France: Support Unlimited General Strike from February 5, 2019

in English / Français / Castellano

Call legalized by CGT France.. link HERE   .      Source –  François Boulo, of the Yellow Vests, calls for a general strike 28.1.2019

We translate into Spanish the call for an unlimited general strike, convened by François Boulo from Rouen for the Yellow Vests, the grassroots movement that has defied the brutal repression of the Emmanuel Macron regime and continues to mobilize around demands on health, employment, education and housing.

We appeal to all French citizens: salaried workers, seasonal workers, civil servants, craftsmen, merchants, businessmen, farmers, the unemployed, pensioners, professionals, students, schoolchildren, artists, intellectuals to be mobilized to build as of February 5, 2019, the unlimited general strike.

At this moment, we regret to see that the executive power persists in not listening to any of the demands presented by the Yellow Vests and in implementing an unjust policy rejected by 75% of the population of France.

It is quite clear that the Great National Debate is nothing more than a communication strategy, which aims to anesthetize public opinion without any concrete action being taken for change. The president of the republic has categorically refused to reevaluate the fiscal measures that were imposed at the beginning of his term that benefit the 1% of the richest ….

It has also confirmed its reduction of essential public expenditures: health, education, police and justice.

Instead of listening and trying to calm the people, what the president of the republic and his government have done is put gasoline on the fire with his irresponsible statements: “crowd with hate”, “agitators”, people who “lack a sense of effort”.

This chaotic strategy has resulted in 1000 injuries among our police and gendarmes; 12 dead and 1800 injured among the demonstrators, of which a hundred have been mutilated, disfigured or blinded.

Not a word of empathy with the victims has been uttered by the institutional spokespersons.

The violence that shakes our nation must stop and our demands must be met. As a result, we appeal to the whole of French citizenship: salaried employees, seasonal workers, civil servants, craftsmen, merchants, businessmen, farmers, the unemployed, pensioners, professionals, students, schoolchildren, artists, intellectuals to be mobilized to build as of February 5. of 2019, the unlimited general strike.

We call on the Yellow Vests as a whole and all those who want to join us to spread this call through all social networks and in the field, factories, universities, high schools, public establishments.

We also call all citizens to implement a boycott of large shopping centers and instead opt for local commerce, in order to support them in these times of crisis.

This is the moment in which each one must ask himself in the depth of his being, if he should continue supporting a power that has lost its legitimacy and that, abandoning the sense of the general good, has lost the essence of his mandate. Or if, on the contrary, it is time to finally recover our common destiny. This is the sacrifice that the time demands of us to ensure the future of our children and grandchildren.

It is a moment that is and must be historical.

It is time to enforce Article 2 of our constitution: the principle of a Republic and a Government of the People, for the People and for the People

Despite a brief lull over the holidays, the anti-neoliberal and anti-tax yellow vest protests continued in France for a 12th consecutive Saturday. see also ...France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Emerged Spontaneously, without Leadership

French CGT Union Calls General Strike Tuesday 5 February 20119

One of the main French trade union confederations – the CGT – has called on members to demonstrate and strike on Tuesday 5 February to place their demands in solidarity with and alongside those of the yellow vest movement:

Leaflet issued by Public service sector, Confédération Generale du Travail,  CGT, French trades union confederation, Wednesday 19 January 2019.

To win on our demands – All together into action 5 February

Faced with long months of mobilisation and the unprecedented yellow vests movement, Emmanuel Macron has been forced to make concessions, although obviously not enough. Him – the man who said he would never back down.

For all that, the essence of his policies – gifts to the bosses and the wealthiest, and smash up public services – continues to be put into effect.

Make no mistake about it, the Great National Debate is above all a smokescreen operation, since the existing political authorities have already said that, on the majority of important points, they are not going to re-examine their approach.

Public service and its workers at the heart of the danger

The perfect example of this refusal to put any of their liberal aims up for discussion is given by the government’s treatment of public services.

