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(en) CGT-LKN Euskal Herria: Join a winning horse (or union) (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 26 Oct 2019 08:30:36 +0300

In a country where everything is tipped out and even suspicious is distrustful, it is somewhat strange that we do not change our mind or side even when the stubborn reality shows us how wrong we were. ---- This occurs especially in the field of ideas, beliefs and unwavering adhesions. In these areas we meet very often with people who, lose or win, play their soul equipment well or badly, never lose their passion for the corresponding colors. We also see it with religious faith; If you are a true believer, it does not matter if your god leaves you lying whenever you have a big problem or that your representatives on earth carry the virtue and poverty that are demanded ery badly.
The same thing happens in politics. We know many citizens (because citizens like to call each other) who have been voting for the same party for decades, without the betrayal, corruption and resignation of their leaders making them rethink the usefulness or meaning of their sacred vote.

In what appears to be the second division of politics, trade unionism, the behaviors are usually not very different. People sign up because they know someone with a lip in the pit, or to have a training course, and keep the card for the remains. It is forgiven that they do not give you the promotion or the contract you were looking for when you joined, or that the elected union seems to be more with the employer than with you: there you continue giving them your vote and your contribution, in case one day you need them and because there is to slightly approach the shoulder. There is even a minority - supposedly more ideological - that endures with closed eyes (not to see the successive betrayals of its leaders) and wants to believe that UGT and CC.OO.

If not, it is not understood that the majority unions remain majority and look like unions. It doesn't matter if they do nothing and they sign everything. The important thing is to be with the majority, with those who go out on TV, with those who paint something: vote for the PSOE or the PP, be for Madrid or Barça, see Antena 3 or Telecinco, etc.

In this context, it is almost explainable that another trade unionism, more committed and combative, is not able to attract more to those who, in these moments of cuts and repression, would most need the support of organizations that continue to claim class and struggle.

It can be understood that the social majority, that which is informed exclusively by the means of the system, does not perceive the proposals and the results of alternative trade unionism. What no longer has forgiveness from God or the devil is that people who consult other sources, that militates in social movements or who attend calls of all kinds, have the same model of mental blinders and do not value more rigorously the different behaviors that they occur in the union world; a world that, whether you like it or not, affects the rights and conditions of the vast majority, regardless of whether only militancy or activism on platforms or collectives is currently visible.

And, despite the many adverse circumstances and some of its own failures, the CGT is keeping its face with dignity. That is something that, objectively, not even the most skeptical and distant can deny us. With much less economic and human resources, the General Confederation of Labor is much more active and incisive than theoretically more powerful centrals.

However, the recognition of alternative media and the exquisite left continue to be denied, except in very honorable exceptions.

Because our presence, without ceasing to be insufficient, is no longer testimonial. Our unions and union sections have led (and in some cases won) conflicts in many companies and sectors: automotive, banking, telemarketing, cleaning, education, health, railways, sea rescue, forestry, etc.

We have been the only union that has denounced ERE that affected thousands of people (RTVV, Bankia, Santander, car multinationals, etc.) and lying down negative aspects of important agreements. Our legal services have won sentences that recover or improve the rights of the working class. With more desire and imagination that resources have been uncovered cases of corruption in various administrations and public companies, our people have been present in the most significant struggles of recent years: 8M strike, Marches of Dignity, pensioners, kellys strike , migrants, secularism, housing, climate change, etc.

Recently even the most hostile media have had to account for some successful actions of the CGT. The acquittal of those accused of the performance of the insumiso pussy, spying on CGT delegates at Cofrentes nuclear, the announcement of a strike and the immediate agreement in the Bicing agreement, the Amazon and Telepizza strikes, the CGT letter- Renault to Felipe VI and the absence of the union at the official reception, the actions to defend the train ...

The truth is that it is still insufficient, but less do those who could do much more. However, the majority of the political and cultural left still has UGT and CC.OO. as the reference unions. As long as this voluntary blindness persists, the workers of this country will not recover the ability to improve our social and labor conditions.

Antonio Pérez Collado

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