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55 R L I N A:jtonohq:-:3 GROUPS' DAYS OF ACTION R| •;AGA'I-:NST'. THE'IMF AND WORLD BANK CONGRESS ' ^'11


THE WESTBERLIN

A U T O N O M O U S G H O U P S ' D A Y S OF

A G A I N S T T H E IMF A N D W O R L D B A N K

ACTION

r u l e . I t w a s , and i s , a l l a b o u t t r a n s p o s i n g o n t o a

CONGRESS

world scale

the p o l i c i e s t h a t the N a z i s h a d

practised

b e f o r e h a n d : develop^-ment t h r o u g h e x t e r m i n a t i o n . The W h a t a r e the f u n c t i o n s of the IMF a n d the W o r l d The D a y s of A c t i o n w i l l 26.9

to29.9.8S, parallel

Bank?

t a k e p l a c e in W e s t B e r l i n to the c o n g r e s s of the

from

IMF

revolutionary

struggles in Europe

(especially

E u r o p e ) , in the U S A and i n the

Three

Continents("Third

W o r l d " ) m a k e up the b a c k g r o u n d

to the

r i s e of the IMF and W o r l d B a n k . T h e s e s t r u g g l e s

( I n t e r n a t i o n a l M o n e t a r y F u n d ) and the W o r l d B a n k ( W B ) .

the n e w l y r i s i n g i m p e r i a l i s t world o r d e r , w i t h

In S e p t e m b e r

n o w in i t s c e n t r e , to begin a s t e p - b y - s t e p

bosses from

they w i l l a l l be c o m i n g h e r e : the the c a p i t a l i s t c e n t r e s of T o k y o ,

finance

Frankfurt

and N e w Y o r k ; bank m a n a g e r s f r o m C h a s e M a n h a t t a n ' D e u t s c h e B a n k ' ; the p e o p l e w h o c o m m i t n u r d e r s a t d e s k s in the n e r v e c e n t r e s of the computer

t e r m i n a l s of I n t e r n a t i o n a l

sitting

from

currency

forced

the

the

dealing.

USA

decolonisation

of the T h r e e C o n t i n e n t s and the e s t a b l i s h m e n t of

dependent

e c o n o m i c z o n e s in E u r o p e and J a p a n . T h i s s y s t e m

to

multinationals

T o y o t a , L o c k h e e d , S i e m e n s ; the s p e c u l a t o r s

Southern

and South-Eastern

finally

c a m e i n t o c r i s i s at the end of the 5 0 s . T h i s w a s

caused

by a n t i c o l o n i a l i s t s t r u g g l e s and l i b e r a t i o n

movements

and by the c o l l a p s e of the i n d u s t r i a l i s a t i o n

p l a n s in

the f u r t h e s t d e v e l o p e d c o u n t r i e s of L a t i n A m e r i c a

and

On top o f t h a t , m i n i s t e r s , s e c r e t a r i e s of s t a t e , e x p e r t s , j o u r n a l i s t s and t h e i r g u a r d s , m o r e t h a n

1^,000

altogether.

T h e a n s w e r to t h i s was the " D e c a d e of Develop-raent" proclaimed

T h e s i t u a t i o n we h a v e i s c l e a r : t h o s e r e s p o n s i b l e h u n g e r , e x p l o i t a t i o n , w a r s and t e r r o r t h r o u g h o u t w o r l d a r e c o m i n g to t h i s

" c a p i t a l of the f r e e

O u r m o t t o i s : " L e t ' s s t o p the

for the

by the UNO in 1 9 6 1 , with the " G r e e n

t h i s m e a n t the d e s t r u c t i o n of their s u b s i s t e n c e

world".

congress!"

the e x p u l s i o n of the 30-called This was simultaneously

h a v e in the c a p i t a l i s t s y s t e m ? H o w d i d t h e y

s u r p l u s rural

i n t o the s l u m s of the n e w l y - r i s i n g i n d u s t r i a l

B u t w h o a r e the IMF and W o r l d B a n k ? W h a t p u r p o s e do

Revolution"

a s an e s s e n t i a l c o m p o n e n t . For the t r i c o n t i n e n t a l

they

develop

the start of a new

masses,

structures,

population centres.

