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Journal Entry: Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:28 PM

The General strike in Europe.

A general strike called by the Workers’ Commission (CCOO) The general workers unions (U.G.T.) and the National Confederation of Labor (C.N.T.) is set for November 14, and coordinating with labor organizations in Greece, Portugal and other European countries. The Strike is to protest the Spanish Government’s continued austerity measures, cutting wages, pensions, jobs and services rather than penalizing bankers and corporate executives for fraud.The Current Spanish government has announced another series of pay cuts, tax rises and service cuts to counter the deficit.

Spain already staged a general strike earlier this year, on March 29, called by the C.N.T. and Greece has had nearly 20 this year, but many are hoping the cooperation across countries will finally force a hand. The U.G.T. is hoping the strike will be enough to force a new election.

A lot of Radicals groups such as the C.N.T. are hoping to use this as a jumping off point for more effective actions and protests, since the strike doesn't exactly effect the states profits. Since I'm not from any of these countries, nor have I ever been to them, and the closes thing to a connection to the International Worker's Association (not to be confused with the communist internationals) is a friend of mine whose and I.W.W. organizer and recently visited spain, I don't have as much information as I'd like. If anyone has any ideas as to how the CPDA can help, especially if you are from one of the involved countries or organizations, please speak up.

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EnricoZbogar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Photographer
From Italy:
The strike is on contingent claims and it has, obviusly, institutional tradeunionist watchwords. This will be the classic manifestation of representation (don't know if i translated right: in italian manifestazione di rappresentanza) that doesn't mean about nothing for the capitalist... The same lame strike planned week before and which last only a day, just for saying "Hey there! don't kill us so much". I really hope the workers will strike indefinitely since Nov 14, but i belive the italan (and European) trade unions, which are a system gear - as Social Democrats - , won't help any way the real class struggle.
By the way, as a Communist Party (Battaglia Comunista, members of Intenationalist Communist Tendency), we're going to take part with our criticism and our position (like every time) by the guide line of the Roma's Thesis (1922):
"Faced with these movements must be carried out a relentless criticism of their programs, demonstrating its failure to the effects of proletarian emancipation."
"The Communists will also taking part in the struggles of proletarian organizations led by socialists, trade unionists and anarchists, will not refuse to follow the action, except when the entire mass spontaneous movement will rebelling, but show how this action to a given point in its development, is rendered impotent or utopistic resulting from the wrong method of the leaders, while the communist method would have been achieved better results and useful for the general revolutionary movement. In the dispute, the Communists always distinguish between leaders and masses, leaving the first responsibility for errors and faults, and not withhold as to denounce vigorously the work of those leaders that even with sincere feeling advocate a revolutionary tactic dangerous and erroneous."
The-Laughing-Rabbit Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
See, this is where the occupy movement had power and squandered it. They set up self-sufficient communes all over, which could have work quite well as a support network for striking workers. Workers that go on strike, while striking have a tougher time making bills and all that, which the occupy communes could have helped with. That way, strikes could last indefinably without risking the financial security of workers.
Party9999999 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
As Skargill said it is short notice but we should offer support to the strike and do what we can.
Skargill Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately its a bit short notice otherwise I'd suggest members not in Europe try and organise protests outside the Spanish embassy. Instead it could be helpful to publicise the protests and draw up contact details for both participating Unions and Spanish Embassies in other nations so members can at least register their support.

In addition it would be beneficial in my opinion to use images and news of the demonstrations so that future struggles can learn from their example if nothing else.
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