user preferences

New Events

Iberia

no event posted in the last week

International support for the General Strike in Spain on 29 September

category iberia | workplace struggles | feature author Friday September 24, 2010 15:41author by International statement Report this post to the editors

featured image
General Strike - 29th September 2010

Of all the European Union countries, the Spanish State is facing one of the most difficult economic situations of all, with 20% of the potential workforce unemployed. The measures proposed by the government place all the burden on the popular classes in the form of lower wages, consumer taxes, pensions cuts, cuts in unemployment benefits, more privatization and the introduction of more obstacles to workers organizing.

Ever since the crisis broke, the more militant sectors of the trade union movement [including the CGT, CNT, SO, etc.] have been demanding that a general strike be called to oppose these unpopular measures, but because they were confined only to certain sectors and geographic areas, they were unable to achieve it alone, until a general strike for 29th September was eventually - and reluctantly - called by the big unions, the CCOO and the UGT. It is very important for the General Strike to be a success and for the 29th September to see as many people as possible opposing the policies of the Zapatero government, outside the workplace and on the streets.

[Castellano] [Italiano] [Français] [Ελληνικά] [Kurdî / کوردی] [Dansk] [Deutsch]


International support for the General Strike in Spain on 29 September


Of all the European Union countries, the Spanish State is facing one of the most difficult economic situations of all, with 20% of the potential workforce unemployed. The measures proposed by the government to fill the State's coffers and stimulate the economy place all the burden on the popular classes in the form of lower wages, consumer taxes, pensions cuts, cuts in unemployment benefits, more privatization and the introduction of more obstacles to workers organizing (such as making it easier for employers to lay off workers and more restrictions on collective agreements).

Ever since the crisis broke, the more militant sectors of the trade union movement [including the CGT, CNT, SO, etc.] have been demanding that a general strike be called to oppose these unpopular measures, but because they were confined only to certain sectors and geographic areas, they were unable to achieve it alone, until a general strike for 29th September was eventually - and reluctantly - called by the big unions, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT).

It is very important for the General Strike to be a success and for the 29th September to see as many people as possible opposing the policies of the Zapatero government, outside the workplace and on the streets. If the strike should fail, it be not only a failure on the part of those that most of the public considers to be the unions that called the strike - the CCOO and UGT. It will be a failure on the part of the entire working class. On the other hand, the more successful the strike, the greater the success of the workers, as it will provide a clear demonstration of the strength that lies in our unity and will therefore be a step forward in our consciousness and in our levels of organization.

There follows the text of an international statement produced by the CGT and signed by various organizations of a libertarian nature.


International statement of support


We, the signatories to this statement, wish to demonstrate our support for the general strike called by the CGT on 29th September 2010 in the Spanish State.

The widespread crisis is affecting the working class badly, in particular the most precarious sectors of the class. And though the Spanish State is particularly badly affected, this situation is shared by many different countries.

We agree with the reasons why our comrades in the CGT have called this strike, that is to say in order to defend the labour, social, economic and environmental freedoms and rights of all workers and all sectors of the working class in the face of the attacks from the multinationals and financial institutions.

We believe that Zapatero's attempt to force this new labour reform package on the workers, together with his plans for reducing the deficit and reforming the pension system, are completely unacceptable. These measures are extremely unjust, since they shift the burden of the crisis onto the backs of the masses and not the real culprits of the crisis. It is unacceptable that the very institutions that generated the crisis are those who are forcing their proposals to get out of it on everyone else, as it involves a reduction in the rights of the working class and an increase in profits for the capitalist system in general.

We also support the theme chosen by the CGT for this General Strike: "For the distribution of work and wealth". Distributing work means that everyone works less so that everyone can work, by reducing the working day (without a loss of wages) and the retirement age, preventing massive unfair layoffs, as well as overtime, piecework, etc. We understand the distribution of wealth not as a dividend or as shares amongst the population, but using that money on welfare and wage benefits for all the unemployed and a redistribution of resources on the basis of solidarity.

The crisis is affecting everyone, so our militant organizations will continue to work so that the mobilizations will continue everywhere.