realisation

of p a t r i a r c h a l v i o l e n c e t h r o u g h the i m p o s i t i o n o f the

money

economy.

historically? An i n t e g r a l p a r t of the D e v o l o p - m e n t D e c a d e w a s A f t e r W o r l d W a r I I the W o r l d B a n k and the I M F c a m e being within

the f r a m e w o r k

of the n e w o r d e r of

into

the

capitalist world economic system at the Bretton C o n f e r e n c e i n 1 9 ^ , as i n s t r u m e n t s o f c a p i t a l i s t

Woods world

W o r l d Bank c r e d i t s , w h i c h f i n a n c e d m a i n l y requirements economies

for the p e n e t r a t i o n of the

the

infrastructural

tricontinental

(harbours, roadbuilding, dams).


1^; B u t t o w a r d s t h e e n d of the 6 0 s there w a s a s e r i e s o f r e v o l t s in the p t r i p h i r y a s w e l l a s in the m e t r o p o l e s . T h e s e s t r u g g l e s l e d d i r e c t l y to the c r i s i s of the 7 0 s . C a p i t a l ' s a n s w e r w a s a f r o n t a l a t t a c k on the c l a s s w i d e : r i s e s i n t h e price o f w h e a t , and w h e a t

world-

shortages,

oil price rises and increased dollar i n f l a t i o n . The calculated

r e s u - l t was m i l l i o n s of d e a t h s c a u s e d by

h u n g e r in the per'phery, s h i f t i n g o f

unproductive

d u s t r i e s " f r o m the m e t r o p o l e s to the p e r i p h e r y

in-

(lower

w a g e l e v e l s ) and m a s s u n e m p l o y m e n t and r e d u c t i o n s in

real

w a g e s in the m e t r o p o l e s . W i t h a b a c k g r o u n d o f m a s s i v e of c r e d i t , w h i c h fed on the i n t e r n a t i o n a l that were swollen ^he s o - c a l l e d

by s u r p l u s petro- and

finance

awards

markets

Euro-dollars

" s t a b i l i s a t i o n p o l i c i e s " of the I M F c a m e

m o r e i n t o the f o r e g r o u n d . Basically

the p r o g r a m m e s m e a n a d i s m a n t l i n g of " u n p r o d u c t i v e "

expenditure

(food s u b s i d i e s e t c . ) and the r e s t r u c t u r i n g o f

the t r i c o n t i n e n t a l n a t i o n a l e c o n o m i e s a s s u p p l i e r s for the multinational

companies.

But this d e v e l o p m e n t

concept was broken

end of the 7 0 s , by the r e s i s t a n c e and w h i c h

to p i e c e s by the

that e x p l o d e d

worldwide,

r e a c h e d a peak i n the N i c a r a g u a n and I r a n i a n

revolutions. The s e c o n d

o i l c r i s i s , s t a g e d by c a p i t a l i n 1 9 7 9 , w a s t h e

springboard tinental

into

the " e x p e n s i v e d o l l a r " p o l i c y . T h e t r i c o n -

d e b t s a r e r a i s e d in v a l u e by the r i s e i n i n t e r e s t

r a t e s ; the s o - c a l l e d d e b t crisisjf0II0W3 f r o m t h a t . The m a i n o r g a n i s e r s of t h i s d e b t c r i s i s a r e the I M F a n d W o r l d

Bank.

The s i z e of the d e b t s s h o u l d n o t , h o w e v e r , d i s t r a c t o u r attention

f r o m w h a t i s r e a l l y the m a i n t h r u s t o f the

c a p i t a l i s t a t t a c k : securing profit for capital coordinated

p r o g r a m m e s of a n n i h i l a t i o n

The high interest

r a t e s on the i n t e r n a t i o n a l

marketsjfinally blocked w i t h an e x p e c t e d

through

and e x p l o i t a t i o n .

finance

the c r e d i t a w a r d s in t h o s e

p r o f i t r a t e b e l o w the i n t e r e s t

areas

rate.

