NUESTRA AMERICA - Managua Declaration

(en espanol) 
Managua Declaration- IV Trade Union Meeting of Our America
translation provided with thank you to Union del Barrio
The 337 delegates representing 134 workers’ Organizations from 27 countries of Nuestra América (Our America), accompanied by fraternal delegations from Europe and Africa, gathered in Managua (Nicaragua), for the IV Trade Union Meeting of Our America, do reaffirm our commitment in defense of the rights of Workers and of our struggle against Neo-Liberalism, Capitalism and for the social transformation of Our America.
We come together in a moment when Capitalism confronts its most encompassing and systemic crisis, which makes it evident that the only salvation for humanity and all of its inhabitants is by way of a new social system, Socialism. We come together in a moment when the world’s imperialist powers have once again utilized war to subjugate entire nations and people to rob them of their wealth, as is the case of the people of Libya, a victim of imperialist aggression by NATO which has slaughtered thousands of civilians in flagrant violation of International Law and Human Rights, and threatens Life itself and the Right of nations and people to self-determination.

We condemn imperialist aggression. We stand in solidarity with the dignified resistance by the Libyan people, and call for international solidarity, demanding the withdrawal of NATO and for the right of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny.

That same imperialist policies is imposed on the Palestinian people, victims also of colonial dispossession of their territory, and permanent aggression, which has claimed thousands of lives, suffered massacres, persecution, and exile perpetrated by Israel since 1948. We stand in solidarity with the just cause of the Palestinian People and call for International Law to be respected, along with the Resolutions of the United Nations to recognize the Palestinian state with the 1967 borders, and East Jerusalem as its Capital.
Along the same lines, we fervently demand that the United Nations Resolutions, voted on and resolved in near unanimity to end the blockade against the Cuban people, be respected and upheld. We stand in solidarity with the Cuban people, which have struggled against all types of aggression, in their impetus to build a Socialist Society. At the same time we commit to continue and intensify the struggle for the liberation of the five Cuban patriots, unjustly imprisoned in the United States, until we accomplish- sooner, rather than later- their return to the land of Martí and Fidel.
The struggle of our people for their Liberation prioritizes, during this period, the struggle against Neoliberalism and Capitalism, systems that has impoverished and generated more inequality in the lives of human beings on this planet. This liberation struggle has advanced since 1999, with the triumph of the Bolivarian Revolution, as well as with the diverse political changes that are taking place in the region, expressed most recently by the struggle of the Chilean people, with its unrelenting example of the Chilean student struggle against neoliberal policies.
We express our most profound rejection of the repression and death conducted by the Chilean Government against the student movement, who simply demands the Right to a Free and Public Education.
The struggle of the Chilean youth is part of the resistance that, in various latitudes, we the workers of the world, spearhead in the face of the brutal offensive by finance capital to slash public spending in their effort to resolve the world capitalist crisis.
A crisis that expands, that involves various facets of human interaction, which exposes itself as the main problem to modern humanity, and demands the construction of an alternative political and social order. These struggles search for a popular, global individual represented by the “Discriminated” in London, the “Offended” in Spain, the “Adjusted” of Greece. The struggles we mention here were important protagonists in the resistance of our Latin American and Caribbean people to confront the adjustments of neo-liberalism, in order to build a New Era of political change in these first years of the 21st century.
One of the most aggressive aspects of imperialist power and policy is militarization. In this context, we reject the militarization of the American Continent, which manifests itself most clearly through the example of Colombia, the violence directed at its people and which threatens all our countries. We call upon the Colombian government and UNASUR, to promote a process of dialogue with the insurgency, for the purpose of initiating a series of Humanitarian Accords in order to bring the civilian population out of the conflict, to establish a cease fire, and find a peaceful solution that will benefit the people of Colombia. The policy of militarizing of the continent includes the installation of military bases, joint exercises, such as the re-establishment of the 6th fleet and the military intervention in Haiti. We must mobilize to demand that Our Continent be a zone of Peace and Friendship amongst the people, and for the emancipation of our people.
On the basis of all of the above, in this Trade Union Meeting of Our America, we believe that the prescriptions offered by the G-7, the G-8, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, will not resolve the economic crisis, but rather deepen the crisis, and force millions of workers into unemployment, super exploitation, exclusion, and extreme poverty. Their prescriptions intend for workers to pay for the party of a small minority, with imperialist wars that intend to feed on an old and obsolete structure of neocolonialism. The fact is that, in the face of historical fatalism by those who wish to subordinate us according to their doctrines, there emerge—on all five continents—the workers and the people who have risen up to resist and to proclaim that Another World Is Possible.
We have the need and the responsibility to build the most extensive and intense solidarity and coordination with workers and peoples who question those that attempt to impose structural adjustments on them. The International Workers Organization is necessary to achieve the broadest solidarity and unity in global action.
The economic losses and the devaluation of capital, most concentrated since the economic collapse of 2007, modified the orientation of the policies by the dominant classes that did not hesitate in rescuing the role of the Nation State in order to rescue large corporations in crisis. They did it through multi-million dollar bailouts, and by increasing the national debt, which then is balanced with major financial adjustment policies that affect the rights of workers.
