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(en) Catalonia communiqué of Embat: Communiqué of Embat on the coronavirus and the state of alarm (ca) [machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:29:25 GMT 2020
A VIRUS THAT UNDERSTANDS BORDERS, CLASSES, RACE AND GENDER ---- The 21st century has brought us a war in the form of a pandemic. Its management in the Spanish state, and throughout the capitalist world, is being treated as an economic emergency. Tragically dire management. The Spanish Government insists that "this is not the time to do politics" while trying to give patriotic messages, appealing for social discipline; But all the victims, deadly or not, have very clear political causes: ---- 1.- The health privatization of the last 10 years that, ironically, was also the result of another crisis (the one in 2008, in case we had forgotten) that has left a disastrous panorama in the field of health. A multitude of hospital centers with closed floors, fewer staff and worse working conditions, among others. It shows that the current privatization model is not only a mistake and a scam but it exposes us and makes us even more vulnerable as a society.
And now that? The State diverted patients to private centers for lack of resources in public centers, instead of nationalizing them, and we will pay the bills later. Meanwhile, they applaud the professionals whom they have been condemning with the cuts since 2008, both the Spanish State and the Generalitat de Catalunya. ...
(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - press release, Covid-19: Women workers on the front line (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:29:16 GMT 2020
Whether they continue to work or whether they are at home, women are on the front line in the fight against the pandemic but also the first victims of the current health crisis. ---- The crisis highlights the essential role of certain sectors of activity (health, education, early childhood, care professions, agro-food and distribution, cleaning, social work, transport and delivery, etc.). Yet it is women, most often poorly paid and precarious, who mainly work in most of these sectors. ---- With this crisis, the population is rediscovering socially useful professions, those which cannot be done without and which meet the essential needs of all. ---- The caregivers give without counting ---- Women, the majority in health, are on the front line among hospital nursing staff, but also in nursing homes, IMEs, ESATs. Poorly paid (the nursing assistants receive the minimum wage at the start of their career, the nurses € 1,700 gross), disparaged and clubbed when they mobilized to improve the public service and their working conditions and remuneration, they do not count not their hours today giving up their holidays and their family life. The government, which keeps repeating how much we must be grateful to them, does not, however, talk about raising wages or massively recruiting essential staff. ...
(en) Germany, ruhr, die plattform: Commemoration of the March Revolution in Dortmund Eving (de)
Tue Mar 31 07:23:06 GMT 2020
As part of our campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March Revolution in the Ruhr area, we held a small commemoration at the Northern Cemetery in Dortmund Eving a few days ago. Originally, this event was supposed to take place on a larger scale, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was carried out by a small circle instead. Even though we had to cancel the greater part of the planned activities related to the March Revolution, it is important to us to continue to be active on the streets - taking into account the appropriate safety precautions. COVID-19 must not throw us into a state of shock and prevent the projects we plan from taking place altogether. This commemoration event should be an example of how we can continue to be active and reach people with our content via the internet.
These are the words of the speech given at the cemetery:
(en) Britain, anarchist communist group ACG: The coronavirus long term effect...
Tue Mar 31 07:22:35 GMT 2020
We seem to be living in unprecedented times. With the world teetering on the edge of either the collapse of the financial system or environmental collapse, along comes this new coronavirus. A global pandemic has slowly forced the capitalists into almost becoming state socialists such is their desire to prop up this calamitous system that only benefits a wealthy, greedy minority. Hundreds of billions of dollars is being created through quantitative easing and other desperate measures whilst the UK government has said it will pay up to 80% of worker's salaries if you are laid off because of the nationwide shutdown of non-essential services. ---- There must be some panic at Whitehall pushing the Tories along this path, their biggest fear right now is thousands of unemployed penniless people seething in anger, and where will they direct that anger? The panic buying, the flouting of rules concerning social distancing, the hordes of people taking advantage of the closure of pubs and restaurants to go sightseeing, isn't that surprising is it? This pandemic is serious, and will force people en masse to think about reality in ways they have never had to do before. Generation after generation of rampant advertising has created a consumerist sensibility in many that won't simply drift away; there will be teething troubles as we give birth to a new restricted ...
(en) Poland, ozzip: Anti-crisis Shield - employees will pay for the crisis (again)[machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:21:28 GMT 2020
The plan of amendment of the so-called The "special act" against the coronavirus epidemic was presented as a "shield" to protect society against a deep economic and social crisis. Meanwhile, this project resembles rather the strictest "tightening" policies we know from the crises in 2001-2004 and 2009-2013: employers receive generous support, and the working majority of the society is to protect business through wage cuts and longer working hours. ---- "Protecting jobs" by hunger salaries ---- The only form of employment protection that was envisaged in the "shield" are subsidies to remuneration and contributions to the social security system targeted at companies whose turnover fell by at least 15% within 2 months after January 1, 2020. Employers who found themselves in in this situation, they receive two salary savings tools:
- taking over all or part of the crew "Economic downtime"
- reducing the working time of some groups of employees or all employees to a maximum of 0.5 full-time.
