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(en) cnt nº 423 - Reflections on the COVID-19: From health crisis to social crisis by Laura L. Ruiz (ca)

Date Thu, 14 May 2020 10:00:50 +0300


The same week of March 9 - prior to the statement of the State of Alarm, but already intuited by the closing of schools - there were already many workers who asked the unions what to do with the notice of termination of their temporary contract, with the cancellation of temporary jobs or with the non-response of companies to contracts for freelancers and false self-employed. All of them were joined by the employees of bars, restaurants and other businesses with customer service that were the first to close. Those who remained and could not telework, were torn between gambling health by going to work with crowded public transport or gambling employment by refusing to put their health at risk.
The pressure caused the government to remove - that already mythical Tuesday, March 17 - a battery of measures to face the massive layoffs that were expected. A historic opportunity for this Coalition Executive to show who he was on. So it was. It dictated measures so that it would be the State who would assume the salaries of company workforces with billions of benefits (with the new ERTE measures), leaving it up to employers whether their workers could telework or not, take care of minors. or dependents or not, continue in non-essential activities or not. Prioritize private production to the working class. It did not matter that with these measures the workers lost purchasing power, that they had to reduce their hours (and their wages) in order to reconcile, vulnerable to the closing of a day for another of the workplace, who were directly unemployed or who were in no way assured of their protection with the mandatory PPE (personal protective equipment). Not a word for the domestic workers (with or without social security), for the eventual ones, for the false self-employed, for the culture workers, for the dismissed teachers, for the caregivers or the hourly workers. Nor was there any mention of the danger plus, which was requested by unions such as the CNT, or the impossibility of working for freelance media reporters. If you do not take the photo you do not charge, if you do not belong to a template you do not have the pass to work. that they remained directly unemployed or that their protection was not assured in any way with the mandatory PPE (personal protective equipment). Not a word for the domestic workers (with or without social security), for the eventual ones, for the false self-employed, for the culture workers, for the dismissed teachers, for the caregivers or the hourly workers. Nor was there any mention of the danger plus, which was requested by unions such as the CNT, or the impossibility of working for freelance media reporters. If you do not take the photo you do not charge, if you do not belong to a template you do not have the pass to work. that they remained directly unemployed or that their protection was not assured in any way with the mandatory PPE (personal protective equipment). Not a word for the domestic workers (with or without social security), for the eventual ones, for the false self-employed, for the culture workers, for the dismissed teachers, for the caregivers or the hourly workers. Nor was there any mention of the danger plus, which was requested by unions such as the CNT, or the impossibility of working for freelance media reporters. If you do not take the photo you do not charge, if you do not belong to a template you do not have the pass to work. for the eventual, for the false self-employed, for the Culture workers, for the dismissed teachers, for the caregivers or the hourly workers. Neither was there talk of the danger plus, which was requested by unions such as the CNT, or the impossibility of working for freelance media reporters. If you do not take the photo you do not charge, if you do not belong to a template you do not have the pass to work. for the eventual, for the false self-employed, for the Culture workers, for the dismissed teachers, for the caregivers or the hourly workers. Neither was there talk of the danger plus, which was requested by unions such as the CNT, or the impossibility of working for freelance media reporters. If you do not take the photo you do not charge, if you do not belong to a template you do not have the pass to work.

As in any other crisis, the effects will not be the same for everyone. Social class will determine how hard the fall will be, but it will also be determined by the network capacity and mutual support we have.

The truth is that the Spanish coalition government fell far short of measures by other governments such as the Italian or the French, which suspended the layoffs and went on to guarantee basic supplies or housing. Now, day after day, they are adding patches to that lame crash plan, making clear the little room for maneuver that this or any government has when it comes to betting on people. As many analysts point out, it is about putting an unsustainable system in need of constant growth. Border closings, falling stock markets, the global market suspended. Capitalism's nightmare of a tiny virus that travels faster than they do. They, the capitalists, strive to apply the recipes that have always worked for them: mass layoffs, asking for compensation with public money, collectivize losses while hiding benefits. And donations. Those face washes that are very cheap if we compare it with the evaded taxes or the labor accidents. Donation today, ERTE tomorrow. And it is that, although they make us believe that we are all in the same boat, it is not true.

As in any other crisis, the effects will not be the same for everyone. Social class will determine how hard the fall will be, but it will also be determined by the network capacity and mutual support we have. At CNT we have hundreds of affiliates turning to making aid documentation, responding to labor queries that reach Union Action groups in every corner of the state, demanding concrete measures that protect the working class. But they are also committed to reassuring, giving options, making it clear to everyone that this situation is not their fault and they are not alone. Whether you are an affiliate or not. Focused on thinking of migrants in an irregular situation «and their inability to access official aid - to request the closure of the CIE, in the situation of vulnerability of incarcerated people,

And thinking a lot about the people who are risking the most in this crisis so that the essential (the real thing, what life does) continues. Health personnel, in cleaning, in hospitals, residences, supermarkets, pharmacies, transport, care ... All of them applauded but without seeing their working conditions improved. An example that the system is not worth us. How is it possible that there are hundreds of patients in field hospitals while entire units in the private health care are still closed? How is it possible that it took time to convert private production into necessary materials? How is it possible that it was not until days later that it was realized that there are people who cannot stay home because of their quarantine for years without a home? As happened in 2008, we will see that after the big numbers, the statistics and the bar graphs,

If one thing this pandemic has shown is that if it were not for
the previous organization, we would be in a much worse situation.
As bad as what is expected in the following months when
the rent moratorium is no longer valid or all
people without the right to unemployment come to light . We are on time: Get organized and fight!

A crisis that may be the most serious in recent history because after the Alarm State is lifted, we will see people with delinquent mortgage bills, wages that they will never recover, jobs that will arrive with droppers and a very economic capacity of the State. depleted. How many jobs are the public coffers capable of holding in order not to disturb the balance sheet of profits of large companies? How many ERTEs by force majeure or of another nature 'will sneak in' with the excuse of the crisis? How many garbage jobs and reduction of conditions will we swallow when we can go out and any job is good among the millions of unemployed? How many people will be forced to belong to the so-called 'shadow economy'? They are questions from the past, that their answers scare.

We also look with concern at the authoritarian drift that this situation will leave, with the curtailment of freedoms, the promotion of individualism and the results of the facelift that the repressive forces carry out in their daily war part. The partisan use of victims by political parties (and will be) in, once again, the supposedly representative system has proven not to work. From the war between communities and the State, to a Europe that shows that it only wants unity to trade, abandoning people again. Faced with that, we only have to return to proximity unions, neighborhood power, the feminist fabric, mutual support networks and class unions as support, not only as labor assistance, but as the germ of a new society. Fairer and freer.

https://www.cnt.es/noticias/covid-19-de-crisis-sanitaria-a-crisis-social
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