Revolution in South Asia

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Role of Workers in the Philippine Revolution

Posted by Rosa Harris on May 16, 2009

phil2On the Kasama site there has been an ongoing discussion of “Economism and economic struggle” [like to our post on this]. This piece gives a picture of how one communist movement views these questions. Posting this here does not imply Kasama’s agreement with this analysis, it is an invitation to critically examine and debate these views.

The workers must lead the Filipino people’s struggle

The longer it persists and deepens, the more the international capitalist crisis results in unprecedented havoc and poverty to the working class, the toiling masses and the entire people. On the other hand, it gives rise to favorable conditions for arousing and mobilizing them. Amid this crisis, the need to tread the path of militant struggle to protect the welfare of the oppressed and exploited and to take action to end the system that has condemned them to lives of poverty and anguish becomes ever clearer to the people.

The working class currently faces tremendous challenges. There is urgent need for the proletariat to fulfill its duty to fight for its class interests and to propagate and advance the revolutionary movement to a new and higher level.

The working class is the most advanced class ever created by history. The people pin their hopes on it to lead and advance the social revolution. It wields the ideology of Marxism-Leninism that serves as the advanced scientific and practical guide to their analyses and actions. It is the duty of the working class and its party to arouse and guide the Filipino people, unite them and take the lead in advancing and intensifying their revolutionary struggle.

The working class must be able to confront the tremendous historic challenges attendant to today’s unprecedented crisis. This can be done by assiduously building the Party within its ranks. With the Party strong at its core, the working class can continuously and determinedly advance in all arenas of struggle.

The working class must massively, wholeheartedly and solidly take action against the US-Arroyo regime and the entire rotten system and advance the struggle for its own as well as the people’s rights and interests. Historically, the working class has been able to achieve victories only through determined, daring and relentless conscious and organized struggle.

More than ever, now is the time for the clamor for a P125 raise in the daily wage to reverberate across the nation. We must raise the level of determination and perseverance of the workers to wage resistance and resoundingly air this demand in huge and unremitting mass actions in the streets and other venues of collective struggle. Without these mobilizations, the masses of workers and the toiling masses will achieve nothing.

The struggle for higher wages must determinedly be advanced by the masses of workers along with the fight for the other urgent needs of the toiling masses: genuine land reform; reduced prices of petroleum and other basic necessities; employment for the unemployed; homes for the homeless and a stop to the demolition of houses of the urban poor; the abrogation of burdensome taxes; and social services for the poor and the needy. The struggle to attain these demands must be linked to the struggle for the people’s democratic rights and for an end to the US-Arroyo regime and its plans to stay in power.

Workers’ unions must be painstakingly organized to determinedly advance their economic and other rights. Even as the unions go allout to advance their struggles in the factories or enterprises, they must likewise persevere in mobilizing workers for political struggles, which are important for their class, the other toiling masses and the entire people.

The unions must massively train their members to be active in arousing and mobilizing work within and outside the factories. This likewise entails going into alliances with other democratic sectors, the most important of which is the basic alliance of workers and peasants, and advancing the interests and struggles of the peasantry.

Most of all, the unions must serve as an organized contribution to the advancement of the proletarian revolution. The workers’ unions must be transformed into revolutionary unions. The key to achieving this is to transform the unions into a school for the workers’ political and revolutionary education. The unions must go allout in studying Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and the political line of the Communist Party of the Philippines and applying these to their general programs and day-to-day activities.

It is of utmost importance to mobilize the organized workers and entire revolutionary unions to provide clandestine widespread support for the armed revolution. This partly involves sending material support to the people’s army and supporting partisans of the people’s army who are in urban areas for particular missions.

The highest level of support they can give to the armed revolution is to go to the countryside en masse to join the NPA and participate in armed struggle. Thousands of new Red fighters from the workers’ ranks are needed by the NPA annually to help in expanding and consolidating guerrilla fronts and bases in the countryside and advance people’s war.

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