New Madrid network campaigns for dignity: employment offices taken over by protesters

Earlier this month groups of protesters entered eight offices of INEM (National Institute of Employment, which operates Spain’s job centres) to highlight the plight of the 6 million unemployed and demand dignity for citizens. Not wishing to cause problems for unemployed people using the offices, the protesters kept disruption of the service to a minimum, and responses from staff and service users were generally positive; some of the waiting unemployed joined in the protest. In one office the protesters unfurled a banner reading “Network for dignity: we rescue people not banks”. In others, they were accompanied by musicians.

The protests were used to launch the Network for the Dignity of the Districts and Villages of Madrid (Red por la Dignidad de los Barrios y Pueblos de Madrid), a coalition which includes, among others, the 15-M movement (Los Indignados), PAH (Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca – Platform of People Affected by Mortgages) and neighbourhood associations.

The Network was launched with the following statement, dated 1 February:

We Demand Dignity: A plan for the rescue of citizenship

In our districts and neighbourhoods we can clearly see the consequences of the decisions of our leaders on people’s lives. We suffer fear of expulsion from the labour market, and our public services – on which we rely to compensate for the brutal inequality generated by our society – are under threat.

It is the residents of our neighbourhoods and towns, the vast majority of people, who are experiencing a diminished quality of life and an increasingly limited citizenship status, with no real rights, while a few brutally increase their privileges at the expense of others, impoverished and pushed into a situation of limited options.

Faced with this degradation of rights, neglect and impoverishment, we demand the implementation of immediate and concrete measures, to ensure decent living conditions for the social sectors that are being most brutally affected by the economic policies of the government.

As part of this plan to rescue citizenship we demand of government:

1. Basic income for all people at risk of social exclusion. The right to life is not negotiable.

2. Affordable housing for all, because a home is essential for dignity, family formation and social life. Stop repossessions! Stop evictions!

3. Free public transport for the unemployed and their families. The freedom to move is essential in social life.

4. Subsidized school materials. No child left without books to study and train. 

5. Grants for students meals and travel. The possibility of training must not be limited by the ability to pay.

6. Training for employment. Specific training for the unemployed, to complement formal education.

7. Free medicine and strengthening of public services for mental health and drug dependency. Prevention is more cost-effective than curative and palliative care.

8. Maintaining existing health centres in neighbourhoods and towns. The Universal Right to Health overrides budgets.

9. Funds to meet emergency economic and social needs of households. Public resources should be used to support social integration and the reduction of inequality.

10. Free cultural events in public social and cultural centres. Culture is a major factor in self esteem and social inclusion.

11. Supplies of water and energy guaranteed to every household. These are basic necessities for life, outside the rule of markets.

12. Suspension of the payment of municipal taxes until the precarious economic situation improves.

13. Unblocking the Law of Dependence (aimed at providing personal care and autonomy for people unable to care for themselves) and paying sufficient attention to people requiring care. This is simple social justice.

14. Measures to care for children and adolescents, as one of the most vulnerable and defenceless groups in the current situation.

These measures require effective citizen control over public administration, to guarantee efficiency, ensure that the interests of the majority are served, to avoid wastage and bleeding of the public coffers through absurd salaries and poor contracts.

(Information taken from El Pais, 7 February 2013: http://ccaa.elpais.com/ccaa/2013/02/07/madrid/1360238231_045661.html and web-site of the Red por la Dignidad de los Barrios y Pueblos de Madrid: http://redporladignidaddelosbarrios.blogspot.com.es/.)

Taking the fight against austerity to a new level on November 14

Chris Nineham reports from Florence as trade unions and movements across Europe ready themselves for coordinated action on November 14th. 

The meeting of two or three thousand European activists and trades unionists in Florence headlined ‘Firenze 10 + 10’ has been lifted by plans for a united day of action across Europe. Wednesday November 14th will mark a breakthrough in the struggle against austerity in Europe. There will be co-ordinated general strikes in Portugal, Greece and Spain and significant strikes and solidarity actions in many other countries. The CGIL union in Italy, for example, an organisation of nearly six million, has announced a strike of all its members around the country.

This is a historic and crucial development. There have been other European days of action and joint protests in Brussels and elsewhere, but this will be the first time since the great anti-war protests nearly ten years ago that this level of co-ordination has taken place across borders. It is the first time that general strikes have been organised simultaneously.

