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(en) Greece, liberta salonica: Solidarity in the striking strike of workers in automakers in Mexico [machine translation]

Date Fri, 8 Feb 2019 08:07:14 +0200

Since January 12, 2019, 70,000 workers and workers in the automotive industry in Matamoros, Mexico, have been on strike by shutting down 50 factories. They struggle to claim a 20% wage increase, a 3,200 peso bonus (a $ 1,700 bonus), a shorter week of work (return to 40 working hours a week) and a 4% to 1% reduction in their trade union contributions. Thousands of workers demonstrated in the streets of Matamoros, sensing the anti-capitalist features of their mobilizations. ---- The remarkable in these mobilizations is their unmistakable anti-capitalist character. Workers and workers in the automotive industry turned their back on bureaucratic unions and organized their own factory committees, of which two representatives from each unit are appointed by the general meeting of factory workers to participate in secondary coordination meetings.

The government and the bureaucratic unions, which are controlled by it and have entered into peace with the bosses, are trying in every way to acquire the consensus and retreat of the strikers, sometimes with promises and sometimes with the threat of repression and defamation of the struggle their. The Mexican Labor Ministry issued a statement in which it blatantly accused that assailant strikers "blackmail" their colleagues to strike. As in Greece, as in Mexico, a seemingly social-democratic government implements tough anti-labor and anti-grassroots, neo-liberal policies, destroying every possible illusion of normalizing capitalism through the state administration of reformist governments. Mexico's populist-reformist president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador,

The mackerel, as they call the assembly plants in Mexico, operate under a regime of human labor abduction, with laborious rhythms of work in the standards of the fornical model of capitalist production. With the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed between the US, Mexico and Canada in 1994, major US multinationals were allowed to do so. to produce extremely cheap products in Mexico, without tax and duties, paying Mexican workers the 1/6 of the money they would give to workers in their industrial units in the US. In addition, the mackerel are known for the status gender discrimination in workplaces where, in addition to the pay gap between female workers, they are forced by the bosses to take a pregnancy test when they apply for recruitment and are forced to do hard work and overtime when they are pregnant so that they can then resign as a result of their physical deterioration without receiving compensation. Gender violence and sexist incidents are also part of the working reality for women working in mackerel.

In mackerel, the government is spreading the iron arm of power to control workers through directly appointed state-run bureaucrats. Of course, these bureaucrats are the long hand of the state and the good associates of the capitalists. Not only do they have nothing to do with the defense of labor interests but they themselves are nothing more than stingy rumors of the state and bosses who paranoia both the state wage transfers they receive and the subscriptions made to the union by the colleagues their. Employees complaining about the mackerel are in danger of being fired or included in black lists to be excluded from other jobs. Also,

So far, however, the strike in the automakers has cost companies at least $ 900 million in profits. Also, the strike has affected General Motors and Ford's factories in the US, where the Mexican automaker supplies spare parts, causing production to stop at Michigan's Rock Flag.

Owners of the car industry and the state respond by blocking workers and workers at factories by placing bars to prevent them from going out. Demonstrations are now threatened by armed police and army men. In addition, the statutory media of Mexico, as the bourgeoisie of the bourgeoisie and the state, have totally silenced strike mobilizations, trying to cut off every connection of the struggle of striking workers with the rest of the working class.

Up to now, 23 companies have pledged to meet the demands of the strikers. However, their commitment quickly proved to be a defensive, reflexive means of decompression and inhibition of racial class mobilizations, as in some cases the bonuses were paid only to employees with specific years of service, while in others they are supposed to be paid only in the long run as workers they received instead of money only certain payment coupons, which are taxed at a rate of 16%. These maneuvers of the bosses, however, have even furioused the workers, who have begun to increasingly question the dominant economic and political regime. It is certain that with the support of bureaucratic unions and the government, companies will try to re-establish any concessions granted on the first available opportunity, just as they did when they dropped the workers' bonuses after the minimum wage increased in December. Already, many automotive owners are threatening to move their businesses abroad and throw workers into unemployment and poverty because of the loss of earnings on the strike. The bosses are trying to terrorize the striking laborers threatening massive layoffs that will reach 25,000 workers if they do not return within 24 hours to their jobs. They are trying to force the government to declare the strike illegal, as has already happened in 13 factories. The local government, on the other hand,

While the bosses, the state, and the bureaucrats of trade unionists are trying to weaken the struggle, the workers and workers in the automotive industry coordinate their subsequent mobilizations and guard their strike by helping the social base against the cops' recently happened at the Candados Universales industrial unit. The factory committees call on all workers to go together in a general nationwide strike, which they propagate as a "Day Without Workers", and call for internationalist class solidarity in their struggle.

In Matamoros, more and more workers require improvement in their working conditions. More than 1,500 employees of Spellman's medical provider started a strike to claim their own $ 1,700 bonus. Workers at the Coca Cola plant in Matamoros also made a strike, organized outside the bureaucratic union.

A little further north, General Motors employees in the US and Canada have been frustrated by the company's decision to close five factories and blackmail 140,000 US workers. to sign labor contracts that are devalued for their class interests. That's why they launched a strike on February 9th at General Motors headquarters in Detroit to claim their labor rights and express their solidarity with their striking colleagues in Matamoros. A few days ago, some 13,000 Audi Hungarians started a strike, and workers at the Taubaté plant in Brazil decided to cut off production by opposed to job cuts. In Argentina,

For our part, we express our unparalleled class and international solidarity to the struggling workers and workers striving in the Mexican automobile industry (and not only). We welcome their struggle, which, in our opinion, must be an inspiration for the working class on a global scale as it demonstrates that unprecedented class initiatives, lasting general strike strikes and sabotage on the line of production are the best means of promoting labor races today. With our weapons of class mutual aid and proletarian internationalism, the world working class can make significant steps to change existing class power relations.

In the war that states and capitalists have proclaimed us, we must at last get our fighting position. In a period of violent capitalist restructuring, we have a duty to exacerbate social and class struggles, to consolidate collectively the classical struggles of class struggle, to link the partial and fragmentary struggles with the overall struggle of the social revolution for individual and collective emancipation, libertarianism communism, anarchy.




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