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(en) Portugal, Direct Action # 2 - p2 Unionism & class struggle + Dockers: a good example of struggle (pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:20:26 +0200

Construction, Restoration, Air Force Academy, Kemet ... ---- Layoffs in Évora add and follow - Missing a proper trade union response ---- Every day there are redundancies Evora. The construction is parade, restoration faces difficult days due to increased IVA and lack purchasing power of the population in general. ---- However, taking some actions sporadic reaction of workers has been almost nil. The official unions (CGTP is either UGT) excel lack of strategy. Companies announce the redundancies and levamnos forward. Alone, without organizations militant workers are defenseless against the tyranny of large companies. And the redundancies are added daily to other redundancies amidst an almost complete silence. ---- Here are some examples: The Academy Aeronautics Évora, owned by a Canadian company, which operated in Municipal Aerodrome, just quit its doors to the dismissal of Last 12 workers.

In January already
had been the target of collective dismissal
33 workers of the Academy,
denying at the time, a spokesman for the company
any intention to close the school,
ensuring that will keep Evora
theoretical for "markets
Portuguese and Spanish "in addition to" consolidate "
the component "flight training acclimation".
A lie, as now seen.

In the case of the American Kemet
intention of collective redundancies vai
reach about half of the workers,
totaling 154. Source Company
said the layoffs are related
with the relocation of production to

The factory Evora of Kemet Electronics,
which employs about 320 workers,
produces tantalum capacitors
mobile and industrial
According to workers, the company
great deal of money received from the State
Portuguese and European Union that Kemet
should reset.

The workers gathered in plenary and
scheduled a trip to Lisbon, to
Ministry of Economy. Not much
as noted.


Dockers: a good example of struggle

In panorama Portuguese trade union, the strike
the longshoremen against the new law coming
disarticulation impose labor in ports and
precariousness of labor, appears as
something new. The Portuguese unions,
generally protagonists symbolic struggles,
general objectives and rarely achievable.
Strikes that are depleted in itself
own and that exhaust themselves
workers, often without results. The
stevedores' strike - only to hours
extraordinary - and their participation in
numerous demonstrations and spaces of struggle
has demonstrated the possibilities
small groups of workers (in this case
few hundred) have to paralyze
key sectors of the economy, if
determined and organized.

It should be noted also that the generality
Strikes occur in Portugal in
utilities, whereas if the stowage
processes in a direct relationship between
dockers and operators

Despite the enormous pressure they have been
subject, the longshoremen have not bowed and
given up their fight, considered exemplary
and has generated great solidarity
European terms, since the measures
the right and the operators want to impose
Portuguese ports (like the
Greeks, who were fully liberalized)
may extend to the whole of Europe, leading
insecurity, underemployment and the
unemployment to many other European ports.
One of fallacious arguments and more
have been wielded by the associations
spatronais and the Government is that this strike
overtime is destroying
Portuguese economy, especially in the area
exports, "indispensable - say -
for the country's economic recovery.
First, a strike, to take effect, it must
be felt as strongly as possible,
in economic and social terms. This is a
these cases. On the other hand, if the refusal
overtime affects of such
economy so that means there
many workers missing in the sector,
that could be contracted rights
and integration into careers, but that
operators intend to hire, under
new legislation, without any bond or

And here is another key issue: the
instability leads to lack of security and lack
vocational training, two questions
relevant to those working in ports,
in the field of loading and unloading.

This example of Portuguese dockers
should be taken by most
national unions shackled to ideologies
political party and the thrall
strategies only when the electoral
union flags mingle with
slogans of the parties, putting their
leaders in the controls in use
the affiliated trade unions as "flesh
cannon "for their demonstrations, parades
outages or symbolic.

The creation of a revolutionary syndicalism
and combative is essential to sustain the
path losses, losses and cuts that
Portuguese workers suffer skin
every day.,
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