Year 2000 No. 200, November 23-24, 2000
Communiqué of the Sixth Plenum of the Central Committee of RCPB(ML)
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Communiqué of the Sixth Plenum of the Central Committee of RCPB(ML)
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Outpatient Waiting Times Grow
Crofters Getting Raw Deal
Scottish Jobs Sacrificed in Contract Award
International Action of Solidarity with the Cause of the Korean People
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Communiqué of the Sixth Plenum of the Central Committee of RCPB(ML)
The Sixth Plenum of the Central Committee of RCPB(ML) met in two sessions over recent weeks.
Central to its agenda was that RCPB(ML)s National Consultative Conference 2000, taking place on December 9-10, must be extremely well prepared, and that the conditions have been created in the start-up period of the work set by the Partys 3rd Congress for this to be achieved by the entire Party. The theme of the Consultative Conference, The Crystallisation of the Partys Tasks, must be given material reality at the Conference.
At the NCC 2000, the participants in the Regional Forums, and activists representing the entire Party and its circles, will present their summing up of the work of the start-up period. The Central Committee will also present the entire logic of the work which has been undertaken in the start-up period in all its coherence, and will point the way forward. The whole of the National Consultative Conference will be geared to collectively recommending to the Central Committee, on the basis of the experience of the entire theoretical, ideological, political and organisational work since the Congress, how the decisions of the Congress should be implemented in concrete form. These tasks will represent the work to be undertaken up to the 4th Congress of RCPB(ML), which is scheduled to take place in 2003.
The Sixth Plenum reaffirmed that this period is one of consolidating the Party on the new historical basis. All the militants must grasp the line and participate in elaborating it and implementing it in fighting for the interests of the class and organising the working class to occupy the space for change. The work of this period is synonymous with laying the foundations of a Mass Communist Party for Britain. This work is inseparable from building the Mass Party Press, and is the context for this project. Building the Mass Party Press is a case of building and strengthening the instrument, the weapon, with which the new historical basis can be established in the working class, the youth, women and other sections of the people. It is an instrument and weapon by means of which the working class and people are themselves politicised and mobilised to defend and advance their rights and interests.
The Sixth Plenum affirmed that the Communist Party, consolidated on the New Historical Basis, is the decisive factor in ensuring that the working class is organised to prepare for the coming revolutionary storms and in its becoming conscious of itself as being the class which has the mission to constitute itself as the nation in the midst of these storms. RCPB(ML) must take up the challenge of building the mass party press and intervening in the political life of the country to ensure that this decisive factor is brought on a par with the demands of the times. It is a challenge which the Party is calling on all the progressive and democratic forces to take up, especially the communists and class-conscious workers.
At this time when the capitalist crisis is deepening and broadening and the bourgeoisie is putting all its arrangements in place to block the progress of society and reverse the gains of progressive humanity in the 20th century, it is necessary for the Communist Party to prepare to go on the offensive and put all its arrangements in place to open the door to a new society, a socialist society. It is necessary that there should be one class, one programme. The working class must as a class storm the gates which bar the way to a socialist Britain, and take hold of what belongs to it. Concretely speaking, this means that the workers and other sections of society must engage in a trial of strength with the bourgeoisie on the various fronts which present the opportunity for advance, for gaining successes.
The tasks of the workers movement can never be separated from the tasks of the Party. To grasp this link, the Sixth Plenum asserted, is to take hold of the key link at this time.
The Plenum concluded that this was a most appropriate time to be holding the National Consultative Conference 2000 on crystallising the Partys tasks, to ensure that the subjective conditions for revolution are created within the very movement to Stop Paying the Rich Increase Investments in Social Programmes!
It has been announced that a delegation of seven government ministers, headed by Keith Vaz, Minister for Europe, will travel to Slovakia and the Czech Republic next week, in what has been described as "an unprecedented initiative" to champion the enlargement of the EU.
An important aspect of the governments role as the "champion of enlargement" has been to develop "action plans" to facilitate entry to the EU for those countries in central and eastern Europe which are seeking membership. Action plans have already been established with the Czech Republic and with Hungary, involving increasing trade and investment and a host of other measures that allow interference in many aspects of the political, economic and social life of these countries under the guise of championing their interests and encouraging what are referred to as reforms. One aim of the government delegations visit will be to establish a similar action plan for Slovakia while strengthening its interference in the Czech Republic.
The government is attempting to present the enlargement of the EU as a great blessing for the peoples of Britain and Europe, while in reality it is only to the advantage of the monopolies and financiers of Britain and the biggest powers in Europe. These forces view eastward expansion as a vital part of their plans for European domination and a necessary precondition for expansion in Asia and elsewhere. The British government is playing a leading role in all these developments and is stepping up its activities ahead of the Inter-Governmental Conference Summit, which will take place in Nice from December 9-10. At this summit the government again hopes to play a leading role in shaping the future of an enlarged EU.
The governments championing of EU enlargement and its attempts to create an economic, political and military superpower in Europe spell disaster for all the peoples of Europe. The big European powers are already squabbling over which countries should dominate the enlarged EU, on the one hand, while they contend with the US over who should dominate Europe as a whole. Such rivalry between the big powers brings the prospect of war ever closer.
The people must combat these plans by fighting for the dismantling of all big power blocs and stepping up the struggle to assert their own sovereignty.
Since the Labour Party came to power, people in Scotland are waiting longer to be seen as outpatients in hospital after they have been referred there by their GP.
In 1997, 71.9 percent of people were seen in hospital within nine weeks of being referred by their GP. The latest available figures show that this percentage is now 64.9. In addition, the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks has nearly doubled from one person in 14 to one person in eight.
