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May Day, for today's martyrs

category italy / switzerland | workplace struggles | press release author Monday April 30, 2007 18:25author by Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici - FdCAauthor email internazionale at fdca dot it Report this post to the editors

FdCA statement

If we are no longer to die from work, but live from it, heartfelt appeals and crocodile tears are not enough. Nor is hoping that rules and regulations are observed or that the bosses will act honestly. In every workplace we have to win back our dignity and the awareness that it is up to us to defend our rights. The workers themselves must struggle and be united in that struggle.


May Day, for today's martyrs

When work kills...
...death becomes a number and life becomes a sacrifice on the altar of capitalism and exploitation


For capitalism, workers are nothing more than living numbers - production numbers, redundant numbers, mobile numbers, numbers to be cut down through job losses. And they are still just numbers even when they die at work. Exploited lives and broken lives are only a cost. A number. Now, Italy's national agency for insurance against workplace injuries, INAIL, has announced that in 2006 there were a total of 1,280 workplace deaths, with a sharp rise in the figures for women and non-EU citizens. These numbers tell us that in 2006 a total of 1,115 people died in the industrial sector (280 in construction alone), 114 in agriculture and 11 civil servants. The number of women dying at work has increased: 103 in 2006 as against 88 the previous year. And the numbers of non-EU citizens dying at work in Italy has also been increasing over the past 4 years.

Numbers. Statistics. The statistics tell us that on average 4 people die at work every day as a result of accidents, but they do not tell us about the deaths which go unreported because the workers involved, be they men or women, Italians or immigrants, are moonlighting in undeclared, illegal, clandestine jobs, part of the hidden economy. Or about the workers who are involved in road accidents because they are so tired due to driving or working long hours. Or the victims of exposure to carcinogens or toxic elements, whose illnesses are rarely - if ever - linked to their work.

When the culprit is work, a loophole in Article 2087 of the Civil Code or in Law 626 [1)] can always be found to protect this serial killer. But it is plain for all to see: the culprit is the organization of labour and its de-regulation; the intensification of the exploitation of labour and blackmail on the part of those who would like the laws designed to protect workers' safety to be relaxed or repealed, even depenalised. This killer also maims: there are hundreds of thousands of workplace injuries every year (INAIL reported 938,613 in the year 2004).

In Italy, as in the rest of the world, behind these workplace deaths and accidents there lie greater interests which tend to dump the cost of the consequences of these deaths, injuries and work-related illnesses onto the collectivity. They are of course human costs, but also enormous economic costs: every year 4% of the world's GNP is lost die to costs deriving from accidents, deaths and illnesses linked to the workplace - a figure which is 20 times that of what is spent on development aid.

The human cost, however, is incalculable! It is a slaughter on a worldwide scale. The International Labour Organization (ILO) registered around 2.2 million work-related deaths for the year 2005, of which "only" 350,000 were the result of accidents (of these, as many as 60,000 were in the construction sector). All the others - that's 1,700,000 people - were victims of work-related illnesses (asbestos alone still counts for about 100,000 deaths a year). And most of the mortal injuries estimated by the ILO occur in China (around 90,000), other Asian countries (76,866) and India (40,133). Over the next 15 years there will be an increase both in the number of young people (15-24) and older people (the over-60s) joining the workforce and it is these groups which tend to suffer the greatest incidence of workplace accidents.

Prevention, protection, safety and health in the workplace are costs which cannot be offloaded onto the national labour contracts for the various categories. They must be borne by employers. Workplace Safety Monitors must be introduced into every workplace - if necessary in an autonomous, self-managed way by the workers themselves. These Monitors must be protected and safeguarded from blackmail by the bosses and be in direct contact with local health officers. Local health officers must be charged with recognizing workplace injuries and work-related diseases and set up an observatory of workplace accidents which includes every local authority area and every workplace.

But above all we need to continue our criticism of capitalism as a system of production, and systematically denounce exploitation and its lethal effects on the health and lives of the proletariat of Italy and the whole world. We must organize specific struggles on the theme of safety in order to fight the various processes that lie at the root of the rise in risk factors - from privatization to outsourcing, from de-qualification of duties to increases in the workrates in production units.

If we are no longer to die from work, but live from it, heartfelt appeals and crocodile tears are not enough. Nor is hoping that rules and regulations are observed or that the bosses will act honestly. In every workplace we have to win back our dignity and the awareness that it is up to us to defend our rights. The workers themselves must struggle and be united in that struggle.

Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici

27th April 2007


[1] The article of the Italian Civil Code and corresponding law which oblige employers to provide a safe working environment for workers.

Verwandter Link: http://www.fdca.it/fdcaen
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This May Day, let the anarchist tradition of the Haymarket Matyrs once again be known and an anarchist inspired revolutionary workers movement be built.

In the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs,the Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA) continues the tradition of workers solidarity in the struggle for a better world today and a future self-managed world.

No War But Class War!

Yours in solidarity and internationalism

W.S.A. 339 Lafayette Street-Room 202 New York, NY 10012
tel. (212) 979-8353

Verwandter Link: http://www.workersolidarity.org
 
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textA Great Success: the self-organized railworkers Feb 26 by nestor 0 comments

FdCA Labour Commission statement on the success of the 24-hour rail strike called by the workers in self-organized assembly

imageCGT-CNT-SO: May Day, our struggle continues Apr 27 0 comments

The CGT, CNT and SO call on all workers, employed or unemployed, students, pensioners and citizens in general to participate in the mobilizations that we have called for May Day, a day that should give continuity to the dynamic of struggle which has been set out on. [Castellano]

imageGrassroots syndicalist general strike on 27 January Jan 26 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

We recognize that the strike on 27 January called by the USB, Unicobas, Orsa, SICobas, Snater and USI unions is an opportunity for this renewal of the ability to mobilize of the workers' movement in Italy and as anarchist communists, we declare our solidarity with the workers of all kinds and with all those who join the strike and participate in the demonstration in Rome on Friday 27 January. [Italian]

image27 January 2012: General Strike and national demonstration in Rome Jan 25 0 comments

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imageFIAT DUX - a new model for "collective bargaining" Jan 25 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

The new FIAT agreement came into effect on 1 January 2012 in all FIAT plants. It cancels the national collective bargaining agreement and all other existing agreements. It was accompanied by a specific contract for the car sector and the cancellation of the 2008 national collective agreement for the metalworkers section, which now goes down in history as being the last voted for by the workers themselves. [Italian]

textFIAT - the final solution Nov 25 Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici 0 comments

A fine baptism for the new Monti government, and as had been widely forecast by any right-thinking person, FIAT has announced it is applying its new single contract - first introduced at the Pomigliano, Mirafiori and Grugliasco plants - in every part of its automobile sector (FIAT S.p.A.), to be shortly followed by its industrial sector (FIAT Industrial). [Italiano]

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