The CNT of Spain discuss the recent campaign against unionism in Spain, while distinguishing genuine revolutionary unionism from the collaborationist unionism of the majority unions in Spain.
It’s clear that a complete campaign, orchestrated by unnumerable sections of the media, dedicated to discrediting what is commonly understood by “unionism”; a campaign that has been noted as ruthless by one of the leaders of the CCOO [one of Spain’s two major union confederations], given that it is principally against this organization as well as the UGT [Spain’s other major union confederation] t
The CNT of Madrid are calling for participation in the September 29 general strike while noting the dangerous possibility that the state-sponsored unions who are calling the strike may call if off if asked to "negotiate".
There's no doubting that we have more than enough reasons to strike. The politicians and employers have been burning us for two years. First they gorged themselves on redundancies while turning all of the public dough into a fine cake for the banks and businesses, until unemployment arrived at almost five million people.
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.
Last Saturday, the 10th of July, a large group of people demonstrated against Mercadona in Valencia to publicly denounce the harassment which workers at this cruel business are subject to.
People started to gather in front of the Mercadona situated on the post road in Valencia. The idea was to demonstrate for an hour in front of the entrance of the supermarket to denounce the consecutive dismissals of various comrades and the harassment that continues inside the store.
A short biography of the Spanish anarchist militant, poet and songwriter Chicho Sánchez Ferlosio
Chicho (real name José Antonio Julio Onésimo Sánchez Ferlosio) was born on April 8, 1940 in a family with strong ties to the Francoist regime - his father, Rafael Sánchez Mazas, having been one of the founders of the Falangist movement.
A short biography of Luis Andres Edo, one of the last historic figures of the CNT-FAI
I had the privilege of meeting many outstanding anarchists of both the French and the Spanish movement whilst living in Paris in the early 1970s. One of those that I encountered was the tough Spanish worker, Luis Andres Edo. He was then making a living working on building sites, spending his spare time in activity against the Franco regime.
Classic pamphlet on libertarian communism by Spanish anarcho-syndicalist Isaac Puente.
Issac Puente was one of the very few members of the non-labouring classes to wield any influence within the pre-war CNT of Spain. According to Jose Peirats, in Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution, he was a 'Basque doctor and socialist, propagandist for libertarian communism.