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(en) EUREST: fighting does work | Extracted from cnt nº 427 (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 28 Aug 2021 09:57:01 +0300


More at: https://www.cnt.es/?s=eurest ---- About six years ago, Eurest workers in mortuary cafeterias and soup kitchens decided to organize ourselves in a union section of the CNT to improve our working conditions. Since then we have achieved important improvements that have helped us to confirm the correctness of that decision, despite the fact that the company from the first day tried to end the section. ---- Undoubtedly one of the most serious and hard challenges we have faced has been the latest attempt by the company to leave two of our colleagues on the street, as well as trying to undo the section. So on March 18, 2020, we were forced to raise a conflict with this powerful multinational that ended through an agreement signed on March 10, 2021.

A conflict for which actions were initiated on June 3, 2020, and that as of December 31, 2020 accumulated the figure of more than 60 pickets and 3 days of Strike (with their own pickets) in 2 centers of work. A conflict caused by violation of union agreements and labor agreements, in which there have been cross complaints and in which the company has used all its weapons, including unjustified sanctions against 4 members of the section, which escalated in severity and therefore in conflict, after declaring the multinational on January 4, 2021 an ERE at the national level that affected 2 work centers in which CNT affiliation is the majority: the Sancho de Ávila Funeral Home, owned by the Mémora funeral home, and the Navas Social Dining Room, owned by the Barcelona City Council.

Said involvement by the ERE led us to set union action in the affected centers as of January 4, and to carry out more than 16 concentrations of permanence in the work centers defending the jobs. We have warned contractors and subcontractors that we would not accept said affectation, and that the actions will continue until the reinstatement of the possible workers affected. The company denied us participation in the negotiation process that ended on February 22, violating our freedom of association. But the disaffection of the 2 centers represented by CNT has been confirmed, both by sources from the works council, and by commitment of the two responsible contractors.

Concentration and picket during the Strike of the Eurest section against the ERE. / CNT Barcelona
The agreement signed on March 10, includes the end of the judicial processes crossed between the section and the company, the fulfillment of the union agreements, the remuneration of the days fulfilled by sanctions and withdrawal of the file of these.

This conflict, the last step in the escalation of labor unrest that began in 2018, had as a clear objective the destruction of the CNT section, practicing since then a total policy of continued attack towards it. But the anarcho-syndicalist model has turned out to be a roadblock that the world's largest hospitality services multinational has not been able to take. Our firm determination not to give in or let us take away the tool with which we have managed to dignify our jobs, prevented the company from getting away with it.

The utility of anarcho-syndicalism for the working class is demonstrated once again. And the decisive capacity of direct action, mutual support and militant commitment, motors of our organization. Principles put into practice through the participation of all union sections in labor disputes and their actions, as well as that of the unions that make up the CNT. We are aware that without the solidarity and organizational capacity that characterizes the CNT we would not have been able to resist the onslaught of the bosses. The mutual commitment will be fulfilled.

Finally, we state that the section will remain on guard and always ready to defend our class interests. And aware that the company will soon return to its old ways.

https://www.cnt.es/noticias/eurest-la-lucha-si-que-sirve/
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