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Un compañero nos ha dejado

6 Xaneiro, 2017 - 17:43

Lamentamos la muerte del militante anarquista y miembro de la CNT España, José Luis García Rua. Garcia Rua pasó pacíficamente el viernes por la mañana el 6 de enero a la edad de 93 años. Rua nació en 1923 en Asturias, España. Su padre había sido miembro de la CNT que pereció en el frente de Oveido durante la Guerra Civil. En 1939, se vio obligado a exiliarse en Francia, terminando eventualmente en el campo de concentración de Argelers y Barcarès, sin embargo, pudo volver a España el mismo año.

García Rua comenzó una carrera como académico, pero trabajó en la construcción, el metal y las minas. Estaba involucrado en la actividad antifranquista y finalmente reprimido por su papel en una huelga de mineros. Perdió su trabajo en la academia durante algún tiempo, pero finalmente se convirtió en profesor de filosofía en la Universidad de Granada a mediados de los años 70. En 1977, tras la muerte de Franco, fue elegido Secretario de la región andaluza de la CNT, cargo que ocupó dos veces. Entre 1986 y 1990 se desempeñó como Secretario General de la CNT y desde 1997 hasta 2000 como Secretario General de la AIT.

Es autor de numerosos artículos y libros, tanto relacionados con el anarcosindicalismo como con sus intereses académicos. El 1 de mayo de 2015, pronunció un apasionado discurso sobre la Asociación Internacional de Trabajadores, invitando a los compañeros a continuar la tradición del anarcosindicalismo militante. Este fue la última intervención que hizo en público.

Enviamos nuestras condolencias a su familia.

Secretariado de la AIT

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Affiliation - information

6 Xaneiro, 2017 - 15:15
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A Comrade has Left Us

6 Xaneiro, 2017 - 15:02

We are sorry to hear of the death of long-time anarchist militant and member of the CNT Spain, Jose Luis Garcia Rua. Garcia Rua passed peacefully on Friday morning, January 6 at the age of 93. Rua was born in 1923 in Asturias, Spain. His father had been a member of the CNT who perished on the Oveido front during the Civil War. In 1939, he was forced into exile in France, eventually winding up in a concentration camp of Argelers and Barcarès, however he was able to return later than year.

Garcia Rua began a career as an academic, but worked in construction, metal and mines. He was involved in anti-Francoist activity and ultimately repressed for his role in a miners' strike. He lost his job in academia for some time but ultimately became a professor of philosophy in the University of Granada in the mid-70s. In 1977, after the death of Franco, he was chosen Secretary of the Andalucian region of the CNT, a position he held twice. Between 1986-1990, he served as the General Secretary of the CNT and from 1997-2000, as the General Secretary of the IWA.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, both related to anarchosyndicalism as well as his academic interests. On May Day 2015, he made an impassioned speech about the International Workers Assocation, calling on comrades to continue the tradition of militant anarchosyndicalism. This was the last speech that he made in public.

We send our condolences to his family.

IWA Secretariat

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100 Aniversario de la Federación Sindicalista Noruega: 1916 – 2016

2 Xaneiro, 2017 - 22:17

La NSF celebró el evento de celebración de su 100 Aniversario el 29 de octubre como apertura del Centenario de la NSF. El evento tuvo lugar en una casa de madera en Grunerløkka, en Oslo y contó con buena asistencia. Se presentaron salutaciones del Secretariado de la AIT (con sede en Polonia) por parte de la Secretaria General, de un compañero de la SF de Manchester y de un compañero de Ørestad LS, que es una organización de Amigos de la AIT. Más tarde, aparecieron nueve trabajadores de una nueva iniciativa de base de trabajadores del transporte, procedentes de grandes terminales de transporte de Oslo y alrededores, e hicieron una salutación a la NSF.

Primero se oyeron los discursos sobre la fundación de la NSF el 28 de diciembre de 1916 y sobre las numerosas acciones directas de los años siguientes. La NSF estuvo asimismo en la avanzadilla de acciones llevadas a cabo por la jornada de 8 horas y comenzó a agitar en pro de la jornada de 6 horas ya desde 1919. Un trabajador de la sanidad/historiador, que está escribiendo dos libros sobre la NSF, habló sobre el desarrollo en Rjukan, una comunidad en la que la NSF contó con 600 afiliados en 1920 y cómo la rama local de la Confederación principal, la LO, cooperó en ocasiones pero la mayoría de las veces socavó a la NSF y sus acciones directas.

