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(en) Sección Sindical CGT Metro Barcelona: The CGT Trade Union Section in the Barcelona Metro again demands the freezing of public transport rates (ca) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:02:33 +0200

THE CGT BID TO REQUEST THE FREEZING OF TRANSPORTATION FEES ---- The CGT as an anarcho-syndicalist organization, for many years struggling for public transport that is affordable for everyone and of quality. This fight goes from the railway sector (RENFE, METRO ...) to the transport of passengers by road. ---- The CGT has repeatedly denounced the continuing abuse of the increases in transport titles and, specifically the CGT de Metro, we have been demanding a long time and demanding social security rates for all the workers. ---- The CGT strongly rejects the tariff increase approved by the ATM (a 2% average rate increase) where the most commonly used titles are punished, such as the T-10, which will cost 10.20 €. This represents a much higher rise than the expected CPI which was 1.2% in December. ---- It is curious that a political party, such as Bcn en Comú, has made this ascent when, not so long ago, it was positioned against it and defended reductions in the price of travel titles.

It is also curious that the argument for raising the price is exactly the same as used by his predecessors Xavier Trias (mayor of Barcelona by CiU) and Joaquim Forn (Regidor de mobilitat and president of TMB for CiU): The reduction of subsidies by the Central Administration.

From the CGT in Metro, we have reiterated that the oversized management of Directors and their wage costs does not help to improve the economic management of Metro.

Likewise, the lack of social vision of public passenger transport has, for years, had a company such as the Subway much closer to a marketing or advertising company and not to a railway operation where travelers are transported.

From CGT we understand the transport of people as a right that must be socially sustainable for Administrations. A right where workers can access with quality and without abuses by those who are currently managing the ATM: A political party, Bcn en Comú, that together with the collusion of the PSC and the ancient CiU do the same politics.

A policy that is said:

* Maintenance of the management domes that have not managed the company's resources in order to favor the citizens who travel in Metro and improve the quality.

* Maintenance of opacity in everything that refers to managers' salaries. This point has begun to be invested, not thanks to the actions of Mayor Ada Colau and Mercedes Vidal (President of TMB), despite the demand brought by the CGT, which together with the pressure of other cols .lectius have been forced to reverse this situation with a portal of transparency.

* Maintenance and renegotiation of millionaire contracts with financial entities and companies such as Caixabank, Indra, Fujitsu and Moventia, where they will probably leave their future in public transport.

It is in this scenario where the public transport managers in Barcelona and the Metropolitan Area opt for the continuity of the same policies that the PSC and CiU did in the day and that Bcn in Comú criticized so much.

From the CGT we express our rejection of these neoliberal policies in which workers are the most punished class.

We demand, as we have always done, that public transport is of high quality:

* Investment in Template, which is the one that really serves the citizen.

* Investment in Infrastructures to increase the kilometers of road in a conventional and non-Pharaonic Metro. A subway at the service of the citizen and not a "showcase" for the exterior where some managers put up medals and waste resources that ultimately, among other things, make the price of travel titles increase.

* Investment in improvements to rolling stock (trains) and maintenance.

From the CGT de Metro we demand and claim a Public Transport that is really a company that transports travelers and does not dedicate itself to other fields that do not correspond to a true public transport company of travelers.

We demand that Bcn in Common, guilty of this increase in Rates, rectify and return to the freezing and downward revision of the most used Travel Titles. A justification such as the reduction of subsidies from the Central Administration is not admissible, when in the Metro there are more than duplicate structures that entail costs that directly affect the user in a negative way.

Nor is the amount that Metro dedicates to advertising and marketing admissible. From the Metro CGT, we demand that Bcn in Commune discuss these public money expenses that go to private hands.

It is inadmissible that Metro has external companies contracted, dedicating a large amount of resources and that could be reduced and improved in quality if made by Metro personnel.

All these expenses that the current Public Transport Managers of Barcelona dedicate to waste it, outside the company itself, could perfectly devote it to not increase the Rates and to enable the reduction.

All this has a name: Management. Good management that we currently believe strongly that it is not being done and that involves having a Transport with abusive tariffs and with a quality of service that is more than better.

We will not tire of publicly denouncing all the abuse that politicians make to working classes, not promoting a quality transport and at a low price.

From the Metro CGT, we encourage all citizens to demand a sustainable Public Transport and with honest management that ensures the well-being of all of us: workers, users and citizens.


Union Section CGT Metro Barcelona
@ CGTmetroBCN

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