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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - UCL Toulouse and Surroundings press release - Airbus restarts: profits against health (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 4 Apr 2020 11:16:47 +0300

Since Monday March 23, the management of Airbus has unilaterally decided to resume the activities of its factories in Toulouse. After 4 days of production at a standstill to assess how the company could restart, management estimated that the measures had been taken to "guarantee the safety and health of employees" and that the factories in France and Spain could restart. However if we believe the Airbus executive union CFE-CGC, through the voice of its coordinator Françoise Vallin in the newspaper Usine Nouvelle: "At Airbus, all workstations are not secure". ---- It is therefore in spite of the health of the employees that the aircraft manufacturer will continue to produce by putting them in danger for an activity which is absolutely not essential in this period of unprecedented health crisis.

Beyond Airbus, the entire subcontracting chain will have to get back to work [1], thereby accentuating the risks of an acceleration of contamination with Covid-19 in the Toulouse region, but also internationally (notably in Spain [2]).

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Thousands of workers, technicians will be threatened with endangering their families and their own health in order to comply with the wishes of an above-ground management who only thinks of their profits. Even office staff will not be spared because management would like to impose the presence on site at least 20% of them and them, according to the CGT.

There is however no urgency to produce planes: this means of transport is likely to circulate under regime.

And all the more so since mass tourism is at half mast, traumatized by the fear of going to distant lands considered unsafe in terms of health by people who would have the means. Airfrance, for example, only handles 10% of its traffic and the airlines, the only customers of Airbus, risk bankruptcy because of the economic crisis which follows from that of the Covid-19. Even after the pandemic, there is a good chance that the aircraft produced will therefore not find buyers and Airbus will have risked the lives of its employees for nothing ! Worse, while Airbus announces that it has obtained 20,000 protective masks for its employees, caregivers lack protection in hospitals !

We see what the priorities are for the capitalists.

Double State Speech to Clear the Bosses
While the government has just increased the repressive arsenal to enforce the confinement which it has also extended by two weeks, while the epidemic is still in its infancy, while hospital staff public (caregivers, maintenance workers, administrative staff ...) are already at the end of the spectrum and are raising all possible alarms, large companies like Airbus send us a clear message: produce rather than cure, risk rather than treat, suffer for their profit ! The State is partly responsible for this decision-making.

By practicing a double discourse aiming on the one hand to enforce containment measures to slow the epidemic and on the other to encourage companies to keep the economy in free fall, the government is putting their workers' lives at risk those most likely to contract the disease and therefore spread it.

Our lives are worth more than their profits !
For the Union Communiste Libertaire Toulouse et environs, the bosses do not have to impose their law to the detriment of the health of employees and the population. We call on the workers of Airbus and its subcontractors to assert their right of withdrawal or to go on strike on a massive scale, faced with this absurdity and the morbid cynicism of management.

Libertarian Communist Union Toulouse and surroundings March 27, 2020

Libertarian alternative n ° 304 (April 2020) is open access
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[1] "Airbus forces the return to work for its subcontractors, denounces the CGT" , Reporterre, March 25, 2020.

[2] "CGT anuncia huelga indefinida en AIRBUS contra las medidas empresariales durante la crisis del" coronavirus "" , Cgt.org.es, March 25, 2020.

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