The joint action arose originally from strike plans in Portugal, where the movement is gathering strength. It was taken up by the unions in Spain under popular pressure. Significantly the European Trade Union Confederation, normally hesitant to challenge the EU head on, has backed the action. Militants gathered in Florence for Firenze 10 + 10 are unanimously convinced of its importance.

For Ramon Gonzalez Boan from the union confederation in Galicia, Spain, “it is the first time there has been real co-operation among European workers. There have been some important European demonstrations, but for unions across Europe to overcome the differences in their cultures and outlooks and take strike action together is a very big step forward. In Spain this will be a real general strike with the exception of the Basque country where there have been two general strikes very recently. All the other confederations will be out.” Accompanying the strike there will be demonstrations in most towns and cities around the country.

According to Natasha Theodorakopoulou from Syriza, the Greek unions have been pushing for this kind of co-ordinated action for some time: “the announcement was made at a time of heightened struggle in Greece with a 48 hour general strike just finished against the new budget. The unions have decided to call a three hour strike in solidarity anyway, because we all understand how important this joint action is. It is impossible to imagine that we can win our struggle without such co-operation and solidarity.”

Action is spreading way beyond the three initiating countries. In Italy the CGIL, the biggest Union confederation, has called a four hour strike across the country. The National Secretary of the CGIL federation, Nicola Nicolosi, predicts that as well as the strike there will be one hundred demonstrations in city squares around the country, “the day’s significance lies first in the fact that this is the first time the ETUC has called action of this kind. It allows us to do what we need to do at last, which is to oppose our own government’s policy at the same time as challenging the whole European strategy of which it is a part, the neoliberal strategy of Brussels. But more than that it is a response to democracy in danger. In Italy we have a kind of suspension of democracy with the so called technicians’ government. Those who strike are answering back by saying we will not stop participating. This is our democracy”.

Pierre Khalfa, a militant from the Copernic Foundation in France, believes that although there will only be a few strikes there, the fact that all the unions have called for decentralised action will mean that there will be protests and rallies in many places: “This is vitally important because for the first time we have European action with real roots in various countries. It looks as if something is really starting to change. It will be a crucial test to see if it is possible to have effective common action. But it will only be a start – this will need to be developed into coordinated action around agreed demands – that will be the next step.”

In Germany too the unions have issued a call for joint local actions, in many places there will be strikes, but there will probably be demonstrations in others. For Hugo Braun, German representative of the anti-globalisation network Attac, this is real progress. “It helps to give people confidence, it’s a incredible achievement to start uniting the European labour movement, it breaks down the sense that each country has a different experience or different interests. It also strengthens the relationship between the movements and the unions. We already have very close relations between the movements and the public sector union Verdi in particular, including a broad coalition preparing a ‘Congress for Redistribution’. What is very exciting is that this time all the unions have called on their regional bodies to organise action in association with the movements. This is something very important to build on for the future.”

There is a similar situation in both Holland and Belgium, with the unions calling for decentralised actions, including strike action where possible. In all countries represented in Florence some kind of solidarity action will be taking place. There are specific plans too to undercut attempts to divide workers. A group of Greek trade unionists are travelling to Germany to head up the main demonstration there and German militants are heading to Athens to reciprocate.

In each country too there are of course difficulties to overcome. Victoria Montero, international secretary of the Spanish Workers’ Commissions, has concerns about the turnout for the strike, “the level of unemployment means there is a climate of fear even in the unionised workplaces so we don’t know about the level of take up of the strike. We are encouraging all citizens to do something on the day.” In France there is a big political division between the unions, with the CGT and Sud moving on to the offensive against Socialist Party policies and the other unions much more supportive of Hollande. In Italy, the fact that only one out of the three main confederations is striking is a product of deeply ingrained sectionalism.

However, November 14th is being seen as a major breakthrough everywhere. It is not simply a question of solidarity, important though that idea is. Raising action to the European level opens up a new phase in the struggle by showing that our side is capable of mounting a defence symmetrical to the centralised assault of the Troika, and it will thereby strengthen the movement in each country. In Florence it has created impetus behind preparations for an ‘Alter Summit’ to take pace in early June in Athens, designed to be a meeting place for the unions and the movements across the continent to plan further co-ordinated action.

In Britain the Coalition of Resistance is organising with others a solidarity demonstration assembling outside the European Commission, which will be followed by a rally where we will be showing footage of the strikes and protests on the day at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St. UNITE, PCS, Greece Solidarity Campaign and PIIGS are involved – and the TUC have tweeted support. There will also be actions in many cities around the country.

