(Republished from mathaba.net/info)
celebrate today the first of May, the international workers day; but
the real workers' day is the one on which all workers of the world are
liberated from slavery and when they become partners instead of wage
This should be the Workers International Day of Liberation throughout the world which deserves the true celebration.
meaning does this celebration of world workers have so long as in every
part of the world they are succumbed under servitude of the pay which
controls their living and their freedom? Is there any freedom for the
person who lives enslaved by another? Is there any meaning for the life
of a person when all his material and necessary needs, his daily or
monthly income and his children's living are all possessed by another
One's freedom is not complete until he is totally
emancipated from all forms of pressure and oppression from whatever
source they are practised. That is to say when one is in complete
control of all his needs, because he can never be free if any of his
needs is possessed by others.
The genuine revolution eliminates
all forms of exploitation on which the exploiting society is based
including the Libyan society up to this moment. The bases of
exploitation which deny the Libyan his freedom should be all destroyed.
the revolution is not a military coup, nor the taking of seats from one
group to hand them to another; but the revolution exposes the bases of
oppression in society and destroys them. It attacks the fortresses of
exploitation and is capable of destroying them. This is the revolution.
revolution exposes the suppressing relations in the field of production
as well as the unjust relations between people, and destroys these
relations. This is what the revolution is about.
Any movement for
change that does not go beyond depriving some of the seats [of power] or
exchanging slogans and leaves the roots of exploitation in a society
unchanged, then it is a fascist coup, a movement with a limited purpose
and no historical impact on man's life.
In every place, man seeks
liberty and is ready to die to achieve it. He has been struggling all
through history in order to live happily, because for man to be happy he
has to be free. He must be emancipated from those who enslave him in
order to be free in his life, in what he eats, in what he dresses and in
his house. This is the free man who ought to live with happiness.
All over the world, there are reformative and superficial attempts to
satisfy the workers by allowing them to participate in the management or
to have some of the shares of profit or by raising the minimum wage
rate. Such attempts are illusive and merely aim at deceiving the workers.
Workers as Participants in Management
conscious person does not accept such falsifications since these
reformative attempts cannot be but a failure. The labourer should not
participate in the management, he must be the manager. So the labourers,
from their positions of production ought to take over the management.
the best position for the labourers in the world now is to participate
in the management... then let us first define who is the manager. He is
the one who exploits the labourers and he exploits them by allowing them
to participate in the management. So they should be the real managers,
for the labourers ought to be free.
They are the majority in the
world. Therefore, they should enjoy freedom and happiness. Who said that
the labourers should live under exploitation all the time? They should
be the managers with no other partners. The fake regimes which pretend
progressiveness try to give labourers a share of the profit, but from
where do these profits come? The labourers should have the full right in
the profit share because it is the result of their hard work in the
The aim of the centres of production in giving
away any form of social benefits to the workers, directly or indirectly,
is to make them forget about their full right in the profit to which
they are fully entitled.
The worker is the producer and the right
principle is that the one who produces is the one who consumes his
production... but the workers produce and the other exploiting people
consume their production, while they try to give the workers some of the
profit share and the leftovers.
If the labourers do not manage all the centres of production, and consume their own production, they will remain exploited.
call for the liberation of the labourers comes from Libya, the first
Jamahiriya in the world. This would be a true liberation day, brothers,
when the thousands in Libya become partners instead of wage workers.
This would be the real day for celebration of the historical labour day.
No Delegation in Defending Freedom
resolutions of the people's conference to the effect of raising the
minimum wage rate are to be implemented. Although the people's
conferences have resolved in compliance with reality and in spite of the
executive measures taken by the general people's committee and other
committees, I hereby tell you not to rejoice for the rise in the minimum
wage rate nor be satisfied with it or with sharing the profits or
participating in the management; but the revolution should be carried on
and your march should continue until the workers take over the
management completely in all the institutes in which they work.
benefits that you acquire through a resolution or a legislation are
considered as a favour by others given to you. A free man cannot live on
a favour of another, because he will be the inferior.
the benefits you achieve by completely possessing the management where
you are working or by obtaining your full share in the production, these
can only be achieved by the popular revolution and not by a resolution
or legislation, because both are subject to change or cancellation by
the same body that has laid them or by a new body that replaces the old
In the Arab countries that used to be progressive one day or
any other countries in the world, the workers lost all the benefits they
gained in management and profit by a legislation or revolutionary
resolution, when the revolutionary administration was over or replaced.
