to reverse todayÂs situation. Millions must shout out from every corner of the planet: No sacrifices for our exploiters. Class awakening, unity and organization everywhere. Struggle for the overthrow of the anti-people political line, for the defence of the life of the working class family from poverty and unemployment. Everyone must struggle for a life which is worthy of our work and needs.Â So that the working class becomes a force for overthrow and power.
Our parties are of the assessment that:
In opposition to bourgeois and opportunist theories, the reality is that the working class has not only not disappeared, but is developing, growing, not only quantitatively but qualitatively, as the basic productive force, regardless of the changes which have taken place concerning its structure and composition due to the changes in the productive process caused by technological progress.
The working class is the motor force of social development and that its historic mission is the abolition of private ownership of the means of production, the exploitation of man by man in the direction for the full eradication of the classes. There is no other social force which can fulfil this role.
The reality today of the capitalist economic crisis, which has manifested itself in a synchronised way in many capitalist countries demonstrates once again that capitalism finds itself in the highest imperialist stage of its development, tortures millions of workers all across the world, gives birth to poverty and unemployment, suffers from incurable contradictions which are manifested in the cyclical crises as well as the in the wars for the expansion of the business activity of the monopolies, the division of the markets, the control of the sources of wealth.
The crisis of capitalism demonstrates the historical limits of the system while the working class, which does not have the means of production at its disposal, is the Âgrave-diggerÂ of the capitalist mode of production. This historic revolutionary role of the working class has its precondition that it will be organised as a class for itself. The formation and strengthening of the revolutionary party is necessary for the working class to become conscious of its mission, to shape a revolutionary strategic lead for the implacable class struggle against capital.
The working class cannot have success with line of Âsocial consensusÂ, and social ÂpeaceÂ, as is claimed by reformist and opportunist forces. The many years of negative experience demonstrate that this line led to the assimilation of the trade union movement, with social democracy and opportunist forces having the main responsibility for this. Today it is a necessity for capitalism to overturn even the most basic gains which were won in previous decades as a result of the class struggle at a national and international level.
Nor can the working class struggle for the prevention of the anti-people measures, for economic and social demands and gains in conditions of capitalism can be separated with a ÂChinese wallÂ from the struggle for the socialist-communist society.
The struggle for economic, social and political demands, based on the contemporary needs of the people and working class, with the goal of rallying, concentrating and preparing working class forces for tough confrontations with the exploitative system, is not limited to the acquisition of some gains, but is linked to the goal for the overthrow of capitalist barbarity. The working class produces the wealth and must claim it in the struggle for its own power.
This effort is being waged today in more unfavourable conditions due to the counterrevolution in the USSR and the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which led, temporarily, to the retreat of the movement, to the increase of illusions, which the bourgeois class fostered, that capitalism allegedly is the Âend of historyÂ.
Twenty years later, the impasses of capitalism point to the necessity and timeliness of socialism. We study the experience of socialist construction in the 20th century, without having a negative and nihilistic stance in relation to its positive and irreplaceable contribution.Â We seek to draw conclusions which will make our parties more capable, and which will also equip the working men and women all over the world with a revitalised consciousness and belief in working class power, in socialism-communism.
Working men and women!
Workers all over the world!
We honour working class May Day, the sacrifices, the struggles of the worldÂs working class, sending everywhere the militant message of solidarity to our May Day demonstrations! We promise that we will contribute even more decisively to organize the proletariat and wage the class struggle in our countries, at a regional and international level in order for the power of the monopolies to be defeated, for capitalist barbarity to be overthrown, for socialism.
We decisively raise our voices and call on all the workers, youth, women, radicals, progressive people to join forces against anti-communism and the imposition of double standards and measures against the communist parties by the EU and other imperialist alliances.
We demonstrate everywhere against capitalist exploitation and imperialist wars and interventions at the expense of the peoples.Â For the right of every people to choose their future without foreign imperialist interventions!
Long live the worldÂs working class!
Long live the revolutionary communist worldview, Marxism-Leninism, the scientifically based struggle for the overthrow of the capitalist system in every country, all over the world.Â This is the way for the peoples to live peacefully, without the barbarity of capitalism, without wars.
WORKERS OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
Socialist Party of Latvia
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of Mexico
Hungarian Communist Workers Party
Union of Communists, Ukraine
Russian Communist Workers Party – Revolutionary Party of Communists
Communist Party of Turkey
The statement is open for other parties to sign