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Title: Struggle official organ of the Workers Liberation League
Uniform Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 41 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers Party of Jamaica
Publisher: The League
Place of Publication: Kingston
Kingston
Publication Date: Sepetember 16, 1976
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Subject: Labor movement -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: Jamaica
 Notes
Abstract: Struggle was published first as a mimeographed newsletter in 1974 when the Workers Liberation League was formed. It was edited by Rupert Lewis and he continued as editor when Struggle became the organ of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. In the 1980s editors included Elean Thomas, Elaine Wallace and Ben Brodie. The Workers Liberation League grew out of the political initiative of academics - Trevor Munroe, Rupert Lewis as well as Don Robotham, Derek Gordon who studied in the University of Chicago in the early 1970s and were connected to activists in the Black Panther Movement and African-American radicals in the Communist Party of the United States. The latter group formed the Paul Bogle League which brought together academics, working class and community activists who read and discussed Karl Marx’s Capital and Lenin’s political writings and sought to build on Jamaica’s radical traditions in the trade union movement and in the People’s National Party from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Paul Bogle League was also involved with the formation of the University and Allied Workers Union in the early 1970s and worked with the Independent Trade Union Action Council. Politically the Workers Liberation League gave critical support to Michael Manley’s democratic socialist program in the 1970s.
Issuing Body: Vols. for -1978 issued by Workers' Liberation League; 1979- by Workers' Party of Jamaica.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Issue no. 28 (June 16, 1977); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Apr.-May 1986 (surrogate).
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OffICIAl ORGAN Of THE WORKERS VIBRATION LEAGUE


01EDITORIA




BIG PROFITS
TIMES are very hard for the people.
High prices, lay offs and cutbacks in
production are reported every day in the
papers and over the radio.
In 1975, some of the largest companies
made huge profits while their workers
had to fight every inch for $10 increas-
es.
J. WRAY & NEPHEW increased their pro-
fits from $1,717,000 in 1974 to
$2,717,000 in 1975, an increase of al-
most 60%. How many workers' at J. Wray &
Nephew received a 60% wage increase dur-
ing 1975?

DESNOES & GEDDES increased their pro-
fits from $1,687,000 to $2,450,000 bet-
ween 1974 and 1975, an increase of 45%.

LASCELLES DeMERCADO increased their
profits by 30%.
ICD GROUP OF COMPANIES increased pro-
fits from $1,507,500 to $3,617,500 an
increase of 140%!
Even during an economic crisis it is the
rich who continue to make money at the
expense of the working class and the
poor.
What do these companies have in common?
They are controlled by a small minority
of wealthy capitalists who are among the
21 Families who with the imperialist
companies control the country's economy.



UNITED LABOUR fRONT
THE UNITED Labour Front now forms the
main opposition party in Trinidad and
Tobago having won 10 seats in Parliament
to 24 by Eric Williams' PNM.
It is an anti-imperialist party that has
the support of the sugar workers, cane-
farmers and the powerful Oilfield Work-
ers Trade Union among other sections of
the working class. About 12 of the Par-
ty's candidates were trade unionists and
4 were workers.
This is an important step for progres-
sive forces in the region. The ULF
which is not yet two years old was form-
ed during the strike struggles in the
oil and sugar industry in February 1975.
In its programme the ULF proposed to
nationalize all multi-national companies
especially those in oil and petro-
chemicals and foreign banking. It also
proposed national ownership of the food,
drug and building trade in order to re-
duce the cost of living.

The ULF had to contend with the anti-
communist campaign of the ruling party
and seven other parties particularly the
reactionary and racist Indian parties.
Although much of its support came from
Indian areas the ULF opposed racialism
in the country and the elections. It
was the only party to go directly to the
masses with an anti-imperialist program-
me. Long live the ULF!