Indeed, while state reform is explicitly on the menu for the “Great Debate”, ministers in charge of public services have just confirmed, in particular, that the devastating parliamentary bill, more or less already worded, retained all its current force and that its adoption by Parliament is expected in June.

Remember that this text provides for increased and massive recourse to non-tenured workers, the dismantling of consultative bodies, the individualisation of pay, and for arrangements to accompany and facilitate the abandonment of public remits and the closure of services.

It certainly represents an unprecedented attack on the whole legal edifice of public service.

These serious threats are added to the freezing of the value of the index point (and there is every sign that the government wants to keep this until 2022!), the re-establishment of the jour de carence[i], more job losses, etc.

That is to say: the situation is beyond worrying.

Shift the balance of forces and make it last

But those who rule us are far from winning.

Citizens are very attached to their public services, discontent is everywhere growing louder and there are more and more mobilisations.

What the yellow vest movement shows us

The first responsibility of trade union organisations is to show alternative ways, make them popular and organise the response at the workplace.

This is what CGT will do across all sectors on Monday 5 February.

On that day it will call on all wage earners in both the public and the private sector to mobilise, demonstrate and stop work.

Absolutely everything makes it essential that public service workers, whether local, Health Service of State employees, join up in the greatest possible numbers in these times of powerful struggle and convergence.

For:

ü  Immediate recalculation of the index point[ii]

ü  Restoration of losses in purchasing power over recent years

ü  Creation of jobs with proper tenure wherever they are needed.

ü  Job security for workers on short-term contracts. Down with casualisation!

ü  Repeal of the jour de carence.

ü  Defence of the general legal Status of government employment and particular Statuses

ü  The maintenance and improvement of the special pension schemes, against the point system proposed by the government

ü  A considerable improvement in the benefits of schemes already paid in.

CGT Public Services calls on public service workers to demonstrate and strike on 5 February.


Gilets Jaunes “Assembly of Assemblies” calls for massive strike

  • January 30, 2019

The Gilets Jaunes of Commercy recently organized an “Assembly of Assemblies” to coordinate the radical democratization of the popular resistance in France.Image result for gilets jaunes.. assemblee

We, Gilets Jaunes of the roundabouts, parking lots, squares, assemblies and demonstrations, gathered on January 26 and 27 for an “Assembly of Assemblies”, which united members of over a hundred Gilets Jaunes delegations from across France, all answering the call of the Gilets Jaunes of Commercy.

Since November 17, 2018, from the smallest villages deep in the country side to the biggest cities of France, we rose up against this deeply violent, unjust and unbearable society. We shall no longer be treated that way! We revolt against the cost of life, poverty, instability and misery. We wish for our relatives, friends, families and children, that they all will be able to live in dignity. Currently, 26 billionaires possess as much as half of the world population — this is totally unacceptable.Image result for gilets jaunes.. assemblee

Let’s share wealth and not misery! Down with the social inequalities! We demand the immediate increase of wages, of the social allowances, of the subsidies and pensions; we demand the unconditional right for lodging, health, education and free public services for all! It is for all these rights that we occupy the roundabouts across the country on a daily basis, that we organize direct actions, demonstrations and arrange public debates. With our yellow vests, we are reclaiming the power to speak, we who never had it before.

And then, what is the response from the government? Repression, hubris, denial. Deaths, thousands of wounded, the massive use of weapons designed to maim, blind, injure and traumatize. Over 1.000 persons have been arbitrarily arrested, sentenced and jailed. Now a new, so-called “anti-arson law”, is designed to deny us the right of demonstration. We condemn all violence against the demonstrators, be it from the police forces or from violent groups. None of this will stop us! To manifest one’s discontent is a fundamental right. Down with the impunity of the police forces! Amnesty for all the victims of the repression!

And what a sham is this idea of “Grand National Debate”. It is just a one big publicity stunt and PR campaign by the government, using and hijacking our will to debate and decide for ourselves! The true democracy is practiced within our popular and public assemblies and on the roundabouts. It is not on the stage of television sets nor is it in the so-called political round-table organized by Macron.Image result for gilets jaunes.. assemblee

After insulting us and treating us like we are nothing more than scum, they are now presenting us as a heinous, racist and fascist crowd. But we are the total opposite: neither racist nor sexist nor homophobic, we are simply proud to be together with all our differences to build a society in solidarity.

