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(en) EDITORIAL | Illustration: Ana Nan's Labor Rights | Extracted from cnt #427. (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 25 Aug 2021 10:16:10 +0300

The defense, extension and consolidation of labor rights necessarily passes through the existence of broad, interrelated and strong union organizations self-organized by the workers of the various sectors of production of goods and services. Only self-organization, that is, the joint community of workers, participating directly in the management of their unions and their interests, can bend the capitalist voracity of the employers' associations and the state elites. The CNT is intended and proposed as a tool to advance in this way of making unionism from below, formed by the people from below, and for the integral well-being of all and all who are below, immense majorities, in the atrocious stratification of contemporary society.

Labor rights are much more than specific rights that enable decent working conditions (sufficient and equal wages, conciliation, health and safety, hours to live, ...), they are above all the basis and premise for the universal achievement of a right that goes beyond there and crosses the field of work: the right to social and individual well-being for all. This right, to well-being, is the right to material and immaterial satisfaction of the needs that society considers basic for the broader development of the aptitudes, abilities, capacities and creativity of each and every one of its members. The CNT is wanted and is postulated, therefore, as a tool for the defense and expansion of labor rights, always oriented to the general welfare of society as a whole.

But the practical achievement of the universal right to well-being is radically incompatible with the social structures imposed and dominated by existing capitalism: neither national states nor their international governance, representative only of transnational financial and corporate interests, are neither capable nor interested in extending The general well-being, neither of human populations nor of the planet's natural biodiversity, is fair and equal. Its logic does not allow it: its reason for being is to raise as much as possible the profit margins of those who hold titles and properties, at the expense of the wealth produced over thousands of years by the natural environment and by hundreds of exploited and plundered human generations. . The CNT wants and considers itself,

The right to well-being is intimately linked to the inalienable human aspiration to freedom. It is not about the false freedom of the markets to impose their flexibilities and precariousness on those who generate their wealth. Nor is it about the alienated freedom to have and consume induced goods and services to lavish profits on their promoters. Nor is it the patriarchal freedom to keep the female population subjugated, in their reproductive and caregiving roles. Nor, finally, is it the extractive freedom of mineral veins and the planet's ecosystems. What it is about is the double freedom that humanity will only achieve with struggle, determination and cunning: economic freedom, which eliminates material dependence and the slavery of work; and political freedom, which eliminates all forms of authority and government.

The tenacious and continuous struggle for labor rights leads to higher levels of well-being for all, and well-being will only be fair and universal when freedom is a reality for every human being. This is the fight that for the CNT, and its people, is worth promoting, activating, thinking and extending.

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