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(en) Spain: Declaration from UGT and CGT on General Strike

From "Chris R" <christopher@nodo50.org>
Date Tue, 8 Apr 2003 12:13:18 +0200 (CEST)


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> Meeting between UGT-CGT on the 10th April General Strike
On Friday April 4, in the Confederal Headquarters of
the UGT, a meeting was held between the Strike
Committee representatives of UGT and CGT.
The reason of the meeting was to analyse the situation
created by the war against Iraq and the Spanish
Government's responsibility that has placed our
country in an unjust and immoral war that violates
international legality, justice and legitimacy, ignoring
the popular uproar against the war. The Aznar
Government and the [conservative] Popular Party that
sustains it have been absolutely alone supporting a war
that not only will bring the catastrophic humanitarian
consequences that the Iraqi people are suffering, but
will also undoubtedly bring serious labour, economic
and social problems for all, including the Spanish
workers.

For these reasons, both Unions have summoned and
legally given notice of a General Strike for April 10th,
2003; two hours for each shift in the case of UGT and
twenty-four hours by the CGT. We affirm that the
General Strike is a purely syndical tool that the
workers have to show our protest and indignation
against this war and its incalculable consequences.

Also, both Confederations have summoned
Demonstrations in the most important cities in the
country to wrap up the General Strike.
Demonstrations that we hope will once again become a
means of expression for the workers, social movements
and the entire citizenship against the war and a
reiterated call of attention to the Aznar Government
that has put us in it.

The two Unions, exercising our sovereignty and
responsibility have agreed:

1. - To hold meetings throughout the country between
our corresponding organizations, to coordinate the
actions around the General Strike of April 10 and the
Demonstrations called for that day.

2. - To make a call to the rest of syndical organizations
so that they join the convocation of the General Strike.
Also to call to all the workers, to all citizens and all of
society to participate in, to support and facilitate the
development of this General Strike that should be help
to make even more obvious, if that is possible, the
popular uproar against the war.

3. - To collaborate in the companies and workplaces,
through our Union Sections and of the presence of both
Unions in the unitary organs of representation, to
assure a peaceful and meditated adhesion of all the
workers to this just and necessary General Strike.

4. - As regards the Demonstrations that we have
summoned for the afternoon of April 10th, we want
them to be open, participative and multitudinous,
serving to conclude the General Strike. To that end,
we are in contact with all the forums, movements and
associations that are for peace and against the war, to
organize and participate with them in these
mobilizations.

5. - Lastly, we also want to give this day of general
mobilization a note of solidarity. To that end, we will
demand that the Employers' Associations and the
Public Administrations donate money corresponding to
the salaries discounted from the strikers in the
accounts that the humanitarian organizations have set
up to give aid to the people of Iraq.

Strike Committees of the Union Confederations
Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) - Confederacion
General del Trabajo (CGT)

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