Here in t h e m e t r o p o l e s , the IMF p o l i c i e s are a l s o

becoming

c l e a r to s e e . W i t h the h e l p of the p o l i c y of h i g h

interest

r a t e s i n c o m e i s l o w e r e d h e r e t o o , and n e w c o n d i t i o n s of e x p l o i t a t i o n a r e f o r c e d o n t o the c l a s s part-time work, compulsory

In a d d i t i o n , c a p i t a l c r e a t e d f o r i t s e l f a n e s s e n t i a l instrument

for carrying through its world social

u s i n g the I M F p o l i c i e s r e g a r d i n g c o n d i t i o n s they have

all a r e a s of the w e l f a r e s t a t e , t a x r e f o r m

(on d e b t s ) .

to w o r k , w h e t h e r they f a c e c o m p u l s o r y

conditions sterilisation,

to die of h u n g e r , i s a l m o s t c o m p l e t e l y

beyond

the s c o p e of d e c i s i o n s m a d e by n a t i o n a l g o v e r n m e n t s , be t h e y military dictatorships, national bourgeoisies

of°fIDeration

m o v e m e n t s . T h e r e s u l t s of these w o r l d s o c i a l p o l i c i e s a r e - s i m i l a r e v e r y w h e r e . M i l l i o n s of p e o p l e a r e d e p r i v e d of the b a s i s of t h e i r s u b s i s t e n c e

and d r i v e n o u t of t h e i r

W o m e n a r e in the c e n t r e of this a t t a c k . M a s s and the " e x t e r m i n a t i o n

communities.

sterilisation

t h r o u g h w o r k " that r e a l l y g o e s on i n

the f a c t o r i e s and b r o t h e l s that serve the w o r l d m a r k e t a r e ÂŤ(U9t the t i p of the i c e b e r g of p a t r i a r c h a l

hours,

etc.).

policies

W h e t h e r p e o p l e h a v e s o m e t h i n g to e a t , u n d e r w h a t or a r e a l l o w e d

(flexible w o r k i n g

redundancy, forced w o r k , cuts in

e x p l o i t a t i o n in the

Our m o t t o i s : L e t ' s s t o p

the c o n g r e s s l

We h a v e s a i d e a r l i e r t h a t " our s l o g a n i s a step t o w a r d s the concentration

of o u r f o r c e s h e r e " . We h a v e l e t a l o t of c h a n -

c e s to g e t a b i t n e a r e r to this g o a l slip b y . B u t s t o p p i n g the c o n g r e s s s t i l l m e a n s to us " c l e a r l y s h o w i n g t h e m : i t w o n ' t be a p r e s t i g i o u s m e e t i n g f o r the rich and p o w e r f u l , b u t a d e m o n s t r a t i o n of w o r l d w i d e r e s i s t a n c e . " It i s i m p o r t a n t to u s t h a t t h i s s l o g a n i s u n d e r s t o o d as a c o m m o n o b j e c t i v e of the r a d i c a l l e f t , e v e n if it m e a n s we are a c c u s e d of an i n a b i l i t y to r e a c h c o n c e n s u s and of o v e r e s t i m a t i n g o u r o w n strength.

We can o n l y

take the r i g h t steps if we are n o t g o i n g in the

8 0 s . T h i s c o n c e p t d o e s n o t proceed w i t h o u t f r i c t i o n . I t i s

w r o n g d i r e c t i o n . T h e c a l l for d e b t - c a n c e l l a t i o n

w o m e n w h o are m o r e a n d m o r e a c t i v e in the s o c i a l

t e m p o r a r y b r e a t h i n g s p a c e for the d e p e n d e n t c o u n t r i e s , b u t

in the T h r e e C o n t i n e n t s

today.

