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(en) FIRST OF MAY: 12:00 PM CACEROLADA AND PANCARTADA - SOLIDARIDAD OBRERA AGAINST THE CAPITAL DISASTER

Date Fri, 1 May 2020 09:11:10 +0300


In the last two months, the working class of our country has suffered the greatest aggression against their living conditions and their democratic freedoms since the fall of the Franco dictatorship. The confinement decreed, as a response to the expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, has meant more than a million layoffs. 500,000 ERTEs have affected more than four million workers. This situation has caused the submission to a labor discipline where the most minimal conditions of safety and health for workers in essential activities are absent and hunger and the most sordid misery for the millions of informal workers and for the unemployed. ---- This brutal confinement, which has meant mass unemployment, increasing misery, risks to the health of workers and death and desolation for millions of working families, is not the result of an inevitable phenomenon of nature.

This confinement is motivated by the programmed degradation, in the last decades, of the public health system of our country. The privatization process implemented in public health since the approval of Law 15/97 has meant the dismissal of thousands of health professionals. This work in precarious, subcontracting and temporary conditions of a large part of the staff of public services, the closure of hospital beds and intensive care units, the lack of basic resources for the defense of life in the health system (respirators, gowns, masks, etc.)

Confinement is the result of decades of looting of the public. With stronger healthcare, other countries in Europe have not had to take such radical action against the pandemic. Our drama is the unfolding of a predatory capitalism that destroys natural balances, but also annihilates the common and the resistance of the working class.

In the midst of the health alert, the confinement of capitalism "legalizes" that migrants and refugees "without papers" can collect the vegetables and fruits that we will all eat. However, it does not regularize their situation. They continue without the right to papers, nor to decent work and housing. Many sub-Saharan migrants or Moroccan day laborers do not have running water or electricity in the slums of Huelva or Almería. 80% of the caregivers of the elderly are migrants, exploited for a miserable wage, without a contract.

The political management of the confinement has been based on minimal aid (very shameful) to the popular classes, censorship, and socialization of the losses of the big companies. Also, discord by national politicians and the European elites and attempts to build a great pact guarantees that the workers will pay for the crisis.

Only the solidarity and mutual support of the working majority, expressed in struggles and in autonomous assembly and independent organization, can end this nightmare. It is up to those of us below to organize the just outrage of our class. We have to defend jobs, bread for the unemployed, the right to housing, care for all, safety at work and the prevention of occupational risks, public health and services of the common (education, security, social, dependency, social services, etc).

And we also have to start building another world. A different world. On the ruins that capitalism has left us. About the pain and filth that big business and exploiters have imposed on us. It is not enough to defend our most basic rights, we must also end this world of suffering and chaos. We must end capitalism so that capitalism does not end us.

As Buenaventura Durruti said, we do not have to fear the ruins. They are the ruins of a world that built our work. If we could manage reconstruction ourselves, the world would be very different: there would be justice, bread and freedom.

This May Day we workers are also fighting for rights for migrants and refugees, the most exploited sector of the working class.

That is the true legacy that we return to on May 1: the legacy of struggle of those who rose in Chicago in 1886 for eight hours of work, but also for the definitive end to exploitation.

MAY 1 WE ARE CLASS

WORKERS:
SOLIDARITY AND MUTUAL SUPPORT

CAPITALISM IS DEATH

WE DEFEND PUBLIC HEALTH, THE COMMON AND THE WORK

LET'S DEFEND THE NEW WORLD THAT LIVES IN OUR HEARTS

https://www.solidaridadobrera.org/confederal/2020/04/28/primero-de-mayo-luchaobrera-somos-clase-1demayo-6/
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