The crisis is global, and manifests itself in particular ways, often with unequal results for different countries. It expresses itself with crude results even within the developed capitalist countries; exposing the objective need for a New World Economic Order different from the one established in 1945.
This is why they respond with violence and global terrorism, with grave consequences against workers and our peoples. Capitalism in crisis unleashes its violence against the people of the world, with more than one billion people suffering hunger, despite the agricultural revolution in the area of technology and production, geared more towards maintaining the insatiable energy consumption, than to meet the dietary needs of the world’s population. Misery dwells within the shameless concentration of wealth.
For this reason, Our America, despite economic growth, 40% of households live in poverty and account for only 15% of the total income, while on the other extreme, 10% of the wealthiest households receive 35% of total income. The richest 20% engross 20 times more income than the poorest 20%. Hunger in our region is suffered by 53 million of our brothers and sisters; while 8.3% of those 15 years of age or older suffer from illiteracy, and with an infant mortality rate of 19 for every 1,000 live births, with 60% more among the indigenous population. Unemployment hovers between 7 and 10% in our countries. The threat to our employment, our salaries and our minimum wages extends itself more with each passing day.
This is the data from a territory in natural resources, in food production, with a generally well-developed industry, and with a record where social rights, education and public health stand out. Liberalization of the economy in the past couple of years has left barbaric result, which explains the precariousness of our countries’ survival beyond the superior growth in relation to global trends.
We question the economic growth, as sustained from the perspective of a production-based economy, one that functions to fill the demand for raw-materials and natural resources by developed capitalist economies. This economic growth in and of itself does not guarantee food sovereignty, or energy independence, or environmental protections, nor financial or economic sovereignty. For this reason we struggle to build a New Economic and Social Order.
But the political changes we have already achieved through people’s struggle and since this Trade Union Meeting of Our America are not enough. Therefore, we recommit ourselves to deepen our organization and the demands of the workers to affirm our right to Well Living, which today is reflected in some of the Constitutions in the region. For this reason, we must work to consolidate the national Processes of Economic and Social Change towards integration of the region without imperialist interference; such as it is constituted in the Bolivarian Alliance (ALBA) and recently in UNASUR or the CELAC, articulating and accelerating towards a pattern of production and distribution of goods geared at respecting labor and satisfying the needs of the working class and the impoverished masses.
With the current monetary crisis, we make a statement on behalf for a Sovereign Administration of Public Resources, accumulated as formidable international reserves to favor the sovereignty of production and exchange in our region; eliminating the subordination of our currencies to hegemonic ones, and privileging the construction of a Common Regional Currency. We state our support for the immediate establishment of the Bank of the South, for the promotion of an Alternative Development to the current capitalist one in crisis. This means contradicting the current economic order so as to generate awareness among the working and exploited peoples that Another World, Without Exploitation, is Possible and urgently needed.
It is possible to achieve this through the Unity of Workers, and among all peoples, as demonstrated  by the best of our experiences amongst us currently, and through our history for our emancipation. It is a path traveled through the resistance struggles of the indigenous peoples, the struggle for independence, and most recently, the struggle for Socialism by the likes of Mariátegui, Sandino, el Che; exemplified by the Cuban, Sandinista, Bolivarian, Communal, and Civilian Revolutions,  as well as other processes of political change that extend themselves throughout the region in a sustained manner.
This new era that Our America is experiencing, the one that lives in the lands of the Sandinistas, who hosts us, lends us and ratifies the support necessary to deepen the Social, Economic, and Cultural Changes, crucial for confronting Capitalism towards a Socialist future in this Second Period for the Sandinista Revolution.
For this reason, the IV Trade Meeting of Our America, expresses its support to the Revolutionary Sandinista Process, and supports its candidate, Comandante Daniel Ortega in his bid for a new Presidential Term…convinced that in the upcoming elections of November there will be a new victory to celebrate by the People of Sandino, which will be a victory for all the peoples of Our America.
From the land of Rubén Darío, Augusto César Sandino, and Carlos Fonseca Amador, we ratify that our short history as the Trade Union Meeting of Our America, confirms the need to articulate a Worker’s Movement to confront the Strategies of Power; just as the  privilege the struggle for common sense, which is the sentiment of the dominant classes, we ratify and commit to deepen our battle of ideas, to generate a counter-sense for life and the emancipation of workers and our peoples.
Finally, we convene to fulfill our commitments assumed in this IV Trade Union Meeting of Our America, affirming the anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist character of our pro-socialist project. With the conviction that the dominant classes pretend to resolve the capitalist crisis with more exploitation of workers, from this Trade Union Meeting, we make a call for Unity, and a working class struggle in defense of our rights, for our social emancipation; which supposes the promotion of a protagonist role in politics by workers to defend our interests, and promote an Alternative Integration of our People’s.
Compañeros and compañeras, from Managua, we make this call to reconvene in Mexico during 2012, to hold the V Trade Union Meeting of Our America, reassured and confident that United We Will Win! Greetings, compañeras and compañeros.
Managua, August 27, 2011