We are as strong as the diversity of our debates. At this very moment, hundreds of assemblies are elaborating and proposing their own demands. These assemblies talk about real democracy, social justice, tax issues, working conditions, ecological justice and the end of discrimination. Among the most debated claims and strategical proposals we find: the end of misery in all its forms, the transformation of the institutions (with projects like the Citizen Initiated Referendum, constituent assembly, the end of the privileges of the elected representatives), the ecological transition (energetic scarcity, industrial pollution), equality and the recognition of anyone no matter what nationality (handicapped people, gender issues, an end to the isolation of the populous suburbs, neighborhoods, rural areas and overseas territories).

We, Yellow Vests, are inviting anyone to join us with their own abilities and capacities. We call to pursue the actions with Act 12 against police violence in front of the police stations and the Acts 13, 14 etc… We call for the continuation of the occupation of the roundabouts and the blocking of the economy, to engage in a massive and unlimited strike starting on February 5, 2019.

We call for the creation of popular committees in the workplaces, in study places and everywhere else in order that this strike could led from the grassroots by the strikers themselves, and not by the unions. Let’s take the matter in our own hands! Don’t stay alone, join us!

Let’s organize ourselves democratically, independently and autonomously! This assembly of assemblies is a very important milestone which allows us to discuss about our demands and our means of action. Let’s federate to transform the society!

We propose that all the Yellow Vests circulate this call. And if, as a Gilets Jaunes group, it resonates with you, send your signature to Commercy at (assembleedesassemblees@gmail.com). Don’t hesitate to discuss and formulate some proposals for the next “Assembly of Assemblies” which we already are preparing.Image result for gilets jaunes.. assemblee

Macron Resign! Long live the power of the people, for the people and by the people.

This call is proposed by the Assembly of Assemblies in Commercy. This call will then be proposed for approval in all local assemblies.

This call was translated from French by Resistance 71. The original version in French can be found here.


en castellano

Francia: Huelga General Ilimitada el 5 Febrero 2019

Fuente – François Boulo, líder de los Chalecos Amarillos, convoca a huelga general 28.1.2019

Traducimos al español el llamado a una huelga general ilimitada, convocada por François Boulo desde Rouen por los Chalecos Amarillos, el movimiento de base que ha desafiado la brutal represión del régimen de Emmanuel Macron y sigue movilizando en torno a reinvindicaciones sobre salud, empleo, educación y vivienda.

Hacemos un llamado al conjunto de la ciudadanía francesa: Asalariados, temporeros, funcionarios, artesanos, comerciantes, empresarios, agricultores, parados, jubilados, profesionales, estudiantes, escolares, artistas, intelectuales a movilizarse para construir a partir del 5 de febrero de 2019, la huelga general ilimitada.

En estos momentos, lamentamos ver que el poder ejecutivo se obstina en no escuchar ninguna de las reivindicaciones presentadas por los Chalecos Amarillos y a implementar una política injusta rechazada por el 75% de la población de Francia.

Queda completamente claro que el Gran Debate Nacional no es más que una estrategia de comunicación, que persigue anestesiar a la opinión pública sin que se haya adoptado ninguna medida concreta para el cambio. El presidente de la república se ha negado categóricamente a reevaluar las medidas fiscales que se impusieron al iniciarse su mandato que benefician el 1% de los más ricos….

Igualmente ha confirmado su reducción de los sgasto públicos esenciales: La salud, la educación, la policía y la justicia.

En vez de escuchar e intentar calmar al pueblo, lo que han hecho el presidente de la república y su gobierno es echarle gasolina al fuego con sus declaraciones irresponsables: “multitud con odio”, “agitadores”, gente que “carece de un sentido del esfuerzo”.

