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(en) Joint a/s demo against workplace insecurity in Madrid, Spain (ca)

From Internacional RLAM <internacional@red-libertaria.net>
Date Mon, 15 Dec 2003 10:54:04 +0100 (CET)

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Up until recently, workers in Spain who suffered disabling workplace
accidents had, at least, the right to a meagre compensation that allowed
them a salary for the rest of their lives. But, in the last few months,
several court rulings have changed this, placing the onus of working under
dangerous conditions on the workers themselves, instead of on the employers
who set up the dangerous conditions. In short, the judges have decreed that
workers should refuse to work under dangerous conditions. The workers'
arguments that if they refused to work meant losing their jobs and income
was not taken into account. Bearing this in mind, and the fact that every
day three workers [in the Spanish State] lose their lives in workplace
accidents, and another thirty are injured, the anarchosyndicalist and
syndicalist organisations in Madrid have called for a joint demonstration
next Thursday.

The following is the declaration of one of the convoking anarchosyndicalist
organisations, Solidaridad Obrera.




19:30, December 18, 2003

Workplace accidents, what we call "employer terrorism", continue to take
workers' lives, ever so more frequently. Without a doubt, junk contracts,
temporary employment agencies, work paid by the piece, overtime, savings
made in costs of materials and security, etc. have a lot to say on this
alarming increase of dead, paraplegic and physically handicapped workers. We
call the Court rulings given on these accidents "judicial terrorism". The
last four sentences on workplace accidents have been scandalous. The workers
offer the dead and the wounded, the bosses reap in the profits without any
penal responsibility. The judges take charge of accusing the injured workers
of "putting their lives in danger by working under terribly unsafe
conditions". 782 workers have officially lost their lives in workplace
accidents in the first nine months of 2003 [in the Spanish State] and more
than eight thousand were wounded. No politician or employer has been
imprisoned for this.

The privatisation of the public services continue the plundering, handing
profits over to private hands. It wasn't enough to privatise State-owned
companies (Telefonica [telecommunications], Iberia [airline], Renfe
[railways], Repsol [petrol], etc.) or the services (education, health,
etc.). Now they are attacking public pensions, reinforcing their gradual
privatisation through private funds thanks to the new measures adopted by
all the parliamentary political parties and the collaborating unions, CCOO
and UGT, in the so-called renovation of the "Pact of Toledo" [in which the
CCOO and UGT promised workplace stability shortly after Franco's death].

Unemployment and precarious unemployment (junk, temp agency and part-time
contracts, etc.) already affect more than half of the active population, and
more than seventy per-cent of young workers. This is the future that they
outline: no rights, no fixed working day, no safety measures, no collective
trade agreement, no unions... It is new modern slavery, total submission to
the service of money and at any price."

>From Solidaridad Obrera, together with the CGT, the CNT-AIT and the
Coordinadora Sindical of Madrid, we want to show our joint rejection against
this situation that the economic and political powers present as
unavoidable; to this end we call all workers to the JOINT DEMONSTRATION next
December 18, Thursday, at 19:30 from Plaza Atocha to Plaza Jacinto

*Against workplace accidents and anti-worker legal rulings!
*No to junk contracts, and for fixed employment without temporary job
agencies !
*Against the Pact of Toledo, and for retirement at the age of sixty!

Solidaridad Obrera
C/Espoz y Mina, 15
28012 Madrid


Translation: Red Libertaria Apoyo Mutuo: www.red-libertaria.net
Apdo 51575, 28080 Madrid

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