 Manifesto de Caracas (espanol)
Caracas Manifesto
Declaration of the III Trade Union Meeting 
of “Our America”
July 24, 2010
We are in the midst of Bicentennials throughout Nuestra América ”Our America,” and the Caribbean. In 1804, Haiti raised the first battle cry for the emancipation of our people’s. Since then, there has been an accumulation of unstoppable social force that seeks to emancipate Our America, a social force that condensed in 1810. In time, that struggle against colonialism became a struggle against capitalism and imperialism. The dawn of the last century found us, workers, in full struggle against the capitalist regime. The political project to emancipate ourselves revolutionized and fueled the capitalist consolidation of a region fragmented by the appetites of the local dominant class. Taking from the tradition of the struggle of the original Indigenous people against the colonial invader, and from the struggles for emancipation that we commemorate through the bicentennials, the working class of our region accepts the challenge of this unfinished project
for our emancipation.

Today, as yesterday, those at the bottom of society propose Liberation, and under new conditions we confront the project of the dominant class, known today as “liberalization,” which promotes the opening of national economies to the needs of the transnational corporations. Under the theme of “liberalization” they impose the worst suffering upon our people and intend to deepen this relationship of exploitation at a time of capitalism in crisis, while they try to usurp our territories and take possession of important natural resources such as: water, petroleum, gas, land, biodiversity, all as a method to subordinate the region to the needs of capitalism.

During 2009 alone, there were more than 3million new unemployed in Latin‐America and the Caribbean, as part of the 50 million that form part of that category throughout the planet. The scourge of being unemployed is accompanied by under employment, instability, precariousness and the impoverishment intermixed with an offensive by the capitalists more focused on debilitating the response of the working class and its labor movement.

In this capitalist offensive, the dominant classes intend to recover the terrain they lost as a result of the political changes that took place during this last decade, accomplishments achieved by our own means and by our own efforts. They are aware of the danger of the meaning, for every Latin‐American and Caribbean nation, of the persistence for more than 50 years of the Cuban Revolution, despite the blockade and boycott of the US and its associates—namely, the dominant classes within the structures of power of each of the Caribbean and Latin American countries. They are worried about the Popular Power (Power of the People), generated by the constitutional reforms in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, as well as other experiences within the same context, those that have upheld the principle of a protagonic objective and participation of the people in the transformation of reality and in the development a transition from a capitalism built out of our territories, towards a new anti‐capitalist, antiimperialist, socialist society, that retrieves the tradition of quality life practiced by the original people, the experiences of direct, participatory and communal democracy, capable of organizing the economic and social order without exploiters and without exploited ones.
They worry about progressive, democratic and popular movements ‐‐ organized within governments that reject the neo‐liberal, hegemonic model of the 90’s—that have the potential to produce more radicalized processes. The ultraconservative dominant sectors intend to recover the lost initiative of years past. The first decade of the 21st century made evident the achievements in the critique of the hegemonic policies based on a neoliberal model, principally in South America, expressed by government coalitions, where—in some instances—the left and the popular movements, with various levels of trends and contradictions, both in breadth and depth, were able to make their voice and proposals heard.