Esta estrategia caótica ha resultado en 1000 heridos entre nuestros policías y gendarmes; 12 muertos y 1800 heridos entre los manifestantes, de los cuales una centena han sido mutilados, desfigurados o cegados.

Ni una palabra de empatía con las víctimas ha sido pronunciada por los portavoces institucionales.

La violencia que sacude nuestra nación debe parar y nuestras reivindicaciones deben cumplirse. Como consecuencia, hacemos un llamado al conjunto de la ciudadanía francesa: Asalariados, temporeros, funcionarios, artesanos, comerciantes, empresarios, agricultores, parados, jubilados, profesionales, estudiantes, escolares, artistas, intelectuales a movilizarse para construir a partir del 5 de febrero de 2019, la huelga general ilimitada.

Hacemos un llamado a los Chalecos Amarillos en su conjunto y a todos y todas quienes se quieran unir a nosotros a difundir este llamado por todas las redes sociales y en el terreno, las fábricas, universidades, liceos, los establecimientos públicos.

Llamamos igualmente a todos los ciudadanos a que implementen un boicot de los grandes centros comerciales y en vez opten por el comercio de proximidad, con el fin de apoyarlos en estos momentos de crisis.

Este es el momento en que cada uno debe preguntarse en la profundidad de su ser, si debe seguir apoyando un poder que ha perdido su legitimidad y que, abandonando el sentido del bien general, ha perdido la esencia de su mandato. O si, por el contrario es momento de finalmente recuperar nuestro destino común. Este es el sacrificio que nos exige la época para asegurar el futuro de nuestros hijos y nietos.

Es un momento que es y debe ser histórico.

Es la hora que hacer respetar el Artículo 2 de nuestra constitución: el principio de una República y un Gobierno del Pueblo, por el Pueblo y para el Pueblo.
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Comunicado original de CGT



Original en Français
Date de la grève : 05/02/2019 toute la journée
Les faits :Le syndicat CGT appelle l’ensemble des français «les salarié·e·s, les agent·e·s, les jeunes comme les retraité·e·s, les privé·e·s d’emploi» à faire grève et à manifester le mardi 5 février 2019.Etant donné que l’appel concerne tous les travailleur des secteurs privés et publics et qu’il est à l’échelle nationale, on peut considérer que c’est un appel à une grève générale et nationale.Le mouvement concerne «l’urgence sociale».

Les revendications sont nombreuses, en particulier une hausse des salaires et des minimas sociaux, et une réforme de la fiscalité.

Plusieurs leaders des gilets jaunes, ainsi que certains partis politiques, ont appelé à se joindre aux manifestations.

Les perturbations :

Nous listerons sur cette page les entreprises et services publics dont les agents ou salariés auront indiqué leur volonté de participer à la mobilisation.

Transport :
SNCF : la Fédération CGT des Cheminots a déposé un préavis de grève du lundi 4 février 20H au mercredi 6 février 7H55. Les prévisions de perturbations sur les trains seront diffusées par la SNCF probablement le 04/02 dans l’après midi. A ce moment-là, vous pourrez vérifier si votre ligne est impactée sur le site de la SNCF.
Pour le moment, nous n’avons pas d’informations sur la participation du secteur de l’aérien, ni sur les villes dont les transports publics seront impactés.
Education nationale :
Ecoles : les syndicats d’enseignants tels que Sud Education et Snipp Fsu appellent leurs adhérents à se mobiliser.
Contactez l’école de votre enfant pour connaitre les perturbations et savoir si l’accueil et la tenue des cours sont assurés.
Collèges et lycées : l’organisation syndicale de l’enseignement du second degré (collèges et lycées) Snes FSU appellent à se joindre à cette journée de mobilisation.
Rappel : même si préavis est déposé, chaque enseignant est libre de faire grève ou non. Il n’est pas certain que l’intégralité des cours soit annulée ou que l’établissement soit fermé.
Santé et social :
Les agents travaillant dans les secteurs de la santé et du social sont aussi couverts par un préavis de la CGT.
Autres secteurs :
CGT Fapt et Sud PTT ont lancé un appel à la grève pour les agents de La Poste.
Les salariés de France Télévision sont invité à se mobiliser.N’oubliez pas que c’est un appel à une grève interprofessionnelle (générale). Tous les secteurs sont donc potentiellement concernés.Secteur d’activité :
Concerne potentiellement tous les secteurs d’activité (grève générale / interprofessionnelle).Lieu :
Concerne toute la France (grève nationale)
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Para mas información:
Le 5 février, vers la grève générale ? – Paris-luttes.info
Paris-luttes.info – Site coopératif d’infos et de luttes Paris – banlieue
Rebellyon.info – Site collaboratif d’infos alternatives