(en) Czech, afed: On a wave of solidarity. Will we help the Palestinians as soon as possible? -- Reflection from our sympathizer on "coronavirus" solidarity [machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:21:07 GMT 2020
Solidarity associated with the coronavirus epidemic is addressed on the website of the Anarchist Federation, both the current A3 and the article Drape against the logic of money . Both texts point out - quite rightly - the need for solidarity and the importance of solidarity, based on ordinary people, with whom many anarchists have a lot of experience. One of the articles said that such solidarity, however, is not capitalism and a mighty appetite, perhaps because, in addition to the weakness of the system, it also shows our possibilities and our strength. ---- Given the evolution of the situation, however, even the Czech government, which by demonstrating "inappropriate" solidarity, manifested by "inappropriate" beneficiaries, usually does not want to discourage part of the more voters, has decided to help Italy and Spain by sending protective suits. In this case, however, the government does not really take too much risk with the voters, it is aid within Europe. As far as these countries are concerned, many Czechs can recall their holiday, favorite football club or wine they have ever enjoyed in connection with Italy or Spain. Moreover, even the EU leaders have noticed that the reluctance of EU Member States to help each other at least a bit, is blatant and could lead to further cleavage of the EU. ...
(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #303 - Syndicalism, Radio France: The antenna for workers! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:12:39 GMT 2020
Sixty-three days of strike, a major disruption of programs: it is the longest conflict ever seen in public broadcasting. Without result for the moment, the strike started again in March. Explanations on this resistance to demolition. ---- "The shame of the Republic" , this is how Emmanuel Macron designated public broadcasting in December 2017. The conclusions were drawn. Less than two years later, it was the announcement of 299 job cuts at Radio France and a plan for 1,000 "voluntary" departures at France Télévisions by 2022. ---- The announcement outraged the staff, who began a struggle of unprecedented duration: sixty-three days. Not continuously, however: a kind of rotation has been set up informally, but the result is that many strikers are more than thirty days withheld from pay.
The CGT was the most involved in the strike, with SUD. As for the other unions (Unsa, FO, SNJ and CFDT), it was rather the wait-and-see attitude that dominated ... before agreeing, on January 24, to start negotiations with the management on a collective conventional break ...
(en) cnt-ait: COVID 19 - SOLIDARITY WITH WORKING WOMEN IN BANGLADESH
Tue Mar 31 07:12:21 GMT 2020
The Covid19 pandemic is global and it will strike all countries without distinction. ---- Western countries such as France, Spain or Italy are already strongly impacted, due to the inadequacy of medical infrastructure or the insufficient number of protective equipment such as masks. ---- In so-called poor countries, the situation is even worse. Sometimes the basic minimum is missing, starting with soap, when we know that the first barrier is to wash your hands regularly. ---- Companions from the Bangladesh IWA section, BASF-AIT, are launching a fundraising campaign with Australian companions to buy and distribute soap to workers at the tea plantations in Shyllet. They are among the poorest and most exploited in Bangladesh, often surviving on less than 2 euros a day for themselves and their families.
Donations can be made online at the following address:
(en) Greece, Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative: In the face of the state-capitalist and capitalist politics of keeping the practices of solidarity and mutual aid alive. [machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:05:04 GMT 2020
The outbreak of such a large-scale pandemic is the springboard for a crisis that, in addition to its obvious health dimensions, has financial crisis characteristics. In the already tense historical period of the global structural capitalist crisis of accumulation, which made its potential start in 2008, the present pandemic is coming to further destabilize the foundations of the system and exacerbate the social and class conflicts within it. The proponents of the capitalist system of production, in the vanguard of unexpected developments, are taking a series of drastic restructuring measures to maintain a system subject to shocks of immeasurable economic and political costs. ---- At the same time, the system's response to this current phase is to impose an emergency regime, with minimum rights restrictions and a traffic ban. A ban under the guise of protecting the population, as it appears that huge deficiencies in logistical and human resources in public health make it impossible for the state to manage a possible widespread virus, precisely because of the deterioration, or the closure of public hospitals. This is, moreover, an unpleasant situation for the state, as the prohibition on the movement or movement of the substance seriously affects the consumption of goods, which is undesirable in capitalism. However, Traffic is not prohibited for people who ...
(en) ait russia: China: Riot Against Wuhan Travel Restrictions [machine translation]
Tue Mar 31 07:04:19 GMT 2020
A mass protest march occurred yesterday in the Chinese province of Hubei. Thousands of angry residents broke through the bridge on the Yangtze River, connecting the capital of Wuhan with the neighboring province of Jiangxi, and fought with the police. Wuhan City has been quarantined for weeks due to the coronavirus epidemic. The authorities have now announced the lifting of the blockade, but protesters are outraged by the way the government treated them during the crisis. They turned over police cars and swept away the established control barriers. ---- Additional reinforcements of the police were pulled up to the place, but this only made the fights even more fierce. ---- According to a Twitter account "Things China Doesn't Want You to Know," the riot was rumored to be preceded by a skirmish between police officers from Hubei and Jiangxi. The former were unhappy that the neighbors repeatedly intervened in their jurisdiction. Obviously, some Hubei police joined the demonstrators on their way to Jiangxi, did not stop them from wrecking police cars and even pushed the police special forces with their shields.
Last updated: Tue Mar 31 09:29:26 2020