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(en) Spain: CNT Mercadona Union Section needs solidarity

Date Sat, 02 Sep 2006 12:31:06 +0300


SPAIN: MERCADONA TRIES TO "BUYOUT STRIKERS. WORKERS REMAINS UNITED.
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY URGENTLY NEEDED.
Dear comrades, as you already are aware, workers and members of the Spanish
anarcho-syndicalist union CNT-AIT are on strike in the logistic centre
in Barcelona of the supermarkets "Mercadona" for more than 150 days.
It is one of the longest strikes in Catalonia in the recent decades.
Currently the CNT is involved in struggles with Mercadona all over
Spain. However, the most important and difficult struggle is our strike
at the logistic centre in Barcelona.
The workers and our comrades in Mercadona need your solidarity.

Mercadona is big and powerful. They have 20 police officers of the
"Guardia Civil" - a state paramilitary security force - guarding the
logistic center. Mercadona is able to make the local government forbid
worker demonstrations and actions. The company is also able to suppress
or to manipulate notices in the public press etc.

However, with our struggle and never-ending actions (visit
www.cnt.es/mercacosa or http://barcelona.cnt.es) we nearly achieved in
negotiations with responsible company representatives an acceptable
solution to end the strike. Nevertheless, Mercadona wanted to dismiss
all the strikers by offering a 300.000 Euros buyout. The striker's
general assembly rejected this offer and proclaimed: "They can't buy us off"

With this turn of events, we have resumed our efforts in putting more
pressure on the company. Our actions will not be limited to Spain. We
are also trying to make public this struggle and inform and engage
workers all over the world. We have set up a propaganda commission who
are translating notices in several languages like Esperanto, English,
French and German.

Even though Mercadona only exists in Spain, we think that this struggle
should be known worldwide as an example of how it is possible to
organize to defend our interests and dignity as workers.

The CNT - Mercadona Union Section asks comrades and their organizations
to help us win this strike. You can do so as follows:

- Send solidarity mails to the workers: cnt@badalona.cnt.es and
cnt@barcelona.cnt.es
- Send protest letters to the company:
Mercadona, S.A.
CIF:A-46-103834
C/ Valencia, nº 5
Tavernes Blanques
VALENCIA - C.P.46016, SPAIN
- Send letters to the Spanish embassy asking about the conflict
- Make some kind of peaceful protest action at Spanish embassies and
consulates (or at the "Instiuto Cervante"
- By donating money to the strikers and their families (they're running
short):
BIC (Swift): CAIXESBBXXX 2100 1183 3501 0050 5773
- Publicizing our struggle in the press and amongst worker and community
organizations in your
your country.

For further information in English, go to our website:
http://barcelona.cnt.es/?p=233 )

We are in an important stage of this struggle. We have to put more
pressure on Mercadona in order to win. The strike is going on for more
than 150 days. The CNT-Mercadona strikers need as much moral and
economic support as we can get from workers around the world.

We will win this struggle!

Anarcho-syndicalist greetings,

MS

(militant of the Local Federation of Badalona and member of the news
crew of the support commission of the strike in Mercadona)


Mercadona makes "buyout" offer to the Permanent Secretariat of CNT for
the dismissal of all strikers on the 140th day on strike

Workers reject buyout offer. Workers respond with a protest action on
Wednesday, August 9th.

Members of the Permanent Secretariat of the National Confederation of
Labor (CNT) reached a tentative agreement with the Director of Human
Resources and the Director of Labor Relations of Mercadona on Saturday,
5th of August in Madrid. The tentative agreement was going to be
ratified by the workers on Tuesday, August 8th in Seville. The agreement
would have ended the strike. Nevertheless, Mercadona took a
"spectacular" turn on the same day trying to "buyout" the workers for
300.000 Euros.

On August 8th the General Secretary and the Secretary for Union Action
of the National Committee of CNT, Rafael Corrales and Antonio Baena, had
a new meeting with the General Director of Human Resources and the
Director of Labor Relations of Mercadona, José Antonio Jiménez and
Antonio Muñoz, in the Hotel "AC Santa Justa" in Seville in order to
finalize the agreement. The outline of the agreement was achieved the
previous Saturday at the Hotel "NH National" in Madrid. The agreement
was supposed to be - apart from the other tentative agreements - an
acceptable solution for the workers of the logistic centre of Mercadona
in Sant Sadurni D'Anoia (Barcelona) who have been on strike since the
23rd of March.

Nevertheless, according to the CNT, both directors of Mercadona
disregarded the previously agreed upon terms and offered instead the sum
of 50 millions pesetas as a buyout. This buyout would have led to the
dismissal of all strikers. This break in the negotiations is
unacceptable to the CNT. The CNT rejects the "buying off" of the
strikers which negates the dignity of the workers.

Regarding the senseless actions of both directors, the CNT holds
Mercadona directly and solely responsible for the annoyances caused by
protests suffered by our neighbors in Barcelona and the province of
Catalonia.

During the last negotiation session, all open points were agreed to and
Mercadona knows about the irregularities of their actions. The strikers
have denounced such Mercadona actions. The recent actions by Mercadona
came as a surprise to the CNT. The company wants to buy with millions of
pesetas our fundamental right strike and our human dignity, which we reject.

The CNT bears in mind that the workers went on strike because of the
dismissals of three workers (which the labor courts have since declared
illegal); the recognition of the union section of CNT and agreement on
minor improvements such as paid lunch breaks and clean and sanitary
working conditions

After rejecting the "buyout", the workers returned the next day and
organized protests in Barcelona with a demonstration, which began at 6
o'clock on "Plaza de España" and terminated in the corner of the streets
"Sants" and "Badal".

National Confederation of Labour / CNT-AIT
Permanent Secretariat of the National Comitee
www.cnt.es

For information in Spanish (and some English) visit the Barcelona CNT
website:

http://barcelona.cnt.es/



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