Europe against Austerity Action Conference Statement and Report

Europe is plunging deeper and deeper into crisis. Its governments are continuing with their failed austerity policies in spite of the ever-increasing struggles of the peoples of Europe in defence of the social and economic gains that they have made over many decades. The economic crisis has increasingly become a social and political crisis as people face poverty, hunger and even death, as a result of the catastrophic and government-imposed failure of health systems and social services. The far right is attempting to profit politically from the suffering inflicted on working people and vulnerable groups are being targeted together with those most militant in their opposition to the re-emergence of fascism.

Across Europe we are seeing escalating opposition and resistance to austerity: in Greece, in Spain and in Portugal, we have seen huge mobilisations, and in some areas an increase in the unity on the left so desperately needed. Yesterday in London, we saw a vast demonstration, led by the trade unions, and drawing together people from all walks of life in opposition to the savage and unnecessary cuts to public spending. There can be no mistaking that this class war against working people must be opposed even more strenuously.

At this conference today we commit ourselves to continuing to develop and consolidate the ongoing cooperation between organisations fighting austerity across Europe, to stand in solidarity with those on the front line of the struggle – most notably in Greece, and to work together to strengthen the economic, social and political alternatives to neo-liberal capitalism and the austerity policies it has adopted.

We will work together in the months ahead, cooperating for the ETUC Day of Action on 14 November, moving towards the Alter Summit in 2013, and increasing our work for left and movement unity, for common action, mutual solidarity, communication and coordination.

London, 21 October 2012

Over a hundred delegates packed into the Coalition of Resistance’s conference at the Unite the Union headquarters in London on Sunday afternoon, to strengthen anti-austerity coordination across Europe.

The event followed a massive anti-cuts demonstration on Saturday 20th October, called by the British TUC. Speakers included parliamentarians Marisa Matias MEP, from Bloco de Esquerda in Portugal, Stefanos Samoilis MP, from SYRIZA in Greece, and Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP from the UK. Other participants included trade unions from across the continent, as well as left and green parties and representatives from a wide range of social movements.

Sessions included Eurocrisis – Into the Abyss, a very informative debate on the economy including representatives from CADTM, NEF, SYRIZA and Elisabeth Gauthier from Transform and the PCF; The Shape of the Resistance, which included representatives from OLME in Greece and Front de Gauche in France, plus a lively contribution from Florian Wilde from Die Linke in Germany; No to neo-liberal education, which included representatives from teachers’ unions, the NUT, DOE and FSU; and Actions, co-operation and the timeline to Athens 2013 which addressed concrete steps in our joint work. Speakers included Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party in England and Wales and Vladimir Nieddu from SUD Sante in France. Frederic Leplat moved the conference statement on behalf of the Coalition of Resistance.

The conference expressed strong support for the ETUC Day of Action on 14thNovember and there was extensive discussion about the role of different types of action in taking the movement forward, including general strike action. Whilst Europe has seen a large number of one day general strike actions over the last year, it has not been sufficient to bring an end to austerity programmes. Britain itself has not seen a general strike since 1926 but it is now on the agenda at the highest trade union levels, including consideration by the TUC itself. Discussion also focused on the need for a clear and positive alternative to austerity and the vision of a different type of Europe, in the interests of ordinary people, which we can achieve if we work together. The importance of international solidarity was repeatedly stressed especially with regard to Greece. Delegates from Greece emphasized their urgent need for an increase in solidarity action, particularly from the trade union movement. The conference concluded by committing to working towards the Alter Summit in 2013.

International contingent to join TUC demonstration

A high profile delegation of parliamentarians and senior trade union figures from across Europe will be joining the TUC demonstration tomorrow, Saturday 20th October. They will be hosting a Press Conference at 11am outside HMS President on the Embankment, near Blackfriars Bridge, London.

Coming to London to express their solidarity against cuts and austerity measures in Britain, representatives from Greece, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany are at the cutting edge of the struggles in their own countries for economic alternatives.