From these processes of political change, especially from those with revolutionary roots, the rationale and the struggle for socialism made sense again, just as it was presented in the 20’s of the last century by José Carlos Mariátegui, by Che Guevara in the 60’s, as well as by the Revolutionary process led in Cuba by Fidel. We would like to underline the fact that, 20 years after the disarticulation of Socialism in Eastern Europe and the dismantling, in the popular consciousness, of an anti‐capitalist social order, there are now, in Latin‐American and the Caribbean territory, new winds of change favorable to revolutions, under new forms and practices that reinvigorate the creativity to transform our society “in a way that these societies are not a simple carbon copy, but a heroic creation by the people.”

This pre‐occupation has driven the capitalists to militarize the region, as they have militarized other parts of the world, where the military bases of Colombia constitute an essential part of their project towards the region; they revitalize the aggression in the form of military coups as they demonstrated with Honduras; and they aspire to reinstall through any means, the strategy of free trade and a renewed economic, financial, technological and cultural dependency. On this path of free trade the United States and Europe compete to renew the dialogue amongst the European Union and Latin America to re‐establish a Free Trade Agreement, one that we must defeat as we defeated the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). We, trade union workers, and organizations of workers and of territories, convened in Caracas for the III Trade Union Meeting of “Our America”, declare our repudiation of militarization; of the bases in Colombia; of authorizing U.S. military bases in Costa Rica and in other countries; of military coups; of free trade agreements, of payments of external public debt, of privatization in general and the privatization of public service sectors in particular, and of all forms of subordination of the region and of our peoples to the interests of transnational capital, the local economic groupings and the international system of domination, at the head of which we find the G20, the G8, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
We, as workers, are fully aware that we are paying for the crisis of capitalism, just as they want us to pay for the policies of the anti‐crisis, marked by bank bailouts, and the rescuing of failing businesses. The capitalists call upon the capitalist state to socialize the losses so as to make possible the recovery of the profits affected by the crisis. The ruling elite classes utilize the crisis as a form of bribery of the most dispossessed to deepen  the adjustment and restructuring of the regressive capitalist order.
The crisis is an opportunity for capitalism to readjust and to deteriorate the power of the worker’s and their organizations. However, despite the initiative of the bourgeoisie and the state, through this Manifesto of the III Trade Union Meeting of “Our America,” we maintain that this crisis is also an opportunity for us, the exploited, for the people; to assert ourselves as conscious subjects in the struggle against the capitalist regime. It is also our opportunity to constitute ourselves as the builders of our emancipation; to overcome the defensive struggle and build an offensive with the prospect of a society without exploitation.

The current capitalist crisis is our opportunity to re‐launch, under new conditions, the emancipation project that has existed for more than 200 years, and that it is part of the historical struggle of the original (indigenous) people. To make “Our America” a reality, we must reclaim the revolutionary ideas and practices of resistance groups and build autonomous projects for social and continental liberation. Through this manifesto we convene the workers of Our America and the world to unite in the broadest struggle for our rights, against capitalism and for social emancipation. Workers unity is a necessity of our time; it is indispensable to confront the offensive of the dominant class, and it is a reassurance towards thinking of a society without exploiter or exploited. The practice and the participation of workers in decision‐making processes and in the renewed  experiences of “workers control,” as well as struggles and actions that have been a counter weight to the regressive policies imposed on workers are an example of the crucial need of workers unity.
Within this framework, we convene all workers to deepen the struggle of resistance against all readjustment plans, and especially towards a continental campaign on December 10, International Human Rights Day as well as towards a genuinely popular plebiscite against the military bases throughout our continent.