FORMER CIA Agent Philip Agee tells it all to hundreds at the YWCA Hall




CIA EXPOSED


COMMUNIST and demo-
cratic forces began
to warn the Jamaic-
an people from last
year that the CIA
was active in Jam-
aica. That this
criminal arm of the
US Government and
big business was
working with the
local reactionary
clique to undermine
the Manley Govern-
ment, mash up the
country and place
more hardships on
the working people.

Some said "where is
the evidence".
Well, former CIA
agent Philip Agee
has been talking to
Ithe Jamaican people
and exposing what
the CIA is up to.


used to operate
here and was trans-
ferred just last
year. William Do-
herty, a former US
Ambassador to Jam-
aica, has been ex-
posed by Agee as a
top CIA agent.

Operating from
these places, they
get some of the
Jamaican people to
carry out their
dirty tricks. They
use, first and
foremost, reaction-
ary political par-
ties, organisa-
tions and persons
who are highly pla-
ced and who are
themselves against
progress. They al-
so bribe government
officials and those
whom they can in


First, Agee broke the army, po
down any notion and other in
that the CIA is tions of the
not set up here. try. In add
They have their agents come
headquarters in the the country
US Embassy now on chers, touri
Eureka Road (but etc.
soon to be moved)
Further, they use THE ECONOMY
various American
businesses, insti- Agee shows h
tutions and organi- CIA concentr
sations like USAID mashing up t
as a cover for nomy of the
their real work. try. He spo
Their real work is their use of
to protect United ialist banks
States imperialist cially First
interests by pre- tional City
venting any move to take mill
towards progress in dollars out
the country. country as w


Agee named Thomas
J. Keenan, one of
their chiefs who


in Chile to
mine the All
Government.


lice
stitu-
coun-
ition,
into
as tea-
sts,




ow the
ates on
he eco-
coun-
ke of
imper-
,espe-
Na-
Bank,
ions of
of the
as done
under-
ende


Then the imperial-
ist firms and their
local friends in
the country cut
back production and


locally and abroad
so that tourists
would stop coming
to Jamaica.


provoke workers to "But the CIA can be
strike, while those beaten", Agee said.
agents whom they The Government
have gotten into should take steps
the trade unions to expel agents in
stir things up am- the US Embassy and
ong the workers, their various front
institutions. The
Agee said that the people should be
CIA was involved in mobilized to recog-
all this here as nize the agents,
well as making sure both foreign and
to plant stories local, expose them
against Jamaica in and what they are
the newspapers and doing, Agee stres-
on radio stations sed.

NYS WORKERS

ISSUE WARNING
NATIONAL YOUTH allowance to NYS
Service workers have workers may be a
called on all youths deliberate attempt
in particular, and to create disen-
the Jamaican people chantment and dis-
in general, to be on affection, just as
guard for disguised is being done among
reactionary tactics, industrial, constr-
which come in all uction and hotel
sorts of forms. workers, with the
intention of dis-
The latest tactic, CONTD. ON
as pointed out by PAGE 2
the NYS workers, is
to make all the youth
discontented and turn
against progress when
they can't get their
allowances.
The NYS Workers Lea-
gue said: "We are
clear who arq the
controlling inter-
est in these banks -
the imperialists -
and we are weary of
the situation.
With this in mind,
the non-payment of


SVOLE3 N017
SEPT 16 1976




















A FEW weeks ago
crime and violence
were at top of the
stairs, but since
the State of Emer-
gency was institu-
ted it is gradual-
ly descending to
the bottom. So
with continuation
of this State of


SINCE August 1975,
the over 300 work-
ers at J. Wray &
Nephew Limited have
been engaged in a
bitter struggle
with the management.
The workers have
been demanding a
new labour contract
and much needed
wage increases.


rgency tne The management
entry will be in tried in every way
permanent state to beat back the
"coolness". workers' efforts,
Year Old Tech- forcing them to
'al Worker strike twice in the
second half of 1975.
Eventually the dis-
pute was taken be-
THINK it should fore the Industrial
itinue because Disputes Tribunal
help to stop for a decision to
violence in be taken.


the ghetto. But I
would like to see
the government do
something on the
day to day lay off
of workers. I
think the State of
Emergency should
deal with this
problem which
makes the poor man
even poorer. -
-2 v-Y 1n74 F t


In June this year
the Tribunal handed
down its decision,
granting the work-
ers a new two-year
labour contract as
well as wage in-
creases ranging
from 37% to 87%.