The delegation includes:  Stefanos Samoilis MP from SYRIZA in Greece which shot to prominence in recent elections, under the leadership of Alexis Tspiras; Marisa Mathias MEP from Bloco de Esquerda, in the leadership of the recent massive demonstrations in Portugal; Florian Wilde from Die Linke, Germany’s successful left party; Elisabeth Gauthier from the French Communist Party, prominent in the Front de Gauche; Giorgos Charisis from the ADEDY trade union federation of Greece; Haralambos Kokkinos, Vice-president of the DOE primary education trade union of Greece; Dimitris Gkinis of the OLME secondary education trade union of Greece; Annick Coupe, leader of the Solidaire trade union of France, and many others. (full list below note 1)

Today The Guardian published a letter from the delegation, explaining why they are marching in London. (text below note 2)

Stefanos Samoilis MP said: ‘People are facing poverty, hunger and even death, as a result of the catastrophic and government-imposed failure of health systems and social services across our continent. Ordinary people are suffering on almost every front. Today we represent the peoples of Europe, standing together with the people of Britain. Together, in solidarity, we will defeat this onslaught – for the sake of the future of humanity.’

Press Contacts:

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Paul Mackney  07974353709

Notes

1 Delegation members

Stefanos Samoilis MP, Syriza, Greece

Marisa Mathias MEP, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal

Florian Wilde, DieLinke, Germany

Elisabeth Gauthier, French Communist Party

Giorgos Charisis, ADEDY union federation, Greece

Haralambos Kokkinos, Vice-president, DOE, Greece

Dimitris Gkinis, OLME union, Greece

Annick Coupe, Solidaire union, France

Dominique Giannotti, FSU union, France

Alfons Bech, Comissions Obreres of Catalonia, Spain

Anders Svensson, Welfare not Profit, Sweden

Verveine Angeli, Attac, France

Christian Pigeon, SUD PTT, France

Nicolas Galepides, SUD PTT, France

Fred Madelin, SUD PTT, France

Myriam Djegham, Les Comités action contre l’Austérité en Europe, Belgium

Athanasios Kikinis, DOE union, Greece

Loukas Korfiatis, OLME union, Greece

Myriam Bourgy, Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt,Belgium

 

2 The Guardian letter text 19.10.12

‘Europe is plunging deeper into crisis. Its governments are continuing with their failed austerity policies in spite of the ever-increasing struggles of the peoples of Europe in defence of the social and economic gains made over many decades. The economic crisis has increasingly become a social and political crisis as people face poverty, hunger and even death. Those who oppose austerity must work together to reject policies which leave the majority of our populations in hardship and misery. That is why we have come to London and tomorrow we will march on the TUC demonstration, A Future that Works, alongside the people of this country, against austerity and for a future that works.’

 

An anti-fascist appeal from Greece

Dear Comrades,

A survey published yesterday (7/9/2012) confirms the continuous rise of the Golden Dawn neo-nazis. They are credited with 12% of vote intentions far ahead of the PASOK (7.5%) and other minor parties (the Democratic Left would obtain 4% and the Communist Party 6%). Syriza comes first with 30% ahead of New Democracy – credited with 28%. Nobody can pretend anymore that Golden Dawn is …

a “temporary phenomenon” and that there is no direct threat to workers movements and the left.

Indeed, a common misconception regarding the nature of Golden Dawn needs to be debunked. Golden Dawn has absolutely nothing in common with the French National Front of the Le Pen family, nor with Vlamms Belang in Belgium, nor even with any far right party of the post-1945 Europe. Golden Dawn is already publicly undertaking the physical liquidation of immigrants, gypsies, national minorities (notably the Turcs of Thrace), homosexuals and militants of the left. The constant aggressions are following one another and dead corpses are accumulating.

As for the ideology of Golden Dawn, here is a “testimony” which speaks for itself: the neonazi deputy (!) Artemios Matheopoulos, bassist of a band named “Pogrom” (!), has composed songs with “eloquent” lyrics. Here is a sample – a song called “Auschwitz”:

Fuck Wiesenthal
fuck Anna Frank
fuck Abraham’s race
David’s Star makes me puke
ah, Auschwitz how I love you!
You, shit Jews, I will not leave you
on the Wailing Wall, I will rather piss on you
Juden Raus! I am burning in Auschwitz…

So Comrades, will we remain spectators to the repetition of the 1920s and 1930s European tragedy? Will we -at last – mobilize in a unitary anti-fascist mass struggle on a continental scale? And do not forget: time is desperately pressing.