Encuentro Sindical Nuestra America - Venezuela 2010


Engendrada por las propias contradicciones  del sistema capitalista y su agotado modelo neoliberal, la actual coyuntura nos sitúa ante una etapa de profunda crisis global, aún no superada y cuando resulta evidente la contraofensiva imperial en su afán por sostenerse.
El actual orden económico mundial, expresado en su sistema de relaciones económicas e instrumentos de dominación, fundados en el libre comercio, la especulación financiera, la depredación del medio ambiente, el uso indiscriminado e irresponsable de las fuentes energéticas no renovables, la insuficiente producción de alimentos y su desigual distribución, el poder de las trasnacionales, el uso de las armas para imponer su voluntad, entre otros, resulta insostenible, llevando a millones de seres humanos a limites extremos de pobreza y exclusión social, y donde los intentos por revertir dicha situación a través de los viejos y tradicionales esquemas e instrumentos capitalistas, redundan en su propia vigencia y agudización.
Inserta en esta coyuntura, América Latina está expuesta a consecuencias aun impredecibles, pero a la vez resulta la región donde se expresan mayores posibilidades de hacerle frente y atenuarla, partiendo de la existencia de dinámicas políticas que han favorecido procesos transformadores, con mayor o menor grado de profundidad, emprendiendo experiencias de procesos integracionistas de nuevo tipo, fundadas en la complementariedad, la solidaridad, la cooperación no condicionada, donde lo económico apunta a la equidad, el comercio está dotado de sentido justo y posee el sello novedoso de la autenticidad y autonomía latinoamericana y caribeña, sin mediación e interferencia de los instrumentos financieros y comerciales al servicio del capitalismo.
Es en estas circunstancias y en el marco de varias celebraciones del bicentenario de la independencia de nuestro continente,  que convocamos al III Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América, a desarrollarse los días 22, 23 y 24 de julio de 2010, en la ciudad de Caracas, Venezuela.
Es por ello y rescatando los acumulados de encuentros anteriores desarrollados en Quito y Sao Pablo que, el Comité Organizador de dicho encuentro, llama a las  organizaciones de trabajadores, sus sindicatos y al conjunto de las organizaciones sociales latinoamericanas, a participar del mismo, con el objetivo de continuar ampliando y profundizar en la construcción de estrategias, acciones de luchas y alternativas propias y conjuntas que posibiliten enfrentar y superar la actual etapa de crisis y potencien la participación social en los procesos de cambio que se operan en nuestra región, como clara expresión de nuestro compromiso con los mismos.
El Comité Organizador del III Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América, llama igualmente a todos aquellas organizaciones que se identifiquen con los principios que animan la construcción de este espacio articulador, a hacer suya la presente convocatoria y a  expresarlo con su adhesión a la misma.
Venezuela 2010, nos ofrece una nueva oportunidad de contribución en la necesaria batalla que todos debemos y podemos librar frente a la actual contraofensiva hegemónica del sistema capitalista.
Adhesiones y consultas al correo
Comité Organizador
III Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América.

Encuentro de organizaciones de trabajadores/as
1. Declaración de Principios.

I.            Una cantidad importante y nunca suficiente de trabajadoras y trabajadores de nuestra América, hemos conformado un espacio de unidad, debate, reflexión y coordinación con el fin de contribuir a la unidad de acción, la solidaridad y la lucha de nuestra clase toda.
II.            No preguntamos de donde vienen, queremos – juntos – direccionar hacia dónde vamos junto a nuestra clase y nuestros pueblos. Queremos contribuir con nuestra lucha, para la urgente y necesaria justicia social ligada a la definitiva liberación de nuestra América.
III.            A ella están convocados todos los luchadores y todas las organizaciones sindicales y sociales con base de trabajadores que defiendan los intereses de clase, sin importar su afiliación internacional.
IV.            Este espacio no tiene una junta directiva con distribución de cargos, mas tiene un grupo de trabajo coordinador renovable en cada encuentro, donde existe una trinchera de lucha lo más amplia y representativa posible.
V.            Abrazamos los intereses comunes de nuestra clase, todas las formas de lucha y  proponemos esforzarnos en lograr la necesaria unidad de acción de todas las  organizaciones existentes, sin competir con ellas. Somos internacionalistas.
VI.            Venimos desde lo más profundo de nuestra historia; recogemos la rebeldía de nuestros próceres libertadores, acumulamos la experiencia de miles de batallas libradas por los trabajadores, estudiantes, pensionados, mujeres, indígenas, negros y campesinos  a lo ancho y lo largo de nuestra América. Creemos en el socialismo como sistema para el desarrollo humano.
VII.            Por eso ante el permanente acecho del imperialismo y en medio de diversas crisis del capitalismo;  rescatamos el ascenso de la lucha de clases que generan la elevada conciencia política que posibilitan tener hoy, procesos revolucionarios y gobiernos de izquierda.
VIII.            Podemos,  debemos y queremos ser parte de este tramo de la historia, la transformación de Nuestra América pasa necesariamente por la integración  económica, política y social de nuestros pueblos en la región.
IX.            La defensa de la Democracia , la autodeterminación de los pueblos y la participación activa en los procesos de transformación social que vive nuestro continente.