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(en) cgt.org.es: Health and life is the only important thing. Total closure of non-essential activities Now! (ca) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:48:26 +0300

The Covid-16 virus has already killed 1,350 people (data from Saturday 21) in our country. Meanwhile, data from Italy, where 4,000 deaths are already exceeded, and that on the 19th of the day it had to attend its most dramatic moment (more than 600 deaths from coronavirus in a single day) alert us that we may suffer a similar situation, or even worse, if more forceful measures are not adopted immediately to paralyze contagions by the institutions. ---- The health and lives of millions of people worldwide are at risk. Governments are under the obligation to guarantee and prioritize life and its sustainability, and this sustainability of life is not precisely about injecting billions into the capitalist economy, but about guaranteeing the entire working population, as well as excluded, poor and evicted people, a basic income that covers all their vital needs.

We demand and demand that the activity of all the productive, financial and distribution sectors , which are not essential for life, such as people's health and well-being in sanitary confinement, be immediately stopped.

Millions of workers continue to be forced and obliged to attend their jobs, with the sole purpose of "ensuring the profit and profitability of companies", at the cost of producing absolutely unnecessary goods at this time and at the expense of health of working people.

We inform you that, under the Occupational Risk Prevention Law (art. 21) we have the right to refuse to work in all those activities that are not essential, to preserve our health and that of the social community . From the CGT, also under this article, we have ordered the stoppage of activity in many work centers due to serious and imminent risk, but the performance of the labor inspection has been worryingly disparate in identical situations.

The companies of essential services, water, gas, electricity, public transport, health, dependency and food supply, with sufficient staff, rotating work shifts and adequate protection measures, are the ones who guarantee our health, health and the life of all the social collective.

It is especially dramatic what is happening in relation to the residences of dependent people , people in social exclusion, without sanitary means and human resources, when they are the most vulnerable population.

Separate mention deserves the painful security conditions that all people working in health centers and services are facing. PPEs (personal protective equipment) are a priority so that all workers can carry out their work safely. In the specific case of staff working in health centers and services, their public complaints about their absence have been constant without solving this serious problem so far.

In an alarming number of cases, security measures have only reached the door of the workplace. Not to mention the crowds experienced in urban transport.

We have the examples of those countries where the pandemic has spread among the population before. We have their respective data of infections and deaths.

Therefore, it is an authentic madness and a very serious irresponsibility not to paralyze all non-essential activity.

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Source: Permanent Secretariat of the CGT Confederal Committee

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