Otro discurso fue sobre las actividades de la NSF en los años 20 y 30. La NSF se unió a la AIT en su Congreso fundacional en 1922 y, desde entonces, ha formado parte activa de la misma. La NSF continuó organizando en los años 20 y 30. También contaba con un grupo de mujeres que formó parte activa en los esfuerzos organizativos de la NSF y muchas de sus miembros fueron también arrestadas durante la II Guerra Mundial por trabajo ilegal contra los nazis.

El veterano más antiguo en la actualidad habló sobre las actividades de la NSF desde la II Guerra Mundial hasta su reorganización en 1977. La NSF cooperó en este periodo con los sindicalistas revolucionarios de Suecia, ya que la SAC había derivado hacia el reformismo, y también con los
compañeros daneses. También habló algo sobre la reorganización de la NSF en 1977 y el trabajo sindicalista que él y otros compañeros de la NSF llevaron a cabo en la industria del metal. Hubo unas cuantas huelgas grandes/ilegales en este sector que habían radicalizado a los trabajadores.
Después, la última y mayor parte del evento trató sobre conflictos laborales en los que han participado y/o apoyado los miembros de la NSF. Por mencionar algunos: un par de años tras su reorganización en 1977, la NSF llevó a cabo, con éxito, su propia acción; y acciónes sobre la represión contra activistas sindicales de la NSF; un compañero habló sobre las actividades de la Sección NSF durante la huelga no oficial de los profesores de preescolar en 1987; otro sobre las huelgas no oficiales en Tollpost-Globe (gran terminal de transporte) en 1992 y los conflictos del hotel SAS en 1992 y 1993. ¡Gracias a estos conflictos, cientos de miles de trabajadores noruegos en estos y otros ramos consiguieron contratos fijos en vez de temporales! También se mencionaron conflictos laborales hasta el día de hoy.

Activistas de los sindicatos de Tollpost-Globe y del sindicato de trabajadores del Hotel SAS, así como de otros sindicatos participaron en una conferencia de la NSF en abril de 1996 sobre acción directa.

Dos trabajadores de los muelles de Liverpool, que estuvieron en huelga, también participaron en esta conferencia. Fue el comienzo del gran trabajo de solidaridad de los sindicatos locales noruegos con los estibadores de Liverpool.

El compañero de la SF y otro compañero hablaron sobre este trabajo de apoyo en los años 90, y también sobre el gran trabajo de solidaridad entre los sindicatos locales noruegos para la huelga de los mineros británicos en los años 80. El compañero de la SF ve claramente el vínculo entre los planes del gobierno noruego para privatizar los ferrocarriles y la privatización de los mismos en Gran Bretaña: ¡ha sido un desastre en Inglaterra y ahora el gobierno noruego les copia!.

Los activistas de la NSF estuvieron activos en el establecimiento de comités de solidaridad en los sindicatos locales para con los trabajadores detenidos en Chile y Bolivia a finales de los años 70, y los miembros participaron activamente en el apoyo de los sindicatos locales a los trabajadores detenidos en Polonia después de la ley Marshall en diciembre de 1981. Una compañera de la ZSP nos informó sobre la situación al día de hoy de los trabajadores polacos y sobre cómo Polonia intenta atraer fábricas como país “low cost”. El discurso trató después sobre los conflictos laborales de la ZSP, de los que hay un montón, y sobre cómo actúan contra la política del gobierno y los empresarios.

El compañero sueco hizo un discurso sobre las privatizaciones en Suecia. Dijo que la legislación en Suecia consigue que unas organizaciones minoritarias negocien con más facilidad que en Noruega y habló sobre los conflictos laborales en Ørestad LS. También se habló sobre que los compañeros de Ørestad LS, Dinamarca, y la NSF darán comienzo a una cooperación en Escandinavia.

Todos estos ejemplos y muchos más muestran la importancia de la solidaridad internacional y la afiliación a la Asociación Internacional de los Trabajadores (AIT). La importancia de la afiliación y activa participación de la NSF en la AIT desde 1922 se mencionó en todos los discursos sobre
las diferentes décadas.

