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(en) First of May. CNT: Dignity and trade unionism (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:19:58 +0300

It is clear that COVID-19 has marked the last year for all of humanity. But after the health crisis, the worst ills of our society have come to light with unprecedented severity. Social and economic inequalities have emerged with such virulence that they have shown us the worst side of the current economic system in which we live. ---- We have been able to verify, despite the government's propaganda, that social measures to protect the working class have been insufficient. Since the first moments of confinement last year, when the economy stopped, we saw how thousands of people lost their precarious jobs, or simply could not even access the underground economy in which thousands of families subsist in this country. The social services of the municipalities, unions or many other social entities no longer received inquiries or calls to request financial aid; people asked for food.

Faced with this situation, food banks, neighborhood support networks, and unions collaborating to supply basic needs were activated. Once again, mutual support and solidarity provided much more effective solutions on the part of the people.

In the workplace, on the other hand, the endless greed of the capitalists was once again evident. Despite the new laws of the Government to apply ERTEs that should save jobs, we have had to combat the various abuses and fraud of many companies: templates that were required to work from home despite being ERTE, coercion and pressure to leave jobs during ERTE, when not directly dismissed without any shame.

We can say that the health crisis has served to accelerate and start an economic crisis that was to be activated in a few years. Thus, large companies and multinationals of all kinds have accelerated mass layoffs, destroying jobs and accelerating the deindustrialization of our economy. On the other hand, in other types of industries subcontracting increases, applying worse conditions to the workforce, with the approval of works councils.

Faced with this situation, from the CNT we demand a union action that restores dignity to the Working Class of this country. We claim the role of a trade unionism that defends real wage increases, that improve the purchasing power of the people, that defends real equality in companies. We do not want to make up agreements, we want people to organize and fight to win more rights, more dignity. And we firmly believe that the direct action unionism of those of us who make up CNT represents the best values of humanity, mutual support and solidarity. Long live May Day!

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