Spain: CNT Joins Call for September 29 General Strike

The Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CNT is calling for a nationwide walkout against the government's new labor law reform.

Their press release stated:

The labor reform that the PSOE [Spanish Socialist Party] intends to introduce will be the greatest act of aggression against the rights of workers since the transition to democracy.

We must use the one-day strike as a trigger for later and broader mobilisations.

A labor reform that they claim is justified by the crisis, but that in reality is only oriented to creating opportunities for employers to use irregular contracts, ignore collective agreements, and fire their workers more cheaply. A reform that will mean more temporariness and deregulation in contracting workers; a substantial reduction of the penalties for improper firings; enormous opportunities for employers to break away from agreements in matters such as wages, the working day, or guaranteed hours. More precarity, more insecurity, less income, less rights. This is how the PSOE governs.

Yet, in spite of all this, this reform is only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath lies the reality: the miserable working conditions in the immense majority of companies, the continual non-fulfillment of agreements, paying lower wages than stipulated, insecure work, working full-time on a half-time contract; the obligation to work extra hours if you do not want them to fire you, or skipping vacations or doing the work that they order you to do, even if you're not supposed to. All this if you don't want them to show you the door. Another piece of the reality is formed by the contempt with which we are treated by governments, politicians, and the media, in which they present us as lazy, unproductive, and useless. We, the workers, live knowing that we are interchangeable, that we are clutter who can only find work if we do it cheaper than whoever was doing it before. We live with the fear of not knowing if tomorrow we will continue to be paid, or even continue to eat.

And what are we going to do? Sit down to wait and see how everything turns out? Hope that maybe one day we will find good work? Elbow each other in a struggle to grab the last subsidy?

Anyone who wants to do this, go for it – you will be rewarded with nothing but misery. But the CNT is proposing something else to the working class: the struggle for our rights and our dignity. Without state financing [subvenciones], without union bureaucrats paid for by the companies [liberados], without mortgaging ourselves to the political system. Although we can't guarantee to anyone that we will be able to bury this reform, what we can guarantee is that we will give it everything we've got. We are calling upon everyone who wants to form part of this fight to come to our locals and organise themselves in the CNT.

Therefore we are calling for the General Strike on September 29th. Let this strike serve as a trigger for the mobilisations that lie ahead for the working class if we want to stop the Labor Reform. And regain our dignity.

*Translated from the press release of September 6 (http://cnt.es/noticias/nota-de-prensa-cnt-llama-la-huelga-el-29-s) by OliverTwister.

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OliverTwister
Sep 12 2010 23:47

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akai
Sep 13 2010 09:17

BTW, this strike is part of European-wide actions to be held on the 29th - I believe in 9 countries. We will probably go with a blok to our local demo with some more radical propaganda and we heard that comrades in Italy and Portugal may also. Anybody else?

MT
Sep 13 2010 09:22

Found no mention of any actions in Slovakia. Most probably the union representatives will again join the demo in Brussels.

akai
Sep 13 2010 09:23

Yes. In Czech Republic something is happening. I think the rest go to Brussels.

Steven.
Sep 13 2010 09:26

Hey Oliver, thanks very much for translating and posting this.

I have made a couple of minor editorial changes, which I will explain:
- I have rewritten the introduction to be like a news article, rather than a copy of a press release. Opinions rather than factual news we prefer to include as a credited quote.
- I have fixed the tags to make them more in line with how we use them in general on the site.

Look forward to more contributions in future!

Samotnaf
Sep 13 2010 09:55

General strike in France on September 23rd - called by the unions not to coincide with the other General Strikes. No sign so far of any breaks with or attacks on the unions.

Entdinglichung
Sep 13 2010 14:21

is it only the CNT or are other unions also mobilising

akai
Sep 13 2010 15:36

Most unions, if not all, are mobilizing.

MT
Sep 13 2010 19:38

in fact, cnt most probably joined as the last ones, as they were not clear about the whole thing which was announced but major unions.

akai
Sep 14 2010 06:58

That's right - because a one-day general strike by the mainstream unions is a farce. The only reason to join is to have a presence and call for radicalization of protest and an indefinite strike.

AIW
Sep 21 2010 18:02

Reposting the latest from Indymedia uk

Quote:
miner strikes and riots in spain few days before the general strike
MOHAWK | 19.09.2010 00:08

The miners of Ponferrada (Catilla-Leon) and Asturias have been fighting the riot police and blocking roads for the latest 3 days.

The miners of Ponferrada (Catilla-Leon) and Asturias have been fighting the riot police and blocking roads for the latest 3 days. The reason is very simple; they have not been paid for the last 2 months and the bosses are threatening with closing the pits due to their alleged "low productivity".

For the time being 36 riot cops have ended up in hospital (yes, it can be done sometimes).

All this is happening just a few days before the national general strike that will take place on 29th September.

LET'S SPREAD THE SEEDS OF SOCIAL REVOLUTION.

IT IS TIME FOR FIRE!!!!

LINKS (SPANISH):

[url= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq4Ngbwp7cI&feature=related ] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq4Ngbwp7cI&feature=related [/url]
MOHAWK

Thank you for the translation of the CNT release. It would be great if the you tube video could also be translated.

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 21 2010 19:07

And in the UK?

Jason Cortez
Sep 21 2010 19:11

What do you think?

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 22 2010 17:07

Might be an opportunity for some kinda tokenistic event at least...I guess it's short notice now.

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 22 2010 22:45

Is that an invite?

Caiman del Barrio
Sep 23 2010 01:00

Ah that shit's in a PARK? neutral

Steven.
Sep 23 2010 08:21

September 29 is meant to be a European day of action, called by the European TUC. Don't think there is much going on in London, though - Wednesday is a work day.

At my work, day of action as we are mobilising for the October 20 demonstrations, with the announcement of the comprehensive spending review

akai
Sep 23 2010 10:26

We have a modest mob planned for the 29th. There's no strike in Poland though, just a soft symbolic action.

Entdinglichung
Sep 29 2010 15:31

articles on the strike: http://www.kaosenlared.net/especial/huelga%20general%2029-S (en castellano)

akai
Sep 29 2010 18:34