Esta conmemoración tuvo lugar en tiempos en que los empresarios y el estado están atacando a los trabajadores y a sus derechos en todos los campos. El precio más bajo del petróleo, comparándolo con hace algunos años, se está utilizando para atacar las condiciones y derechos laborales de los trabajadores del petróleo y están echando a miles al paro mientras que las compañías petrolíferas siguen alcanzando grandes beneficios.
Hace un año y medio, los pilotos de Norwegian Air Shuttle fueron a la huelga por su derecho a ser empleados por aquellos para los que realmente desempeñan su trabajo y no por medio de empresas de trabajo temporal. Los estibadores hicieron campaña y fueron a la huelga, durante incluso 3 años en algunos puertos, por sus convenios colectivos y por el derecho a realizar el trabajo de acuerdo con las convenciones internacionales (OIT). Y en octubre hubo una huelga de cuatro semanas de los conductores de trenes de largo recorrido demandando un estándar común en educación, de forma que no dependan de las diferentes empresas de ferrocarril que surgirán cuando las privatizaciones de los ferrocarriles se lleven a cabo en 2017.

Debido a esta situación, donde el tripartito noruego, colaboracionista de clase, se tambalea, la NSF ha conseguido más peticiones sobre nuevas formas de resistir y sobre anarcosindicalismo en el último año y medio que en el periodo más “silencioso” transcurrido desde el año 2000.

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100th Anniversary of the Norwegian Syndicalist Federation: 1916 – 2016

2 Xaneiro, 2017 - 22:09

The NSF had an 100th Anniversary event on October 29th as start for the NSF Centennial. It was held in a wooden house in Grunerløkka in Oslo and it was very well attended. Greetings were held from IWA Secretariat (with seat in Poland) by the General Secretary, a comrade from SFManchester,
and a comrade from Ørestad LS, which is an IWA Friends organization. Later, it appeared 9 workers from a new grassroot initiative of transport workers from the big transport terminals in Oslo and surroundings, and they made a greeting to the NSF.

There were first speeches about the founding of NSF on December 28th of 1916 and the numerous direct actions the following years. The NSF was also in the forefront of making actions by taking the 8th hour day, and started to agitate for the 6th hour day as early as in 1919. A health worker/ historian , who is writing two books about the NSF, spoke about the development in Rjukan, a community where the NSF had 600 affiliates in 1920, and how the local branch of the main Confederation, the LO, sometimes cooperated, but most times undermined the NSF and its direct actions.

Another speech was about NSF activities in the twenties and thirties. The NSF joined the IWA at its founding Congress in 1922, and has since taken actively part in it. The NSF kept organizing in the twenties and thirties. They had also a women`s group that actively took part in the NSF
organizing efforts, and many of its members were also arrested during the World War II for illegal work against the Nazis.

The oldest current NSF veteran spoke about the NSF activities from the World War II to the reorganization in 1977. The NSF cooperated in this period with the revolutionary syndicalists in Sweden, as the SAC had made a reformist development, and with Danish comrades. He also spoke some about the reorganization of the NSF in 1977 and the union work he and other NSF comrades had in the metal industry. There had been some major unofficial/ illegal strikes in this sector that had radicalized the workers.

Then the last and biggest part of the event was about work conflicts which NSF members had taken part in and/or supported. To mention some: The NSF had a couple of years after the reorganization in 1977 an own action that was successful, about the repression against NSF union activists, a comrade talked about the activities of the NSF Section during the pre-school teachers unofficial strike in 1987, another about the unofficial strikes at Tollpost- Globe (big transport terminal) in 1992 and the SAS -Hotel conflicts in 1992 and 1993. Thanks to these conflicts, tens of thousands of Norwegian workers in these and other branches got fixed instead of temporary contracts! It was also mentioned work conflicts up to today.
Activists of the unions at Tollpost- Globe and SAS- Hotel workers union and other unions participated at a NSF Conference in April 1996 about Direct action. Two Liverpool dock- workers who were on strike also participated at this Conference. It was the start to the very big solidarity work from Norwegian local unions to the Liverpool dock- workers.

The SF comrade, and another comrade, spoke about this support work in the nineties, and also about the very big solidarity work among Norwegian local unions for the British miners strike in the 80-s. The SF comrade saw clearly the link between the Norwegian Government plans to privatize the railways, and the privatization in Britain: It has been a disaster in Britain and now the Norwegian government is copying them!

NSF activists were active in establishing local unions solidarity committees for arrested workers in Chile and Bolivia in the end of the seventies, and members took actively part in local union support for arrested workers in Poland after the Marshall law in December 1981. A comrade from ZSP informed about the situation of Polish workers today, and how Poland tries to attract factories as a low cost country. The speech was then about ZSP work conflicts which there are a lot of, and how they act against the Government and Employers policy.