... a" ... o ...- Sacrifice
ry Worker Sacrifice
The management im-
A A mediately refused
to grant these in-
THE STATE of Emer- creases. Then they
gency in my view asked the workers
is good in that it to extend the con-
has eased that tract by five
tension which was months, telling the
getting people so workers if they ag-
worried, so I reed they would im-
think it should mediately begin
continue But it

ments in that gov- FROM
ernment has asked
the public to co- Ex-CIA agent, Mr.
operate and 1 Philip Agee has
think they are been doing a good
doing so. But the job telling us in
police need to co- Jamaica how the
operate with the CIA operates and
public by not the areas in which
treating people they could be wor-
like animals. king here. Most of
25 Year Old Female us who heard Mr.
Factory Worker Agee have noted


NYS WORKERS
CONTD. FROM
PAGE ONE
crediting the gover-
nment and furthering
the processes of de-
stabilisation."
The Government must
move firmly to see
that the youths get
their allowances
and not allow the
imperialists and
their reactionary
local clique to use
the youth against
their own interests
and the country.


seriously what he
had to say.
There are some
people, however
who would prefer
if Mr. Agee did
not tell all these
things to the peo-
ple. Their actions
began on Tuesday,
Sept. 14. First
there was an edit-
orial in the Star
which suggested
that we don't lis-
ten to Mr. Agee's
talk on destabili-
sation and that it
was the workers
who were destabil-


Eme
cou
a p
of
21
nic



I T
con
it
the


paying the increas-
es. The workers,
not wanting to add
to the present
mashing up of our
country, accepted
this suggestion.
This meant, in ef-
fect, that the wor-
kers who would nor-
mally be free to
negotiate a new la-
bour contract in
two years time, had
made a sacrifice
with the interest
of the country at
heart. As one wor-
ker told StruggZe:
"We agreed to it
because we did not
want to sabotage
the government".

Law breaking
In a move which
seems not only to
provoke the workers
but also to active-
ly sabotage the
government and eco-
nomy, the manage-
ment went back on
its word, refused
to pay and said
that it would con-
test the Tribunal's
decision in the
Supreme Court. The
management is bound
by law to follow
the decision of the
Tribunal. But they
break it and no-
thing happens to
them. Yet when
workers strike they
are immediately
prosecuted under
the labour law.



OUR

ising the country.
Then RJR, without
giving any reason
banned anything on
Agee from their
station. Finally
there was a bomb
scare at a meeting
at which Mr. Agee
was speaking.
These are actions
of reactionary
elements in the
society who are
against progress
and democracy and
who do not want us
to know that the
CIA is in Jamaica
operating to pro-
tect the interests
of U.S. imperialism
and the local rea-
ction.


* *


A WORKER from Frame
writes...


All through this
intense provocation
the workers did not
strike.

On September 2
at a meeting
called at the Min-
istry of Labour to
settle the dispute,
the management left
half way through
for no reason under
police and military


lly the Gleaner, to
blame the strike
and the loss of
money to government
on the workers and
on the TUC. The
Gleaner of Septem-
ber 8 stated that
the strike will
cost the country 2
million dollars
monthly if it con-
tinues.


escort. This was It is clear that it
as much as the wor- is the management's
kers could take and action that is cos-
on the Friday they ting the country
went on strike, this loss. The
workers are sure of
Since then, the this company's abi-
management led by lity to pay. It
Neville Ashenheim, has been making
a member of one of huge profits since
the richest famil- it started in 1875.
ies in Jamaica has Press reports give
been trying through figures of J. Wray
the press, especia- & Nephew profits



READERS


UNREGISTERED stand-
by or NIS at Frome
Factory are not re-
cognize by staffs
and other top mana-
gers. The workers
have been dehumani-
zed and treated
Like beast of bur-
den.

