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(en) November 14 - Mobilizations, General Strikes, Direct Actions and Solidarity!
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:52:55 +0200
Austerity cuts come over and over again - they are driving down the conditions of life of
workers and their aim is to crush or/and weaken the ability to organize and fight The
profit is privatized and the rich are getting richer, but the costs, risks and oppression
are socialized! ---- The bureaucratic trade union CGTP has called a general strike in
Portugal and the CCOO and UGT have called for a general strike in Spain against the
austerity measures for November 14. For this same day, general strikes are also being
called in Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus etc. as part of a Day of Action by the European
Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). ---- The position of the IWA and its Sections and
Friends is that we are not only against the government of the "troika" and the austerity
measures, but against the class society and against an economic and social system based on
the exploitation of wage labor and environmental destruction.
We are for workers self- organizing and emancipation, and by this our struggle is directed
against and outside the class collaborationist structures!
Our sister organization in Spain the CNT-AIT says in a declaration that the reformist CCOO
and UGT after hesitation have called for the General Strike of 14-N which they have been
dragged into: “On the one hand, by increasing social unrest and mobilizations in the
streets and on the other, by the continued anti-labor measures of a government at the
service of financial elites and employers with no intention of conceding even the crumbs
that allow institutional unionism to justify their role.”
And further: “CNT has agreed to call a general strike for November 14 and we will do this
in our own way, with our own demands. We say that this strike is necessary but is not
sufficient and we call for it to go beyond the sterile and frustrating scenario of the
institutional unions that people have become accustomed to”.
The AIT- Portugal writes in an article in IWA- External Bulletin-3 about the encouraging
demonstrations on September 15 that mainly were convened through internet. It has been
estimated that 500 000 people demonstrated in Lisbon and 100 000 in Porto, and there were
demonstrations in more than 30 cities in Portugal.
Since then it has according to our Portuguese comrades been held demonstrations almost
every week. They also see weaknesses and contradictions in the movement if it is merely
directed towards political objectives as early elections etc, the dangers of nationalism
and if they only become pressure movements and not “the growth of a social movement for
the self-organization of struggles, with prospects for radical economic and social change”.
The Secretariat of the International Workers Association (IWA) sends hereby its support to
the mobilizations of Spanish CNT-AIT and AIT- Portugal and the further steps that are so
strongly needed to intensify the direct actions and solidarity.
It`s in these times clearly revealed that the “freedom” for the capitalists means
economical dictatorship and slavery for the vast majority, and the IWA- Sections and
Friends will both show solidarity to our sister organizations on November14 and protest
against austerity measures, exploitation and oppression!
For workers self-organization and emancipation!
Long live the IWA and anarchosyndicalism!
Oslo, November 5 – 2012
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