revolts

new m e c h a n i s m s will replace

may mean a

the old o n e s , i n the l o n g

term

n o t h i n g c h a n g e s . The r e c e n t d e f e n s i v e s t a t e m e n t s by b a n k e r s an s t a t e s m e n on d e b t r e p a y m e n t s rather seem to show t h a t a p a r t


cancellation

of d e b t s or m o r e f a v o u r a b l e

t e r m s of

are q u i t e c o m p a t i b l e w i t h c o n t i n u i n g IMF and W o r l d

in o r d e r to be a b l e

to go on w o r k i n g e f f i c i e n t l y

b e i n g too q u i c k l y i d e n t i f i a b l e as a m u r d e r

subtly

without

state,

w h e r e b u d g e t s are c o n s t a n t l y c u t , no m o r e J o b s meansjeven

more

work f o r those w o r k i n g t h e r e . W i t h the e x t e n s i o n of p a r t

of

this s e c t o r and

machine.

the c u t s in h e a l t h and w e l f a r e s e r v i c e s , a s

well as e s p e c i a l l y l o w w a g e s , an a t t e m p t is b e i n g m a d e D u r i n g the c o n g r e s s

they w i l l

try to break all f o r m s

protest - let alone

r e s i s t a n c e — with i n t e n s i f i e d

B u t we w o n ' t a l l o w o u r s e l v e s

to be forced

lor t h i s s y s t e m

This spectrum

T h e s t r u g g l e s of

romping

C o n t i n e n t s , but does

streets

the l i b e r a t i o n of the T h r e e

in t h a t w a y is n o t

seen.

H o w e v e r , we w e l c o m e

the i n i t i a t i v e

Monday

26.9.88

Women's work

exactly

not

to the r e s i s t a n c e and r e f u s a l and the

w i t h i n i t , ; in

the a c t i o n we w i l l l a t e r

metro-

Continents

o f all g r o u p s w h o

c a p i t a l i s t s y s t e m l i v e s f r o m the

and

W o r l d B a n k in t h e i r s t r u c t u r e s

reforms,

just like

c a n n o t be c h a n g e d by

the s y s t e m that is b e h i n d

to

it

exploitation

b u t m a y a l s o be a • p r e c o n d i t i o n

f o r the c o n t i n u e d

©

existence

w o r k , i 3 of

central always Of c o u r s e , c a p i t a l i s m w o r k s i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y , o u r a n s w e r

d o n e by w o m e n , m o s t l y u n d e r the m a r r i a g e - w o r k - c o n t r a c t , in f a m i l y . W o m e n are to m a i n t a i n

or c r e a t e

' w o r k i n g p o w e r ' of m e n , c h i l d r e n a n d

washing clothes, going

the

, apparent division

bringing

cooking,cleaning,

the b o r d e r s of the EC and

given control over

- e n t s , the

all hus-

m a k e up the b a s i s of the g e n d e r and c l a s s

the

division."(women's

marlcet in the T h r e e C o n t i n e n t s and the f l e x i b i l i s a t i o n

and a m a s s d e m o n s t r a t i o n are i n t e n d e d

^

t h e

e S p e c i a l l

y

to the

a3 a c r i t i q u e of the

s e c t o r , which i n c l u d e s paid reproduction

and a j u s t w o r l d e c o n o m i c

low w a g e s - the

b i g g e s t p r o f i t s h a v e been m a d e , is the 3 0 - c a l l e d

"services''

w o r k . The n u m b e r

a 'counter

of

'counter

congress'

'worst e x c e s s e s ' of the

order.

and a d a p t a t i o n

purposes

to c h a n g e d c o n d i t i o n s , b u t

it c h a n g e s n o t h i n g in the c h a r a c t e r of its l o n g policies.

these

debt-cancellation

A r e f o r m o f the i n s t i t u t i o n s can s u c c e e d , for the of m o d e r n i s a t i o n

congress'

b e f o r e the c o n g r e s s s t a r t s . T h e

i n s t i t u t i o n s . The d e m a n d s a r e : i m m e d i a t e

th. „

of

for w h a t i t i s :

IMF and W o r l d Bank p o l i c i e s , the a i m is to r e f o r m

the m o s t paid j o b s h a v e s p r u n g up in

r e c e n t y e a r s and - due

Conti

world

the a t t e m p t to m a k e p r o f i t s o u t of u s , even f r o m our g e n e s .

