On March 9th, 2016, I participated in the 3rd National Political School of Poprcu, representing the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU).
There I was surprised to hear a Professor, which I met for the first time, uttering extreme lies for the role of ICFTU (International Confederation of Free Trade Unions) and ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) and slandering the class-oriented trade union movement in South Africa. Without the least bit of shame, Professor Roger Southall presented huge lies.
There addressing the Political School of Popcru, I responded to Professor Roger Southall with the following words: “Mister Professor is spreading such lies either because he is uninformed or because he is being paid by someone. In both cases he is greatly responsible for his actions”.
During the Political School, I also heard an impressive fact by comrade Solly Mapaila, 2nd Deputy General Secretary of the SACP who mentioned in his speech that more than 1,000 people from Africa amongst them 100 South Africans have been given scholarships in USA to study at Langley, Virginia, which is the headquarters of the CIA, by imperialists and multinationals in order to return to Africa and found political parties, trade unions, social organizations and NGO’s! This way, what the bourgeoisie and the monopolies lost in the political level in South Africa since 1994, now they are planning to take back. For this plot to succeed, the main barriers that they have to overcome are the SACP, COSATU and the ANC.
This strategy is plotted by the World Bank, by the International Monetary Fund, by the Commission of the European Union, by the USA and their allies. The implementation of this strategy, however, is being handed over to several institutes, NGO’s, to the ITUC and various trade unionists in Europe.
Therefore, with more information I returned to my office in Athens and I started researching and gathering more documents about the topic. Militants from Germany helped and oriented me towards the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).
Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925) was the socialdemocrat who betrayed the heroic struggle of the German working class and the revolution of the German Workers in 1918-1919. Commemorating his role in the German socialdemocracy against the German working class, the Capitalist Germany founded the FES. Main objective of this Foundation is to corrupt cadres of all levels and to promote the strategy of the German and international bourgeoisie.
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is funded by the Government of Germany. Just in the year 2013 its budget for international interventions was 153 million euro!
This is the Foundation that by my surprise is promoting Professor Southall and his book with the provocative title “COSATU in Crisis” slandering COSATU and supporting the foundation of new trade unions.
From the website of FES South Africa
I personally have no place to say if COSATU does everything 100% correct or not. However, I understand that such efforts, with such sources and resources have no intention of improving COSATU or doing any good for the workers movement in South Africa or anywhere worldwide. They aim to attack COSATU and lay the grounds for the political power of the ruling class.
Professor Southall of course is not the only such case. There are unfortunately, other such scientists and specialists who are being funded to obey the strategy of the international bourgeoisie and imperialism.
The same tactics and mechanisms are operating in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, worldwide. In their manpower, they also utilize trade union leaderships and trade unionists from Northern Europe. People who in their countries are corrupt and reformists. Such people are also used by the leadership of ITUC in their continuous effort to divide and fragment the trade union movement, to intervene in the internal affairs of the trade unions, to use large sums of money with the forms of trade union seminars to corrupt trade unionists and trade unions.
I am of the opinion that the efforts of the imperialists to divide the popular movement in South Africa are facing challenges. They see that their efforts have no significant results. The strategy of the imperialists is in crisis and their crisis is what they are trying to present as crisis of e.g COSATU in this case. Hence, the title of the book “COSATU in Crisis” sponsored by Germany. This is not a random title. It presents the difficulty of the imperialists to weaken and divide the trade union movement in South Africa and their own crisis of succeeding in their fragmentation strategy and the creation of many weaker and manageable trade union splinters.
Our duty as trade unionists is to expose these plots to the working class, to confront these plots and to organize the class-oriented trade unions in leading their struggle until the abolition of the capitalist slavery.
Lecturer of Trade Union History,
Philosophy Dept, University of Patras, Greece
Greece, Athens – 31/3/2016