The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 95 million workers in 130 different countries across the world, expresses its most heartfelt condolences to the people of Indonesia after the tsunami caused by a volcanic eruption on 22 December.

According to official information so far, at least 281 people have died from the tsunami, hundreds more are injured and many more remain missing.

Once more, it is proven that capitalism can not respond and give solutions to peoples needs for civil protection, anti-seismic or anti-flood infrastructures, especially in a country such as Indonesia, where more than 127 volcanoes are counted.

The WFTU expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims and reiterates that it will firmly continue by the side of the simple people in Indonesia and everywhere in the world, who are the most exposed to bourgeois states’ criminal responsibilities. At the same time, we engage ourselves to keep struggling for appropriate infrastructures, at the level of today’s potential for effective civil protection.

Furthermore, we demand International Organizations to directly and materially support the restoration and compensation of the damaged ones.

The WFTU Secretariat


World Federation of Trade Unions