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(en) alas barricadas: Against the social pact of the salary misery -- Trade Union Confederation of Workers Solidarity (ca) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 2 Jan 2018 08:24:32 +0200

We live in a country where salaries have risen by 5% in the last ten years, while prices have risen by 13.7%, which means that wages have lost more than 8% in the last decade. of purchasing power. Actually we have lowered wages with the excuse of the crisis. And this does not mean that the part of the national income held by the capitalists has been increased: one in two euros of the new growth will be remunerated to the capital. With the crisis have lost 30,000 million in wages but profits have increased by 14,000 million. The working class loses purchasing power and average wages have been stagnating since 2011: the effect sought with the labor reforms approved by socialists and the popular in 2010 and 2012. ---- And it is in this context that the majority unions, the employers and the government throw the bells on the fly with the announcement of a deferred and conditioned rise in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary for the coming years. The rise is 4% for 2018, 5% for 2019 and 10% for 2020. But, although it may seem the opposite to the uncontrolled euphoria of the bureaucracies of CCOO and UGT, this measure is nothing more than a tremendous deceitful limited. And it is for the following reasons:

-The increase is legally conditioned to GDP increases of over 2.5% in the coming years and 450,000 new jobs are created each year. The forecasts of increase of the GIP of the European Union and of the Government for 2019 are below those amounts and, in the case of 2018, they move in that same limit (between 2,3 and 2,6 according to a report sent by the Government to Brussels and 2.4% according to the Bank of Spain). This would leave without effect the strongest increases, those of 2019 and 2020.

-The increase is not extended to salaries and public benefits that by collective agreement or law, are referenced to the SMI.

-The possibility that the measure benefits all workers, transferring the increase in remuneration to workers covered by the agreements, is very limited. Last year, despite the rise of 8% in the SMI, the wages agreed in the agreement did not increase more than 1.4%, and the average salaries total 0.4%. In any case, below inflation, which was 1.5%. The latest labor reforms have dynamited collective bargaining, weakening the possibilities for workers to advance in the agreements. And this is your result.

-The rise of the SMI for full-time workers leaves out of reach the growing mass of more precarious workers, with part-time contracts for a few hours, temporary workers subjected to the constant blackmail of the non-renewal of the contract, people forced to the irregular economy, false self-employed workers, workers in training, etc.

And it is that the social scenario of this Spain at the beginning of the 21st century is frightening: 14 million poor workers (who, despite having a job, can not get out of poverty), since 201 more than 1.8 million households with all their members unemployed, a coverage rate of unemployment benefit that does not reach 56% and a poverty rate of more than 22% of the population. And, of course, attacks against the right to strike (such as the recent ban on the strike of Barajas workers) and increased repression in the public sphere, on the street and in jobs.

That is the legacy of the pacts of official and bureaucratic unionism with government and employers in recent years: labor flexibility, cheap or free dismissal, widespread precariousness, expansion of new forms of exploitation, physical insecurity and accidents, poverty, social cuts ... thus, this deferred and conditioned increase of the SMI makes them happy because it allows them to continue with this dynamic of the social pact, the demobilization and the surrender that guarantees their status as interlocutors accepted by the system. Of well-paid representatives of a working class that they have left behind. They help the employers to manage the social conflict and, with agreements like this, they wash their faces trying to pretend that they are doing something for the workers who feed them.

And it is that workers can only expect good news from their own assembly and grassroots self-organization. Combative unionism, which is nothing other than the form adopted in many places by workers' cooperation with each other (rather than by the bureaucrats) to fight and defend their own rights. From the base and from the fight. Trying to solve the problems we have as a class, not by changing the name and embellish reality, but by action. Direct action and organization.

From Solidaridad Obrera we call the workers to the struggle, to the organization, to the construction of union alternatives and not to be deceived by the siren songs of the pseudo-bureaucratic unionism, the bosses and the governments. Faced with discouragement, action. Facing impotence, organization. Facing the lies of the system and its spokespersons, cooperation and solidarity. Together we are strong.

The struggle is the only way.

Trade Union Confederation of Workers Solidarity

Madrid, December 27, 2017

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