There are 300 NIS
workers, 120 work
in the sugar house,
bagging and packing
sugar mainly for
Iran, the other 180
work in different
departments in the
factory. Some work
in the mill house,
others the washing
plant, dump, fire
hole and cane
yards.

Because these are
not registered they
have to work any-
where the shift
chemist want them
to work and do the


dirtiest work in
the Factory.

Sometime it is very
hazardous for the
workers, they have
to do these dirty
works against their
will. If not they
are laid off. When
workers complain to
the unions, BITU
and NWU, about low
wages they are get-
ting for the hard
work they are doing;
the deplorable con-
ditions they have
to work in and the
ways they have been
treated by the
staffs, all workers
get out of the
unions is "we are
fixing a datd with
management to keep
a meeting to dis-
cuss these prob-
lems".

So far no result.
Management do not


for 1974 and '75
alone of over three
million dollars.
Workers must not
let their militan-
cy and spirit be
dampened by the
lies of the reac-
tionary manage-
ment. They must
struggle for the
Tribunal awards.

Workers must also
expose the active
economic sabotage
which is being
practised by the
management and de-
mand that steps be
taken against
them. The workers
at Wray & Nephew
are waging a stru-
ggle on behalf of
all Jamaican work-
ers and the people
of Jamaica.


go slow. The work-
ers are claiming
pay for the two
weeks they stop
working before they
return to do the
general overall re-
pairs of the Facto-
ry to meet the com-
ing crop. Staff
get paid for the
two weeks without
doing any work
every year.

The workers made
their claim in
1974, until now
management have not
decide to give wor-
kers what they have
want to discuss any
problems concerning
workers, registered
or unregistered.

Just after the 1975,
76 crop, workers at
Frame are now n a

CONTD. ON
PAGE 3


WRAY & NEPHEW


BREAKS THE LAW


AND PROVOKES WORKERS-


WORKERS in a militant struggle against Wray & Nephew
management


E






3

FROME WORKER WRITES
CONTD. FROM PAGE 2


^


IN SOLIDARITY with anti-imperialist struggles September
E Rally at Institute of Jamaica


ANTIIMPERIALIST


RALLY
CN MONDAY, Sept.6, ggling against ra- Today the white
the Institute of cism and imperial- working class in
amaica was the ism. the socialist cou-
icene of a mass Solidarity mess- ntries are playing
!olidarity rally. ages were received an important part
his rally was or- from organisations in the struggles
anised because of including Students for national lib-
Sspecial appeal for a Democratic eration and inde-
rom Comrade Angela Society, Youth pendence around
evis on behalf of Forces for Nation- the world and es-
he National Alli- al Liberation, pecially in Africa.
since Against Racist Anti-Apartheid
ind Political Rep- Ation Jamaica,
session, New York. NJamai
ressionM New York. f_ *nill


bhe appeal sent to
various mass organ-
isations through-
out the world re-
quested that mass
rallies be held on
Sept. 6, the same
date when one was
being held in North
Carolina, USA to
bring to public at-
tention the severe
injustice which ha
had been done to
Ben Chavis and
James Grant who
vere jailed for 34
ind 25 years res-
fectively by the
I.S. authorities.


cial and Politi-
cal Consciousness,
Rastafari Movement
Association, Teach-
ers for a Democra-
tic JTA, Jamaica
Union of Democra-
tic Youth and the
Workers Liberation
League WLL)


In its message the
W.L.L. stressed
that the best form
of solidarity we
can express with
our suffering bro-
thers is to destroy
imperialism in our


Ihe only crime country.
these brothers
(ommitted was that The rally however
they stood on the had its negative
side of the black side. One speaker
lasses to demand in his message sai
an end to the seg- that the enemy of
negated school sys- the black man all
tem and equal over the world was
rights for. black the white man.This
students, statement hides
The rally also ex- the very important
pressed solidarity fact that imper-
with people of ialism is the main
Southern Africa, enemy of both blac
the Caribbean, New and white workers
Zealand, Latin Am- and oppressed
erica and Austra- people around the
lia who are stru- world.


