Today, June 27, the anti-new-Labour-Code protest in Kudirka Square (Vilnius) was attended by Ambet Yuson, the General Secretary of the Building and Wood Workers’ International. In his address to the protesters Yuson expressed his solidarity and called for the workers of the world to unite against the neoliberal policies:
“Many workers around the world are experiencing tremendous changes, and many neoliberal governments are changing the labour laws and reducing the rights of the workers all around the world. Look at the statistics – 75 mln. of young workers are unemployed. Look at Europe – 12 mln. are unemployed, young people among them. Many of those employed have temporary, informal, zero-hour contracts. These are the precarious workers, they have no social security. If you look at the overall picture – more than 50 percent of the workers are poor, informal, temporary, and precarious. It means they are deprived of their rights, their pensions, and thei social security. But if you look closely at other countries such as India, you’ll see that 90 percent of the workers are informal there. There are 9 bn. people in India of whom 90 percent are informal and precarious workers! This is really very bad and I think the only way to address this is for the workers around the world to unite. Such precarity is a global trend, and it is the kind of globalization that we don‘t like. And the situation of the workers threatens to get even worse. So I come here to show my solidarity. I think you should continue this protest and we will do our best to support it. We have to communicate it to all the other workers around the world.”
Yuson recalled that 1200 construction workers died building stadiums for 2022 World Cup in Qatar.1 He also mentioned that 11 worker’s deaths occured during the building of the stadium for the football tournament during Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on August 5 th, 2016. He called to pay attention to these facts instead of merely seeing the festive side of the events. Yuson stressed that the workers of the world have to unite in order to stop the senseless loss of lives at work.
Yuson came to Lithuania to meet with the Federal Board of the Federation of Lithuanian Forest and Wood Worker Trade Unions (LMPF). The Federation is a member of the Building and Wood Workers’ International which represents 12 mln. workers around the world who work in the constuction, cement, wood and forestry industries.