We are making available to our readers, in English, the appeal to support the FIOM’s call for last Saturday’s demonstration in Rome, promoted by the supporters of FalceMartello, the Marxists in the PRC, under the title, “Together with the FIOM on the road marked out by the workers of Pomigliano and Melfi”.

Yesterday we announced the tragic taking of his own life by Comrade Giampiero Palermo, a longstanding comrade of the FalceMartello tendency in Italy. Here we provide an English translation of Claudio Bellotti’s recollections of this comrade of ours: Addio Giampiero.

The comrades of FalceMartello are mourning the loss of comrade Giampiero Palermo, from Cosenza in the region of Calabria in the south, who took his own life yesterday. In Defence of Marxism mourns with them. Giampiero was a dedicated and hardworking comrade of the tendency gathered around FalceMartello and the IMT in Italy. He was one of our first comrades in the south, a convinced Communist and fighter for the cause of the working class. You can read Claudio Bellotti’s Addio Giampiero in Italian. A translation will follow.

The FIAT plant at Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples) has become the centre of attention for all militant trade unionists in Italy. The bosses are trying to implement new draconian work conditions and in the process have used all kinds of bullying methods. But they can push too far and the workers are reaching the limit and preparing to fight back.

In response to Berlusconi’s severe public spending cuts the CGIL, Italy’s main trade union confederation called a 4-hour general strike last week. The response was massive with one million workers on the streets of Italy’s cities. A very militant mood could be felt on all the rallies with particular attention on the lead being given by the FIAT workers at the Pomigliano plant near Naples.

In February the national conference of the Italian Young Communists (GC), the youth wing of the PRC, met to discuss two counterposed political documents, one presented by the Marxist tendency and the other by all the other currents who came together as one block. The Marxists emerged far stronger than they have ever been and are now a respected current within the youth, one that has shown in practice that it knows how to build the party with correct Marxists ideas.

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