General strike in Spain: radical minorities call for independent workers’ action
We publish here two leaflets produced during the recent general strike in Spain by the Alicante Critical Bloc & Assembly calling for a general assembly & the Workers group of Palencia condemning the role of the Trade Unions.
A CALL-OUT AND PROPOSAL by the ALICANTE CRITICAL BLOC AND ASSEMBLY faced with the general strike.
Workers, unemployed, young people, students, retired, service users, EVERYONE who is participating in initiatives, assemblies and struggles.
We want to propose the formation of a participatory, critical, unitary space, based on self-organisation through assemblies, aimed at the repeal of the Labour Reform and against all forms of exploitation.
We want to take advantage of the “general strike” in order to put forward actions that go beyond what we consider to be an inadequate form of mobilisation.
WHETHER STRIKING OR NOT, LET’S GET TOGETHER ON THE 29-M
- in the morning: GENERAL ASSEMBLY at 11.00 in the Plaza de la Montanyeta Alicante. To think about and propose alternative actions for the 29th
- Midday: EAT TOGETHER in order to create a space for reflection and discussion.
- In the afternoon: TO PARTICIPATE AS A BLOC ON THE DEMONSTRATION at 18.00. We will be at the back of the demo.
- At night AN OPEN ASSEMBLY of workers, unemployed...after the demonstration in the Plaza de San Cristobal, around the theme: how to continue the struggle after the 29th?
Participate in the assemblies, no one should decide for you!
We need to go from indignation to action!
Together we can change everything!
FOR A STRIKE WITHOUT INTERMEDIARIES
(Workers’ group of Palencia)
Once again the ruling class has reminded us who is in charge; this time with the Labour Reform which leave workers even more at the mercy of the employer. From now on, whether you keep your job or not will depend exclusively upon the boss’s need to maximise profits. This is not due to this or that government but rather expresses the fact that for Capital we are nothing more than commodities. Faced with this prospect we have no other option than to struggle: What should this struggle be? How to carry it out?
The majority unions offer us their model: they command, we obey. They make a lot of fuss about the Labour Reform, but at the same time they cut deals that make things worse for the workers. In reality, our rights are of no importance to them. For them we are nothing more than a number that justifies their existence and their subsidies. What is important to them is that we are exploited and enslaved while they continue their charade! They are nothing more than puppets in the service of the capitalists. Their real function, which is why they continue to exist, is to absorb, divert and subdue the real struggle of the working class; to stop it becoming a real danger to the system and its ruling class.
... we cannot follow the majority unions nor their strategies. In order to nullify all revolutionary struggle, they have agreed to hold a strike with conditions, the so-called “minimum services”. When have we ever seen a war where a pact has been signed with the enemy in order to “not cause too many problems”? The aim of a strike is to cause harm, to oblige the employers to bend before our interests. To strike where it hurts them most: the economy. This will not be done with an agreed strike and only on one day: it will be achieved through indefinite wildcat strikes.
We cannot give the traitorous unions and the opportunists on the Left of Capital more time. We must organise ourselves and without intermediaries in assemblies, in workers’ councils. Only through determined action and without conditions can we defeat the exploiters and their servants in all areas: from the stopping of the Labour Reform to the destruction of the capitalist system.
AGAINST THE CUTS
ORGANISE OURSELVES WITHOUT INTERMEDIARIES!