Antifascist salutations,

Yorgos Mitralias

 

Miners Enter Madrid After 18-Day ‘Black March’

 

Recibimiento histórico de la Marcha Negra en Madrid (with English subtitles)

Miners arrive in Madrid – 10th July  (click here to watch video)

Secuencia resumida de la llegada de la Marcha Negra a Madrid durante la noche del 10 de julio. Miles de personas abarrotaron las calles del centro de la capital de España durante más de 4 horas para mostrar su apoyo a los mineros y agradecerles su lucha contra los recortes públicos.

After marching for two weeks, the miners entered the Spanish capital. They are on an open-ended strike against the sacrifice of their coal industry. Along the roadside, thousands have cheered and encouraged them. At each stage of their odyssey, they have been welcomed as heroes. While Spain is sinking into depression, the miners have raised their heads, and with them, the victims of the economic crisis. Arriving from Asturias, León, Aragon, Castile-La Mancha, and Andalusia, over 500 miners were expected at the Puerta del Sol, the social epicenter of Madrid, on the evening of July 10, following an 18-day march.

Calling out to public opinion and the authorities

The miners were to march at nightfall in blue working clothes, with helmet and lantern, as they have done since May 23, when the conflict began. Several other miners have locked themselves in their mine shafts to call out to public opinion and the authorities. The right-wing government of Mariano Rajoy has dispatched thousands of riot police to the villages and the mining regions, where they are exercising violent repression against the miners, who are forcefully defending their means of production. “The government has transformed the mining conflict into a symbol. The people identify with the miners because the people have had to put up with many budget cuts without being able to react,” Candido Mendez, the general secretary of the UGT, said on Spanish national radio on July 9. He added: “There’s a combination of obscurantism and authoritarianism. Things are worsening and the executive branch lacks transparency.”

Using the economic crisis as a pretext, the People’s Party government announced in May a a 190-million-euro reduction in government subsidies to the mining sector, which amounts to a 63% reduction in subsidies and means the death of coal and anthracite mining. Since then, the miners have been on an open-ended strike, in the absence of negotiations between representatives of the sector and José Manuel Soria Lopez, the minister for industry, energy and tourism. Soria Lopez closed the door on dialogue and called into question the “Coal Plan” which stipulates that government subsidies are to be maintained until 2018.

Thousands of jobs threatened.

Over 8,000 direct jobs and 33,000 indirect jobs are now endangered. “This is nonsense,” insisted Candido Mendez. “The government is defending a jobs plan at the European level, but in our country it’s throwing the mine workers and their families out into the street. It says that there are unlimited funds to save Bankia (the fourth-largest banking firm) but that there isn’t any when it comes to respecting the signed agreement.”

The authorities are hiding behind the European Union to justify their decision. And yet Brussels, after having demanded the end of government subsidies two years ago, in the name of “competitiveness,” ultimately authorized their continuation until 2018. For its part, the mining sector is insisting on the economic aberration of closing mines whereas Spain is already being forced to import coal. For example, Asturias, which only yesterday was the flagship of coal mining, now imports 70% of the coal it consumes.

The miners were to demonstrate on July 11 outside the Ministry of Industry. They guarantee that there is no going back for their movement.

Eurogroup “aid” in exchange for more austerity.

In the face of the untenable rise of interest rates on Spanish treasury bonds to over 7%, the finance ministers of the Eurogroup decided to advance 30 billion euros to Madrid on an emergency basis by July 30, on the scheduled aid, so that it can recapitalize its ailing banks. The Spanish government also obtained an additional year’s time, until 2014, to bring the government deficit down to 3%. In exchange for these measures, Madrid has been “invited” to redouble its efforts and to tighten the current drastic austerity plan another notch. Mariano Rajoy, the right-wing head of the executive branch, was to announce this on July 11. Recurring rumors foresee a small rise in value added tax to increase tax revenues, but above all another turn of the screw in civil service expenses, with a wage cut for government personnel and job cuts in various government organizations and agencies.

Report from the English edition of l’Humanite

Translated Sunday 15 July 2012, by Gene Zbikowski

Ανοιχτό Κάλεσμα Συμμετοχής στις Κινητοποιήσεις του Λονδίνου!

