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(en) Self-determination and self-management. We build a society independent of capital and out of state (ca) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:58:14 +0300

Press release from the Permanent Secretariat of the CGT of Catalonia ---- The CGT of Catalonia defends the self-determination of all the peoples of the world. We defend it for Kurdistan, for the Mapuche people, for Palestine and for any other people that recognizes itself as such and wants to exercise it. We also defend it for the Catalan people, for any of the other nations of what is currently the Spanish State and, in short, any community that freely so desires. ---- However, the self-determination we advocate is totally incompatible with the self-determination that political institutions and organizations are trying to sell us in what has been called the Process in recent years. For "processism" self-determination is voting by answering a binary question of YES or NO in elections that are made once and for all. Outside of them, the people whom these organizations claim to represent cease to have a voice, cease to have a real capacity to influence day-to-day life, and become a passive subject.

That is why the self-determination that we defend the CGT of Catalonia, necessarily implies that the people, that is, the workers, have the real capacity to define how we want our day to be. As we want it to be the economic model. As we want it to be mobility, health, education and other public services . What we want is the logic of relationship between people and our form of political participation. How we want to redistribute the wealth produced by our work and how we want to exist on a planet increasingly threatened by the greed of capitalism.

The self-determination we advocate is real and is intrinsically linked to self-management. It is a self-determination that necessarily implies that people's lives are fully independent of capitalism and its laws. It therefore demands the destruction of capitalism and the construction of an alternative that structures collective life . It means, then, innovating and creating ways of organizing that do not repeat the logic of states, structures that destroy freedom, are based on repression and impose on most people the renunciation of their ability to do politics. in favor of professional policy.

This September 11, like the rest of the year, year after year, the CGT of Catalonia defends a self-determination that is self-management. We do this as an organization of workers and anarcho-syndicalists, as we are convinced that it is inseparable from our revolutionary project. And we do it, too, from day to day. That is why we oppose the expansion of El Prat airport, because we propose an economic and leisure model that is not based on the monoculture of tourism . That is why we also fight against the interests of the employer. An employer that lowers real wages, increases our working day, fires us and puts our job security at risksparing protection measures (or directly suppressing them). That is why we also fight against the different governments and institutions, both in Catalonia and in the State and in the European Union, and of those who support them. All of them govern based on the interests of the employer and against those of the majority of society, as evidenced by the impunity they have given to large energy companies to plunder our lives.

The defense of freedom, self-determination and self-management involves building and strengthening spaces in which to exercise it on a daily basis. We call on all workers to organize in the union . We call on all residents to strengthen the autonomous social movements of the institutions. Only in this way will we be able to move towards a free society made up of free people.

Press release from the Permanent Secretariat of the CGT of Catalonia

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