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(en) levante cnt-ait: CNT-AIT INFORMA + press release DEMAND for IMPOSTORES (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 6 Jul 2018 07:56:33 +0300


For some time now, there have been two organizations in Spain that seem to share a name, since one day they were one and the same, but whose trajectories have been distanced. This is the CNT (formerly CNT-AIT) and the CNT-AIT that holds the right to carry the initials of the Anarcho-Syndicalist International, the International Workers' Association. ---- The time has come to make known to wider sectors of the population the circumstances that gave rise to this difference and the premeditated distancing of the basic principles and statutes from the executive committees of the CNT, generating the situation in which the anarcho-syndicalism in our country, represented today in the CNT-AIT. ---- Broadly speaking we could say that the organization that today calls itself CNT to dry began its deriving centralist, hierarchical and pyramidal for more than ten years. The CNT's own proportional voting system - whereby the unions with the most affiliations had more votes when making decisions - greatly facilitated this state of affairs, since it began by encouraging the unions to always be large cities those that will take forward their proposals to the detriment of the proposals of the unions of minor localities. The system was completed by increasing the minimum number of members needed to form a union, thus converting many who had previously been into "confederal nuclei" incapacitated for voting and making decisions within the organization.

This CNT began to organize itself in such a way that preponderance was given to the committees, instead of the assemblies and the traditional statutory processes that guarantee the horizontality in the taking of agreements. From our perspective, when the agreements emanated from these committees or the agreements taken by the force of the vote are mandatory for all unions in the organization, we are talking about authoritarianism within an organization that is called anarcho-syndicalist, horizontal and egalitarian. These committees expelled, disaffiliated and, in general, embittered the lives of many unions, in an anti-statutory way and, unfortunately, never tried to raise them again in the places they left devastated.

Anyone can see that, in practice, the CNT has increasingly become a service union that seeks to continuously increase the number of members, an affiliation that is not a member of the organization but that is limited to contributions and that, for Through a contracted legal cabinet, their conflicts are resolved - thus opposing the anarcho-syndicalist premise of direct action. To this we must add that the workers of this technical cabinet are hired by the CNT in the form of self-employed workers but, by working exclusively and having a monthly equal, automatically become false self-employed workers, being actually salaried employees of the organization. Other functions within the organization are also remunerated, for example, the work within the FAL (Anselmo Lorenzo Foundation for Libertarian Studies) through the hiring of a cooperative that is no more than a fiscal umbrella to hide direct contracting. We do not know exactly how many people are living exclusively from working for the CNT or for the FAL and we do not understand why CNT considers that they are not "liberated union members".

We know that the FAL, an organism belonging to the CNT, contravening another of the anarcho-syndicalist principles, has received state aid in accordance with the provisions of the regulatory bases for granting public subsidies from the Ministry of Culture. For this reason we understand that CNT is not against subsidies as it perceives them (see for example this BOE https://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2007/07/05/pdfs/A29139-29141.pdf ) .

And, although it is an odious issue, we should talk about the economic embezzlement that is occurring in the CNT by certain individuals for their personal interests: travel and stays are paid in large hotels and there are even accusations that there have been robberies direct to the accounts of the organization by secretaries. To this we must add another form of embezzlement, through the hiring of their own companies that invoice their work, whether it is in the realization of audiovisual material or in the reform of premises.

This way of working has meant that almost all the legal and pro-prisoners fund was wasted, originally intended as a box of resistance and support for prisoners and that has now been used to "liberate people". Another fund that has been squandered and has practically disappeared is the equity fund, which should have been used to help the new unions to have a place but was never used for this purpose.

To finish explaining this drift we need to talk about the AIT. In recent decades, the CNT, or rather its committees, have been continuously boycotting this international, engaging with other unions outside the AIT to form a parallel international, wanting to impose a voting system to make agreements. that would make the IWA dependent on the decisions of only three sections or blocking the money from the quotas that is contributed to the AIT behind the backs of the CNT's own unions. Until these actions led to the exit agreement of the CNT of the International Workers' Association, recognizing the facts for which the CNT voluntarily and deliberately remained outside the AIT.

It seems extensive, but it is only a summary since, for these practices and for many others, it is for what a considerable number of unions have been responsible for maintaining the CNT-AIT and restructuring the damage done from the committees of that CNT unrecognizable in its principles and traitorous to its own agreements and statutes. Federated unions after a congressional process outside the CNT of the committees that we do not recognize, breaking all relations with it and restructuring the CNT-AIT, an anarcho-syndicalist organization attached to the AIT (International Association of Workers) and that in its principles and practices is akin to and coherent with anarchist ideals and principles. We continue to be, therefore, the CNT-AIT, a recognized historical continuation of the National Confederation of Labor attached to the IWA since 1922.

