The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in 126 countries expresses its deep sorrow to the Japanese people and the families of the more than 100 flood victims. We consider unacceptable the fact that in the 21st century ordinary people losing their lives from the rainfall, the earthquakes and all kinds of physical disasters. This situation is permanent in all capitalist countries. Despite the progress of science and technology in civil protection sector, the workers, the poor, the toiling masses in capitalist countries remain unprotected when facing natural disasters, earthquakes, epidemics, fires.

It is a matter of class. It is unacceptable that during earthquakes poor people get killed, during fires poor people are burnt, during floods are again the poor who get drown. Those in charge put the blame on the “wrath of nature” or say its “an act of god”, but, the blame for the victims of “natural disasters” lies with the class policies of capitalist governments, who -in order to serve the interests of the capital- let the shortcomings in infrastructure and protection measures persist and allow it so that the people stay unprotected facing “natural disaster”.

This picture shows that the cause is the capitalist exploitation and the victims died unjustly. The WFTU expresses its moral support and solidarity with the victims and the labor movement of Japan. We demand from the government of Japan to take urgent measures to relieve the people.

The Secretariat


World Federation of Trade Unions