INDEPENDENT WORKING CLASS ACTION
In a capitalist society like Nigeria, workers create all the riches yet very few workers benefit from their toil. Only a tiny minority of capitalists control and enjoy this wealth while the majority suffer exploitation and poverty.
This is a consequence of capitalism, an economic system that puts profits before people’s needs. We want a completely new society in which the workers collectively seize control and democratically plan production and distribution for the benefit of all – not just for an elite few.
REVOLUTION NOT REFORM
The parliamentary way to socialism has historically proved futile and so has reformism. The only viable road to socialism is the revolutionary overthrow of the present system led by the mass of workers. The state machinery in the form of the parliament, the army, the police and judiciary are designed to defend the interests of the ruling class. Through mass collective action, workers can smash the state machinery and replace it with true workers’ democracy. This will be based on workers councils with delegates accountable to workers themselves, not parliament.
The key to a successful revolution lies in international solidarity with other workers around the world. There is only one international working class exploited by international capital. To emphasize national unity instead of class unity holds back working class struggles. The experience of Russia demonstrates that socialism cannot survive in one country. In Russia it led to state capitalism and Stalinism. In Eastern Europe and China similar systems were later established by Stalinist parties.
We oppose all tendencies, which turn workers against workers. We are against sexism and the oppression of women, tribalism, religious sectarianism, homophobia and all other forms of discrimination. These misdirect workers from the real roots of exploitation and imperialism and weaken their collective strength. We advocate ethnic equality and support the rights of minorities to organize and defend their rights. We support all genuine national liberation movements.
THE REVOLUTIONARY WORKERS PARTY
A revolutionary party is a spear in the hands of workers. It brings together the most class conscious workers to spread socialist ideas and collective action. Through patient arguments and practical organization in the daily class struggle, we can win workers to our politics and the fight for a socialist society. Activity to build such a party has to be based on the mass organisations of the working class. We have to build a rank and file movement within the trade unions.
WE STAND FOR SOCIALISM FROM BELOW.
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISTS!
TOGETHER WE HAVE A WORLD TO WIN!
Socialist Workers & Youth League (SWL) is an organisation of men, women and youths who are committed to the fight for a better society. We are part of the working class in particular and fight alongside all oppressed people in general. If you share our passion for change, join us today. You can email your contact details including:
to: email@example.com. You can also visit us at the SWL’s National Office: Iva Valley Centre, Plot 16 Saratu Close, Araromi, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
Workers and youths! Unite and fight!