To our sisters and brothers in the Finnish trade union movement

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Militant greetings of solidarity and comradeship from your co-workers and co-trade unionists from the Philippines!

The Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) – Center of United and Progressive Workers – a national labor center here in the Philippines, expresses its utmost support and offers its warmest applause for the mass protest actions and other related campaigns that will be staged by the organized workers in Finland, led by the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK), and the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland (AKAVA).

Your expectedly huge demonstration at the Helsinki Railway Station Square on Friday, September 18, rightfully deserves to be actively supported not only by all Finnish workers but also by the international labor movement and all workers anywhere, including the Filipino workers and trade unionists. We are one with the Finnish workers and trade unions in hoping for your success in pressuring the rightwing coalition that currently rules the Finnish government to stop its sweeping, arbitrary and unilateral actions and plans to significantly weaken labor and trade union rights as well as to substantially reduce social welfare benefits, including health and education budgets – which were all won from decades of hard-fought struggles of the Finnish labor movement, enjoyed for years by all Finnish people, and envied throughout the world.

The slashing of many workers’ benefits including unemployment insurance, overtime and Sunday pays, sick leaves, vacation leaves, among others, are not only utterly revolting and unjust but an ominous sign as well. Right-wingers and neoliberals, if not prevented and defeated, will eventually impose a social order where trade unions and other people’s organizations are effectively emasculated, and wealth and power are concentrated in a few.

If the ruling parties in the Finnish government refuse to heed the calls of the workers and the citizens, let the September 18 protests swell into a more massive and widespread collective actions of the Finnish trade unions and civil society to restore the rights and benefits that were taken from them.

Long live the Finnish workers and trade unions!
Fight and defeat rightwing and neoliberal plots against the workers and trade unions!
Workers of the world unite!

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