Κινητοποιήσεις Λονδίνου – 20/21 Οκτωβρίου 2012 – Κάλεσμα Συμμετοχής

Πορεία Διαμαρτυρίας TUC και Συνέδριο Europe Against Austerity (Ευρώπη Ενάντια στην Λιτότητα)

 

Το Σάββατο 20 Οκτωβρίου το Εργατικό Συνδυκάτο Βρετανίας διοργανώνει πορεία διαμαρτυρίας ενάντια στις πολιτικές λιτότητας με σύνθημα «Για ένα καλύτερο μέλλον». Εκατοντάδες χιλιάδες πολιτών αναμένεται να κατεβούν στους δρόμους διαδηλώνοντας την αντίθεσή τους στα επιβαλλόμενα μέτρα λιτότητας. Το Coalition of Resistance (Συνασπισμός Αντίστασης) θα δώσει το παρόν στην καρδιά αυτής της πορείας διαμαρτυρίας προβάλλοντας το κεντρικό του σύνθημα: «Όχι στις περικοπές». Το μήνυμα της μαζικής αυτής κινητοποίησης θα ενδυναμώσουν ιδιαίτερα με την συμμετοχή τους αντιπροσωπίες οργανώσεων από όλη την Ευρώπη.

Το 2011 οργανώσαμε το πρώτο συνέδριο με τίτλο: Europe Against Austerity (Ευρώπη Ενάντια στην Λιτότητα), στο πλαίσιο του οποίου διακηρύχθηκε κάλεσμα για συλλογική δράση των ευρωπαϊκών λαών έναντια στην λιτότητα. Τον Οκτώβριο του 2011 το συνέδριο αυτό απαρίθμησε περισσότερους από 600 συμμετέχοντες, εκ των οποίων οι 150 πρέρχονταν από διάφορες ευρωπαϊκές χώρες.

Τον τελευταίο χρόνο έχουμε όλοι γίνει μάρτυρες μεγάλων αγωνιστικών κινητοποίησεων, όπως των πολυήμερων μαζικών απεργιών στην Ελλάδα, και βέβαια, της μεγλης απεργίας των Ισπανών ανθρακορύχων της Αστούριας, που έχει προκαλέσει τον θαυμασμό και την υποστήριξη εκατομμυρίων ανθρώπων σε πανευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο. Οι σφοδρές επιθέσεις, όμως, ενάντια στους λαούς της Ευρώπης αποδεικνύουν ότι αυτού του είδους οι ενέργειες θα συνεχιστούν και θα κλιμακωθούν· συνεπώς για την αντιμετώπισή τους απαιτείται άμεση, αλληλέγγυα και συντονισμένη δράση.

Καλούμε όλες τις ευρωπαϊκές οργανώσεις αντίστασης στην λιτότητα να δώσουν το παρόν στο Λονδίνο την 20η και 21η Οκτωβρίου για να συμμετάσχουν στην πορεία διαμαρτυρίας, καθώς και στις ακόλουθες συναντήσεις, με σκοπό να συζητηθεί και να δομηθεί ένα κοινό σχέδιο δράσης για την αναχαίτηση των πολιτικών λιτότητας. Για να νικηθεί ο κοινός εχθρός απαιτείται συντονισμένη δράση.

Στις αρχές Σεπτεμβρίου θα πραγματοποιηθεί μια προπαρασκευαστική συνάντηση για την διοργάνωση του συνεδρίου της 21ης Οκτωβρίου, στην οποία μπορούν να λάβουν μέρος όσοι το επιθυμούν ανεξαρτήτως της συμμετοχής τους στις κινητοποιήσεις της περσυνής χρονιάς. Η ημερομηνία και ο τόπος της συνάντησης θα ανακοινωθούν σύντομα. Παρακαλούμε να επικοινωνείσετε μαζί μας για να δηλώσετε την συμμετοχή σας.

Κλείνοντας, παροτρύνουμε και πάλι τις οργανώσεις από κάθε γωνιά της Ευρώπης να παραστούν στο Λονδίνο τον Οκτώβριο, ώστε να αποδείξουμε ότι η δύναμη της εργατικής τάξης βρίσκεται στην συνένωση και στην αλληλεγγύη των ανθρώπων της.

Ας κάνουμε την 20/21η Οκτωβρίου το επόμενο βήμα στην κοινή μας πάλη έναντια στην λιτότητα.

Andrew Burgin

Γραμματέας του Coalition of Resistance

Επικοινωνία: andrew@andrewburgin.com

 

Poziv na prosvjed u Londonu!