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IMPERIALISM


been asking for.
Management say
there is no money
to pay the work-
ers, yet they pro-
vide hundreds of
dollars to staff
to have their usual
cropover feast at
Negril Beach and a
dance generally
held at the Frome
Staff Club.

They have just fin-
ish putting up a
fence to prevent
workers from going
in to the central
office and a new
piece of road.
This cost thousands
of dollars. All
this could paid to
workers.

If there is no mon-
ey where is it com-
ing from to do
these unnecessary
things like feast
dance, fence and
road? The fence is
another effort by
Management to sepa-
. rate workers from


MR. ERROL BARROW, the former Prime Mini-
ter of Barbados, blamed his defeat in
the recent general elections on "the
bourgeois economic policies" which his
government followed in Barbados for 15
years. In a statement after the elec-
tions on September 4, Mr. Barrow said
that he himself and the whole govern-
ment were trained in bourgeois econo-
mics and that what he called "the class-
ical approach" failed to solve Barbados'
economic problems. One of his big prob-
lems, he said, was to convince the esta-
blishment politicians, civil servants,
the general public about the "non-
traditional solutions."

Mr. Barrow singled out his government's
complete failure to do anything for the
over 10,000 unemployed youth in the coun-
try. Between 1971 and 1976, 19,000 you-
ths were added to the voters list. Al-
though even this is questionable, Barrow's
government claimed to have found employ-
ment for 6,000 of these youths. It also
claimed that it found places for 3,000
of these youths in the education system.
This left at least 10,000 youth over
50% of the youth on the voters list -
plus the large mass not on the list,
with nothing.

In all, Barrow's party, the Democratic
Labour Party (DLP) which had declared
itself "democratic socialist", lost the
elections by about 10,000 votes. In
the last general elections, the DLP
had 18 seats to the opposition's six.
The recent elections have completely
reversed this situation: the DLP has now
dropped to seven seats and the former
opposition party has won seventeen seats.

The new government in Barbados has been
formed by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP)


staff.

From 1974 to 75
management wasted
over 3 million dol-
lars by putting up
a new washing plant
that is not working
properly only using
a lot of energy
without satisfacto-
ry result. This
washing plant cost
1.4 million dollars.

Also from 1974 -75
they remodelled the
cane yard by taking
down two out of
four gantry cranes
putting up three
hoist in their
place, disrupting a
system that was
working properly
for many years and
bring in the 966 a
high power machine
that crushed the
cane in the storage
yard. Tons of cane
is wasted this way.
The 966 is used to
lift the stored
cane and put it in-
to the carrier.


The government now
own half the Facto-
ry, WISCo the other
half, and what is
our government
doing with these
unscrupulous and
incompetent engin-
eers and managers
who have been allo-
wed to run down the
Factory to a mere
dungle heap of
scrap iron? A fac-
tory that cannot
run for a week
without at least
two major break-
down. The Factory
did not need a re-
modle cane yard
with a 1.4 million
dollars washing
plant. The Factory
is desperately in
need of new sugar
boilers, evapora-
tors, storage
tanks, clarifiers
and more filter
press, because all
these instrument
that is in the Fac-
tory now are old
and almost useless


Prime Minister Mr. Tom Adams, a well-off
lawyer and son of conservative political
leader Sir Grantley Adams, leads the BLP
The BLP was backed in the election by
the old Barbadian planters, the big mer-
chants and tourist interests as well as
by American and Canadian 'investors in
in the country.

