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(en) Portugal, Direct Action #1 - Is there any difference between the reformist syndicalism and anarcho-syndicalism (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:59:29 +0200

In anarcho-syndicalist unions no paid staff and all decisions are taken on the basis of Assemblies. Instead of the representative system using the methods of democracy and direct action. ---- Just a few days of general strike Iberian (joined also one of the Italian trade union confederations) is necessary to highlight the difference between the trade union organization in Portugal and the Spanish State. In Portugal, under pressure from the CFP and sectors related to CGTP, just after the April 25 banned the existence of other unions, under the "law of the single union." ---- Herself UGT union created by the PS and PSD, soon to appear - because the existence of more than one trade union was illegal. The law was amended, but the damage was done and syndicalism discredited and serving as a mere transmission belt of political parties.

In Spain gave up just the opposite.
The unions, which had been
one of the driving forces of the Revolution
1936, with the CNT and the UGT, persisted in
underground and reinforced with the
Comissiones appearance of Obreras,
arising after the strikes in Asturias
mining 60s. The CCOO were
initially controlled by the PCE, but
with the loss of influence of this party
became a trade union
heterogeneous, whose movements will
almost always hand in hand with the
UGT, still very much linked to PSOE. This
is the "official unionism" but
beyond that there are several core
unions throughout the Spanish state,
state in scope or ambit

In the field there are three anarcho-syndicalist
plants, each with its
specificity. ACNT, the CGT and the
Solidaridad Obrera.

In Spain, the law governing committees
company based on a kind of
with parliamentary election, in businesses,
representatives of trade unions in
lists themselves, a bit like MPs
are elected to the various parliaments
on party lists.

The CNT, at the time, challenged this procedure,
saying he took parliamentarism
to the bourgeois world
work and refused to participate. This
decision led to a split in 1979
naCNT and a few thousand militants
abandoned the ACFTU to
form the CGT, which has become the
third trade union in the country (after
the CCOO and UGT, and presented
together with these prior notice to
strike of 14 November), with over
50,000 members and hundreds of representatives
unions across the country.

Solidaridad Obrera, was founded in
1990, and is a small trade union,
gathering some unions headquartered
especially in Catalonia, Alicante and
Madrid region, with some influence
sectors such as transport.
In the field of revolutionary syndicalism
is also worth noting the Union
Andalusian Workers (SAT), which
brings together workers from various currents,
but using methods and practices
anarcho-syndicalists, as practice
assemblearia, direct action, etc..,
converging often shares with
CNT, CGT and the OS. This influence is
even more visible to your union
agriculture - the SOC (Union of Workers
Field) - where the references and the
anarcho-syndicalist militancy are very

Are these unions, in their diversity,
make the union movement is
strong and significant across
the border, while in Portugal the
reformism of union practices - with
hundreds of officials and bureaucrats
union discounts of living
workers - and the lack of alternatives
bipolarism the union have led to
loss of influence of the union movement
and its role as a mere instrument
of party strategies - be they the
PCP (CGTP), or PS / PSD (UGT).

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