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(en) cnt.es: Farewell of Elena against her will - Bilbao EDE Taldea (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:28:32 +0200

Hi, I am Elena, a worker at Suspergintza Elkartea (an entity that together with EDE Foundation and Suspertu SL has been part of EDE Taldea) for more than 15 years, many of you know me and others don't. I turn to all to say goodbye, from now on I will no longer work, against my will, in EDE Taldea. ---- As many and many of you know, I have been organizing trade union activity in the trade union section of CNT in EDE Taldea since 2013, actively and publicly. For this reason, and in a context of a hard negotiation process in 2015, a worker from Suspertu SL verbally assaulted me because of my union work in my job. His coordinator not only did not stop him, but applauded him , encouraged and defended.
After the denunciation of this event to the Human Resources Area, a mediation process began that supposed a new aggression for me, since its object was not the repair of the damage, but the interests of the management of EDE Taldea were prioritized and his rejection of me for my union activity, the main objective of the process being to silence what happened and avoid consequences for the aggressor and those who had allowed or encouraged him. Thus, the head of Human Resources ended up labeling the aggression as a mere disrespect.

«In the mediation process, its purpose was not to repair the damage, but the interests of the EDE Taldea management and its rejection of my union activity were prioritized.»

For all this, and in order to ensure that I could work in a safe and non-hostile environment, I was moved from my structure post in Suspergintza, where I had been working for about 10 years with good assessments from my coordinator, to a put in an external project outside Bilbao, of lower category. I was told that it was provisional and that at all times the possibility of return would be sought, but things were not so. During all these years I have been denied any possibility of return, relocation, training according to my category and professional development. Meanwhile, in my area of origin contracts were made to perform the tasks that I had been performing for many years.

In December 2019, the service in which I work has gone out to tender and Suspergintza has decided not to show up to manage it, and although I have requested it both continuously during all these years and recently, I have been denied the possibility of return to some structure post Suspergintza Elkartea, so shortly, I will go to work in another company.

In all this time:

I, the attacked, have seen my quality of life, my chances of conciliation, training, professional development worsen, while the people who made the aggression and allowed it have not undergone any changes.
I, the victim, have seen how I was denied the possibility of participating in the selection of my job for years referring to inconsistent and unreal arguments.
I, the victim, have seen how the agreements made with me were broken without an explanation or response.
I, the victim, I am the one who is now expelled from EDE Taldea, while the aggressor and those who allowed him remain in their work spaces, positions of responsibility and tasks.
I, the victim, notified the person in charge of Human Resources that the aggression would not have happened if she was not a woman, and before this she did nothing. Instead, the person who attacked me and the person who allowed it are publicly against violence against women.
Given this unfair and harmful treatment, EDE Taldea is publicly shown as a feminist entity, when women who do union work are again and again attacked, ignored and humiliated by a direction that only seeks to be able to do and undo without having to give account to no one. But I remind the management of the company that without respecting the labor rights of women, you cannot call yourself a feminist.

«I, the victim, have seen my quality of life worsen, while the people who carried out the aggression and allowed it have not undergone any changes.»

In these years in the EDE I have learned, grown, worked, built, contributed..., but above all I highlight the luck of being able to share and build with all the people who have had the courage to do union work, despite having everything against, despite the pain and the attacks, because they have put into practice everything we say and write so much: cooperation, equality, empowerment, participation, solidarity, mutual support, critical spirit, solidarity and social transformation. To all of them, thank you, you have been and are an example of teamwork, resistance and dignity.

The EDE will not be able to build a better world or transform it as long as it continues talking about feminism, equality, participation, solidarity only from a theoretical level and alien to its internal organization. As long as he continues to need and exercise union repression, while his leadership requires lies, punishments and humiliations, he will be weak and poor leadership. The management of this entity seems to sometimes win in its injustices, as is my case, but it does not know that it loses by showing everyone smaller, far away and without legitimacy.

I say goodbye, by force, with anger, with sadness, but with the certainty of being on the right side, of not having looked the other way, of not letting myself be ruled by fear, of not having fallen into personal attacks, with the tranquility of defending with high head the steps taken and with the lived experience of having done trade unionism, as Yayo Herrero says, " as an act of love for life and people ".

Take care and take care of the rest.

A hug

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