After his election, the new Prime
Minister, Mr. Adams said:
"There is no doubt that the irrespon-
sible statements made without thought
for the effect on public opinion in the
United States have done some harm to
the tourist trade in Jamaica and per-
haps Barbados."


However all is not bleak in Barbados.
Recently the Movement for National
Liberation of Barbados (MONALI) was
formed. MONALI represents the coming
together of the now defunct Youth Org-
anization for Revolutionsry Change and
other progressive and Marxist-Leninist
forces in the country.

The Central Committee of MONALI has said
that the main task in Barbados is the
fight for national liberation.against
imperialism and the local ruling clas-
ses. It has called for the formation of
a National Front of Democratic Forces
against Imperialism with other progre-
ssive groups. It hias also undertaken
studies of the Barbadian economy and
society in preparation for their progra-
mme and first Congress.

Communist and progressive forces in
Jamaica hail the formation of MONALI
as an important milestone in the politi-
cal lofe of Barbados.


(wOrld flU ii!
SA rs / downall f

affairs / Barrow













WHAT





IS THE





ANSWER ?

(FIRST IT A SERIES BY TREVOR NUNROE)
MANY workers employed to government are
now demanding more wages and better con-
ditions of work. This is because the
pay of government workers is very small
daily paid workers many with skills
and long years of service get $6.30 per
day. The mass of weekly paid get a
little over $30.00 per week.
From this small pay the government
draws out NIS, Housing Trust money,
income tax and on top of this the
workers have to pay union dues. Work-
ers also have to dip into their pock-
ets to buy uniforms, working shoes and
other necessities to do the government
work since these things are not provi-
ded by government.
In addition, thousands of these work-
ers, particularly in the Ministry of
Agriculture can only get three and
four days work a week sometimes
not even as much as that after ten,
fifteen and twenty years working with
government. This is why these workers
only want to hear about money. Some
of them don't want to hear any politi-
cal argument at all.
Is bribery the cause?
But where is the money to come from?
Many workers strongly believe that gov-
ernment has the money but that the pol-
iticians are taking it for themselves,
giving it to their 'contractor' friends


-- that the various managements and
t!e high-up officials in the different
ministries are lining their own pockets
an. holding back what workers should be
getting. Some workers actually know
personally of cases where this is happ-
ening.
This is why the workers are right to
believe that more money could come to
them if there wasn't so much corruption
and selfishness among the politicians
and the government officials.
But this money could never be enough to
improve the condition of the workers as
much as is needed. Although it could
help, workers are wrong to believe that
ending the corruption could solve the
problem
Working class politics
But the more serious mistake is when
workers believe that this robbery can
stop and that workers get more money
without politics. The only way these
wrong-doings can be cut down is for wo-
rkers in each ministry and each depart-
ment to stop fighting against one ano-
ther so much and to begin to come to-
gether to spy out the corrupt officials
and bawl out every case of corruption
to let other workers and the public
know. They have to get the newspapers
and the radio stations to put out the
story, force police to act and struggle
to get the court to lock up the offend-
ers.
There is no chance at all for this to
happen unless the workers unite. Whe-
ther they be 'comrades' or 'labourites'
all workers are suffering from manage-
ment and politicians robbing the money.
Both the 'labourite' and the 'comrade'
have an interest in joining hands ag-
ainst these wrongs. Even though many
workers don't realise it, such coming
together is actually fighting against
the division amongst workers which only
helps the capitalists and is a step,
though a small step, towards WORKING
CLASS POLITICS.

This is the politics which unites the
workers to struggle against their com-
mon enemy, to build their own political
organisation and to stop fighting one


another.
No-one whould fool themself that such
a small step could ever get rid of the
class of politicians and management
which everyday lines their own pocket
and pushes workers around. For that
workers need to take much bigger steps
towards working class unity and working
class politics. To make the corruptift
and oppression less workers, PNP and
JLP, would need to struggle harder to
make sure that the union and the union
officials come around the workers more
and carry out whatever workers tell
them.

