La Huelga General convocada ayer por LAB y otras centrales sindicales de la mayorj¡a sindical en el Pa?¡s Vasco fue un granexito.
El paro fue del 90% por ciento en la ense ananza, del 59,88% en el sector industrial, del 70% en la administraci??n p??blica, y muy amplio también en otros sectores como el de transporte, construccion y banca.
El paro fue total en los pueblos y comercios en la provincia Gipuzkoa, en la parte este de Bizkaia, y en el norte de las provincias de Araba y Navarra.
Al mediod?¡a hubo manifestaciones en las cuatro capitales de las provincias vascas (Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebasti?ín, Vitoria-Gasteiz, e Iru ea - Pamplona), que reunieron a m?ís de 85.000 personas en total. Por la tarde, las manifestaciones fueron pueblo por pueblo y reunieron a m?ís de 55.000 personas.
Hay que denunciar las amenazas de los empresarios a trabajadores en precario para que no secundasen la huelga, y el papel represivo de la polic?¡a que detuvo a 14 personas e identific?? a m?ís de 60.
Desde LAB nos reafirmamos en los motivos de la huelga y exigimos capacidad de decidir en materia laboral y social en el Pa?¡s Vasco (Ver documento adjunto).
Esta huelga general es la sexta en 4 a os que se realiza s??lo en el Pa?¡s Vasco, con la oposici??n de los sindicatos espa olistas unionistas CCOO y UGT, lo que le da un mayor valor a??n si cabe a la respuesta.
Igualmente, queremos expresar nuestra gratitud a todas las centrales sindicales del mundo que nos habéis mostrado vuestro apoyo.
M?ís informaci??n (v?¡deos y fotos), en éstas p?íginas web:
Igor Urrutikoetxea (Secretario de Relaciones Internacionales de LAB, Pa?¡s Vasco)
SUCCESS OF THE GENERAL STRIKE ON MAY 30th IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY
The general strike called yesterday by LAB and other unions in the Basque Country was a great success.
Unemployment was 90% percent in the teaching sector, from 59.88% in the industrial sector, 70% in public administration, and very success in other sectors such as transport, construction and banking.
The strike was total in the people and commerce in the province Gipuzkoa, in the eastern part of Bizkaia, in the northern provinces of Araba and Navarre.
At noon there were demonstrations in the four capitals of the Basque provinces (Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Pamplona - Pamplona), which gathered more than 85,000 people in total. In the afternoon, the demonstrations were village by village and gathered more than 55,000 people.
We must denounce the threats of employers to workers in precarious telling them not to join the strike, and the repressive role of the police who arrested 14 people and identified more than 60.
Since LAB we reaffirm the reasons for the strike and demand ability to decide on labor and social in the Basque Country (See document attached).
This general strike has been the 6th general strike in 4 years only in the Basque Country. We denounce the role of the Spanish unionist trade unions CCOO and UGT. They were, with the government and the enterprises, against this strike.
We also want to express our gratitude to all trade unions in the world that you have shown us your support.
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Igor Urrutikoetxea (International Relationships Secretary of trade union LAB, Basque Country)
NEW GENERAL STRIKE ON MAY 30TH IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY: FOR A DIFFERENT MODEL IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY, DIGNIFIED SOCIAL AND LABOUR RIGHTS
The struggle has given its fruits.
From the beginning of the crisis the Basque Country has been answering "no". We have responded to the series of attacks that they have been imposing on us with General Strikes, and most important, day by day, in sectors and on the streets.
The governments of Pamplona - Iru ea and Vitoria - Gasteiz know that the Basque Country can't do with all of the cuts and privatizations that they want. The government of Navarre, drowning in their own corruption and in the most absolute solitude; in the Basque Autonomous Governmet they have had to retire their budget that cut 1,200 million Euros. A cause of the complete ruptures with societày and their lack of credibility they are governments in crisis. And this is the fruit, also, of the pressure from societày.
Also they promised that management would be very happy with the labour reform that was given from Spain. However, the struggle that we have carried out in businesses and sectors has had success: we are protecting our agreements in front of this labour reform. The strike has to serve to also give an impulse in this struggle. We want to build another model, but another social and labour model is impossible without instruments like collective bargaining, and there is no possible model without labour rights.
The situation of social emergency obliges us to give a forceful response. The levels of unemployment are unsustainable and unacceptable, and every day fewer people receive no kind of help; they continue in their policies of privatization, from Madrid as well as from Pamplona - Iru ea and Vitoria - Gasteiz; it's all a strategy of impoverishment, with salaries, pensions and social protection in their sights.
Facing the attacks that come from Spain, they ignore what the societày of the Basque Country demands and they ally themselves with capital. They say, sometimes, that they are obligated to do it, but many other times, like in the coming pension reform, the right wing governments give their full support.
All of these policies have as their objective to enrich even more a few people and they are the ones who brought us this situation of emergency: it isn't a fruit of the crisis but a direct consequence of the policies that they are applying with the excuse of the crisis. They are ruining us and they know it. We have to force them to change the priorities of the governments of the Basque Country: from the interests of the banks and the multinationals – or personal benefits, as in the scandalous case of the right wing party UPN in Navarre – to the working social majority.
More than a response
We have to give the most forceful response that is in our hands and that is the general strike. We have responded up to the moment and we have had some success, but it isn't sufficient. For that, we have to put in march a plan, a plan to join forces, to unite and activate all of societày and to build an alternative among everyone.
We don't want to return to the past. We need a true social change in the Basque Country and among all of us we must decide on what we should base this change. We need an alternative that stops looking at the disaster that Madrid designs for us and one that is based on the decisions that we make here, the working social majority of our people.
It is going to be a social process that turns the situation around and as a first step we are going to, among all of us, define the social charter for the Basque Country. And this strike, on May 30th, apart from being an emphatic response and an act of disobedience and commitment, will be a decisive impulse to this social process.