The Swedish comrade had a speech about privatizations in Sweden. He said the legislation in Sweden makes it easier for minority organizations to negotiate than in Norway, and told about work conflicts of Ørestad LS. It was also spoken about that the comrades in Ørestad LS, Denmark
and NSF will start a Scandinavian cooperation.

All these examples and many more show the importance of International solidarity and affiliation to the International Workers Association (IWA). The importance of the NSF affiliation and active participation in the IWA since 1922 was mentioned in all the speeches about the different decades.
This commemoration was held in times when the employers and the state are attacking the workers and their rights on all fields. The lower oil price compared to some years ago is used to attack the oil -workers conditions and rights and they are throwing thousands into unemployment while the oil companies still are having big profits.

One and a half years ago, pilots in Norwegian went on strike for the right to be employed by those they actually perform their work for, and not by temporary agencies. The dock-workers have campaigned and went on strike for up to three years in some ports for collective agreements and for the right to perform the work in accordance with international conventions (ILO). And in October there was a four weeks long train drivers strike demanding a common standard in education, so its independent of the different train companies that will appear when the plans of privatizations of the railways will be put into practice in 2017.

Because of this situation, where the Norwegian tripartite, class- collaboration model is shaking, the NSF has got more requests about new forms of resisting and anarchosyndicalism in the last one and a half year, than in the more “silent” period from the year 2000!

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Statutes of the IWA

2 Xaneiro, 2017 - 21:12
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Estatutos de la AIT

2 Xaneiro, 2017 - 20:45
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XXVI Congress of the International Workers' Association

12 Decembro, 2016 - 22:01

On December 2-4, 2016, the XXVI Congress of the International Workers' Association took place in Warsaw, Poland. Delegates and observers from 12 countries took part in the Congress, which reached a number of important decisions. The Congress reaffirmed its committment to organizing on egalitarian principles and also to increase the focus on workplace activities over a broader area.

One of the decisions was to establish a loose guideline for new organizations that would like to join the International. Organizations which would like to affiliate should consider how they may develop to be more stable organizations, with activity involving workers and the workplace. The IWA has also formed a working group with the aim of helping to develop strategies in this respect. It is expected that the working group will help Sections to seek inspiration to develop a strategy which is realistic in their current circumstances, taking various factors into account, such as the social climate in their location, the history of the organization and its current capacities.

The above perhaps marks a turning point in the IWA as it is the first attempt to develop such cooperation between the Sections in an organized fashion.

In addition, the Congress approved the creation of a working group to develop training for workplace organizing. Comrades from the ZSP and SF will be in the group and will try to share experiences and practices that have helped them over recent years. Exchange with the other organizations will take place to take into consideration the great variety of circumstances that comrades around the globe may find themselves in. All Sections of the IWA may contribute to this collective effort to support each other and help encourage and inspire comrades to more workers' action.

The Sections of the lnternational also decided to host various events in the period before the next regular Congress in 2019. Such events may be practical, such as organizing workshops or meant to promote anarchosyndicalism, the lnternational and its Sections.

The Congress also accepted two new Friends of the IWA - the WSA from the United States and the ULE from Colombia. We are looking forward to productive cooperation and hope that they will take part in upcoming events and organize their own.

Since the Congress ran exceptionally smoothly, there was plenty of time for discussion about developing strategies to strengthen the organizations and engage in workplace activity. Most of this took place in an informal session of the Congress. We found that many Sections, old and new, bigger and smaller, faced the same types of issues in organizing and were able to give each other hints or to signal problems for further consideration. More discussions will be on the agenda of the next Extraordinary Congress, which will be held in 2017.

The Extraordinary Congress is necessary because of certain developments with the international federation which are extremely serious and have been negatively impacting its work for the last couple of years. The Congress issued a statement in which, among other things, it pointed out the disaffiliation of three of its affiliates: the CNT from Spain, USI from Italy and FAU from Germany. This, unfortunately, was made necessary after the three decided to try and launch another international, under the guise of „refounding” the IWA. As these and other actions taken by these three are in contradiction to our statutes and our principles, and given the fact that they had already initiated this project, we had no choice but to recognize that they had in fact split from the organization and tried to draw other Sections into this split faction as well.

On the other hand, people are ready to reconstitute IWA affiliates in ltaly and Germany and there are many unions from Spain that declare they have not left the IWA. A numerous delegation from Spain appeared, from the project to reconstruct the CNT-AIT and also from the now defederated organization. These organizations distributed statements, papers and pamphlets expressing their support for the IWA and describing the current derive of the CNT into a more verticalized organization where, in their opinion, the committees have too much power and usurp the decision-making powers of the militancy.

