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(en) puerto real, cnt.es: THE CNT-AIT A DIRECT ACTION ANARCOSINDICATE WITHOUT INTERMEDIARIES (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:45:18 +0300

The CNT-AIT is a union of workers with many years of struggle and experience behind them. Our unionism is far from bureaucracy and offices, it is done in the street, in the pits, in the workplace. ---- We organize all the workers in the same production sector in the branch unions of the CNT-AIT, we do so to practice daily Solidarity and not to fall into the error of thinking that trade unionism is to fix our personal problem and forget of others. For example, when a labor dispute arises in a company, no matter what branch it is, the entire CNT-AIT starts up to defend those workers who have problems. ---- We trust nothing in the courts and laws. Do not ignore, that the laws are made by those who rule and almost always forget those who work. That is why in the CNT-AIT we practice direct action, that is, the union puts pressure on the employer, the executives of the company or the company directly, without intermediaries, without company committees, without professionals of politics or unionism. When these leaders participate in workers' representatives in labor problems, they almost always end up signing cambalaches that harm us. There are the last years full of bad agreements, wild reconversions, industrial desertification, social pacts, etc. And in all is the signature of the "representative" unions.

When the CNT-AIT makes a decision it is because its members have voted in the assemblies, there are no leaders here. Likewise, when the CNT-AIT sits down to negotiate in a labor dispute, it defends exactly and literally what the workers' assembly of that company or workplace has said, that is, the trade union section. The participation of workers in decision-making and in the design of mobilization campaigns is essential, if this is not done, the workers lose our fighting capacity, our rebellion and dignity, we lose the possibility of thinking for ourselves. and of being independent. When that happens, entrepreneurs do what they want with us.

What is happening now? After so many years of company committees, of professional trade unionists, of thousands of union hours used to walk the briefcase, of subsidies to the unions ... After all this they impose a hard labor reform and increasingly worse working conditions: contracts temporary with the constant fear of dismissal, jobs in contracts and Temporary Work Companies, piecework, freelance jobs, etc.

In companies, members of the CNT-AIT practice union action through the Trade Union Sections, never through the company committees. The union section is the set of all the members of the CNT-AIT in a company, that is why it is all the affiliates, and not only the delegates, who carry out the union action: information to the workers of the plans and actions of the company, complaint of violations of regulations, laws and agreements, defense of colleagues who have conflicts with the employer, development of claims platforms, organization of solidarity campaigns with workers from other companies or sectors, etc.

The delegates of the trade union sections of CNT-AIT are rotating among the affiliates of the Trade Union Section. When they are appointed by an assembly to attend a negotiation they are appointed exclusively for a specific issue and with the positions that the assembly fixes exactly, In addition, in that negotiation he will not sign anything as long as the workers do not decide in assembly.

The delegates of the trade union sections of CNT-AIT are in their jobs, nothing of professional unionism. In the few companies that take union hours, we do it for specific things and inform on the bulletin boards so that we have used those hours.

CNT-AIT affiliates believe that information is essential, so our union action has an important pillar in the continuous information of workers. If a worker is informed of their rights, the situation of their colleagues, the situation of other company workers or different branches, the problems of their environment, etc. he will be more likely to be free, to be independent, to be tolerant, to be supportive, not to be overwhelmed and to demand his claims. That is, we encourage a participatory, solidarity, non-bureaucratic union action, attached to the workers, away from the offices.

Many times they have called us utopians to insult us. Yes, we are utopian, but what we defend in companies, in sectors, in neighborhoods and in the towns where we move are real, concrete rights. We are not illusive that we are in the clouds but we want to change this society. A flea cannot kill an elephant, but many fleas can fill his body with hives, and at worst the elephant changes, or maybe he dies, because that ...

We modernize, we update, we catch up, we are in the 21st century but we do not become understanding with power. Today, as yesterday, we think that power corrupts, that nothing is fixed from power (well, nothing more than the problem that the chair occupies), that we either fix the problems below or continue to submit them. That's why parliaments, politicians, business committees, business executives, governments, town halls don't like us at all, we distrust them and everyone who aspires to reach them.

We do anarcho-syndicalism, that is, a syndicalism of anarchist ideas. Other unions live on subsidies, the money that INEM gives them for training courses for the unemployed, the businesses of their companies, the debts forgiven by the state, Social Security, etc. We live on our quotas and our work and period. We do not want "favors" of power.

The CNT-AIT is not comprehensive with the crises of capital, if they have crises that solve it, they have created them for that. We fight for our rights.

CNT of Puerto Real adheres to the International Workers Association

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