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(en) Spain - CGT position concerning EU Constitution (ca)

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Date Tue, 4 May 2004 18:12:23 +0200 (CEST)

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In the face of Capital's European Constitution, the CGT is fighting for
a Social Rights Charter of the people, which will be universal, binding
and egalitarian. A document by which the acknowledgment, access to and
the exercise of our rights can be both socially and institutionally
guaranteed. A Social Rights Charter which is the result of a process of
participatory democracy and self-manangement oriented towards the
progressive satisfaction of human needs and sustainability of life. A
Social Rights Charter which constitute a fundamental law for the full
liberty of the people. A Social Rights Charter where all acknowledged
rights must be defended and ascertained and have priority over the
capitalism of the globalized market, over competitvity, over the
exclusive search for productivity, over criteria for maximum
profitability, over the continual de-localization and segregation of
production activities, over jobs cuts, over the provatization of social
services, over the growing, constant move towards a totally precarious
position of human life.

The European Constitution, however, takes it as "natural" that society
is subordinated to the economy, in this way ignoring the fact that the
economical model is a political decision and not allowing the citizen
and the people to have a say and to decide upon this model. It
identifies democracy with capitalism, that is, people and whole
populations only have the right to express themselves, to use their
vote, and the "free choice" of the consumer in the ever unfair freedom
of the market. As with the building process of the Euopean Union, the
Constitution establishes a devalued social model:

* There is no clear recognition of essential public services and there
is minimal recognition of the social rights which are acknowledged in
the constitutions of each member State.

* The people, citizens of these States, do not have the possibility,
either juridically or politically, to make known their proposals
concerning a Constitution that is going to regulate the relationships
between people (or States) inside the Union and between the Union and
the rest of the World.

* "Free trade" is the ultimate goal of this Constitution, trade which
is always carried out between the rich. Biodiversity, not non
over-exploiting natural resourses and ecosystems, cultural diversity,
the identity of other peoples, human rights - all these are converted
into objects of trade and accumulation, to the benefit of private
interests. In contrast, European legislation builds legal and security
walls which provide for indecent treatment of migrants from poor
countries and prevents the free circulation of people.

* The European Union uses the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) as a
tool of globalization for trade deregulation, against the alimentary
sovereignty of the peoples, and serves to increase protectionist
measures which block the access of goods from poor countries to the
European market.

* Subordination to the hegemonic imperialist block, the USA, is clear
from the section dealing with defence and security. Member states are
being forced to increase their military capacities, in other words to
invest millions of euro in their capacity for destruction, with a
corresponding reduction in social investment, while at the same time
the Euro-Atlantic axis of NATO is being legitimized.

For all these reasons, faced with the European Trade Constitution, with
the "invisible" power of the multinationals, the transnationals, and
finance capital, the CGT defends the urgent need for the citizens of
Europe to raise their voices in favour of a Social Rights Charter that
can lend dignity to human life, promote within society the
responsability of helping those who have special needs (be it due to
age, disability or illness), assuming that only in equality and just
relationships is it possible to sustain and increase the freedom of
individuals and of peoples.

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