Signatories to date:
  1. USI - Unione Sindacale Italiana (Italy)
  2. IP - Inicjatywa Pracownicza (Poland)
  3. CNT-f - Confédération nationale du travail (France)
  4. IWW - Industrial Workers of the World (UK)
  5. ESE - Sindicato Libertario Griego (Greece)
  6. SAC - Sveriges Arbetares Centralorganisation (Sweden)
  7. "La Voz de los Zapotecos Xiches en Prisión", part of the Otra Campaña (Mexico)
  8. Colectivo 20 de Junio (Zaachila Oaxaca) (Mexico)
  9. María Antonieta Robles Barja, Trabajadora Social, Baja California (Mexico)
  10. Julio Cesar Rincón, (Mexico)
  11. Coordinadora Valle de Chalco (Mexico)
  12. LA KARAKOLA, Espacio social y kultural (Mexico)
  13. La Otra ciudad de Chihuahua, (Mexico)
  14. Nicte-Há Dzib Soto, Niñas y Niños en La Otra Campaña-DF (Mexico)
  15. Edilberto Bautista Dìaz, Gen. Sec. of the Sindicato Democrático de Trabajadores de la Procuraduría Social del Distrito Federal (Mexico)
  16. La Red vs la Represión en Chiapas (Mexico)
  17. Frente Popular Darío Santillán (Argentina)
  18. SNAPAP Sindicato Nacional Autónomo del Personal de la Administración Pública (Algeria)
  19. Asel Luzarraga (Chile)
  20. Frente Popular Francisco Villa Independiente-UNOPII (Mexico)
  21. Colectivo Radio Zapatista (Mexico)
  22. Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
  23. Hombre y Sociedad (Chile)
  24. Colectivo Socialista Libertario (Uruguay)
  25. Periódico Rojo y Negro (Uruguay)
  26. Organisation Socialiste Libertaire (Switzerland)
  27. Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (Uruguay)
  28. Unión Socialista Libertaria (Peru)
  29. Grupo Antorcha Libertaria (Colombia)
  30. Union Communiste Libertaire (Canada)
  31. Red Libertaria de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  32. Organización Revolucionaria Anarquista - Voz Negra (Chile)
  33. Estrategia Libertaria (Chile)
  34. Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (Australia)
  35. Alternative Libertaire (France)
  36. Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  37. Federação Anarquista de São Paulo (Brazil)
  38. Miami Solidarity & Autonomy (USA)
  39. Organización Anarquista por la Revolución Social (Bolivia)
  40. Frente Autentico del Trabajo (Mexico)
  41. Moez Jemai, journalist-syndicalist (Tunisia)
  42. Fédération SUD service public, Vaud canton (Switzerland)
  43. CUB, Confederazione Unitaria di Base (Italy)
  44. Votán Zapata (Mexico)
  45. UNICOBAS (Italy)
  46. Instituto Nacional Sindical (Colombia)
  47. Columna Libertaria Joaquin Penina (Argentina)
  48. Libertære Socialister (Denmark)
  49. Centro Internacional de Estudios Sociales (Uruguay)
  50. Red Libertaria Popular Mateo Kramer (Colombia)
  51. Centro de Estudios Sociales Manuel González Prada, Huancayo (Perú)
  52. Tendencia Estudiantil Libertaria (Perú)
  53. Movimiento Manuel González Prada (Perú)
  54. Sociedad de Resistencia - Santiago (Chile)
  55. Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)
  56. Workers Solidarity Alliance(USA/Canada)


For more information on the strike, see:

Related Link: http://huelgageneral.info/
author by Daniell - Libertære Socialisterpublication date Sat Sep 25, 2010 04:44Report this post to the editors

A danish (dansk) translation can be found here: http://libsoc.dk/?p=517

author by KO - RKASpublication date Tue Sep 28, 2010 02:04author email aaada at asdasda dot lvReport this post to the editors

Anarchist will be strong ! CNT will be STRONG !

author by mollymewpublication date Tue Sep 28, 2010 23:41Report this post to the editors

According to the CGT's General Strike Info site the number of supporting signatories now stands at 108. See http://huelgageneral.info/?p=1099 . This site was down when I checked earlier this morning, but it will hopefully be up agains soon.

Related Link: http://huelgageneral.info
author by Daniell - Libertære Socialisterpublication date Wed Sep 29, 2010 00:57Report this post to the editors

The list of signatories can be seen here: http://libsoc.dk/?p=517

There are only 107 (CNT counted one organization two times - a mexican organisation listed under Africa)

author by Daniell - Libertære Socialisterpublication date Wed Sep 29, 2010 20:35Report this post to the editors

sorry, I meant CGT.

Why has the danish translation not been added yet?

author by nestor - 1 of Anarkismo Editorial Grouppublication date Wed Sep 29, 2010 20:40Report this post to the editors

Anarkismo's editors are usually uncomfortable adding material in a language they do not understand, and we do not have any Danish-speaking editors currently (you are more than welcome to join us, Daniell!). Keep in mind that any reader can submit an article for publication - in which case editors just need to approve the article as it is already uploaded, thus making the process a lot quicker.

author by Daniell - Libertære Socialisterpublication date Thu Sep 30, 2010 03:43Report this post to the editors

"Keep in mind that any reader can submit an article for publication - in which case editors just need to approve the article as it is already uploaded, thus making the process a lot quicker."