Londonski prosvjedi – 20. i 21. listopad 2012. – Poziv za potporu

Demonstracija TUC-a (Kongres britanskih sindikata) i konferencija ”Europa protiv štednje”

U subotu 20. listopada Kongres britanskih sindikata održat će prosvjed protiv štednje ”Za budućnost koja funkcionira”. Stotine tisuća ljudi će izaći na ulice Londona kako bi se usprotivile rezovima koji su im nametnuti. Koalicija otpora će biti u središtu ovog prosvjeda s porukom ”Nema rezova”. Sudjelovanje delegacija iz čitave Europe će jako uvećati značaj ove masovne mobilizacije.

2011. godine naša organizacija je inicirala konferenciju ”Europa protiv štednje” koja je uputila poziv za zajedničku akciju protiv štednje širom Europe. Više od 600 ljudi prisustvovalo je konferenciji u listopadu 2011., od toga ih je 150 došlo iz drugih dijelova Europe.

Nakon te konferencije vidjeli smo velike borbe u Grčkoj gdje je bilo mnogo dana generalnog štrajka i u Španjolskoj gdje su asturijski rudari nadahnuli potporu milijuna ljudi diljem Europe. Priroda juriša na narode Europe pokazuje da će se takve akcije nastaviti i eskalirati. Daljnji solidarni rad i koordinacija sada su prijeko potrebni.

Apeliramo na organizacije koje se protive štednji diljem Europe da dođu u London 20. i 21. listopada kako bi sudjelovale u londonskim demonstracijama, a isto tako da bi se sljedećeg dana svi sastali radi dogovaranja zajedničke akcije za zaustavljanje štednje. Moramo formirati koordiniranu akciju kako bi ostvarili pobjedu nad zajedničkim neprijateljem.

Početkom rujna će se održati otvoreni pripremni sastanak uoči konferencije 21. listopada i svi koji se žele uključiti su dobrodošli, bez obzira jesu li sudjelovali u prošlogodišnjem događaju ili ne. Datum i mjesto sastanka objavit ćemo uskoro. Molimo da nas kontaktirate ako planirate prisustvovati.

Pozivamo organizacije iz cijele Europe da dođu u London u listopadu – da pokažu kako je snaga pokreta radničke klase u njenom jedinstvu i solidarnosti.

Učinimo 20. i 21. listopad sljedećim korakom u našoj zajedničkoj borbi protiv štednje.

Andrew Burgin

andrew@andrewburgin.com

Acciones en Londres – 20 y 21 de octubre de 2012 – LLAMAMIENTO DE APOYO

Manifestación del Trade Unions Congress y Conferencia de Acción Europea Contra la Austeridad [Europe Against Austerity Action]

El próximo sábado 20 de octubre el Trade Union Congress británico celebrará una marcha contra la austeridad “Por un futuro que funcione” [“For a future that works”]. Cientos de miles de personas tomarán la calle en Londres para oponerse a los recortes que se les imponen. La Coalition of Resistance estará en el centro de esta manifestación con su mensaje de “No a los Recortes” [“No Cuts”]. La participación de delegaciones de toda Europa reforzará enormemente la importancia de lo que va a ser una movilización masiva.

En el año 2011 nuestra organización inició la conferencia “Europe Against Austerity” [“Europa Contra la Austeridad”] que emitió un llamamiento a la acción conjunta contra la austeridad en toda Europa. Más de 600 personas asistieron a la conferencia en octubre de 2011, 150 de las cuales procedían de otras partes de Europa.

Desde la celebración de esa conferencia hemos visto grandes luchas en Grecia, en donde ha habido muchos días de huelga general, y en España, en donde los mineros asturianos han generado el apoyo de millones de personas en toda Europa. La naturaleza de los ataques contra los pueblos de Europa implica que tales acciones han de continuar e intensificarse. Necesitamos con urgencia trabajar de una manera más solidaria y coordinada.

Hacemos un llamamiento a las organizaciones de lucha contra la austeridad de toda Europa para que vengan a Londres el 20 y 21 de octubre a participar tanto en la manifestación de Londres como para reunirnos al día siguiente y discutir una acción conjunta para hacer retroceder la marea de la austeridad. Tenemos que forjar acciones coordinadas para alcanzar victorias sobre el enemigo común.

Se celebrará una reunión preparatoria de carácter abierto a principios de septiembre para prepararnos para la conferencia del 21 de octubre. Todos aquellos que deseen participar serán bienvenidos, independientemente de que hayan asistido o no a la conferencia del año pasado. La fecha y el lugar se notificarán en breve. Por favor, poneos en contacto si deseáis asistir.