No one can achieve freedom on behalf of someone else. One should
struggle for his own freedom for which he may also die.
all the benefits that I have just mentioned have to be in a workers
movement and by popular revolution. However, this revolution movement
should be fully aware and well organised because otherwise it would be
anarchic. In anarchism one loses his freedom or allows others to deprive
him of his freedom.
The movement of society is the movement of
the Libyan people towards achieving the historical objectives of laying
down the foundation of a new civilisation.
The revolution should
be launched from practical and political frameworks in order to achieve
its objectives. The movement of the popular forces, like the workers,
should also be well organised to get their own rights which they have
been longing to achieve. It is high time for the oppressed and exploited
to be liberated and to take their rights by means of a popular
Destroying the Oppressing Bases, For Man to be Liberated
condemned you to backwardness and poverty? Who condemned you to be an
inferior class and others to be a superior class? Who decided to possess
your needs? Of course, not God...God is Just. He can never condemn you
to any of these miseries. It is the society of oppression and
exploitation, the bases of which would be revealed by the revolution so
that man can be free. It is time now for you to get consciously ready
and well organised to have your full share of the production which you,
These new slogans are laid down before you to
think about now. This call for freedom, freedom of the labourers should
come out very loudly from the Jamahiriya so that the workers of the
world can hear it. When the historical mission of the revolution is
successfully accomplished, when you take the lead in getting your full
rights, then the oppressed workers around us will do the same and take
their positions in managing the production.
Then all the poor and
oppressed labourers of the Arab Nation will be free. When the Arab human
being, the Arab workers are liberated, they will be the master of the
country... They will also constitute a force that is capable of
confronting the enemy and defeating him, once they become free and have
achievements to defend.
Therefore, as of today the labour day will
have a different meaning. When the workers get their full share,
consume what they produce, and manage all the stages in the production
process, then they can celebrate their day.
The workers of the
Libyan Jamahiriya have to accomplish this objective so that Libya can
achieve its self-sufficiency and bridle the tongues which spread rumours
and anti-propaganda against the Libyan workers to hinder the process of
self achievements. You should not leave a gap in your revolution or
give an excuse for the enemies of the workers.
I am sure you will
never give them the chance if you start organising yourself, as of
today, in presenting a magnificent example for the oppressed workers of
the Arab world. Then the exploiting, reactionary and imperialist forces
and the enemies of the workers in the Arab world will realise the unique
experience of Libya.
I have presented what I have said before you
so that you shoulder the responsibility. I assure you that my duty and
the duty of my colleagues who have led the revolution are only to
participate with the people in order to liberate themselves and live a
- Muammar Qaddafi.
1, 1978, responding to calls by the Revolutionary Leadership, workers
throughout Libya seized factories and production sites removing
government bureaucracy and private exploitationist administration, and
set up popular administrations. The Libyan workers thus ended ages of
slavery and became partners in production instead of wage earners.
September 1, 1978, the struggle of the world's workers was crowned by a
world accomplishment that has been the product of the struggle of the
oppressed. This accomplishment is the true challenge to the forces of
exploitation, and spells the end of all those who practised cruelty and
persecution since the middle ages by sapping the efforts of workers
throughout the world.
On May 1st, 1982, Col. Qadhafi made a
historic call to the workers of the world. The Libyan leader called on workers
internationally to escalate their struggle. He declared:
this day we call on the workers of the world who are suffering from
deceit, exploitation, oppression and slavery, to rebel against cruel
social relations by seizing factories and production units to control
their rights over production and form their people's congresses and
committees. ('No democracy without popular congresses...Committees
everywhere!') The outbreak of the workers revolution shall sweep the
world, destroying forces of exploitation and oppression and raising the
banner of the dictum "Partners in production not wage-earners", guided
by the second chapter of the Green Book."
* Partners Not Wage-earners.
* Solidarity with Libyan Workers
* Smash the System with the Third Universal Theory.
* Forward to the Era of the Masses.