CGTP-IN solidariza-se com greve geral em Itália

Agreve CGTP-IN enviou uma mensagem de solidariedade às centrais sindicais italianas (CGIL e UIL) que convocam uma greve geral em Itália no dia 12 de Dezembro de 2014 (Transcreve-se texto da mensagem, em Inglês).

A greve geral de 24 horas tem como palavra de ordem "Assim não pode ser" e visa protestar contra as medidas governamentais anti laborais e anti sociais do governo de Matteo Renzi, que, segundo as centrais sindicais italianas, se vem recusando a negociar legislação laboral, salários e condições de trabalho.

Dear Comrades of CGIL and UIL,

On behalf of CGTP-IN and of the Portuguese workers we represent, we extend our fraternal solidarity and wishes of great success to the general strike you are waging against your government's anti-worker measures and plans, namely the Jobs Act, the Stability Law, the economic policies, the measures for the reform of Public Administration and, in general, the government's resistance to negotiating with the unions the necessary solutions for the workers and people of Italy.

In fact, in the majority of the EU countries, workers and peoples are being confronted with very serious obstacles, hardship and problems. In the context of a very deep crisis of capitalism, we are being confronted with a violent offensive against historic economic, social and labour rights, with the "European Social Model" under very severe attack, from governments and big capital.

This situation is leading to very rapid increase in inequalities. The main cause is the domination of pro-capital governments by big financial and speculative capital. This has systematically and abusively favoured big capital to the detriment of the workers and poorer layers of the society. In our countries, day after day, we see thousands and thousands of men and women workers becoming redundant, having precarious work and living in social exclusion and poverty.

In fact, in many EU member states, unemployment and precariousness have reached unbearable levels. Salaries and pensions are losing purchasing power, social and labour rights are weakened or mutilated, retirement schemes are undermined, fiscal injustice is increasing and there is a strong wave of privatisations and attack against the public services.

And all of this is being done in the name of the so-called austerity policies, and of cutting the deficit and public debt, supposedly to overcome the "crisis".

Dear Comrades of CGIL and UIL,

We are in fact at a very crucial crossroads. We only have to look at the measures imposed in a large number of EU countries, being particularly violent in countries where IMF, ECB and EU "troikas" have been imposing "bail-out programmes", which are in fact aggression tools on national sovereignty. This is confirmed by the critical developments in Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Ireland and also with worrying developments in countries like Italy and Spain.

For all these reasons, all across Europe, workers and trade unions must step up their struggles and fight for a clear rupture with these neoliberal policies and with the current EU model. We need to build a different Europe, a Europe of workers and peoples, with social dimension, solidarity and cooperation, with respect for member states' sovereignties and specific interests and needs. We need a Europe with respect for social and labour rights, a Europe of sustainable economic growth, which induces quality jobs, jobs with rights.

In Portugal, our struggle is common to yours. We are fighting against the harsh austerity measures and we are organising many strikes, rallies, demonstrations and diverse protest actions for the resignation of the right wing government and the calling of an early election that may create the conditions for a different path for Portugal, for an alternative that puts and end to exploitation and secures a future of economic and social progress.

Dear Comrades,

We know of the determination of your trade union centres in defending the rights and interests of the Italian workers and people. We are certain that your general strike will be massive and will bring the results you desire.

Please accept our fraternal solidarity and friendship

Fraternal Regards

Augusto Praça

CGTP-IN Executive Board

Lisbon, 9 December 2014