Instamos a organizaciones y a organizaciones de toda Europa a que vengan a Londres en octubre, para demostrar que la fuerza del movimiento obrero se encuentra en su unidad y en su solidaridad.

Hagamos del 20 y 21 de octubre nuestro siguiente paso en la lucha común contra la austeridad.

Andrew Burgin

Secretario, Coalition of Resistance

andrew@andrewburgin.com

Call for action in London! Appel – Actions Londres!

Last year's TUC demo in London

London Actions – 20/21 October 2012 – CALL FOR SUPPORT
TUC demonstration and Europe Against Austerity Action Conference

On Saturday October 20th the British Trades Union Congress is holding a march against austerity ‘For a future that works’. Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to oppose the cuts being forced upon them. The Coalition of Resistance will be at the heart of this demonstration with its message of ‘No Cuts’. The participation of delegations from across Europe will hugely strengthen the significance of what will be a massive mobilisation.
In 2011 our organisation initiated the Europe Against Austerity conference which issued a call for joint action against austerity throughout Europe. More than 600 people attended the conference in October 2011, with 150 coming from other parts of Europe.
Since that conference we have seen big struggles in Greece where there have been many days of general strike action and in Spain where the Asturian miners have inspired the support of millions throughout Europe. The nature of the onslaught on the peoples of Europe means that such actions will continue and escalate. Further solidarity work and coordination is now urgently needed.
We appeal for anti-austerity organisations throughout Europe to come to London on 20th and 21st October to participate both in the London demonstration and to meet the following day to discuss common action to turn back the tide of austerity. We must build co-ordinated action to enable victories against a common enemy.
There will be an open preparatory meeting in early September to prepare for the October 21st conference and all those who wish to be involved are welcome, whether or not they attended last year’s event. The date and venue will be notified shortly. Please contact us if you plan to attend.
We urge organisations and organisations from across Europe to come to London in October – to show that the strength of the working class movement is in its unity and solidarity.
Let’s make October 20/21st the next step in our common struggle against austerity.

Andrew Burgin
Secretary, Coalition of Resistance
andrew@andrewburgin.com

Actions Londres – 20/21 octobre 2012 – APPEL 
Manifestation TUC et conférence “Europe contre l’austérité”
Le samedi 20 octobre 2012, le syndicat britannique TUC organise une marche contre l’austérité “Pour un avenir qui fonctionne”. Des centaines de milliers de personnes vont descendre dans les rues de Londres pour s’opposer aux coupes budgétaires forcées. La “Coalition of Résistance” sera au cœur de cette manifestation avec son message «No cuts». La participation de délégations de toute l’Europe devrait grandement renforcer l’importance de ce qui sera une mobilisation massive.
En 2011, notre organisation a lancé le processus de la conférence “Europe contre l’austérité” qui a abouti à un appel pour une action commune contre l’austérité dans toute l’Europe. Plus de 600 personnes ont assisté à la conférence en octobre 2011, dont 150 d’autres pays que la GB.
Depuis cette conférence, nous avons vu de grandes luttes en Grèce, où il y a eu de nombreux jours de grève générale et en Espagne, où les mineurs asturiens ont inspiré un élan de soutien dans toute l’Europe. La nature de l’attaque contre les peuples d’Europe entraînera la poursuite et l’intensification de telles actions. Le travail de solidarité et de coordination est nécessaire et urgent. Nous lançons un appel aux organisations anti-austérité de toute l’Europe. Nous les invitons à  venir à Londres les 20 et 21 octobre pour participer à la manifestation de Londres et pour une rencontre le lendemain sur l’action commune indispensable pour renverser la vapeur de l’austérité. Nous devons construire une action coordonnée pour permettre des victoires contre un ennemi commun.
Il y aura une réunion préparatoire ouverte début septembre pour préparer la conférence du 21 octobre. Tous ceux qui souhaitent s’y impliquer sont les bienvenus, qu’ils aient ou non assisté à l’événement l’an dernier. La date et le lieu seront arrêtés sous peu. Contactez-nous si vous avez l’intention d’y assister.
Nous lançons un appel aux organisations de toute l’Europe pour venir à Londres en octobre montrer que la force du mouvement de la classe ouvrière est dans son unité et sa solidarité. Faisons des 20 et 21 octobre la prochaine étape dans notre lutte commune contre l’austérité.
Andrew Burgin
Secretary, Coalition of Resistance