 

Convocatoria legalizada por CGT Francia AQUI enlace.

8th March..First Ever Feminist General Strike called in Spain

Its a Feminist women’s strike. In order to give it legal coverage it had to be officially registered by a Trade Union, in this case the anarchist CGT. But it’s not legal to call a Women’s Strike in Spain, so they went one further and registered it as the first feminist General Strike. Legal and official.

CGT women officially registered the Feminist General Strike 

Why is the feminist strike on March 8 different from all the others?

The mobilizations and the strike for International Women’s Day are called in more than 150 countries for a more just and egalitarian society. This is just one of the data that makes this call unique. la página web de la Comisión 8M.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a new, unprecedented strike was called for, a women’s strike, which shouts to want them “free, alive, feminist, combative and rebellious”. Thus, a call is made to support the stoppages, for all women who can and for all women who do not. But do you know what this feminist strike means and why it is not like the others?

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Defense Committees in the Catalan Uprising: anarchist style People Power can Win

  
Activists around Europe are buzzing with the  arrival of a new revolutionary force. The Catalan CDRs.. the Republic Defence Committees, characterized by direct, decentralized assembly action. Anarchist organisations except for their aim for a new StateIn just a few weeks over 172 CDRs have sprung up. This is in response to the neo fascist paramilitary repression, jailings and abolition of limited local government. CDRs,, for example in Manresa have called demonstrations up to 5,000 strong a few days after being formed.

The Defence Committees can be traced back to those created by the CNT in the Spanish Revolution to defend the 2nd Republic from  a fascist takeover, which morphed into the revolutionary militias. This time round the CDRs have largely been inspired by the small but influential CUP, a remarkable ‘anarcho-republican’ anti capitalist party.

And then there was the 2nd General Strike on Wed 8th Nov. It was billed as a big flop, called by the tiny CSC, opposed or ignored by all the Trade Unions and faced with massive paramilitary police repression and a pending banning order. Just days before the  Madrid based regime had sponsored  fleets of coaches and even trains to bring in thousands of violent right wing ‘demonstrators’, for a huge demo openly led by thugs sporting swastikas, zieg heils and Francoist symbols.

Is this 1936?? People are pouring out of the barrios and blocking the roads

Nevertheless before 6.00am  on 8th Nov.  thousands of people were blocking the main North -South A7 Motorway from France and Spain in the freezing winter night. Northbound the motorway was closed for over 13 hours at the  La Jonquera French border. Southbound it was still closed at 9.00 pm at Ampolla. Continue reading “Defense Committees in the Catalan Uprising: anarchist style People Power can Win”

Catalan General Strike 3 Oct.. updating translations . Against Repression.For Civil Rights

see previous  Catalan Referendum Wins.  Main Unions and ANC join General Strike Tuesday    90% YES despite Spanish Police attacks.    844 injured by 10pm shared with thanks from La Directa, Indymedia Barcelona, El Periodico, Vilaweb, Agencia UO, etcImage result for vaga general catalunya

The CGT anarchist union called the General Strike against repression and for Civil Rights, which has now been endorsed by the ‘Table for Democracy’  including all the major Trade Unions and civil Organisations.The ongoing traffic situation in Tarragona province was described as ‘chaotic’ at 10.00am

The Independence Referendum has morphed into a mass rebellion against the neo-fascist central government of thugs and thieves, and is rapidly spreading out of Catalonia around the Spanish State.

