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(en) Spain, Information about the AUSSA (Sevilla Municipal Car Crane) conflict - REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY*

Date Sun, 31 Jul 2005 09:43:17 +0300

Information about the AUSSA (Sevilla Municipal Car Crane) conflict
and request for national and international solidarity
More than 60 days of indefinite time strike and there is no sign of a
solution to the conflict affecting to thirty workers.
All the Municipal Car Crane workers began, on the 16th of May, an
indefinite time strike after the sacking of 4 workers and a number of
work sanctions to all the workers that had followed a previous
strike. The indefinite time strike begun because of these reprisals
on the side of the company. The sacked workers have also had a 8 day
hunger strike while locked at the Seville cathedral.

The offer of the company is to admit only 2 of the 4 sacked workers
but under employment and wage suspension for 11 and 25 days,
insisting on the other 2 dismissals. This is totally unacceptable to
the workers and the CNT. The strike was convoked basically to demand
the readmission for all the sacked workers, without counterweight.
Otherwise there is no possible solution.

It is not only the future of these four families that is jeopardised,
but also the one of the entire staff since the plans of the company
in charge of this municipal service and the city council itself, are
to substitute the staff progressively –with an average of 15 years in
the service, the rights acquired with the years and the unlimited
time contracts- by new staff with absolutely precarious conditions,
half of the salary, split working days, temporary contracts, no
social rights at all… and, of course, without union organisation.

Many days of strike already, and no solution in sight. Both the city
council, ruled by PSOE (socialist) and Izquierda Unida (communist),
and the company (AUSSA, with shared capital, public and private) do
not want any solution for these workers; they want casual work and
them to accept a number of conditions that vulnerate their most
fundamental union rights. Meanwhile, these two parties, PSOE and
Izquierda Unida (mostly attached to the Communist Party) support the
dismissals and the sanctions repeatedly.

The summer is here and the situation to maintain the strike becomes
increasingly difficult, given the many days of strike, without
incomes, and because the financial impact to the company is smaller
in summer and so is the media impact to the city council… And as we
see that the conflict is rarefying, it could well be prolonged some
more months. And there is no way back.

In the 60 days of indefinite time strike, a small amount of money has
been given to every worker in order to help them survive; this comes
from the resistance fund where there is a lack of money currently.
The amount shared was not much since most of the workers have family
charges, but it has been enough to maintain the strike in July.

But they also need incomes in August so that the strike can go on. They
are completely decided to not go back to work until the sacked and
retaliated workers are admitted and the precarious work conditions
proposed by the company, Izquierda Unida and PSOE are withdrawn.

With regards actions, every day from Monday to Friday we have
demonstrations and concentrations in the city centre, with traffic
cuts and a lot of noise. And since the 11th of July, a canopy and
tents will be risen at the city council entrance, thus making a
permanent vindication and information post, 24 hours per day, until
the solution of the conflict. We have also convoked car marches and a
big demonstration for the 16th of July, at 11 am to which everybody
is invited.

We have to underline the police prosecution suffered by the workers,
who are continously retained to be identified by the police, one day
after the other, at the daily demonstrations. We know we are being
watched and we cannot make mistakes. Despite this, the actions are

With regards conflict spread, we are carrying out a big propaganda
campaign, as well as daily statements to the burgeois press and
alternative media, and a follow up of the conflict in the webs:
cnt.es/auusa and cnt.es/sevilla. We have also added a signature book
to support the comrades sending support statements through a form we
have prepared.

As for the legal aspect, during this month of July, we have had social
or penal trials against “Crane” comrades almost every day; nevertheless
we have also presented a criminal accussation against the AUSSA manager
for vulnerating the workers strike right.

It is a just strike. It is a supportive strike. And we once again
request for solidarity support from all workers, taking this
petition to an international level also.

Financial support.- we have the following bank account:
2100-2587-86-0110253165 (La Caixa) For transfers from outside Spain,
you need to add the identification prefix ES67

Moral support, sending solidarity statements to the workers and
support comments at the webpage of the conflict.

Presence support, if possible, at the programmed actions. (The next
big demonstration is programmed for the 16th of July at 11 am,
departing from Plaza Nueva)

Send solidarity faxes to the Sevilla City Council and AUSSA with the

The faxes can be sent to:
- City Council: to the attention of the Mayor and the Tenant-Mayor
Government Delegate, to the faxes: 00-34-954 590 163 (Mayor office)
and 00-34-954 505 770 (Governor)
- AUSSA: fax 00-34-954 277 013

Planification of protest actions or personal interviews at the city
councils ruled by PSOE-IU. And at international level, you could
address to the Spanish Embassies and Consulates to demand the
solution of the strike.

Giving a top circulation to the conflict by any available means.

Sending ideas or comments

If there is someone who can get data and interest facts about the
company AZVI, builders, we will appreciate any information since this
company is one of the main shareholders in AUSSA together with the
municipal company for urban transport, TUSSAM, which has got a 51%
of the shares.

We will go on reporting about the conflict development and the new
strategies and actions decided by the workers at the union meetings.

PETITION: http://www.nodo50.org/cnt/sevilla/ait/modules/contact/

Workers Solidarity Alliance
339 Lafayette Street-Room 202
New York, NY 10012
tel. (212) 979-8353

From: "Victor Chernov" <wsany-A-hotmail.com>
* Anarcho-syndicalist struggle

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