All this situation could have continued to go unnoticed for the working class in general, but for the last occurrence of the very executive committees of that self-styled CNT: sue several unions of the CNT-AIT for the simple fact of existing and performing union and social action, sheltering in the legal excuse of a "fraudulent use of acronyms and damage its image and expansion". They have also sued the Libertarian Ateneo de Albacete, we understand that having a close relationship with CNT-AIT Albacete since they share a local space, and has demanded nominally several anarcho-syndicalist comrades from Cádiz. These demands not only seek the disappearance of anarcho-syndicalist organizations, they also ask for a compensation of € 50,000 to each defendant union and the compas of Cádiz,

From our perspective it is incredible that an organization continues calling itself anarcho-syndicalist going to the courts to attack, through the state repressive apparatus, anarcho-syndicalist unions for the simple fact of existing. And it definitely confirms to us on which side this "split of the committees" is placed, self-styled CNT to dry in this class struggle.

We believe that it is a matter of anarchist ethics to bring these facts to the attention of the whole society.

You can find the CNT-AIT in the following places:

Granada - Torrelavega - Cádiz- Chiclana - Guadix - Madrid (Construction) - La Puebla del Río - Lanzarote - Lugo - Motril - Tarragona - Reus - El Vendrell - Elda - Castellón - Alcoy - Albacete - Marina Alta - Sagunto - Gandía

PRESS RELEASE

It is a little known fact that there are already two organizations in this country that seem to share a name, since one day they were one and the same, but whose trajectories have been distanced. This is the CNT (formerly CNT-AIT) and the CNT-AIT that holds the right to carry the initials of the Anarcho-Syndicalist International, the International Workers' Association. The time has come to make known to wider sectors of the population the circumstances that gave rise to this difference and that have generated the situation in which anarcho-syndicalism is found in our country, represented today in the CNT-AIT.

The dispute that gave birth to this division was born as a result of the internal drift of the CNT, which was on its way to becoming a centralist organization in a gradual break with federalism. An organization whose agreements, more and more frequently, were adopted from top to bottom, decided by their different secretariats and not by the assemblies of the unions, which breaks any principle of horizontality and transforms the CNT into a hierarchical and pyramidal organization. While the accounts of the organization were being emptied for the benefit of personal interests, we proceeded to the repeated expulsion of anarchist colleagues and unions that opposed this drift, with the intention of carrying out an ideological cleansing in the CNT.

To all this must be added the continued boycott of CNT against the AIT (International Association of Workers) when it was adhered to it: stoppage of financial contributions, repeated breach of agreements, concealment of information, conspiracy behind them with other trade union organizations from other countries to take away their strength, manipulation attempts to alter the voting system, etc. Finally, the IWA agreed to the departure of the CNT from its ranks, recognizing the facts for which the CNT voluntarily and deliberately remained outside the AIT. denying themselves the right to carry their initials.

But many of the CNT unions have taken the responsibility to maintain the CNT-AIT and restructure the damage done from the committees of that CNT unrecognizable in its principles and traitorous to its own agreements and statutes. Federated unions after a congressional process outside the CNT of the committees that we do not recognize. Since the restructuring of the CNT-AIT, which brings together these unions, is consistent with the principles of anarcho-syndicalism and respects and accepts the principles of the Anarcho-Syndicalist International, the IWA formally welcomed them into its ranks and, therefore, enjoys the right to show off in its acronyms those of the International. It remains, therefore, the CNT-AIT, a recognized historical continuation of the National Confederation of Labor attached to the IWA since 1922.

In recent times, CNT has sued several unions of CNT-AIT under the legal excuse of a "fraudulent use of acronyms and damage their image and expansion." He has also sued the Libertarian Ateneo de Albacete, we understand that having a close relationship with CNT-AIT Albacete as they even share local, and has sued nominally several anarcho-syndicalist comrades from Cádiz. These demands not only seek the disappearance of anarcho-syndicalist organizations, they also ask for an indemnity of € 50,000 to each defendant union and the comrades of Cádiz, which can represent serious difficulties for the anarcho-syndicalist comrades who could not assume this amount.

These are the different locations where CNT-AIT unions can be found:

Granada - Torrelavega - Cádiz- Chiclana - Guadix - Madrid (Construction) - La Puebla del Río - Lanzarote - Lugo - Motril - Tarragona - Reus - El Vendrell - Elda - Castellón - Alcoy - Albacete - Marina Alta - Sagunto - Gandía

https://levantecntait.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/cnt-ait-informa-nota-de-prensa-demanda-de-los-impostores/#more-609
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