a n a l y s e s t h a t are to be p r o p o s e d

demo}

refugees,

1 1 - h o u r d a y s in the f a c t o r i e s s u p p l y i n g the

A b r o a d s p e c t r u m of g r o u p s i s o r g a n i s i n g

family

and

within

to the T h r e e

w o r k i n g h o u r s h e r e , but we w i l l see the a t t a c k

the

p o w e r o v e r the w i f e and c h i l d r e n . In

t h a t w a y the p o w e r - and w o r k - r e l a t i o n s w i t h i n

The s e c t o r in w h i c h

restrictions here

the c l o s e d b o r d e r s for

is

by the

t h e r e , by f r e e d o m of m o v e m e n t

w h o s e c o u n t r i e s of o r i g i n r a n g e from T u r k e y

" H o u s e w o r k is s e e n a s p r i v a t e and p e r s o n a l , a n d a b o v e and ideologically

between abortion

J forced sterilisation ;

shopping...

as a s e r v i c e d o n e o u t of l o v e . T h e h e a d of the h o u s e , the m o n e y and c o n s e q u e n t l y

i n t e r n a t i o n a l i s m . T h a t m e a n s we w o n ' t be c o n f u s e d

themselves

f o r c a p i t a l . T h i s i n c l u d e s s e x u a l i t y , the b i r t h a n d up o f c h i l d r e n , w o r k in r e l a t i o n s h i p s ,

b a n d , is legally

e a* •

survival,

in the f i e l d of u n p a i d w o r k . It i s a l m o s t

the n u c l e a r

logi

rest.

exploitation.

S o - c a l l e d h o u s e w o r k , unpaid reproduction

commodity

for the

every-

work.

t h o u g h i t m a y n o t o n l y be i m p o r t a n t f o r o u r own

importance

t h e m , and w h o s e o n l y

work.

A l l u n p a i d w o r k i s n o t v i e w e d as w o r k at all by c a p i t a l ,

and

will

say c l e a r l y wi t h v a ^ l o u - s a c t i o n s w h y we think the IMF

exploitation.

of h u m a n w o r k . P e o p l e w o r k d a y a f t e r d a y , a n y t i m e and

of d o m i n a t i o n

describe.

have

D a y of s t r u g g l e a g a i n s t b e i n g f o r c e d

w h e r e , only a f r a c t i o n is wage

even

more

contradictions

We w i l l take to the s t r e e t s on e x a c t l y those d a y s and

are

volunwomen

Action.

as the b a s i s of d o m i n a t i o n and

The p a t r i a r c h a l

in the f a m i l y . By c o o p e r a t i o n w i t h the

i s : p o w e r for a f e w , and w o r k , h u n g e r and d e a t h

s h o w n i n t e r e s t in the Day3 of

same

and men w h o w o r k in the h e a l t h s e c t o r , w e can r e l a t e

metropoles.

the p e o p l e s of the T h r e e C o n t i n e n t s for

image

time j o b s w h i c h up to now h a v e b e e n p a i d are m a d e i n t o

including

s e e n a s r e f o r m i s t . The need to a t t a c k the s y s t e m in i t s p o l e s and f i g h t

the c h u r c h e s g i v e t h e m s e l v e s a good

c o n d i t i o n s in the h e a l t h s e c t o r g e t w o r s e and at the tary h o u s e w o r k

of p o w e r o v e r o u r

the a t t a c k s on c a p i t a l in the

class.

by s p r e a d i n g and o r g a n i s i n g u n p a i d v o l u n t a r y w o r k , w o r k i n g

their

supports social movements

l i b e r a t i o n m o v e m e n t s in the Three concern itself with

'n'hile for e x a m p l e

of a

b e f o r e the c o n g r e s s , and

show u n d i s t u r b e d , their d e m o n s t r a t i o n and h e a d s .

to

parts

the

(, m a k i n g it m o r e c r e d i b l e ; by

a f t e r w a r d s l e t t i n g the h o n o u r a b l e g e n t l e m e n s t a g e

. i n c o m e and real w a g e s f o r all

of the d o m i n a t e d and e x p l o i t e d

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