Ok, I didn't that. I will do that next time LS has something to submit - thanks!

Related Link: http://libsoc.dk/
Number of comments per page
  
 
This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch
E

Front page

The experiment of West Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) has proved that people can make changes

[Chile] EL FTEM promueve una serie de “jornadas de debate sindical”

Ukraine: Interview with a Donetsk anarchist

The present confrontation between the Zionist settler colonialist project in Palestine and the indigenous working people

Prisões e mais criminalização marcam o final da Copa do Mundo no Brasil

An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to Marxism and Anarchism” by Alan Woods (2011)

هەڵوێستی سەربەخۆی جەماوەر لە نێوان داعش و &

Contra a Copa e a Repressão: Somente a Luta e Organização!

Nota Pública de soldariedade e denúncia

Üzüntümüz Öfkemizin Tohumudur

Uruguay, ante la represión y el abuso policial

To vote or not to vote: Should it be a question?

Mayday: Building A New Workers Movement

Anarchist and international solidarity against Russian State repression

Argentina: Atentado y Amenazas contra militantes sociales de la FOB en Rosario, Santa Fe

Réponses anarchistes à la crise écologique

50 оттенков коричневого

A verdadeira face da violência!

The Battle for Burgos

Face à l’antisémitisme, pour l’autodéfense

Reflexiones en torno a los libertarios en Chile y la participación electoral

Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections

Melissa Sepúlveda "Uno de los desafíos más importantes es mostrarnos como una alternativa real"

On Sectarianism

Iberia | Workplace struggles | en

Wed 03 Sep, 00:46

browse text browse image

29smuestracgtcntso.jpg imageMobilization convened from 29 May to 15 June in Spain 01:59 Tue 22 May by CGT, CNT, SO 0 comments

To continue the fight for our rights, we call several days of demonstrations that kicked off on May 29th and will finish June 15th.

cntcgtso.jpg imageCGT, CNT and SO call for participation in the 29 March general strike 19:12 Tue 27 Mar by Organizaciones sindicales combativas 2 comments

Joint statement by the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) and Solidaridad Obrera (SO) trade unions, appealing to the working class in Spain to join the day of strike action called for 29 March 2012. [Castellano] [Italiano]

huelgageneral29marzo_2.png imageCNT calls a General Strike for March 29 20:18 Wed 14 Mar by Confederación Nacional del Trabajo 0 comments

Against the Labor Reform, the cuts, and the assaults on the working class. The CNT rejects any kind of negotiation over the rights conquered by the working class and demands the repeal of the Labor Reform. The CNT’s confederal committee has decided to call a 24-hour general strike for March 29, which will extend the call that has already been made for Galicia and the Basque Country. This call will be formalized in the coming days.

manifestacion_galego_1.jpg imageGalicia: General Strike - 29 March 2012 20:17 Thu 23 Feb by CNT Galiza 0 comments

A General Strike has been called by the CIG, CGT, CNT and CUT trade unions for 29 March next. [Castellano] [Galego]

29smuestracgtcntso.jpg imageWeek of protest (14-18 Nov) against the Social Pact and towards the General Strike 20:15 Wed 09 Nov by Organizaciones sindicales combativas 0 comments

The Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) and Solidaridad Obrera (SO) trade unions met on 17th October last with the aim of continuing along the path towards unity of action, mobilization and the General Strike. [Castellano]

huelgageneral.png imageTowards the general strike: Week of protest called in Madrid 19:44 Wed 09 Nov by Organizaciones sindicales combativas 0 comments

The CNT, CGT and Solidaridad Obrera unions have launched a call in Madrid to build a strong process of mobilization and unity of action, leading to a general strike. [Castellano]

huelga2p.jpg image[Spanish State] Towards the General Strike 20:35 Fri 01 Jul by CGT - CNT - SO - CSC 5 comments

The trade-union organizations CGT, CNT, SO and CSC are moving for mobilization for shared demands, debated and adopted by the workers with a view towards a general strike. [Castellano] [Italiano]

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_cgtanimada_1_2.jpg imageCGT statement on the outcome of the General Strike of 29 September 19:13 Thu 30 Sep by Confederación General del Trabaja 0 comments

