Dear Comrades, Communists, Workers, and Fellow Iranians!
In the following statement, we inform all Marxist-Leninists, the working class, and the people of Iran that the two organizations, “Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)” and “Marxist-Leninist Organization of Toufan – Rahe Ayandeh” have united. Both of these organizations reached agreement on all the following points after necessary discussions and an exchange of points of views. We circulate this statement among the sympathizers of the emancipation of the working class and those who sincerely wish to eliminate class oppression and exploitation. We offer our unified action as a positive example from which they can gain experience.
We hope this joint effort inspires those who believe and consider communism to be the ideal of human emancipation.
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) and the Marxist-Leninist Organization of Toufan – Rahe Ayandeh, in their 35 years of activity and historical development, and in their respective paths of struggle for the same goal, have gained a variety of positive and negative experiences. Based on the lessons of those experiences, they were able to join for a common struggle and have reached ideological, political and organizational unity on the basis of the Program and Constitution of the Party of Labour of Iran as the single party of the working class of Iran.
After many years of militant struggles and through the evaluation of each other’s documents and central organs, both organizations have reached the conclusion that their attitude toward the events and surrounding phenomena were generally based on dialectical materialism, were consistent in their entirety and were proven throughout all ideological and political arenas. Their separation is unnatural, unjustifiable, and irresponsible. They therefore decided to put an end to this division.
Both organizations are of the opinion that unity in a working class party is not based on petty, daily details. The fundamentals of unity in a communist organization are based on Marxist-Leninist ideology, revolutionary action for the emancipation of the working class from the ruling capitalists, and Leninist organizational principles.
Unity with the single party of the working class must be formed on the basis of determinative, substantial, and major issues that express the nature of the organizations. The minor controversial issues should be investigated within the framework of the party and be resolved in the service of the party and in accordance with and respect for Leninist organizational principles. In resolving controversial issues, the emphasis should be placed on the importance of the principal issues on which the party is based, and should be resolved in accordance to the principle of “unity-criticism-unity.” In this process, the struggle is carried out with the motivation of strengthening party unity. Healthy inner-party struggle shows the liveliness of the party and demonstrates the democratic nature of inner-party relations. This democratic inner-party struggle further strengthens the party.
The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) and the Marxist-Leninist Organization of Toufan – Rahe Ayandeh, in daily struggles and in attracting the conscious elements of the working class, have always declared their deep belief and loyalty to the leadership role of the party of the working class and to the principles of Leninist party discipline. They base their belief on the historical experience that all organizations and individuals who believe in Marxism-Leninism, in the October Socialist Revolution, and in the construction of socialism in USSR by Comrade Lenin and Stalin can and must unite in a single organization. Their efforts to resolve the differences must have perspective and a target, and must be in the service of the further strengthening of the party of the working class. The party of the working class manifests the historical memory and achievements of the class, inspires the continuation of the class struggles, and is the subjective factor in ending division in the class. The party carries out a ceaseless struggle against bourgeois and petty-bourgeois ideologies, against anarcho-syndicalism, against tailing behind the “mass of workers,” and against economism. The Party shows that the distorted theory of the “emancipation of the working class by its own hands,” that is, emancipation without the subjective factor of consciousness and without the need for the leadership of the Party, is one of the tricks of “worshiping the workers” used by the bourgeoisie in its ideological struggles against the working class. It is only through such struggles that the Party can put an end to dispersion, to the attitudes of escape from discipline, and to the fascination with individualism. The struggle against division and dispersion must pass through putting emphasis on the significance of the leading role and the leadership function of the Party, through spreading belief in organizational discipline, through advocating loyalty to the Party, and through showing the path of unity outlined by the conscious sector of the working class. Only this planned, conscious, well thought-out, and targeted struggle, together with feelings of communist responsibility, is the remedy to end division and dispersion.
The party of the working class must be the manifestation of the ideological firmness and political independence of the class. Also, it must raise the organizational unity of the class in order to fight against petty-bourgeois thoughts and tendencies that are designed to cause division. The existence and activity of the party are the necessary conditions to end division and dispersion. The party is the conscious, subjective factor that holds high the banner of the fight against division and dispersion, and therefore, it cannot surrender to the condition of ideological, political, and organizational dispersion. The party, as the conscious factor, must rise up against the spirit of petty-bourgeois divisionism and dispersion and put its stamp on the removal of dispersion and its consequences that have damaged the communist movement in Iran since the rise of revisionism.
Consequently, the two organizations, feeling responsible for the communist and workers movements in Iran, have reached organizational unity on the basis of ideological, political and organizational communist principles, and concretely, on the basis of the political line, Program and Constitution of the Party of Labour of Iran. The two organizations call on all those who sincerely desire the emancipation of the working class to overcome their hesitation and join us in this common path with the feeling of communist responsibility and with the rich and precious experiences that they have gained in their struggles.Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)
May 1, 2014