Here we try to inform you of minute by minute events with some rough quick translations from the alternative media


 

General Strike against Repression and for Human Rights. Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017

to be updated ..translator went to the demo

21.00

The King’s Speech.. by his Magnificent  Majesty Felipe

The new King came on the telly but instead of acting royal he praised the neo-fascist repression of the PP regime and accused the Catalans of all kinds of shit. Foolish Felipe missed his one opportunity to reunite Spain by ordering the occupying Spanish police thugs home, as his father might have done.

Instead he insulted and  branded all Catalans as living in illegality by going against the Constitution. But of course the Spanish monarchy itself is totally illegal, having been APPOINTED BY A FASCIST DICTATOR who illegally destroyed the 2nd Spanish Republic and murdered hundreds of thousands.

From here the Royal Speech looks like another spectacular own goal.

16.00

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Spanish police move towards the demonstration without their official uniforms. Be aware!

SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION AT THIS TIME

– Massive protests against the police action of 1-O.

– The PSOE (‘ex socialists’ asks to reproach Sáenz de Santamaría for the police violence.

-Though some big firms are trying o stay open there has been massive an unprecedented support for the strike in all sectors.

-Solidarity demonstrations have been held across the Spanish State and some in Europe. But the EU and various States and Establishment media, including the BBC have come out against Catalonia.

-The main theme of people’s anger seems to have extended from demanding Independence to expelling imported brutal Spanish police and demanding civil  and work rights.

– The demonstration is concentrated all the way from the Plaza Universitat and down Via Laietana, moving in the direction Parlament de Catalunya. Although there are also many huge concentrations at different points in Catalonia.

– Barcelona is also without public transport until 17:00 hours. The only 25% and onl till 20.00 Mobility is not guaranteed in the Catalan capital. Public transport in Tarragona and Girona has also been nearly paralysed by the numerous traffic blockades and mass picketing of motorways.Spanish National Police & Guardia Civil are now forces of occupation in Catalunya.

– The PP says  it will not now apply article 155, Direct Rule over Catlunya because of the lack of political support, but it already has done on a de facto basis..

14:49

The adhesion to the general stoppage by the Barcelona City Council has resulted in the suspension of all institutional acts and the convocation of political bodies, as well as the closure of equipment and services not essential to the functioning of the city. Thus, they have not opened the public civic centers, libraries, play centers, centers of old people, family spaces, equipment of the Institute Sports Barcelona (IBE), museums, theaters and centers of art of public ownership.Image result for vaga general catalunya
demonstrators  advised any  strike breakers to close

80% of the more than 10,000 workers of the Barcelona City Council and their entities and companies are not working on Tuesday, after the council of the Catalan capital has joined the “national strike,” according to the institution. The same sources have indicated that at the moment they do not know how many of these workers have supported the general strike called by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT),  the mayor Ada Colau decreed minimum services in the essential services that the City council of Barcelona.

14:34

At 13.10 consumption in the whole peninsular electrical system has been about 1,000 MW lower than last Tuesday, where economic activity was the usual, and not like today that is marked by the general strike called in Catalonia. This difference would be equivalent to stopping a nuclear power plant.

13:47

Click here to see the traffic in the Catalan capital. Not much traffic but heavy delays…Clica aquí

2:00 pm

Thousands of people have entered the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona and are concentrated in front of the Parliament of Catalonia. The firefighters are in the front row and the Mossos d’Esquadra protect the building. Finally, Universities for the Republic and the Committees in Defense of the Referendum have summoned.
Parliament of Catalonia / Víctor Yustres

13.25 h.

In Sabadell there is one of the most massive mobilizations that are remembered in the city, according to the local police, there are 25,000 people. The demonstration came out of the Macià Axis about an hour ago and will end before the City Hall. Posters of “I was in our home”, referring to the polling station where the concentrated people managed to push the National Police back.
Mass mobilization in Sabadell / Emma Giné

13.05 h.

