Ten Thousand Metropolitan Manila Workers March for National Democracy and Socialism on International Workers’ Day (May 1, 2014).
On the morning of May 1, 2014, ten thousand workers marched towards the vicinity of the Malacanang presidential palace to manifest their rejection of the capitalist neo-colonial system, and to call for national democracy and socialism. Starting from the Mabuhay Rotonda at the boundary of Quezon City and Manila City, the rallyists marched down Quezon Avenue towards the Mendiola bridge area near Malacanang palace.
In a statement, the Pambansang Katipunan ng Manggagawa (KATIPUNAN, or National Congress of Workers), an affiliate of the World Federation of Trade Unions, described the crisis in the everyday living of the great majority of Filipinos, who are victimized by continued increases in electricity and water charges, transportation fares and the prices of basic commodities. In effect, the working masses are squeezed dry just to keep a dozen oligarchic families of foreign and Filipino exploiters on the list of the top billionaires of the world. KATIPUNAN also lambasted the capitalist trend towards the reduction of their regular or formal labor force through outsourcing and contractualization. Jobs are constantly sub-contracted to informal workers, including indentured women or child laborers who work for a pittance without any job security or benefit.
KATIPUNAN stressed that national and class liberation from imperialism and the capitalist neocolonial system can be achieved through the struggle for national democracy and socialism. The national-democratic path will sweep away imperialist domination, start independent industrialization, complete agrarian reform in all land estates, re-nationalize service utilities (electricity, water, petroleum, transportation and telecommunications), protect our internal production, and uphold the rights and privileges of the working masses of our people.
The national democratic path logically leads to socialism, which will guarantee the all-round development of the economy and the ending of unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and hunger. The socialist system alone can guarantee free education and health care ; affordable housing and service utilities; and the expansion of facilities for child care, sports, care for the elderly and those with disabilities, and for cultural advancement.
In a separate statement, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP-1930, the Philippine Communist Party) stressed that the greatest historic gain of the international working class was the triumph of Great October Socialist Revolution on November 7, 1917, which brought the workers and peasants to political power for the first time ever. May Day, as International Workers’ Day, is therefore the most appropriate day for rededicating the working class movements of all countries in the struggle for the revolutionary transformation of human society towards the attainment of socialism throughout the world.