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(en) Italy: FdCA statement "4th November against precarityag, against clandestinity, against exclusion " [it]

Date Sat, 04 Nov 2006 15:12:25 +0200

Unity in the workplace, in the movements, on the streets!
2003 will be remembered as the year when the right-wing government of the
"House of Freedoms" coalition brought in three laws which, singly and together,
were imbued with an underhand but devastating political aim - that of destroying the collective interests in the areas of universal rights and
protections, to further liberalize the rules of the market, to allow
individualism to dominate, to reduce labour, culture and the right to be
accepted into the country into goods.
The labour law (Law 30), the Moratti Law on education, the Bossi-Fini Law on
immigration, have all, over the past three years, produced nothing more than
increased precarity and greater exploitation in labour, clandestinity and forms
of slavery for immigrant workers, new hierarchies among education workers and
the promise of precarity among students. Opposition from the movements to these
three laws has been strong, as has the social mobilization to denounce their
reactionary tone and objectives and seek to impede their corrosive application
in work contracts, in educational bodies and in work permits for foreign

Today, the right-wing government no longer exists, but these three laws still
cloud the horizon and have their effect on industrial relations, on education
and on the lives of immigrant workers.

The movements have been demanding the repeal of this legislation. The present
government has replied with the "haircut" tactic - a bit off here, a bit off
there, but basically no great change. It is a scenario which is still
distinctly neo-liberal, one which still has the approval of the employers'
federation, Confindustria, and the European Union, which

* promotes FLEXIBILITY to the status of social value in labour, education and
* fully approves the CUTS in spending announced in the 2007 Budget as an
indication of the quality of social services and schools (!);
* introduces the SPONSOR (commercial sponsors, sponsors of foreign workers,
etc.) as a brand mark on the skin and on the future of foreign workers who wish
to establish themselves legally in Italy.

Otherwise just the threat and the hell of the "temporary" detention centres.

Abstruse distinctions on subordinated work or project work in the call centres,
promises to eliminate the use of staff leasing and on-call work, union
agreements on apprenticeships - none of these have any effect in reducing
precarity. They legitimize it, in fact.

Planning to give a certain number of teachers permanent jobs while at the same
time intending to cut the number of classes simply renews that army of reserve
teachers who make up the precarious workers of the education sector. The new
rule about sponsoring foreign workers is only a way to legitimize the system of
daily work gangs of immigrant workers and precarity for life for all those who
"cannot" find some agency to "ship" them into Italy.

The assembly held on 8th July in Rome was the expression of those of us, mostly
grassroots organizations and precarious workers' associations and collectives,
who stand against all this and who are struggling to find another way to obtain
permanent jobs and work permits for all, and to re-launch public education.
This attempt at unity must be defended and strengthened: to re-build an
autonomous movement that is not interested in hegemony or in opportunism. A
movement that expects nothing from the resignation of a minister or from the
sterile polemics between various unions or union leaders. If we are to build a
real social opposition to the governing coalition of the Union, without being
conditioned, we have to set out on a path which sees the independence and
autonomy of the workers and their collective bodies. We need to mobilize those
sectors of the unions which are in favour of radical syndicalism tied to the
grassroots in the workplace and throughout the community, those political
organizations who care about the development of the movements' autonomy and
their ability to organize themselves. For those who have no friendly
governments or friendly parties within the government, who have no ministers to
force to resign nor political party to defend or promote, the only things at
stake are:

* improving the material living conditions of the weaker classes through
struggle against the neo-liberal, militarist policies that this centre-left
government is continuing;

* keeping at bay the subversive tendencies that can appear at any moment from
the right.

For these reasons, the Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici will be
participating in the demonstration in Rome on 4th November and invites all
anti-authoritarian workers, libertarians, adversaries of hierarchy, promoters
of self-organized struggles, to build together as and from 4th November and the
General Strike on 17th November, a wide movement which is able to combat the
government's neo-liberal policies.



From: Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
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