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WFTU statement on the earthquake in Italy

By staff |
August 26, 2017
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 25 statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, condemns the criminal practices of the construction companies, that are disclosed, once again, after the consequences and the dead, which a powerless earthquake left behind in the island of Ischia, Italy.

According to experts, an earthquake of less than 4 degrees on the richter scale, should not in any circumstances, cause such a disaster. The local responsible person for the organization of environment protection, T. Matzara, said that there is a very big construction activity in the island and a lot of houses appear in just a few weeks. Also he denounced that on numerous occasions, the constructions was totally illegal and the likelihood of collapse was “absolutely predictable”. The Napoli chief prosecutor, T. Menilotis, spoke of serious phenomena such as illegal and arbitrary building projects, and the prosecution is considering launching an investigation into multiple homicide, negligently.

The WFTU, expresses its sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims. Once again, conscious crime has been made against innocent victims for the sake of profit. These are the tragic effects of a system that is based on the capitalists wealth increasing instead of the quality of people’s living conditions. We call on the international class-oriented trade union movement to strengthen the militant struggle for the implementation of adequate protection measures in every aspect of people’s lives.

The Secretariat