Importantly, most of the comrades stress that there was no real decision to form a new international and that the committees are largely acting on their own in these matters.

Although the CNT in Spain, led by the union bureaucracy, is disaffiliated, we recognize that all those who adhere to our principles, tactics and goals and feel still part of our movement, who respect the federalist pact, not acting against it, are our comrades. Only they can claim to be the CNT-AIT. We do not accept the faction of CNT Spain led by the Confederal Committee and participating in the parallel international project, which goes against our statutes and agreements. They have no right to appear or act in the name of our federation, to which they no longer belong.

The next Congress will deal with the issue in Spain, where the CNT-AIT will be represented by those continuing in its legacy.

Despite this very difficult topic, there was much comaraderie and enthusiasm at the Congress. New challenges lay ahead of us, but also new opportunities await. The chance to build ourselves up in a healthier way, to meet new comrades, to help each other to go forward together. A chance to go beyond the spectre of history and to find ways to be relevant in the here and now, in our real situations, which might always be so favourable.

We thank those who sent their best wishes at this trying time and we look forward to working together against the double oppression of the State and of Capital in the years to come.

Long live anarchosyndicalism and long live the IWA!

IWA Secretariat

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Declaración del XXVI Congreso de la AIT

6 Decembro, 2016 - 23:16

Del 2 al 4 de diciembre de 2016 hubo un congreso de la AIT que se celebró en Varsovia, Polonia, donde se resolvió reafirmar los objetivos, tácticas y principios de la AIT y comprometerse a fortalecer y hacer crecer la comunidad internacional.

El congreso ha aprobado la creación de formación de organizadores de trabajo y estrategia para grupos de actividades en el lugar de trabajo. También se decidió organizar eventos promocionales en todo el mundo para facilitar la difusión de nuestras ideas y animar a los trabajadores a unirse a nuestras filas.

El congreso también vio una serie de nuevas afiliaciones y, desafortunadamente, las desafiliaciones.

La CNT, la FAU y la USI han sido desaffiliadas como resultado de un descuido consciente por el proceso, estatutos y cuotas de la AIT. Los intentos divisivos y destructivos del Comité Confederal de la CNT en complicidad con FAU y USI no son más que un ataque a los mismos principios, tácticas y objetivos de la AIT y el anarcosindicalismo.

Denunciamos sus intentos de apropiarse del nombre de la AIT y de crear una organización paralela a la AIT en los términos más fuertes posibles.

Reconocemos el conflicto dentro de la CNT. Recibimos declaraciones de apoyo dirigidas al congreso por cerca de 40 sindicatos locales de España (actuales y antiguos miembros de la CNT), y en el congreso asistieron también varios observadores de estos y otros sindicatos Organizaciones.

Permanecemos solidarios unos con otros y damos la bienvenida a quienes se están organizando y luchando contra la explotación para unirse a nosotros.

Adoptada por el Congreso, 4 de diciembre de 2016

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Statement of the XXVI Congress

5 Decembro, 2016 - 22:14

On the 2nd – 4th December 2016 there was a well attended congress of the IWA held in Warsaw, Poland whereupon it was resolved to reaffirm the aims, tactics and principles held by the IWA and to commit to strengthening and growing the international.

The congress has approved the creation of workplace organizer training and strategy for workplace activities groups. It was also decided to organize promotional events throughout the world to facilitate the dissemination of our ideas and encourage workers to join our ranks.

The congress also saw a number of new affiliations and, unfortunately, disaffiliations.

The CNT, FAU and USI have been disaffiliated as a result of a conscious disregard for process, statutes and dues of the IWA. The divisive and destructive attempts by of the CNT’s Confederal Committee in complicity with FAU and USI is nothing more than an attack on the very principles, tactics and aims of the IWA and anarchosyndicalism.

We denounce their attempts at appropriating the IWA’s name and creating a parallel organization to the IWA in the strongest terms possible.

We recognize the conflict within the CNT. We received declarations of support addressed to the congress by about 40 local unions from Spain (both current and former members of the CNT), and the congress was also attended by a number of observers from these and other unions who are concerned with developments within their organizations.

We remain in solidarity with one another and welcome those who are organising and fighting against exploitation to join us.

Adopted by the Congress, December 4, 2016

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