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(en) cgt-lkn: The union robbery of the ERE (By Rafael Cid) (ca, it) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:37:29 +0200


If nobody coerces us when it comes to voting, we have the government that we deserve. If we voluntarily join a union, we have the unions that we deserve. Both governments and unions are there because we wanted it. They are our representatives. That is the tragedy that is hidden behind the deepening social involution. An evil that comes from below-up, without complexes or excuses. With our endorsement And contributing in passing to foster a culture of submission and resignation that makes it unnecessary for the powerful to use force to achieve their goals. ---- That would be one of the possible explanations of what just happened in prosperous Austria. Where thanks to the support of an important part of the population, a recognized xenophobic party has managed for the second time to enter the government of the nation. Jibarizando what they call democracy and is nothing but a raffle that is activated every four years. A mere scoring technique. Like a raffle or a pool. With just enter the ballot box already precooked with the name of the party and their tribe. With hardly any capacity for deliberation or less decision by citizens. But also programmed bottom-up, sovereignly.

And so process after electoral process, we move away more and more from something that is minimally similar to the real policy, and paving the way for those who come behind reproduce that DNA of meekness because it is the custom. The freedom to choose and consume against the right to decide for oneself and to learn from lived experience and not deferred. We have seen it in the City Council of the capital, where the Madrid initiative decides! , which offers citizens the possibility of participating telematically in the government of the city, is turning out to be a complete failure. People do not "want to complicate their lives" . Not one of the proposed proposals has elicited responses that have exceeded 7,000 supports in a census of 2.7 million inhabitants.

But it would be defeatist and false to attribute all the blame to those represented, those we have called "those below." Actually acts of apathy, conservative mentality, cowardice and conformism are instigated by the intermediate actors that we have accepted gladly because it comes in the script . Those institutional agents officially responsible for the management of the public in our own name. Parties and politicians, trade unions and trade unionists, and in that order of things, all the mediation bodies to which the man and the woman in the street give a blank check every time for them to be supplanted. Without contract by means and without effective capacity of reversion when the crude reality denies the gross promises made. Joined to the yoke of the shared hoax, victim and executioner end up getting confused.

The most indecent example of this environmental cannibalization is in the infamous and buoyant traffic of the ERE. A bargain for the unions of the concertación (CCOO and UGT) that make cash cashing multimillionaire amounts to advise in the massive dismissals that the companies approve under the protection of the labor legislation. In theory they use their lawyers and accountants to verify the items of the benefits to be paid. Although in reality that intermediation becomes a flourishing business for the union structures. So the theory of "class struggle" becomes a "class compadreo" from the moment that businessmen and union leaders share booty. To more layoffs, more business for all.

This is the great anomaly that, in spite of the crisis that has led Spain to be the second country in the European Union with the highest rate of unemployment and one of those with the highest precariousness rate at work, is the Carousel of the ERE continue at maximum. Right now Banco Santander and Bankia are immersed in two separate employment regulation files, according to the cynical euphemism used to camouflage what forced unemployment means. In the first case affecting 1,364 people and in the second to 2,510. A huge clientele for the friendship trade union, which makes CCOO and UGT richer and contributes to the cascade of early retirement to further worsen the future of the pension fund.

In this sense, the Bankia file is particularly odious . When its top leadership and those of Commissions and Ugeté reach their last trade union objectives, a historic robbery will be consummated. Because the money that was used to destroy those thousands of jobs and pay generously to the commission agents in the negotiations will have left the more than 16,000 million euros taken out to the Spanishfor the rescue of CajaMadrid-Bankia. And if that were not enough, the union fortune will fall on the same condemned power stations, interposed person, for the disgusting affair of black cards. Fortunately, there are still intact unions, such as CGT and CNT, which are only financed with the fees of their affiliates, refuse to paste with the ERE and renounce the manna of the training grants.

Let's end with a riddle: why is almost not reported what happens in the macro trial of the ERE of Andalusia? For that reason, because it is a scam between the Board, employers and unions CCOO and UGT to share about 855 million euros (the barbarity of about 142,000 million pesetas) among friends, family, acquaintances and addicts the cause. A process that has led to the presidency of two presidents of the Junta de Andalucía (as well as presidents of the PSOE) and 16 high-ranking officials of its government for alleged prevarication and embezzlement of public funds from which power is passing without grief, no glory for the incredible fact that those responsible are "one of ours".

Rafael Cid

https://www.cgt-lkn.org/blog/archivos/4690
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