Workers, PNP and JLP, would need to
struggle to get the politicians to
pass laws which give workers power to
ensure that no management can get a
bag full of money while workers get
little or nothing, and that workers
have power to move out any management
guilty of corruption or neglect of
workers.
But even if through hard struggle the
workers get the politicians to promise
such laws and even to pass them, that
could still not guarantee rights and
justice. How could workers after all
these years or small farmers, youths
students or any section of the ordinar
people put their trust in politician
who are still mixed up with capitalism
and capitalists.
The answer
If we can't trust most of these politi-
cians then what is the answer? Is it
to leave out politics and to forget
about the politicians? Or isn't this
just what the big officials, the corr-
upt politicians and the whole class of
oppressors want?
The truth is that this class would
have Jamaica even more for itself and
could get away with murder even more if
workers forget about politics and stop,
trying to find a way out through poli-
tics, through greater political educat-
ibn, political understanding and most
of all through greater unity against
the common enemy.
This is why the answer to the struggle
for more money and better conditions
cannot be to fornMet ahollt nrflii-inr


HUNDREDS of Jamaic-
an youth, workers
and students have
passed a resolution
denouncing the fas-


cist junta of Chile
and calling on the
Jamaican government
to break diplomatic
and trade relations


- ,
4'


DR CHEDDI JAGAN addressing a rally at
the Students Union, UWI, on September 8,
sponsored by the WLL and the Communist
Party of Jamaica. Dr Jagan called for
firm measures against imperialism anid
closer links with socialist'countries


SOLIDARITY WITH CHILE'


with these criminal Youth and Students
tools of US imper- and held at the
ialism. YWCA auditorium.

The resolution was A solidarity mes-
passed on September sage was prepared
11, the Internation- by the 13 organisa-
al Day of Solidar- tions which make up
ity with Chile, at the National Prepa-
a rally held in ratory Committee
Kingston. The ral- and read by its Or-
ly was organised by ganising Secretary,
the Jamaica Nation- Comrade Joy-Marie
al Preparatory Cor- Boothe. It reveal-
mittee for the llth ed the economic and
World Festival of political situation


I CONDOLENCES TO CHINA


THE WLL sympathises
with the Chinese
people on the death
of Chairman Mao Tse
Tung, leader of the
People's Republic
of China. Mao
played a leading
role in the strug-
gle for national
liberation in-
China. The victory
of the Chinese Re-
volution in 1949
paved the way for
the revolutionary


advances made in
defeating imperial-
ism and abolishing
starvation.

However, Mao's do-
mination of the
Chinese Communist
Party over the last
20 years led to
policies which set
back China's so-
cialist develop-
ment and cut her
off from the world
socialist system.


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in Chile, the at-
tempts of the Al-
lende government
initiate progres-
sive reforms aimed.
at building a Chile
where the mass of
the people would be
able to control and
enjoy their nation-
al resources and
the fruits of their
labour.
The message also
exposed the way in
which local reac-
tionaries in Chile,
directed and finan-
ced by US imperia-
lism and the CIA
advanced the work
of destabilizing
the Chilean gov-
ernment. It ex-
posed the inhuman
way in which the
fascists hate ban-
ned virtually all
democratic rights
and have brutally
imprisoned, tor-
tured and murdered
hundreds of thou-
sands of patriotic


and progressive
Chileans, includ-
ing church leader
and left-wing lea
ders, such as Corm
rade Luis Corvalae
the General Secre
tary of the Chil-
ean Communist Par
ty.

To the resounding
applause of the
large audience,
Comrade Boothe
pointed out that
the best way to
express our soli-
darity with Chile
is to ensure that
the progressive
anti-imperialist
movement in Jam-
aica does not ev
suffer a "tempor-
ary defeat" at t
hands of those wh
Want to "turn us
back" as they did
Chile,, but march
on to score yet
another victory
over the decade
US imperialism;




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