The pickets manage to close several establishments of Mercadona: in Tarragona, Terrassa, Salt, Vic, some neighborhoods of Barcelona and Balaguer, with tractors, among others.
The tractors have managed to close the Mercadona de Balaguer

12.52 h.

In Valls the accesses to the Industrial Estate  have been cut at dawn.  About 100 tractors from all of the Alt Camp have concentrated on the Cooperativa Agrícola de Valls to organize more actions during the rest of the day. In the morning, news pickets have closed the supermarkets Aldi, Lidl, Mercadona and Carrefour, while the small business have joined massively the Strike call. At 12 noon there was a crowded concentration on the square  with the support of a tractor .
/Elisenda Trilla

12:45

The multitudinous demonstration in the square of Universitat of Barcelona makes the zone impassable. Torrents of students come on foot from Diagonal and other city campuses. A few hundred adults have joined them along the way. They sing slogans against violence and police repression. In fact, the concentration overflows the square, fills the Gran Via beyond Roger de Llúria (towards Besòs)

12.40 h.

Dozens of tractors start to leave the Sucre de Vic car park towards the confluence between the C-17 with the C-25, the transverse area, at the height of Gurb.
/ Dolors Pena

 

Parlament de Catalunya / Víctor Yustres

13.25 h. 

 

The Tractor Army ready to intervene/ Dolors Pena

12.30  Girona, a city of only 98,000

Mass picket Oct 3rd already at 11.00 am at Police HQ in Via Laietana, Barcelona
12.15
In the city of Tarragona, the first pickets began early in the morning, with cuts on the highway and main accesses to the city. The call for concentration has brought together thousands of people who have protested before the Subdelegation of the Spanish government. Finally, the march has followed and passed El Crte Ingles and a Mercadona, which had blinds down. Backing the strike is practically total except for some chains such as Mercadona.
La rambla de Lluís Companys de Tarragona plena a vessar / Comitè en Defensa del Referèndum i l’Autodeterminació a Tarragona

Catalonia: Anarchists call for general Strike / Defense Committees against State Repression

note: there is a huge amount of Catalan news right now, with the referendum 6 days away. This is a sample only. Today the University was occupied and there was a mass postering around the city, etc.

see very latest  Catalan Referendum Wins.  Main Unions and ANC join anarchist led General Strike Tuesday    90% YES despite Spanish Police attacks.    844 injured by 10pm

see also 28/09 Catalans begin Occupying 2702 Polling Stations./ Google ordered to Delete Voting App

Alternative trade unions in Catalonia call for general strike for October 3

A van of the occupying paramilitary police , swamped by the multitude and trapped for half a day.

The General Confederation of Workers (CGT) of Catalonia has presented a notice of call for general strike. The protest must be ratified by union members’ assemblies, sources from the organization’s secretariat said.

‘Unite the Struggles.. Towards the General Strike’


According to the union secretary general, Ermengol Gassiot, the general strike has been set for October 3 “because of the legal deadlines to be followed.” This call is made, for two reasons: “on the one hand, to claim the social and labor rights violated by the labor reforms since 2010 and, on the other, to fight against the cuts of fundamental rights and against the presence of armed forces in our places of work “.

see also/    ‘Spain’ accuses 100,000 Catalans of Sedition.. Schools on Strike.. Universities Occupied

Manifestació CGT. 27 i més
Manifestació CGT. 27 i més… anarcho syndicalist solidarity demo

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Biggest ever general Strike Sweeps Brazil

Anti-Temer strike paralyses major cities

Brazil’s economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015 ..

Nationwide strikes, led by Brazilian unions protesting against President Michel Temer’s austerity measures, crippled public transport in major cities across the country, while factories, businesses and schools remained closed.

Cities were successfully closed down despite floods of Tear Gas

Unions and leftwing organisations called for the general strike on Friday to oppose Temer’s plan to slash pension benefits and other austerity reforms.The strike appeared to be having greatest effect in heavily unionised parts of the economy, including transportation, schools, the post office and some hospital staff.