The average available staffed beds in Scotland has dropped from 15,146 in 1997 to 14,316 now.
If Scotlands crofters were working in England or Wales, they would receive the largest compensation under a new agricultural support scheme. However, they will receive the lowest despite working the poorest land in the worst climate. This is the claim of the MP for the Western Isles, Calum MacDonald.
The scheme in question is the Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme, which will replace the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance. However, because compensation is not being "banded" in Scotland, some large landowning estates stand to make the biggest gains.
It appears, according to the newspaper The Scotsman, that hundreds of Scottish jobs were sacrificed because the government bent the rules to make sure Rolls-Royce landed a £600 million contract to build engines for Britains new destroyer fleet.
According to an MoD spokesman: "The importance of the wider issues to the navy outweighed any cost implications."
Geoff Hoon, the Defence Minister, had scrapped the tender competition for the work, claiming that only Rolls-Royce engines and not those of its rival General Electric "would have been acceptable"
His claim that the decision would protect 1,000 jobs in England has been met with total disbelief in the United States, according to The Scotsman. The newspaper quotes an American source as stating: "The first engine will certainly be built in the UK, but after that they will be assembled in the US by Rollss partners Northrop Grumman. The job figures are frankly not really believable."
The Bulletin of CILRECO, the International Liaison Committee for Reunification and Peace in Korea, is titled For a reunified and independent Korea. In its October 2000 issue it carries an article on the success of its international petition, through which people have voiced their strong support for the peaceful and independent reunification of Korea.
CILRECOs Presidency launched the international signature campaign at the beginning of this year. The campaign has been very successful: 500 organisations, political, social, peace-loving, organisations of friendship and solidarity with the Korean people, from 100 countries participated in it.
Individually or collectively, through their respective organisations, says the article, the petition was signed by 80 million people from 15 countries in Asia, 55 million people from 35 African countries, 9 million from 20 European countries, 8 million from 30 countries in North and South America, and 200,000 people from Oceania.
One should also note, the article stresses, that many key figures, including heads of state and government officials, leaders of the political parties and social organisations, parliament members, not only signed the petition, but also participated actively in this campaign.
The article says that it is important to point out that many key figures not only signed the petition, but also wanted to underline the contribution of the DPRK and its leader Kim Jong Il to the positive outcome of the inter-Korean summit, and they voiced their support for the "Three Point Charter" for the reunification of Korea. They firmly requested the withdrawal of the American troops from South Korea, judging their presence, with this North-South reconciliation process under way, totally unjustified.
The members of CILRECOs Presidency are currently exchanging opinions and evaluating the results of the international petition within the context of these positive events, in order to determine future policy of the international solidarity movement under these new circumstances.
The success of the international petition, stresses the article, shows that there is an overwhelming solidarity of people world-wide with the Korean nation, and it strongly encourages CILRECO to work even harder in favour of the peaceful and independent reunification of Korea through a confederal system that respects the existing differences.
24 Nov SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS lobby group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) pickets the Cape Town and Pretoria offices of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) as part of its campaign for cheaper anti-AIDS drugs.
24 Nov CROATIA: EU-Balkans summit organised by the French presidency of the EU brings together heads of government of the fifteen EU member states and their counterparts from the countries of western Balkans. The summit will promote support for countries moving towards the EU and also presents opportunity to review the situation in the region. Tony Blair to be among those attending. Foreign Secretary Robin Cook is accompanying the Prime Minister. Robin Cook will meet the Croatian Prime Minister, Ivica Racan, and the President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic. He will also take part in the Prime Ministers meeting with President Kostunica of Yugoslavia.
24-26 Nov HUNGARY: Summit meeting of the Central European Initiative (CEI), comprising 16 member states from the region, held in Szeged, southern Hungary. Topics for discussion include issues concerning Southeastern Europe, the development of Euro-Atlantic integration and economic co-operation within the CEI.
27-28 Nov AUSTRIA: Foreign ministers from 54-state Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hold two-day meeting. US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov likely to attend.
28 Nov KOREAS: North Korea proposed holding the first military working-level talks to discuss the matter of reconstructing the Kyongui rail and road line within the DMZ (Demilitarised Zone).
28-29 Nov CZECH REPUBLIC/SLOVAKIA: British ministerial team pays a visit to Prague and Bratislava. As part of Britains championing EU enlargement, the Ministers will review with their opposite numbers, progress in the UK-Czech Action Plan for their EU accession and will launch the UK-Slovakia Action Plan.
29 Nov PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Anniversary of the passing of UN Resolution 181 on the partition of Palestine in 1947. Marked as a day of international solidarity with the Palestinian people. This year there have been calls from Palestinian organisations for the day to be marked by mass demonstrations.
29 Nov SOUTH KOREA: Trade union organisations plan protest rallies and propose staging a general strike on December 5 and 8. The conflict between the government and workers is likely to intensify as a result of the governments decision to complete the second stage of economic restructuring before the end of this year, a move that will create massive unemployment.
29 Nov 2 Dec KOREAS: South Koreas two labour umbrella groups hold an inter-Korean workers debate with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing. The meetings agenda, as agreed to by the two sides, is to determine ways that workers from the north and south can support the implementation of the Joint Declaration and to come up with co-operation measures for independent exchanges and coalitions.
30 Nov 3 Dec KOREAS: The second round of inter-Korean family reunions held for three days.
2 Dec CUBA: Anniversary of the day in 1956 on which Fidel Castro and 81 comrades all but 12 of whom were soon either captured or killed returned from exile. The date is seen as marking the birth of the Cuba rebel army.
2-3 Dec RUSSIA: Communist Party of the Russian Federation headed by Gennadiy Zyuganov holds its congress to discuss strategy for the next three years.
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