The United States has been at the center of the international financial system ever since the Second World War. The dollar has served as the main international currency and the United States has as previous leading Empires derived immense benefits from being the supreme capitalist power. Now this Empire and capitalism is on shaky ground and the bank crisis has developed into a serious state debt crisis.
There is no doubt that financial crisis of 2008 originated from the US center. The history shows that if the center itself becomes endangered, then, preserving the system takes precedence over all other considerations. The IWA Secretariat wrote the in First of May statement 2010 “Organize and fight against the capitalist exploitation”:
With references to initiatives taken by the CNT union section at Cadiz Electrónica S.A. Ford-Visteon and the CNT of Jerez, there will be a new International Day of Struggle against Ford-Visteon on October 14.
As you see from other articles on this website, the company has announced that it will close the plant of 450 workers. On June 23 the management of Cadiz Electronica SA company, located in the TecnoBahía business park in El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, Spain, announced the final closure of the workplace to the Works Council, through a displaced representative. The CNT workers says that the conflict, despite the days which have passed, remains open:
For the International Workers Association (IWA) class struggle is not a theoretical abstraction but a fact in the daily lives of workers. Our way of organizing is expressed through democratic federalist structures based on recallable delegates.
The IWA rejects class collaboration in all its forms. Works councils and other corporatist bodies based on social partnership are means of undermining class struggle. State funding is designed to undermine independent working class action and organization.
For us the only relationship between worker and boss can be class struggle. And class struggle must grow until capitalism and the state is swept away by the solidarity of the international working class - to be replaced by the free federation of workers associations based on libertarian communism!
In recent years the IWA has organized countless international campaigns in support of workers worldwide. The attacks come in many fields and in Spain by the various labour reforms, cuts in the pension system, reform of collective bargaining and social cuts. On September 29 , the CNT-AIT with other unions and social organizations will take to the street, in the process of building towards a general strike!
It is in this anarchosyndicalist spirit that the IWA-Secretariat sends its greetings and support to the Spanish CNT-AIT and all workers who by self- activity, protests, direct actions and solidarity are engaged in the fight against the capitalist offensive!
Oslo, September 27th 2011
A successful international campaign took place on August 19th, in solidarity with the workers at the Ford Visteon plant in Cadiz (Spain). The workers are facing the threat of imminent closure of the factory, thus leaving more than 450 people unemployed. Meanwhile, once again, we are reminded how multinationals can do and undo at will and with full impunity, even if it means leaving many families without a livelihood, as well as greatly affecting both the region and the sector because of the direct and indirect jobs that will be lost.
The plant is being closed in order to the move of production to other regions of the world where labour is cheaper. This is how global capitalism works, favoring multinationals such as Visteon which, having received state support (out of taxpayers’ pockets) and having taking advantage of their workers’ efforts and dedication, throw them away as soon as the opportunity to make higher profits elsewhere appears. Once again, the power of multinationals over whole countries is evident as they have the capacity to camp at will, unbothered and almost without any opposition.
This is why we believe that the only way to face them is via international coordination. Through the IWA (the International Workers’ Association), the CNT union section in Visteon and counting on the support received from other countries –we were able, in our small way, to organise an international day to show solidarity with the threatened comrades. We are aware that, in order to stop the severe attacks to work conditions, relocations and aggressive policies coming from multinationals against workers, there is no other possible effective response but international direct action and the IWA has done so with this efficient and tenacious campaign. We are convinced that with history backing us, our solidarity pact between member Sections and our action methods, we will be a fierce opponent to this scourge of capitalist entrepreneurship while it tries to manifest its greatest exponent, multinationals.
As you will have seen from the media coverage there has been riots across Britain. That riots have taken place is not surprising as large sections of the British working class live in poverty and social deprivation. Many working class communities in Britain have never recovered from the closure of traditional industries coal mining, steel making engineering and so on.
This dates back to the 1970's and 1980's when Britain's manufacturing bases was decimated. In the early 1980's with millions unemployment rioting took place in Britain. The riots were largely concentrated in the "inner cities" and on "council estates" these areas are vast local government built housing estates and are some of the poorest communities in Britain. Though the inner city areas tend to have high immigrant populations the council estates tend to be dominated by white working class. In the 1980's the media at first attempted to portray the riots as "race riots" but the fact that so many white working class on council estates were also taking in part in riots forced the media to drop the attempt at blame the riots on immigrants.
With references to initiatives taken by the CNT union section at Cadiz Electrónica S.A. Ford-Visteon and the CNT of Jerez, there will be an International Day of Struggle against Ford-Visteon on August 19th.
The company has announced that it will close the plant of 450 workers. The Press Release of the CNT (see previous article on this web-site) tells that the official unions 'Comisiones Obreras' (CCOO) and "Unión General de Trabajadores" (UGT) have boycotted the mobilizations during the vacation time. The CNT will continue with a battery of mobilizations!
The workers need all the support they can get in their fight against the closure of and the destruction of the employment at the Cadiz Electrónica S.A.
Mobilize and Fight- for International Solidarity!
Oslo, August 14th 2011
-For more information on addresses and other data about the VISTEON multinational, visit the site: http://www.visteon.com/worldwide/eu.html
• The CNT does not understand how the leaders of the CCOO and the UGT make a pact to ”go on holiday” in such an extreme situation
• The CNT calls on the workers to continue protests and has announced a global day of action against Ford -Visteon
The CNT union in Visteon-Cádiz Electronics wants to denounce the demobilization that the official unions are causing among the staff. In late July, the CCOO and UGT leaders met in Seville and agreed not to take any steps until September. The workers have not been asked whether they want to take a "holiday" in the middle of conflict inwhich we are engaged. Given the anti-democratic nature that this struggle is taking the fight, where the assemblies have hardly any decision-making capacities, we fear that the union leaders have already agreed a solution to the conflict involving the destruction of jobs.
What has been of political violence in Norway has always come from the far right. While the police has concentrated towards "radical Islamists", far right violence has happened again, this time to a very large, cruel and bloody extent! The NSF-IWA has expressed its condolences to the victims of this bloody terrorism and would like to state the following.
As an introduction we will say that it is a dangerous climate during today`s capitalism that affects many countries and also Norway:
-Capitalism is in a severe crisis. Governments conduct austerity programs and become security states. The unemployment is rising. Immigrants are scapegoats of problems and asylum seekers are deported. In Norway the pensions in private sector are cut with the support of the trade union LO, and other cuts are prepared.