The CUT union estimated that at least 35 million workers went on strike. On the other hand  the establishment GLOBO TV channel incredibly failed to mention the strike on its mid day news.

On the streets, police clashed with demonstrators in several cities, blocking protesters from entering airports and firing tear gas in efforts to free roadways.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city and financial powerhouse, was worst hit by the strikes.

Police used tear gas to clear highways of protesters but bus services, the metro and trains all stopped working, bringing the city temporarily to a standstill.

Demonstrators are protesting President Temer’s austerity measures [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

“It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil,” said Paulo Pereira da Silva, president of trade union group Forca Sindical.

In Rio de Janeiro, protesters lit fires on a major bridge, disrupting commuter traffic, while police used tear gas to force a small crowd of protesters from outside the main bus station.

Buses burn in the Rio de Janeiro Demo

However, the city appeared to be less affected, with private businesses such as restaurants, cafes and shops opening normally.

In the capital Brasilia and in Belo Horizonte, another major city, the metro systems were completely closed down. Curitiba, the city where Brazil’s huge “Operation Car Wash” anti-corruption investigation is based, was left without bus services.

Temer has said that without severe fiscal discipline and belt tightening, Latin America’s biggest economy will not be able to exit a two-year recession.

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The most controversial measure is to raise the retirement age to 65 for men and 62 for women, up from 60 and 55 at present.

The government is also pushing for a liberalisation of labour laws and has succeeded in getting Congress to pass a 20-year spending freeze.

The struggle over austerity comes against a backdrop of worsening conditions for ordinary Brazilians.

The country’s economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015 and is expected to have contracted a further 3.5 percent in 2016, the most painful recession in a century.

The struggle over austerity comes against a backdrop of worsening conditions for ordinary Brazilians [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

The miserable economic scenario is dovetailing with the country’s worst corruption crisis in history. The “Car Wash” probe has uncovered a massive network of embezzlement and bribery at the heart of Brazil’s economic and political elite.

Eight of Temer’s ministers are under investigation and the president himself has been accused of chairing a meeting where his PMDB party negotiated a $40m bribe from the Odebrecht engineering conglomerate. Temer and his allies deny any wrongdoing.

“Temer does not even want to negotiate,” said Vagner Freitas, national president of the Central Workers Union (CUT), Brazil’s biggest labour confederation, said in a statement.

“He just wants to meet the demands of the businessmen who financed the coup precisely to end social security and legalise the exploitation of workers.”

Temer’s spokesperson Marcio de Freitas rejected the union’s criticism, saying the government was working to undo the economic damage wrought under the Workers Party government, which had the backing of the CUT.

“The inheritance of that was 13 million unemployed,” he said. “The government is carrying out reforms to change this situation, to create jobs and economic growth.”

Source: News agencies

How Immigrants Built the US Left—And Can Rebuild It Again

 by Nelson Lichtenstein iww-today

Last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant America.3drumpf

Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a “huelga general,” (General Strike) the February 16 coast-to-coast walkouts augur well for an even larger set of strikes and demonstrations, including a March 8 “Day Without a Woman” and quite possibly a May Day general strike, already endorsed by one of the Service Employees International Union’s biggest and most active California locals….

see also:  Tens of Thousands Strike, Close Businesses & March in Milwaukee for #daywithoutlatinos

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IWW strikes Victory in the Lawrence, MA, textile strike in 1912 secured the organization’s reputation for organizing immigrant … The Labor World 09-16-1906 ….. This has been the first major win in Prince Rupert for theI.W.W., Industrial Worker, 10-27-1909.

…The energy and upheaval unleashed by the Trump administration’s assault on Muslims, Latinos, and other immigrants, documented or not, has been directed toward a restoration of their rights and dignity, toward the family reunions and free passage into our country that have been happily broadcast from airports all across the country—and rightly so. Continue reading “How Immigrants Built the US Left—And Can Rebuild It Again”

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