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(en) puerto-real cnt es: THE CNT-AIT AN ANARCOSINDICATO OF DIRECT ACTION (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 1 Aug 2018 08:01:34 +0300

The CNT-AIT is a union of workers with many years of struggle and experience behind them. Our trade unionism is far from the bureaucracy and the offices, it is done in the street, in the pits, in the work centers. ---- We organize in the trade unions of the CNT-AIT all workers in the same sector of production, we do so to practice daily Solidarity and not fall into the error of thinking that unionism is to fix our personal problem and forget of others. For example, when a labor dispute arises in a company, no matter what branch it is, the entire CNT-AIT is set in motion to defend those workers who have problems. ---- We do not trust much in the courts and in the laws. That is not ignored that the laws are made by those who rule and almost always forget those who work. That is why in the CNT-AIT we practice direct action, that is, the union pressures the boss, the executives of the company or the company directly, without intermediaries, without company committees, without professionals from politics or trade unionism. When these leaders participate in workers' representatives in the labor problems, they almost always end up signing "cambalaches" that harm us. There are the last years full of bad agreements, wild reconversions, industrial desertification, social pacts, etc. And in all there is the signature of the "representative" unions.

When the CNT-AIT makes a decision it is because its members have voted in the assemblies, there are no leaders here. Likewise, when the CNT-AIT sits down to negotiate in a labor dispute, it defends exactly and literally what the assembly of workers of that company or work center has said, that is, the union section. The participation of workers in decision-making and in the design of mobilization campaigns is fundamental, if this is not done, workers lose our ability to fight, our rebelliousness and dignity, we lose the possibility to think for ourselves and to be independent. When that happens, the entrepreneurs do with us what they want.

What is happening now? After so many years of works councils, professional trade unionists, thousands of union hours used to walk the briefcase, subsidies to the unions ... After all this we are imposed a very tough labor reform and worse working conditions: contracts temporary with the constant fear of dismissal, jobs in contracts and Temporary Work Companies, piecework, jobs as self-employed, etc.

In the companies affiliated to the CNT-AIT we practice the union action through the Trade Union Sections, never through the works committees. The union section is the set of all the affiliates of the CNT-AIT in a company, that's why they are all the affiliates, and not only the delegates, those who carry forward the union action: information to the workers of the plans and actions of the company, complaint of violations of laws, laws and agreements, defense of colleagues who have conflicts with the boss, development of protest platforms, organization of solidarity campaigns with workers from other companies or sectors, etc.

The delegates of the union sections of CNT-AIT are rotating among the members of the Trade Union Section. When they are appointed by an assembly to attend a negotiation, they are appointed exclusively for a specific topic and with the positions that the assembly establishes exactly, In addition, in this negotiation, he will not sign anything while the workers do not decide it in assembly.

The delegates of the union sections of CNT-AIT are in their jobs, no professional unionism. In the few companies that take union hours, we do it for specific things and we inform on the notice boards so that we have used those hours.

The affiliates of CNT-AIT think that the information is fundamental, that is why our union action has an important pillar in the continuous information of the workers. If a worker is informed of their rights, of the situation of their colleagues, of the situation of other company workers or different branches, of the problems of their environment, etc. he will be more inclined to be free, to be independent, to be tolerant, to be supportive, not to be subjugated and to demand his demands. That is to say, we promote a participative, solidary, non-bureaucratic trade union action, attached to the workers, away from the offices.

Many times they have called us utopian to insult us. Yes, we are utopian, but what we defend in the companies, in the sectors, in the neighborhoods and in the villages where we operate are concrete, real rights. We are not deluded that we are in the clouds but we want to change this society. A flea can not kill an elephant, but many fleas can fill its body with welts, and at the worst the elephant changes, or maybe it dies, because that ...

We modernize ourselves, we update ourselves, we update ourselves, we are in the 21st century but we do not become understanding with power. Today as yesterday we think that power corrupts, that from the power is not fixed at all (well, nothing more than the problem that occupies the chair), that the problems or fix those below or continue to subject us. That's why parliaments, politicians, works councils, company executives, governments, town halls do not like anything, we distrust them and all those who aspire to reach them.

We make anarcho-syndicalism, that is, a syndicalism of anarchist ideas. Other unions live on the subsidies, the money that the INEM gives them for the training courses unemployed, of the businesses of their companies, of the debts that the state forgives them, the Social Security, etc. We live on our quotas and our work and period. We do not want "favors" of power.

The CNT-AIT is not sympathetic to the crises of capital, if they have crises that are solved by them, that is why they have created them. We fight for our rights.

CNT de Puerto Real is a member of the International Workers' Association

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