These are our initial impressions of the outcome of today's General Strike. In certain key sectors, there was mass participation in the strike in almost the entire country. By way of example: food markets in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Valladolid, Seville and Zaragoza; the (Seat) Ford, Renault, Opel and Volkswagen car factories; petro-chemical and steel factories and plants, minerals sector, gas distribution, public services such as waste disposal and post offices, large-scale construction, port workers in Barcelona, Valencia, Algeciras and so on. [Castellano] [Italiano]

460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_cnt.jpg imageCNT Calls for Participation in the General Strike 21:29 Tue 07 Sep by CNTista 0 comments

The day of the strike should serve as a trigger for further and broader mobilizations. A labour reform which they try to justify with the crisis, but which in reality is only aimed at giving more possibilities to the companies to make irregular contracts, ignore collective agreements and dismiss workers at less cost. A reform which will mean more temporariness and deregulation in hiring; a substantial reduction in compensation for unfair dismissal; enormous possibilities for the companies to reneg parts of the collective agreements such as salary, hours or schedules. More precarity, more insecurity, less salary, fewer rights. That is how the government of the PSOE is.

textCNT Ryanair Branch delegate fired 21:31 Wed 01 Apr by Sección Sindical en Ryanair de la CNT 3 comments

Last Friday, 27 March, the delegate of the CNT union section in Ryanair received a letter of dismissal from the company, for reasons of unsuitability, claiming a drop in the worker's performance. This is clearly false, the reality instead being that this dismissal is designed to discourage those who are demanding their rights and exercising them.

more >>

imageEyewitness from the anti-austerity struggle in the Spanish state Jul 24 by Costas A. 0 comments

Something is changing in Spain. On Thursday 19th July, hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people took to the streets against the greatest attack on Spain's welfare state in its history, in the form of cutbacks announced by the Partido Popular government. Public servants, trade unions, left wing political parties, worker organisations and unemployed people marched in 83 cities across Spain. A WSM member who returned on a visit to Toledo during Friday's protests reports on the struggle.

image29th September, an opportunity and a challenge Sep 28 by Manu García 0 comments

The adjustment measures proposed or planned by the Spanish government and its advisers to fill the State's coffers and stimulate the economy place all the burden on the popular classes in the form of lower wages, consumer taxes, pensions cuts, cuts in unemployment benefits, more privatization and the introduction of more obstacles to workers organizing (such as making it easier for employers to lay off workers and more restrictions on collective agreements). [Castellano]

textEditorial - Caderno "Luta Social", No.3 Nov 18 by "Luta Social" Collective 0 comments

In the midst of a serious situation, with great instability on economic, political and social levels due to another crisis in the world financial system, which has already spread to the "real economy" and with no end in sight, our country is immersed in an "endogenous crisis". [Português]

textPortugal: Real unemployment already at 10.9% Feb 22 by Luta Social 1 comments

According to today's Diário de Noticias, the rate of unemployment in the Portuguese economy is already running at 10.9%, counting those who are currently "inactive but available" and those who are under-employed.

textThe Teachers' Strike & Syndicalism in Portugal Jun 27 by Luta Social 1 comments

But there is another kind of syndicalism, another way to defend our rights and to relate to each other. It is alive within anti-authoritarian, non-party dependent, grassroots syndicalism, anarchist-inspired, committed only to decisions taken in assembly.

more >>

imageMobilization convened from 29 May to 15 June in Spain May 22 0 comments

To continue the fight for our rights, we call several days of demonstrations that kicked off on May 29th and will finish June 15th.

imageCGT, CNT and SO call for participation in the 29 March general strike Mar 27 2 comments

Joint statement by the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) and Solidaridad Obrera (SO) trade unions, appealing to the working class in Spain to join the day of strike action called for 29 March 2012. [Castellano] [Italiano]

imageCNT calls a General Strike for March 29 Mar 14 CNT 0 comments

Against the Labor Reform, the cuts, and the assaults on the working class. The CNT rejects any kind of negotiation over the rights conquered by the working class and demands the repeal of the Labor Reform. The CNT’s confederal committee has decided to call a 24-hour general strike for March 29, which will extend the call that has already been made for Galicia and the Basque Country. This call will be formalized in the coming days.

imageGalicia: General Strike - 29 March 2012 Feb 23 0 comments

A General Strike has been called by the CIG, CGT, CNT and CUT trade unions for 29 March next. [Castellano] [Galego]

imageWeek of protest (14-18 Nov) against the Social Pact and towards the General Strike Nov 09 Militant union organizations 0 comments

The Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) and Solidaridad Obrera (SO) trade unions met on 17th October last with the aim of continuing along the path towards unity of action, mobilization and the General Strike. [Castellano]

more >>
© 2005-2014 Anarkismo.net. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Anarkismo.net. [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]